Casa do Bosque

Ponte de Lima Area

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Accommodation

  • Lower level: Laundry room (washing machine)
  • Upper level: Open plan sitting/dining room/ kitchen (CD, DVD and selection of films, in-built fireplace, dishwasher, oven, microwave). Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (half bath). Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (half bath). WiFi.
  • Outside: Spacious grounds with lawns, covered and open terraces. In-built barbecue. Poolside changing room, kitchenette and cloakroom. Poolside shower.  Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m)

Sympathetically designed to blend in subtly with its natural surroundings, the smooth wooden panels, neutral paintwork and sleek style of this smart contemporary home enable it to nestle inconspicuously amidst picturesque wooded countryside just 3.5km south of historic Ponte de Lima.

Sitting at the end of a tree lined driveway just outside the typical local hamlet of Carvalhal, with the trickling waters of the nearby Río Trovela pleasingly audible in the background, Casa do Bosque offers up-to-date and beautifully presented accommodation amidst the most natural of settings.

Steps lead the way up the side of the house to a wood-decked terrace which incorporates an in-built barbecue and wide glass doors that slide back to reveal an inviting open plan living room. This neat interior is made light and spacious by a combination of white painted walls, cream floors and wide windows that showcase the lush foliage of surrounding mature trees, whilst every modern convenience is ingeniously housed within a design that is sleek and seamless. 

Up above the house on a raised level is the swimming pool, which sits within a spacious lawned plot, conveniently equipped with a covered terraced area and poolside facilities. Bordered by mature shrubs and foliage, it looks out towards the cluster of typical homes that make up the local hamlet. It is a perfect retreat in which to soak up the charming environs of this unquestionably scenic corner of Portugal, whilst at the same time being only a 10 minute drive from Ponte de Lima, the country’s most ancient town and home to elegant squares, ornate architecture, an 18 hole golf course and arched bridges spanning a river bordered by sandy beaches.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa do Bosque

Ride a horse

at the Centre Equestre, where you have a riding school and can have a pleasant lunch or dinner in the restaurant - only 3 km from Casa do Bosque.

Explore the charming fortress town of Valenca

A little further north of Caminha, this delightful border town is steeped in history. Drive through the ancient archway that leads the way through the impressive walls that encircle the old quarter to discover cobbled streets and a delightful range of shops selling the beautifully embroidered towels and linen for which the town is famous

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

Explore the small villages of Pitões das Júnias and Tourém, which have held onto their traditional customs, or follow the shepherds' trails from Mata da Albergaria through to Portela do Homem which will lead you to some beautiful waterfalls.

Hire a bike

and cycle along the path which runs from Ponte de Lima alongside the Minho to the Bertiandos and S. Pedro de Arcos lagoons. This is a protected wetlands nature reserve with several trails to follow, either by bike or on foot.

Ponte de Lima's market

The fortnightly market is held on alternate Mondays down on the sandy banks of the river where it has been held since the year 1125 and is a huge and lively affair!

Local 'festas' ...

There are two very enjoyable ones in Ponte de Lima, one held in June, known as the Vaca das Cordas (when ropes are tied around the horns of a bull, which is then led onto the sand to 'fight' with the local population) and one in September, when the town once again bursts into life with the jolly event known as the Feiras Novas (New Fairs). This is the town festival, which includes a huge market, fireworks, a funfair, carnival costumes and a brass band competition.

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.

Fish your own dinner

Just to the north of Ponte de Lima in Arcozelo there is a fish farm where visitors are lent rods and tackle and can catch their own supper. The trout is either grilled on the spot or you can take it home to cook yourself. In delightful pretty spot, the farm is open all day every day and has a cafe which also serves local specialities.

Canoeing on the Minho

Hire a canoe and explore some of the nicest views along the river banks. Watch out for the area's wildlife, such as the herons who are frequent visitors along the Minho.

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.

Play golf

at the challenging 18 hole course in Ponte de Lima. This course is easily as good as any in the Algarve.

One for the gardeners to see.....

From May to October, Ponte de Lima hosts the International Garden Festival on the north bank of the river. Every year there is a different theme and entrants are from all over the world. A really pleasant way to spend an afternoon...

Head to the coast for the day

and discover the beautifully unspoilt beaches that stretch north and south of Viana do Castelo, just a 30 minute drive from the house.

For fantastic views over the historic 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 the town and wander around the fascinating embroidery shops for which the town is famous.

Sample the local Vinho Verde wine

particularly the Alvarinho, a style of wine unique to this area. Then stock up with supplies at the wine co-operative in Ponte de Lima. The Adega Cooperativa is in Rua Conde Bertiandos (near the hospital).

Souvenir hunting....

The people of the Alto Minho still continue with many ancients handicrafts passed down through generations. Viana do Castelo is renowned for its colourfully embroidered festival dresses and other hand embroidered items, and Barcelos for its pottery. But almost everywhere you can visit small artesanal workshops where weaving, basketwork, lacework, wood carving and toys are still made using traditional methods.

Go for a stroll

Walk through the adjacent fields and follow the river bank into the lovely historic town of Ponte de Lima. On reaching the town, stop off for some refreshment in one of the cafes that surround the central square from where you can admire the view across the river, which is spanned by the ancient medieval bridge from which the town takes its name.

Set aside a day

to visit the World Heritage City of Oporto. 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.

Browse the stalls on market day in Barcelos.

This is the largest market in Portugal, and is held every Thursday. The town is the birthplace of the 'Galo de Barcelos', the small cockerel, which is widely represented in traditional ceramic throughout the country and will no doubt be found on one of the stalls.

Take a leisurely river trip along the Lima

from the Pier near Largo 5 de outubro in Viana do Castelo. There are shorter trips of around 45 minutes or you can take a longer trip which includes lunch.

Nearby

Towns

Ponte de Lima 10 mins
Ponte de Barca 27 mins
Viana do Castelo 28 mins
Braga 30 mins
Barcelos 38 mins

Beaches

Afife 20 mins
Cabedelo 35 mins
Moledo 40 mins
Carreço 40 mins

Airports

Vigo 50 mins
Porto 60 mins
Santiago de Compostela 110 mins
Coruna 140 mins
Times are approximate

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