O Vergel

Caminha area

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Sitting/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD, WiFi) with patio doors to covered terrace. Double bedroom with en suite shower room. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to covered terrace. Laundry room (washing machine). Central heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: Landing with door to back garden. Double bedroom suite with en suite bathroom and sitting area. Twin bedroom suite with en suite bathroom and sitting area. Twin bedroom with en suite shower room.
  • Outside: Attractive terraced gardens of lawns and flowerbeds. Open and covered terraces. Large covered barbecue house. Private covered parking. Games room (table tennis) with bathroom and sitting room..
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Charming accommodation is provided within this attractive stone property, which has been designed to reflect the style of a 'pazo', the smart country home that is so typical of the owners' native Galicia.

Marble surfaces, attractive handmade tiles, solid wood ceilings and floors are some of the many attractive features that reveal the care and attention to detail employed when creating the abode. Add to this the stylish décor of the four bedroom suites, all of which have adjoining bathrooms, and the feeling of comfort is complete. 

Outside, the mature terraced gardens that surround the house display the same sense of style, with the wide expanses of well tended lawn being bordered by carefully chosen shrubs and trees.

The situation is equally appealing. In the heart of Argela with two small shops within walking distance, the house enjoys the advantages of a village location and yet its outlook is across a picturesque landscape of open fields and vineyards, with hillside visible in the distance. A covered terrace, accessed from the living room and flanked by a spacious barbecue house, overlooks the swimming pool, for which this view forms the backdrop. 

Whilst many guests may not wish to stray from such a pleasant setting, the coast at Caminha is only a 10 minute drive from the house and the town itself boasts a good range of restaurants. Alternatively, a short ferry crossing from Caminha will enable you to reach the sandy beaches of neighbouring Galicia in Spain.

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Great Things to Do Near O Vergel

Explore Argela...

If you can tear yourself away from the sumptuous comfort of the poolside, go for a wander around the village and stop for a drink at the local bar.

Mingle with the locals...

Head off early to the big Monday market in Caminha. It is a joy just to wander around the stalls, which sell everything you can imagine, to mingle with the locals and soak up the atmosphere.

Stop off for coffee...

Find a café on the square at Largo do Terreiro with its charming fountain, overlooked by a clock tower. A delightful spot.

Why not spend a day in Spain...

From Caminha, hop on the car ferry which makes frequent trips across the small stretch of water that separates the north of Portugal from Galicia. This is a fun way to reach this beautiful corner of Spain, which boasts some superb beaches and is renowned for the quality of its seafood.

Spend an evening on Moledo beach and watch the beautiful sunsets...

Either from its pristine sands or from a terrace of one of the smart coffee bars that lie just behind the waterfront.

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

Known as the city that will get to heaven first. The cathedral is the seat of the Primate of all Portugal and his magnificent palace is at the heart of the town. Make time to wonder around the cobbled streets and for those wanting to shop, 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 penitents climb up the steps on their knees.

Explore Porto...

Set aside a day to visit this UNESCO World Heritage City. Will a day be enough time to fit in visits to the Planetarium to plot some of those stars you have been watching, to walk down the steep higgledy piggledy tiny streets that tumble down to the River Douro, to walk across the iron bridge built by Monsieur Gustav Eiffel and to visit the port caves and try that famous drink? 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

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

Just a short drive down the coast. 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

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.

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

For fantastic views across 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

Explore the charming fortress town of Valenca...

A short drive north of the house, 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

Nothing but nature in the National Park of Peneda-Geres. Enjoy the many hiking trails and admire the wildlife...

Drive for miles through the largely undiscovered beautiful 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!

Shop for ceramics in the colourful Thursday market that is held in Barcelos...

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

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.

Go to the opera in July, when the Ponte de Lima Summer Festival of Opera and Classical Music is held...

Something that is 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 Axis Golf club, an 18 hole course in Ponte de Lima...

Afterwards, stop for dinner in the restaurant on site.

Nearby

Towns

Caminha 7 mins
Vila Nova de Cerveira 15 mins
Viana do Castelo 22 mins
Valença 28 mins
Ponte de Lima 35 mins

Beaches

Foz do Minho 12 mins
Moledo 14 mins
Praia da Âncora 15 mins

Airports

Vigo 50 mins
Porto 55 mins
Coruna 140 mins
Santiago de Compostela 170 mins
Times are approximate

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