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Wake up to the sounds of nature, slide open the glass door and there in front of you is the sparkling pool. The view is stunning - by day and by night. Watch the mist lift over the mountains in the early morning and at night enjoy the twinkling lights of the villages around in the distant landscape. The house is deceptively spacious - with its high wooden beams and pine ceilings. The two bedrooms have large wardrobes, comfortable armchairs, tables and chairs, bedside lockers, rugs and lamps.The front bedroom looks over the pool and mountain view, the back bedroom overlooks trees and nature. The bathroom is quite unique - with heavy tinted glass wash-hand basin, a large shower and state of the art towel rack for warm towels on chilly Winter days. The kitchen is equipped with a brand new washing machine, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, cooker,...
Wake up to the sounds of nature, slide open the glass door and there in front of you is the sparkling pool. The view is stunning - by day and by night. Watch the mist lift over the mountains in the early morning and at night enjoy the twinkling lights of the villages around in the distant landscape. The house is deceptively spacious - with its high wooden beams and pine ceilings. The two bedrooms have large wardrobes, comfortable armchairs, tables and chairs, bedside lockers, rugs and lamps.The front bedroom looks over the pool and mountain view, the back bedroom overlooks trees and nature. The bathroom is quite unique - with heavy tinted glass wash-hand basin, a large shower and state of the art towel rack for warm towels on chilly Winter days. The kitchen is equipped with a brand new washing machine, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, cooker, hob, microwave and hand-chosen crockery, pots, pans and glassware. The kitchen table seats 6. There is a charming live flame 'wood burner' to brighten up those dull wintry days - although the house is well insulated and all the rooms have central heating (and electric blinds to keep out the sun's rays on the hottest summer days). The sitting room has sofa, chairs, satellite TV, DVD player, books to read during your stay and the glass doors open onto the veranda, with table/chairs, sofa, wall-mounted satellite TV - overlooking the pool, a stone's throw away. There is Wifi throughout, even on the veranda. The owners live at the farmhouse just above the Pool House and are there should guests have any queries, or just for a cup of tea and a chat. Virginia cooks dinner for guests arriving late and there is always afternoon tea for those arriving mid afternoon. The pool is shared only with Virginia and her family, who have the occasional dip mid-afternoon (and not always!). It is a large, salt-water pool, with an additional bathroom and terrace below. The owners have a table tennis table which is brought outside in the summer months and guests are more than welcome to come and play - friendly matches can be arranged! The garden in front of the farmhouse has a swing and Pool House guests can use this. The farm is a working vineyard, making red and white vinho verde. Guests are given a bottle or two during their stay. They are also welcome to help themselves to fruit in season (figs in the Autumn, kiwis, oranges and lemons in winter and plums/passion fruit in the summer). The owners have 3 children, 2 dogs, 1 cat and chickens, ducks and a goose - guests can have free range eggs, when the chickens are laying. All around there are excellent walks - through the forest to Sameiro or Bom Jesus. Down in the valley you can walk part of the Santiago de Compostela trail. In Taipas you can go to the thermal spa, with hot pool, sauna, Turkish bath. Or, go visit the nearby Celtic settlement of Citânia de Briteiros. Before coming, Virignia always sends guests a list of ideas of what there is to see and visit in the area - there is a lot, with Guimarães, Braga, Porto, Ponte de Lima, Esposende, Gerês all nearby. Thre is no point in coming here for less than 3 days as you'll just go home planning a return visit to do the rest!
Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 10308/AL
About the Owner
Languages spoken:Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:June 2015
Interaction with guests:
Guests feel very much at home here - while the children play together (we have three, aged 13, 11 and 10) the adults can have a cup of tea/coffee or glass of wine. Virginia often takes guests up the mountain to Sameiro in her 4x4 Duster (the bus stop has a cafe next to it..). And, at times we all have a BBQ together. Wine tastings are also possible...or table tennis tournaments...(or even games in the pool - maybe best left to the children).
Your involvement with the family is up to you - we believe the best thing about travelling is to learn about the country you're in - my husband is Portuguese and I've been here for 20 years. We're at hand to help or make suggestions but at the same time we always respect your privacy.
Guests can smoke outside - using an ash tray. No loud music at night - to keep the neighbours happy!
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AU$32 / stay
About the neighbourhood
Rural, mountainous, beautiful, with Longos 2 minutes way, Caldas das Taipas, 5 minutes away and Braga 10 minutes away. As it has lots of hills - there are ancient settlements everywhere: Citãnia de Briteiros, Castro Sabroso, Póvoa de Lanhoso. Lots of churches - with nice grounds around. About 5 in the space of 5 kms from the house. And a few monasteries - open to the public. Eating out is a pleasure here - the food is great and at a reasonable price! Longos has a good restaurant at the end of the road. It also has a bakery - with hot bread and croissants all day long. There are 3 supermarkets in Taipas, which has a weekly market every Monday. Before guests arrive, Virginia sends them her updated list of things to see and do.
A car is pretty essential. Alternatively - taxi. There is a taxi driver who lives at the end of the road and he'd be more than happy to have clients to take here and there. The nearest train station is in Braga, 10/15 minutes away.
How to get there
Airport: Porto (Sá Carneiro): 60.0 km
Railway: Braga: 8.0 km
Ferry: Santander: 500.0 km
Fly to Porto, hire a car and it's a 1 hour drive. Ask Virginia for directions. For those who want to come for say 3 nights only - and hate driving. You could get the GetBus from outside Porto airport (check timetable) and get off at Braga, then you could get a taxi to the farm (it'll cost a maximum of 10€). Ask Virginia for more info - she might even be free to come and collect you - it's 10 minutes away.