Quinta de Cartemil

Ponte de Lima Area

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Web Ref: 3202
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Accommodation

  • Lower ground floor: Hall. Shower room. Laundry room (washing machine). Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and patio doors to terrace. Sitting room (TV, DVD) with patio doors to garden. Card room with patio doors to garden. Games room with patio doors to garden (table tennis). WiFi. Central heating.
  • Ground floor: Spacious dining room (traditional stone hearth, two feature stone bread ovens, wood burning stove) with French doors to covered terrace. Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave) with door to poolside. Cloakroom. Double bedroom with en suite shower room.  Corridor leading to: Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and French doors to terrace. Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom and French doors to terrace and garden.
  • First floor (accessed via stairs from the dining room): Landing. Additional single bedroom (sloping ceiling and low doorway).
  • Outside: Spacious grounds of lawns, covered and open terraces. Poolside shower. Barbecue. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m).

An impressive portal, topped with ornate stone pinnacles, announces your arrival at this beautifully restored Portuguese ‘quinta’ which sits within 12 hectares of rolling grounds just 7km from historic Ponte de Lima and commands the most stunning of panoramic vistas from its semi-circular poolside lawns.

If this elegant gateway to the property delights, so too will the smart country residence into which it leads. Owned by a local family whose current generation has restored and refurbished it, this is a substantial home that exudes elegance, style and a chic design that seamlessly incorporates the charming features of its traditional heritage with a contemporary décor.

Sure to catch your eye is the smart white paintwork that adds an up-to-date finish to the original lofty wood beamed ceilings, the recessed doors and windows that reveal traditionally thick stone walls and the sliding doors that ingeniously connect the four main bedrooms to their sleek and up-to-the-minute en suite bathrooms. Above a charming dining room displaying a striking wall of open stone and two original bread ovens, an additional bedroom sits beneath a sloping ceiling within the eaves.

It is however the delightful sense of space provided within the building that lends such an ambience of grandeur to Quinta de Cartemil.  Throughout the various different wings and floors of the property polished wooden floors span the elegant corridors and hallways that connect one area to the next and the provision of four grand reception rooms offers ample space for dining, lounging, games of cards and table tennis.

Each reception room is flanked with doors that open onto the grounds, with those of the dining room leading the way via a covered terrace to the swimming pool, which sits amidst an almost semi-circular lawn in the most stunning of settings. Swim in the pool or lounge alongside it and you will feel that you are atop your own private viewpoint, since spreading out ahead and to the sides is the most extensive vista of the lush rolling countryside that rises up from the river valley below.

Standing elegantly alongside the river just a 10 minute drive from the house is Ponte de Lima which offers shops, restaurants, a fortnightly market along the sandy river bank and sporting activities on the water. Also within easy reach are the unspoilt sandy beaches of the Costa Verde, which can be reached in 35 minutes.

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Great Things to Do Near Quinta de Cartemil

Unwind in the pretty garden...

Wander around Quinta de Cartemil's almost 30 acres of gardens, orchards and woods or sit back and admire the views over the rolling countryside.

Sample the local Vinho Verde wine...

Visit the local wine Co-Operative in Ponte de Lima to stock up on supplies. Some of the wine might even be from Quinta de Cartemil's own vineyards!

Don't miss out on the local festivals...

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.

Mingle with the locals at 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!

Hire bikes from the nautical club in Ponte de Lima and follow the Ecovia which runs parallel to the Lima River...

The path runs from Ponte de Lima alongside the river 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.

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.

Take pleasant walk of around 10 kms take you a hill up above Ponte de Lima to the Chapel of Santo Ovidio...

Inside the chapel, the hard of hearing leave waxed models of their ears for the saint. Part of the walk follows the pilgrim's route to Santiago, so you pass many shrines on the way. (Details of walks are available from the tourist office).

Hire kayaks and explore the river Lima...

From the nautical club in Ponmte de Lima you can hire kayaks or even take a guided tour along the river. Spot the wildlife along the banks and enjoy the sunshine as you gently glide along the river.

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.

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 willl lead you to some beautiful waterfalls.

Take a leisurely river trip along the Lima River from the pier 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 15 mins
Arcos de Valdevez 20 mins
Viana do Castelo 30 mins
Braga 30 mins
Barcelos 44 mins

Beaches

Praia da Âncora 38 mins
Carreço 38 mins
Moledo 40 mins

Airports

Vigo 45 mins
Porto 60 mins
Santiago de Compostela 105 mins
Coruna 130 mins
Times are approximate

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