Casa do Barral

Minho Valley

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  • Ground floor: Twin bedroom. Bathroom. Steps down to: Double bedroom. Double bedroom with en suite shower room and door to terrace. Central heating throughout the house. WiFi.
  • First floor: Sitting/dining room (fireplace,TV, CD, DVD). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher).
  • Second floor: Secondary sitting room. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Open and covered terraces. Extensive lawns. Shower room (washing machine). Barbecue.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner steps.

A short drive inland from the picturesque riverside town of Vila Nova de Cerveira, a landscape of rolling hillside and extensive woodland provides the setting of this attractive stone retreat. Tucked away at the end of a cobbled lane on the edge of the hamlet of Gondar, the property enjoys an uninterrupted panorama of the surrounding slopes whilst at the same time being a short stroll from the amenities of the local shop.

The charming rooms of the rustic interior are full of character. Beamed ceilings combine with wooden floors and open stone fireplaces to create a traditional feel, whilst the far reaching views that surround the house are framed by picture windows, set into walls of thick stone.  Nonetheless, modern comforts are by no means in short supply, with the well appointed kitchen housing a comprehensive selection of appliances and the pretty bathrooms being very much up-to-date.

Outside, an attractive stone terrace is backed by sweeping lawns where the swimming pool lies, surrounded by spectacular views.  A short stroll along a cobbled lane to the back of the house brings you to the local hamlet of Gondar with its small shop, whilst for a wider range of amenities, the attractive border town of Valença with its fortified walls and cobbled streets is a 10 minute drive. The unspoilt dune-backed beaches south of Vila Nova de Cerveira can be reached in 20 minutes.

The owner will only accept two week bookings on the following dates:
6/7/19 - 20/7/19  |  20/7/19 - 3/8/19  |  3/8/19 - 17/8/19  |  17/8/19 - 31/8/19

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Great Things to Do Near Casa do Barral

Have coffee in style!

After shopping, stop off at Vila Nova de Cerveira's fortress pousada for coffee. Many centuries ago the village was given by Dom Sancho 11 as a wedding gift to his wife.

Whilst exploring the very north of the region, be sure to visit the Peneda-Geres National Park, an area of stunning natural beauty...

Explore the many hiking trails, drive for miles through the beuatiful landscape and spot wildlife as you. Why not pack a picnic and stop off at one of the shady spots dotted around.

Go to Spain via the bridge from Vila Nova de Cerveira to Goyan in Galicia...

It'll only take about 20 minutes to reach this delightful corner of Spain, which boasts some splendid beaches and superb seafood restaurants. The town of A Guarda specializes in seafood and the Santa Tecla mountain is well worth a visit.

Go for a quiet stroll...

Wander the nearby woods, fields and lanes.

Take the funicular to the church of Santa Luzia for fantastic views over the historic port of Viana do Castelo...

Climb the dome and look out from the very very top for stunning views.

Spend a day in Ponte de Lima, one of Portugal's oldest towns that spreads lazily along the tree-lined 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...

There is also a restaurant on site which serves lovely meals and is open to the public.

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.

Set aside a day to visit the beautiful 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.

Visit the port wine lodges at 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.

Browse the market stalls at the colourful market...

The market takes place in the pretty riverside town of Vila Nova de Cerveira, a short drive from the house.

Explore the charming fortress town of Valenca on the border, only a short drive north of the house...

Drive through the ancient archway that leads the way through the impressive town walls to discover cobbled streets and a delightful range of local shops selling the beautifully embroidered towels and linen for which the town is famous.

Hire Surfboards at Afife, a much sought after spot for keen surfers...

Take lessons at the surf school or simply lay back on the sand and watch others ride the waves. Moledo is also a great place for surfing and kite surfing.

Spend an evening in one of the waterfront restaurants in Vila Praia de Ancora...

Watch the surfers with the rosy sun setting on the horizon behind them.

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

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 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.

Witness a local 'feste' (festival) in the harbour of Vila Praia de Ancora...

On the 20th August when the fishermen take their Saint 'Senhora da Agonia' out to sea an ask for her blessing upon their fishing nets and their boats for their sons who earn a living at the sea.

Nearby

Towns

Ponte de Lima 20 mins
Caminha 30 mins
Vila Praia de Âncora 35 mins
Moledo 35 mins
Viana do Castelo 40 mins

Beaches

River Beach 18 mins
Caminha 34 mins
Caminha 34 mins
Moledo 35 mins
Afife 40 mins

Airports

Vigo 40 mins
Porto 60 mins
Santiago de Compostela 95 mins
Coruna 125 mins
Times are approximate

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