Quinta de São Simão

Braga area

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  • Ground floor: Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, WiFi) with stone fireplace and French windows to vine covered terrace. Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave) with doors to vine covered terrace.  Washing machine.  Twin bedroom.  Double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Bathroom. Central heating throughout the house.
  • Lower ground floor: Games room (wood burning stove, pool table, table football) with door to open patio.
  • Outside: Extensive tiered grounds of lawns, flowerbeds, open and covered terraces. Poolside shower room. Covered terrace (table tennis, table football). Two ponds. Woodland with natural lake (not suitable for bathing). In-built barbecue. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m) with Roman steps.

This substantial and beautifully maintained home sits on its own off a country lane and offers extensive facilities within its 5000 hectares of grounds. Vine covered terraces, tiered gardens of smart lawns and mature flowerbeds, a poolside games area and private woodland of grassy pathways, verdant trees and a lake are all available for the exclusive use of guests.

The elevated position of the property means that the gardens and pool look out across a wide vista of the valley below.  You will no doubt spend many happy hours here, whether relaxing on the poolside terrace, reading a book under the shade of a tree or fighting out battles of table tennis and football. To the rear of the house, a pretty vine covered terrace is another attractive spot from which a gate leads the way to the wood.

To discover shops and restaurants, you do not need to venture far since the small village of Couto is just 2km away and has two local shops and cafés, whilst Santo Tirso with all amenities and restaurants is just 5km from the house.

Being constructed around the natural rock of the hillside, the house itself is charming and oozes character thanks to the delightful natural features that have been retained. The stairs wrap their way around an enormous boulder of open stone; in the country-style kitchen light cream units sit alongside traditional tiles.  A combination of open stone and light painted walls blends perfectly with smart floors of polished wood and tastefully upholstered furnishings to create an ambiance that is both comfortable and unique.

Terraced grounds mean that very young children may need supervision.

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Great Things to Do Near Quinta de São Simão


Have dinner cooked for you at home one evening. The housekeeper is happy to arrange this service for you (payable locally).

Go for a stroll

through the acres of woodland that lie within the grounds of the property.

For the competitive amongst you...

Play cards, billiards, table football and table tennis, all of which are provided at the house.

Visit Porto

Pop into Porto and visit the beautiful, historic Majestic Café, in Rua de Santa Caterina, one of the best and busiest shopping streets in the city. Decorated in neo-baroque style, with lots of shimmering glass, it is well worth a visit and is open from breakfast throughout the day.

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. 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.

Have afternoon tea in Santo Tirso

in the smart tea room that looks out across the town's park and offers an appealing selection of numerous different types of tea.

Mingle with the locals on market day

Head down into Santo Tirso early on a Monday and wander through the colourful market stalls that fill the centre of the town.

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 east of the house, it is well worth a trip.

Explore the steep higgledy piggledy tiny streets of the Barredo quarter

in Porto that tumble down from the cathedral to the quayside of the River Douro.

Cross Porto's two level iron bridge

which was designed by Monsieur Gustav Eiffel then watch the world go by while taking an aperitif in a pavement café in the charming riverside area close to Cais da Ribeira.

Whilst in Porto, take a tour on the open top bus

for a fabulous view of all the best landmarks and an overview for orientation of the city. A chance to rest your feet after a hard morning of sight-seeing! Take your swimming costumes and get off the bus by the sandy beach on the edge of the city before it returns to the centre.

Sample the local port wine

in the port wine lodges in 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 and most of them offer tastings and tours.

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 pentitents climb up the steps on their knees.

Relax in the pretty gardens that surround Bom Jesus.

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.

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 a beachfront cafe 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.



Santo Tirso 8 mins
Barcelos 33 mins
Braga 35 mins
Guimarães 35 mins


Povoa de Varzim 35 mins
Vila do Conde 37 mins


Porto 25 mins
Vigo 75 mins
Santiago de Compostela 130 mins
Coruna 160 mins
Times are approximate

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