Quinta de São Bento

Braga area

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  • Ground floor: Formal dining room (TV, DVD) with original stone fireplace. Secondary dining room. Games room (pool table) with door to barbecue terrace. Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave) with door to barbecue terrace. Laundry room (washing machine). Shower room. Telephone. WiFi. Central heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: Accessed via open tread staircase. Sitting room. Four double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Two twin bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.
  • Outside: Tennis court (bring your own equipment). Wide lawns. Open terraces. Private parking. In-built barbecue.  Pool room with access to ground floor sun room and cloakrooms only. Poolside shower.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Situated on the edge of the local town of Vila de Prado, this beautifully maintained manor house with its extensive grounds of sweeping lawns, wide terraces, swimming pool and tennis court is yours in its entirety.

The numerous living areas that spread throughout the spacious interior will delight large groups and sharing families. Whilst the vast windows that line one side of the house create a bright and attractive eating area, the adjacent formal dining room conveys an air of splendour, housed between high walls of thick stone.

Beyond, the original stone wine cellar has been tastefully converted to house an attractive games room. Throughout, original features are combined with modern conveniences to create a comfortable and immaculate interior. Pretty armchairs sit upon wooden floors in the light sitting room; modern bathrooms display borders of attractive tiles and fine furnishings of solid wood decorate the bedrooms.

Outside in the spacious grounds, the swimming pool and tennis court sit amidst well kept lawns and terraces, and an ornate chapel adjoins the house. On one side, neat rows of fruit trees line the banks of the nearby river, whilst the local town of Vila de Prado sits conveniently on the other, its pleasing range of shops and restaurants being a short stroll from the house.  Well placed for visits to a number of historic centres, the ancient town of Braga is a mere 15 minutes away whilst Barcelos with its famous Thursday morning market can be reached in 20 minutes. The long dune-backed beaches of the coast at Esposende are a 35 minute drive although the wide sandy river beaches of the Rio Cavado lie within walking distance of the house.

The housekeepers live in a cottage in the grounds but do not use the private swimming pool and tennis court.
Flexible changeover days may be possible over certain periods at this house. Please enquire.

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Great Things to Do Near Quinta de São Bento

Head down to the river beach

and have an ice cream by the water. This is just a short walk across town.

Stroll into town.

A series of little back streets form the pleasant route from the house to the centre of Vila de Prado where you can browse the local shops before stopping off at a cafe for some refreshment.

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. Only a 15 minute drive from the house by car, the city has a beautiful centre and is an appealing venue for meals and days out.

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 pentitents climb up the steps on their knees.

Relax in the pretty gardens that surround Bom Jesus do Monte

Behind the church you will find wooded grounds, grottoes and miniature boating pools, which make this a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon or early evening.

Browse the stalls on market day in Barcelos

Set off early to see what is the largest market in the Minho. This takes place every Thursday and the town is the birthplace of the 'Galo de Barcelos', the small cockeral, which is widely represented in traditional ceramic throughout the country. It will no doubt be found on one of the stalls.

Visit the birthplace of the first king of Portugal

With its impressive medieval monuments, a charming labyrinth of narrow streets and general sense of grandeur, it is not hard to imagine that the attractive town of Guimaraes was once home to royalty. Situated a short drive south east of Braga, it is well worth a trip.

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

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!

Spend a day lazing on the beach

on the long white sands of Ofir, said to be the best beach between Porto and Viana do Castelo. Forests of pine trees form the backdrop to the spectacular dune backed beach.

Have a drink on the terrace of one of the beachfront cafes in Esposende

a chaming seaside town, popular with the Portuguese and blessed with a lovely dune-backed beach of fine white sand.

Head a little further up the coast and hire surfboards

at the beach of Afife, a favourite haunt for keen surfers

Spend a day in 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

on Ponte de Lima's challenging 18 hole course.

Set aside a day to visit the World Heritage 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.

See another country - Spain!

Crossings from the pretty riverside town of Caminha to the Spanish town of la Guardia are every hour and the short journey across the water is a fun way to reach this lovely corner of Spain, which boasts some superb beaches and wonderful seafood restaurants.

Sample the local wine

and 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).

Nearby

Towns

Vila de Prado 10 mins
Braga 13 mins
Barcelos 20 mins
Guimarães 30 mins
Arcos de Valdevez 40 mins
Viana do Castelo 45 mins

Beaches

Esposende 35 mins
Praia da Apúlia 35 mins
Cabedelo 50 mins

Airports

Porto 45 mins
Vigo 60 mins
Santiago de Compostela 120 mins
Coruna 150 mins
Times are approximate

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