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Client Reviews for La Casiña del Picón

Villa speaks for itself but we can recommend fresh oranges from the garden for breakfast. Fascinating to watch the mist roll up the river valley. Worth visiting locally; Baiona – lovely walk around the parador and some nice cafes, Tui – cathedral is interesting with a great view from the gardens & nice town to wander round, Monte Tegra – drive to the top for great views stopping along the route to look at the ruins. Further afield, would recommend a drive to Guimerães in Portugal – lots to see and a very quaint town. A walk to the local mills is well worth it. Enjoy your holiday – we’ve enjoyed ours.

We’ve had a blissful fortnight in this beautiful spot. Such a comfortable house in such wonderful gardens – it has been hard to drag ourselves away! Aside from the pleasure of whiling away hours reading by the pool, swimming, cooking and drinking the odd drop of cava, we’ve enjoyed walking in the area; up to the watermills, along the banks of the Minho, and at Pozas de Loureza. Baiona and Tui worth a visit too. Other highlights; the delicious fresh fish from the indoor market in O Rosal, the evening walks from the door along the myriad village paths and over to Martín, the views from all angles in the glorious gardens, the birds, the cats and the hedgehog! Thank you I’m sure we’ll be back.

Our favourites were; the mill walk – beautiful, Pozas de Loureza, hiring kayaks at Tamuxe – peaceful & lots of fish and birds – lovely scenery, Monte Trega, Baiona, O Rosal supermarket – friendly and great wine! Loved the villa and full garden! Thank you!!

As I sit here on our last night looking at the incredible view with a glass of Terras Gauda Albariño in hand, we have one big regret – that we hadn’t booked to stay for 2 weeks! La Casiña del Picón is not a holiday rental, it is a holiday home! It feels warm and loved, beautifully furnished and full of interesting books and things. The gardens are like Eden – you can find a different place to sit each day and it’s full of fantastic fruit; oranges, lemons, aprictos, plums, kiwis, mirabelles…It is so wonderful just to stay here that we didn’t do much travelling but we did manage to go to: The Cies Islands (fun boat ride, beautiful beaches but very busy!), Moledo in Portugal (great surfing beach and the best Pizza place – Hamilton), Area Grande in A Guarda (fantastic restaurant – best lobster ever & lovely sheltered beach for swimming) and Terras Guada Vineyard. Our 3 boys (15, 13 & 5) all loved the pool. Thank you so much Chiña & José, we have had the best holiday!

We all had a wonderful time in your beautiful villa. We had so much fun and excitement. We made a film, we ate the fruit, we swam in the pool, played cards and had a lot of fun in your stunning garden.

For more than 10 years we have been dreaming about this trip to Galicia. Although we are quite good dreamers, we found here several things and an atmosphere we had not foreseen in our dreams. A garden of Eden (we kept our clothes on though!) with fresh fruit, a round of small streams and beautiful views on the valley. This was beyond our dreams. What more can friends that like to dream wish for!? We have greatly enjoyed a brief yet exhilarating, comfortable and most satisfying family holiday in this most engaging villa set in the most splendid of settings we have yet encountered in our travels. This has enabled us to sample the attractions and peaceful existence which abound in Galicia – to which we must one day return as we share the Celtic roots of Gallicians. One must take advantage of visiting A Guarda, Baiona and Santiago de Compostela when in this salubrious and historic part of Galicia. We also greatly enjoyed travelling along roads with panoramic views, wild horses and the occasional fox!

La Casiña del Picón is everything we had hoped for and more! What an amazing place. We’ve had fabulous weather so daily dips in the pool and many excursions. We visited the mills, the Celtic settlement, Tui, Valença, Islas Cies from Baiona and a return trip to Caminha, which we visited last year and really liked.

As we’ve come to expect from Vintage – a lovely villa and the garden is absolutely outstanding. We found our favourite spots and truly relaxed. Would recommend a trip to Guimerães in Portugal, a must-do there is the cable car and UNESCO World Heritage old town. Take the ferry from A Guarda to Caminha and drive down to Viana along the coast road – beautiful beaches and villages. On the return drive take the road along the River Minho (via Vila Nova de Cerveira) instead of the ferry – beautiful!

From the minute that Chiña and José showed us around this beautiful villa, we felt immediately at home and at peace. It is a very tranquil place and has so many lovely places to enjoy every part of the day. From breakfast on the wooden bench under the orange tree to lunch in the area by the barbecue, a sundowner G&T in the upper area with fresh lemon in a long glass with views over to Portugal – and finally a late-night game of scrabble in the seated sofa area by the deck. The pool is fantastic and for most of the week the water temperature was perfect. This was our first trip to Galicia and we will certainly be back. It reminds us of some parts of the Scottish Highlands but with fantastic weather. We visited a couple of beaches and would recommend the sheltered bay at Area Grande outside A Guarda. It has an excellent restaurant which we used both at lunch and dinner. We had a lovely swim and walk at Playa O Muiño. Also had a great day out and lunch in Santiago. I could go on forever… Thanks for a wonderful holiday.

Dear Chiña. We had a great time in your beautiful house. We especially liked the gardens and the pool, although we didn’t manage to use the pool until the last day, we had so much to see. We visited Valença on Sunday which was very nice. We also went to Santiago and Vigo. It was a very nice holiday.

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