Casa da Encruzilhada

Ponte de Lima Area

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  • Ground floor: Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, small TV) with door to covered terrace. Living room (fireplace, Satellite TV, DVD, CD) with doors to terrace. Double bedroom (TV) and en suite bathroom. Cloakroom. Telephone for incoming calls. WiFi (limited useage).  Central heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: Double bedroom (TV) with en suite bathroom.  Twin bedroom (TV) with en suite bathroom.  Two double bedrooms (TV) with en suite shower room. Twin bedroom (TV) with en suite shower room. Doors from the landing to a terrace.
  • Outside: Spacious grounds of open and covered stone terraces, lawns, flowerbeds and water feature. Table tennis.  Covered parking. Laundry room (washing machine). Summerhouse with kitchen, stone barbecue, dining room and bar (TV). Sun room and poolside shower room (WC). Children's play area. Tennis court on a lower level (bring your own equipment), surrounded by landscaped grounds with two ponds.
  • A pen of ducks and chickens lies on the edge of the grounds.
  • Private enclosed swimming pool (16m x 6m), surrounded by covered and open terraces.

As we wandered from one beautifully furnished room to another and marvelled at the panoramic vista of uninterrupted wooded hills from the spacious and well tended grounds, we were in no doubt that this finely restored country home should be included in our portfolio.

The refurbishment has incorporated materials of the highest quality. Carved wooden ceilings have been designed to reflect the traditional style, attractive fabrics are carefully coordinated and gleaming bathrooms display pretty combinations of wood and marble.

Each bedroom is privileged to its own en suite bath or shower room, whilst a separate cloakroom lies off the kitchen and can be easily accessed by all. From the spacious living room, doors open out onto the grassy gardens and stone terraces that surround the house, where the facilities are equally impressive.

Enclosed to the rear by a high wall, the property sits in an elevated position on the slopes of a tree covered river valley and commands impressive views across the hillside. On an upper level sits the house, flanked by a smart lawn and pretty stone terraces on one side and a superb summerhouse on the other.

The summerhouse echoes the style of the main house, displaying the same fine furnishings and quality materials. Its spacious dining room is separated from a fully equipped kitchen by a stone built barbecue and wide windows line the walls on all sides to reveal the picturesque surroundings. Step out of the summerhouse, walk down some steps and the large swimming pool sits on a lower level, surrounded by wide terraces. Below this, the tennis court lies amidst spacious landscaped grounds, which are backed by wooded hillside.

Whilst the property enjoys a rural setting, amenities are nevertheless close to hand.The local shop in the small village of Cabração is about 1km from the house, whilst the pretty riverside town of Ponte de Lima is 12km away and offers all amenities and a wide range of local restaurants.

The sandy dune-backed beaches that stretch both north and south of the attractive port of Viana do Castelo can be reached by way of a 30 minute drive.

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 Encruzilhada

Sit in the Rose Bower...

Overlooking the grounds and the surrounding hills with a book or just take time to stop and relax.

Explore the surrounding area...

Enjoy the river beach at Ponte de Lima or a short drive in the opposite direction offers miles of different beaches to choose from.

Set aside a day to visit the 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.

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 lightly sparkling and very tasty wine of the region.

Visit the natural and wonderful landscapes of the Peneda-Geres National Park...

Drive for miles through largely undiscovered, beautiful mountain scenery of this stunning area of natural beauty. Alternatively enjoy one of the many hiking trails though the park and look out for eagles and other wildlife.

Take a picnic down to the river in Ponte de Lima...

Here you can barbecue and picnic, swim from the river beach and hire a canoe for a lazy paddle.

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.

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 a smart snack 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.

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

Afterwards, enjoy a meal in their excellent on site restaurant.

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.

Soak up fantastic 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. Then head into the town and wander around the fascinating embroidery shops for which the town is famous.

Visit Braga for historic architecture, great food and retail therapy...

The cathedral is the seat of the Primate of all Portugal and his magnificent palace is at the heart of the town. Wander the cobbled streets and enjoy lunch in one of the charming cafes. For shops, head to Braga Parc shopping centre.

Walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims up the steps of the Bom Jesus do Monte, 3kms east of Braga...

Set in the woods high above the city, this glorious ornamental stairway of granite is a monumental homage and is the object of devoted pilgrimage, where pentitents climb up the steps on their knees.

Shop for ceramics at the colourful Thursday market held in Barcelos...

Known as the Campo de Feira, it is the largest market in Portugal where you'll no doubt find a few versions of the 'Galo de Barcelos' the small cockerel which is the town's emblem.

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.

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.

Enjoy a game of tennis...

On your very own tennis courts, then cool off in the pool.

Nearby

Towns

Ponte de Lima 16 mins
Viana do Castelo 20 mins
Valença 35 mins
Braga 40 mins

Beaches

Cabedelo 30 mins
Carreço 30 mins
Praia da Âncora 30 mins

Airports

Vigo 40 mins
Porto 50 mins
Santiago de Compostela 95 mins
Coruna 130 mins
Times are approximate

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