Quinta da Agra

Ponte de Lima Area

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CASA DA AGRA (Sleeps 8)
  • Ground floor: Entrance hall/drawing room with door to covered terrace. Dining room with original stone hearth. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave).  Cloakroom.  Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom.  Double bedroom with en suite bathroom.  Central heating throughout the house.  WiFi.
  • Lower ground floor: Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom. Sitting room with French windows to open terrace (billiards table, fireplace,TV, DVD, CD).
EIRA DA AGRA (Sleeps 6)
  • Ground floor: Sitting room (fireplace) with door to open terrace. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and door to covered terrace. Central heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: 'Galería' style landing with picture windows. Two twin bedrooms with en suite bathroom.
SEPARATE SUITE (Sleeps 2, externally accessed):
  • Twin bedroom. Shower room. Living room (fireplace).  Kitchenette.
OUTSIDE:
  • Terraced gardens. Open and covered patios. Poolside shower. Pond. Garden house incorporating living room, two shower rooms, gym and kitchenette. Private parking. Washing machine.
  • Private swimming pool (8m x 5m) with Roman steps surrounded by lawns

An imposing stone portal, topped with a cross, forms the impressive entrance to this charming 16th Century property and gives some indication of the grandeur of the accommodation that lies within its walls.

Quinta da Agra has belonged to the owner's family for many generations and whilst it has been updated and refurbished over the years, a delightful sense of history remains pleasingly evident throughout its impressive rooms.  Two houses, each tastefully furnished, sit amidst colourful terraced gardens that are populated with bright flowerbeds, orange and olive trees. These look out across a splendid open vista of the pretty countryside that surrounds the nearby town of Ponte de Lima: green fields, vineyards and a backdrop of mountains stretch out beyond the grounds. Down below, the Rio Trovela is famed locally for its trout.

The division of accommodation into two separate houses will appeal to large groups or sharing families who may seek independence from time to time. Nevertheless, the larger house provides ample space in which everyone can congregate.  The former kitchen, with its stone flagged floor and enormous original hearth, has been converted to create a charming dining room, whilst the living room is so vast that it is home not only to an area of soft furnishings but also a billiard table. From this living room, French windows provide access to the swimming pool, which lies behind the main house.

The proximity of Quinta da Agra to the delightful riverside town of Ponte de Lima is particularly appealing. A walk of just 1.5km along a rural lane past open fields and vineyards brings you to a well stocked supermarket, whilst just 1km further on from here are cafés, restaurants and a wide range of shops.  Alternatively, should you be tempted by a day on the coast, the wide dune-backed beaches that stretch north and south of Viana do Castelo are just 30 minutes away by car.

  • Terraced gardens mean that young children would need supervision.
  • Parties paying the rate for up to 12 persons will have use of Casa da Agra and Eira da Agra.
  • Parties paying the 13 - 16 person rate will have use of Casa da Agra, Eira da Agra and the separate suite.
  • Flexible changeover days may be possible over certain periods at this house. Please enquire.

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Great Things to Do Near Quinta da Agra

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.

Hire a canoe

from the boat club at Ponte de Lima and explore the river.

Go Fishing

Try your luck fishing for trout in the River Lima (permits are required and can be obtained from the local tourist office).

Sample the local wine

and then visit the local wine Co-Operative in Ponte de Lima to stock up on supplies.

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

on Ponte de Lima's challenging 18 hole course.

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.

Hire surfboards

at the beach of Afife, and spend a day in the water in what is a much sought after spot for keen surfers.

Laze 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.

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.

See another country - Spain!

Drive up the coast to the pretty waterside town of Caminha, from where a car ferry 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

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

Nothing but nature in the National Park of Peneda-Geres.

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

Visit Porto

Set aside a day to visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto. 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, to visit the port caves and try that famous drink and to 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

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 cockerel, which is widely represented in traditional ceramic throughout the country and will no doubt be found on one of the stalls.

Visit historic Braga

.....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.

Walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims

up the steps of 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.

Ponte de Lima Horse Fair

One of Portugal's largest horse events is held in June in Ponte de Lima. The fair attracts many breeders of thoroughbred horses and there are several competitions including show jumping with the participation of some well-known riders. In addition to the equestrian activities, the Horse Fair also includes local food and handicrafts displays and lots of other kinds of entertainment too.

The Ponte de Lima Fair

Every fortnight on a Monday, Ponte de Lima is brought to life when a huge and lively market that dates back to the Middle Ages is held on the banks of the river.

Nearby

Towns

Ponte de Lima 4 mins
Ponte de Barca 25 mins
Arcos de Valdevez 25 mins
Viana do Castelo 25 mins
Valença 28 mins
Braga 30 mins

Beaches

Ponte de Lima River beach 5 mins
Cabedelo 30 mins
Carreço 35 mins
Praia da Âncora 35 mins

Airports

Vigo 40 mins
Porto 50 mins
Times are approximate

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