Casa da Cuca

Ponte de Lima Area

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Traditional kitchen (oven, microwave) with original hearth. Sitting room (stone fireplace,TV, DVD, CD). Steps down to room with pool table and doors leading to garden. Double bedroom (A/C) with door to terrace. Shower room. WiFi.
  • First floor: Twin bedroom (A/C) with Juliet balcony and en suite shower room.
  • Outside: Lawn with badminton net. Garage (washing machine). Barbecue.  Raised pond and water feature.
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m), surrounded by lawns and terraces.

A property that combines the tranquillity of a rural setting with easy access to amenities is always a pleasure to discover and so it was with delight that we viewed this pretty stone cottage. Nestling in colourful gardens amidst fields of vines and rolling woodland, the surroundings are truly rural and yet the picturesque market town of Ponte de Lima with its ornate buildings and wide sandy river beaches is an easy 10 minute drive.

The restoration has respected the original 18th Century features so that a vast traditional hearth spans one wall of the spacious kitchen, a vaulted wooden ceiling covers the sitting room and throughout, open stone walls combine with pretty archways.

Outside, abundant foliage and covered patios provide welcome pockets of shade around the swimming pool, whilst on a lower level lies a lawned area with a badminton net.

A gentle stroll along cobbled lanes will take you to the nearest shop, which sells basic items, whilst Ponte de Lima with its wide range of local restaurants is 5km from the house. The attractive port of Viana do Castelo is just 15 minutes away and just a short drive beyond here reveals some stunning dune-backed beaches.

Twin single beds can be locked together to become a double. Please advise at time of booking.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa da Cuca

Nothing but nature in the National Park of Peneda-Geres

Drive for miles through the largly undiscovered beautiful mountain scenery of this stunning area of natural beauty. Whilst you are unlikely to meet a car, watch out for the mountain goats, who have right of way!

Take a stroll

along the pretty cobbled streets of the village lead down to the charming local church, enjoy watching the locals go about their day to day lives on your way by and see what delights you discover exploring the winding streets.

Unwind....

Spend all day relaxing in the shade with a book, enjoy a candelit dinner on your terrace with a cold glass of wine, or a game of badminton in the garden.

Follow the Vinho Verde Wine Trail

along the banks of the Minho Valley which passes between undulating hills covered with the vines which produce the light sparkling and very tasty wine of the region.

In July visit the Ponte de Lima Summer Festival of Opera and Classical Music

Fast becoming one of Europe's top cultural events. Performances take place in several venues including historic manor houses, local churches and the Teatro Diogo Bernardes, a 19th century theatre in Ponte de Lima.

For fantastic views over the nearby port of Viana do Castelo

take the funicular to the church of Santa Luzia. If you do not suffer from vertigo, climb the dome and look out from the very very top. Then, head into town and wander around the fascinating embroidery shops for which the town is famous.

Visit the World Heritage City of Porto.

Take a while to absorb the sights and sounds of this unique city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are regular trains from Viana do Castelo to avoid parking in the city centre.

Visit Ponte de Lima, one of Portugal's oldest towns

Spreading lazily along the tree-line banks of the river Lima, this is a beautiful town, with fine buildings and pretty cobbled squares. Visit on a Monday morning and you may be fortunate enough to witness the local market, which is held on the sandy river beach every other week.

Explore the steep, higgledy-piggledy, tiny streets of the Barredo quarter

in Oporto that tumble down from the cathedral to the quayside of the River Douro.

Cross Oporto's two-level iron bridge

which was designed by Monsieur Gustav Eiffel and then watch the world go by whilst taking an aperitif in a pavement cafe in the charming riverside area close to Cais da Ribeira.

Whilst in Oporto, take the Open Top Tour bus

for a fabulous view of all the best landmarks and an overview for orientation of the city. A chance to rest your feet after a hard morning of sightseeing!

Spend a day lazing on the sands

of one of the many fantastic stretches of dune-backed beaches that lie just a 20 minute drive away from the house.

Hire Surfboards

at the beach of Afife and spend a day in the water on this fantastic stretch of unspoilt coastline, a much sought after spot for keen surfers.

Play Golf.

At the Axis Golf club in Ponte de Lima, an 18 hole course just a short drive from the house.

Sample the local port wine

in the port wine lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia, just the other side of the Douro river from Porto. There are numerous lodges here, including Taylors, Sandeman's and Grahams and most of them offer tastings and tours.

Visit the birthplace of Portuguese identity.

In the town of Guimaraes where the country's first administrative seat was established by Portugal's first King, Alfonso I. The medieval streets of Guimaraes are fascinating and full of charm.

Sample a local delicacy.

The Francescina is not for those on a diet! A sandwich loaded with steak, sausage and other meats, covered with melted cheese and a fried egg and served in a spicy tomato sauce.

Nearby

Towns

Ponte de Lima 10 mins
Viana do Castelo 20 mins
Ponte de Barca 22 mins
Valença 28 mins

Beaches

Ponte de Lima River beach 10 mins
Praia da Âncora 25 mins
Carreço 30 mins
Cabedelo 30 mins
Afife 35 mins

Airports

Vigo 45 mins
Porto 60 mins
Santiago de Compostela 105 mins
Coruna 140 mins
Times are approximate

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