Casa da Eira

Minho Valley

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Living room (wood burning stove, TV, DVD, CD) with patio doors to terrace. Dining room. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to terrace. Cloakroom. WiFi. Central heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: Landing with doors to open terrace and lawns. Double bedroom (TV) with en suite bathroom. Two twin bedrooms (TV) with en suite bathroom. Two twin bedrooms (TV) with en suite shower room.
  • Outside: Spacious grounds of open patios and lawns. Citrus orchard.  Private parking. Utility room (washing machine). Barbecue.  Table tennis.
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m).

Attractive accommodation, spacious grounds and a picturesque rural outlook come together at this charming country residence to provide an ideal setting from which to enjoy this delightfully unspoilt corner of Iberia.

Situated amidst pretty countryside just 8km from the historic border town of Valença, Casa da Eira provides the perfect base from which to explore both Spain and Portugal in the same holiday. Having discovered the narrow cobbled streets, ornate fountains, typical restaurants and local handicraft shops that are housed within the ancient fortress of Valença, continue southwards down the river Minho to reach the long dune backed beaches of Portugal’s stunning Costa Verde. Alternatively, cross the border into Spain to sample the renowned seafood and sheltered sandy bays of Galicia’s southern coast.

Within the house itself you will discover a spacious property that is ideal for holidays for large groups or sharing families. Downstairs, light-filled reception rooms flow from one to another through attractive arches, bordered with light exposed stone; upstairs each bedroom sits alongside its own private bath or shower room.

Step outside onto an attractive patio and a pretty stone path leads the way through wide lawns to the swimming pool which is flanked by terraces and looks out onto a pleasing panorama of lush wooded slopes. Just 500m from the house is a small café/shop that sells basic items although all amenities and a good range of shops and restaurants can be found in Valença.

Flexible changeover days may be possible over certain periods at this house. Please enquire.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa da Eira

Explore the charming fortress town of Valenca...

On the border and only a short drive from the house. Drive through the ancient archway that leads through the impressive town walls to discover cobbled streets and a delightful range of local shops selling the beautifully embroidered linen and towels for which the town is famous.

Enjoy the 18th June Corpus Christi festival at Monçao...

The procession, which dates from the 16th century, features a blessed ox, its horns decorated as a symbol of plenty, a cart of herbs followed by St George on horseback wearing a long red cape and, bringing up the rear, a lumbering dragon.

Visit the wonderful, natural landscapes of the Peneda-Geres National Park. Discover hiking trails, waterfalls and traditional villages...

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

Follow the Vinho Verde Wine Trail along the banks of the Minho Valley...

This passes between undulating hills covered with the vines that produce the lightly sparkling and very tasty wine of the region.

Set aside a day to visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto...

Visit the Planetarium to plot some of those stars you have been watching. Walk down the steep higgledy-piggledy, tiny streets that tumble down to the river Douro. Cross the iron bridge built by Monsieur Eiffel. Visit the port caves to try that famous drink. Then rest your feet and take the Open Top Tour bus for a fabulous view of all the best landmarks.

Cross the border and visit Spain for a day...

The beautiful corner of Spain that is Galicia is just a short drive from the house and boasts some superb sandy beaches and smart historic towns. Visit chic Baiona, a mooring place for the smart boats of the wealthy 'gallegos' and home to a fine selection of typical restaurants. Alternatively, catch the ferry from Caminha.

Hire surfboards at Afife beach...

Spend a day in the water on this fantastic stretch of unspoilt coastline, a much sought after spot for keen surfers.

Visit the tiny harbour at Vila Praia de Ancora...

For a gastronomic feast, be sure to buy some of the fresh fish you will see being landed there to cook on your barbecue at home.

Spend a day lazing on the sands on the beach of the chic coastal village of Moledo...

When you feel the need for some refreshment, a number of smart bars lie just behind the beach and form the ideal setting for having a drink whilst looking out to sea and watching the world go by.

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.

Play Golf at the Axis Golf club, an 18 hole course in Ponte de Lima...

Afterwards, enjoy a meal in their on site restaurant.

Soak up fantasic views over the historic port of Viana do Castelo...

Take the funicular to the church of Santa Luzia, climb the dome and look out from the very very top.

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.

Cycle along the Ecotrail from Valença to Monçao. This recently constructed path is perfect for cycling, walking or jogging...

The path, which follows a disused railway line, passes through vineyards, fields and streams and has views over the River Minho and of Tui and Valença. There are benches and information boards along the way, so you'll be sure not to miss anything. Take a picnic and enjoy the fantastic panorama at your ease.

Visit the sumptuous Brejoeira Palace - possibly the best palace in Portugal!

Just south of Monçao, this neoclassical palace was built at the start of the 19th century and has always been the residence of Portuguese noble families. The lavish rooms are lined with important artworks and there are impressive gardens, a chapel and a theatre. Nowadays, the vineyards produce an excellent Alvarinho but if you prefer not to tipple, you can stop in the lovely cafe for tea and local pastries. Not to be missed.

Nearby

Towns

Valença 10 mins
Monçao 11 mins
Melgaço 30 mins
Ponte de Lima 35 mins
Caminha 40 mins
A Guarda 40 mins
Baiona 45 mins
Viana do Castelo 50 mins

Beaches

Friestas River Beach 7 mins
Caminha 40 mins
Praia da Âncora 45 mins

Airports

Vigo 30 mins
Porto 80 mins
Santiago de Compostela 90 mins
Coruna 120 mins
Times are approximate

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