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Tree Top Cottage For Holidays In Covas,Vila Nova De Cerveira

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Covas, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Costa Verde, Portugal - Secluded Setting With Stunning Views Over Tree Tops And Valley, Access To Owner's Pool

Sleeps 2. Treetop Cottage is a modernized chalet-style stone cottage in an idyllic setting. This unique one story dwelling, with a spacious sunny veranda perched above a delightful wooded valley has magnificent views from its large picture windows. It is the ideal retreat for anyone seeking tranquility amid unspoiled natural beauty. Guests have their own private lawn and garden set on a terraced hillside. Sunloungers and BBQ provided. Near many charming towns and golden sand beaches. For those who enjoy walking, cycling or having a dip in beautiful freshwater rock pools, the Serra de Arga National Park is just minutes away. Two mountain bikes are available for guests to use free of charge and guests also have access to the owner's small 'swimming pool'. The village of Covas is situated on the River Coura and has four restaurants and two shops. The village is a twenty-five minute walk through scenic roads. With double-glazed windows Treetop Cottage is a cozy and relaxing get-away.

Ellen McCarthy
Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Ellen McCarthy

I first arrived in Portugal on a mountain bike in 1986 and immediately fell in love with the country and the people. The scenery, especially in the Minho, is so rustic and romantic, with its grape vines on tall granite posts, stone walls and houses. So I stayed in the Minho for 5 years running a campsite. In 1993 I bought a property in Covas and spent the next 6 years restoring the house. The latest labour of love has been to restore the very old stone cottage on the other side of the property into guest accommodation. I live here all year round, teaching English in the nearby town of Viana do Castelo.

Ellen McCarthy purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Ellen McCarthy chose Covas

We bought the place in Covas because it had all the characteristics that I love about North Portugal. It had the grape vines, the fruit trees, the stone walls and terraced landscape. It is situated on one of the higher parts of the village and enjoys beautiful views. It feels remote and private, yet it is just 2km from the centre of the village. Covas itself is only a 20-30 minute drive from some of the loveliest towns of Portugal. In the Minho you really have everything: rivers, mountains, beaches, historic towns and Galicia, Spain just across the river.

What makes this cottage unique

Now that Treetop cottage has been restored and modernised, it is, we believe, a unique accommodation. It is not overlooked by any neighbours, but overlooks a 'hidden valley' with a stream and water mills below. The cottage itself cannot be seen from the road and so feels very secluded. While the veranda enjoys sunshine for most of the day, there is shade from the oak trees nearby. We have put in large picture windows and glass patio doors so that guests can feel and see the nature all around them. Yet just a 5 minute drive or a 25 minute walk brings you to the local restaurants and shops.

Guestbook comments from the owner

*The owners direct website is packed with variety, but we feel fortunate to have discovered 'Ellen's paradise'. The tune of the holiday has been 'Somewhere over the Rainbow', which shall be for evermore Tree Top Cottage! Thanks for sharing so much with us, Ellen.

*Ellen, you have created a little bit of heaven on earth at Treetop Cottage. The cottage, and surroundings are truly beautiful and relaxing. We have had a lovely week. Thank you to you too Ellen for being such a wonderful host. We couldn't have felt more welcome. Your guidance and advice about routes and places to visit were invaluable.

*We arrived at night and so had no idea of our surroundings, but stepping out onto the terrace in the morning almost brought tears to my eyes. An idyllic setting, so peaceful - a perfect haven to get away from everything. Beautiful, friendly people, fantastic food, and some amazing places to visit. Last but not least a really big thank you to yourself, Ellen, for being such a fantastic host.
Apr 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Covas in Municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with toilet, sink and shower, just beside the bedroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with one double bed, wardrobe, 2 bedside tables, vanity table with mirror, 3 windows with views, NEW: bedroom windows fitted with mosquito screens.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Double glazed windows and thick stone walls keep the cottage a very pleasant temperature. Sunny veranda, but shade available all around under the oak trees. Internet reception is now available inside the cottage and all your garden area. Outside: Guests of Treetop cottage look on to and have exclusive use of a large front garden and an entire wooded terraced hillside. They overlook a wooded valley which leads to a stream and a few disused watermills. The property has a large top field where guests will park their car. A garden path and steps, illuminated at night, lead down to the cottage. The whole area is completely private. On the other side of the property, some distance behind the cottage is the owner's house. Both properties are able to enjoy their privacy. A short distance from the cottage, on a sunny terrace is a water tank which has been converted into a small swimming pool (3 metres by 5 metres), big enough for several lie-los and wonderful for cooling off. The pool has unobstructed views over the village below and to the mountains beyond. There is a large sundeck with sun loungers provided plus a table and chair with brolly. Pool is illuminated at night. Utility Room: There is no utility room, but owner can do laundry for 4 euros a load. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided, this does not include beach towels. Fresh towels are are provided once a week. Other: Spacious sunny veranda with table and chairs and deck chairs. Below the veranda another small patio area, sheltered from sun or rain, with barbecue. Internet wi-fi available in the cottage and reaches the veranda and garden area.


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Tree Top Cottage For Holidays In Covas,Vila Nova De Cerveira
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Topvakantie in Tree Top Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We verbleven 11 dagen in mei (15-25/5/2018) op deze toplocatie. Van onze 5 vakanties in Portugal, van zuid tot noord, was dit veruit de beste. Schitterende ligging, summum van rust, privacy, maar ook prima uitvalsbasis voor korte trips naar de kust of historische locaties: Ponte de Lima, Valença, Caminha, Santa Tegra (Spanje), Viana do Castelo (Het in een zijstraatje gelegen visrestaurantje "Portas da Ribeira" is een aanrader, maar ook de lunch in de "Iate Clube")... Of een fikse wandeling in het nabije natuurgebied Serra de Arga. Prachtig weer ook, of hadden wij gewoon veel geluk met enkel dat beetje regen de laatste avond? In en rond de cottage is alles aanwezig voor een perfecte vakantie: zon & schaduw, een heerlijk wilde tuin, een goed bed, ruime keuken (als je tenminste zelf wil koken met zoveel spotgoedkope restaurantjes in de buurt). Wij konden ook bijzonder de details appreciëren: de aanwezigheid van zout, peper, basiskruiden, olijfolie & azijn, verse eitjes "van het huis", fles rood & wit, (oplos)koffie, keukenrol, enz. Ellen was een zeer behulpzame, taalvaardige en vriendelijke gastvrouw. Luis de stille kracht op de achtergrond, en de hond Rafa alom discreet aanwezig. Een plaats om zeker nog terug te keren, en dat willen wij graag nog eens doen, in de toekomst in de herfst of zo. Er is nog veel te zien, te doen en te rusten…

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dank U wel! Tot fogende keer!
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We loved it

  • 5 of 5

We loved it. We have never felt so welcomed. Ellen treated us to delicious honey from their own hives and eggs from the resident chickens. The cottage was delightful. It was a real escape and there was lots to do even in the rain. We look forward to returning in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria, BC Canada

Wonderful Cottage, great area

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Tree Top Cottage, and loved it and the area. Ellen has made every effort to ensure that it is a bit of home away from home, nicely stocked and very comfortable. It has a unique history which Ellen and Luis happily share.

We dragged the green info binder she has created with us everywhere, and explored all the little local areas she recommended. There are many very interesting day trips to be had, Or just sit and enjoy the peace while little Rafa visits, he likes to have his peeps around.

Be sure to go to the restaurant in Fontella, a 10 minute drive, family run and good food.

Thank you Ellen for making this week of our Portuguese adventure memorable.

Kindest Regards


  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful cottage in a special area of Portugal

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at this cottage and we were not disappointed. The cottage sits in a secluded part of Ellens garden with spectacular views over Covas and the surrounding area. The cottage is well fitted out with everything you need for a self catering holiday although the restaurant's all serve up delicious food and inexpensive. Ellen has gone to a lot of trouble in identifying all the good spots to visit but you don't have to go to far to find your piece of paradise. The area, people ,food and wine makes your stay special and a must to consider time and time again. Ellen is a wonderful host and is always there to help if needed and of course Rafa the dog always their to greet you when you return home, making sure you are comfortable in the cottage before disappearing till the next time. Everything you need for a vacation, well done Ellen for letting us share your piece of Paradise

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. It was lovely to see you again after all those years. I hope that you won't let 6 years go by until your next visit!
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Lovely cottage in a lovely place

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely fortnight at Tree Tops. Ellen obviously cares about her visitors having a good time. The cottage is really well equipped, and spacious for 2 people. It was great having the bikes available, and they were suitable for both a woman of 5ft 3ins and a man of 5ft 10ins. The roads were quiet and if you don’t mind hills there is plenty of cycling available nearby. We ate 4 times at Flor de Fontela (but never walked there). The 6 Euro lunch was amazingly good value and one night we had the fresh sardines (and they really were fresh). We used most of the restaurants that Ellen recommended and they all lived up to expectations.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad that you made the most of the opportunity to eat out and enjoy the fine fresh food that is served here. I was also very pleased to see the bikes being used and enjoyed, because not many people who come here are quite as fit as you two! Thank you for your kind comments.
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Lovely, comfortable, beautiful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic base for exploring all the beautiful places in the area.

Ellen is a marvellous host, very helpful, friendly and knowledgable of the area.

The cottage is quiet, comfortable and well appointed, as well as situated to overlook a beautiful valley.

We used it as a base to explore the towns and mountains on our motorbike, but it would be equally as good for a centre for walking or cycling.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Special interest holidays:

Surfing lessons or surf board rental available at nearby beach of Moledo, a 30 minute drive.


A 25 minute drive brings you to the first of the Atlantic beaches at Caminha, also on the mouth of the River Minho. From there south to Viana do Castelo there are 4 or 5 beaches to choose from with pristine white sand. Vila Praia da Ancora is also a fishing village with a charming port.


The closest international airport is Oporto, served by Ryan Air and Easy Jet. It is an hour and a quarter minutes drive to Covas; hire car is recommended but not essential, if you are happy to stay in Covas and walk. Covas can be reached by train from Porto to Vila Nova de Cerveira, then a taxi. There are many hire car companies available at Oporto airport. It is advisable to book your hire car at the same time as your flights, because prices go up dramatically if you leave it late.


Caminha and Vila Nova de Cerveira are two lovely towns on the River Minho, just 20-25 minutes away. The fortress town of Valenca is 30 minutes away and just across the river is Galicia, Spain with its superb restaurants and a surprisingly different culture. Ponte de Lima, with its charming architecture and Viana do Castelo are both within easy driving distance. The Serra de Arga National Park, with its stunning scenery and rock pools, is just 10 minutes from Tree Top Cottage. To get an idea

Further Details:

Covas is a very picturesque village, where the locals still look after their grape vines and cultivate their fields. Many of the roads are cobbled and the boundary walls are often in stone. The village is on a river valley, but surrounded by beautiful mountains. It makes for pleasant leisurely walking; along the way you can find one of the 4 bar/restaurants to have a drink or try the local food. Eating and drinking is still very inexpensive here. All 4 restaurants offer a daily plate during the week which includes soup, a generous serving of the main course, and your drink for 6 euros. One place specializes in delicious barbecued chicken and mixed grills. There are also two shops where you can find almost everything you need, from fresh bread to fruit and vegetables. So on days when you don't feel like driving far, you can find all you need in Covas. It also has a cash point and a post office. Markets are a big feature of life in the Minho. Vila Nova de Cerveira has an excellent market on Saturdays, Caminha and Valenca on Wednesdays, Viana do Castelo on Fridays. The nearest large supermarket is just 20 minutes away in Vila Nova de Cerveira.

I would like to welcome guests from many different countries. I speak German, Dutch, French, Spanish and Italian.

To get an idea of just how stunningly beautiful this part of the Minho is, I recommend you go on Google images and look at the following places:

Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Caminha, Vila Nova de Cerveira, and Serra d'Arga (the National Park), all within 30 minutes driving from Covas.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made by phone or email. 25% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking, the balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. Preferred method of payment is bank transfer or PayPal. Please make sure you are fully insured against injury, sickness, cancellation, losses, etc, as we cannot accept liability for any loss or damage to your personal property or for any illness that may develop during your stay with us.

Changeover Day: any day of the week
Changeover day can be flexible (minimum stay 5 days), but we would ask guests to vacate the cottage by 10.00 and to arrive after 2pm, to allow time for cleaning. If new guests are not arriving on the same day, departure time can be flexible.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros for 2 people.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.