Quinta Souto Chão

Ponte de Lima Area

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  • Ground floor: Entrance hall.  Shower room.   Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, A/C) with feature stone bread oven. Dining room (A/C) with door to covered terrace. Sitting room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD, A/C). Single bedroom (wood burning stove) with door to covered terrace leading to bedrooms. Two twin bedrooms (A/C) with en suite shower rooms. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room.  WiFi. 
  • Lower Ground floor: Games room (billiards table, A/C).  Shower room.  Sitting room with kitchenette (TV, A/C).  Table football.  Laundry room (washing machine).  Table tennis.
  • Outside: Attractive gardens with wide lawns and flowerbeds. Open and covered terraces. Stone water feature.  Barbecue.  Poolside shower.  Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m) with Roman steps.

So welcoming and homely is Quinta Souto Chão that guests are unlikely to want to leave. A meticulously planned restoration has produced a charming house that exudes comfort, quality and a delightful blend of those original features that so typify traditional houses in the Minho.

Your entry through the main door will reveal an inviting living area, where a chestnut wood floor and exposed stone walls are set off against beautifully coordinated fabrics. With sliding doors connecting dining and sitting rooms and the whole area being equipped with hot and cold air conditioning, this is a good choice for both low and peak season rentals. A covered stone terrace, with far reaching views across the surrounding countryside, connects this living area to the three en suite bedrooms which are accessed by way of external doors.

The impressive interior is matched by an equally appealing location. From the swimming pool and well tended grounds of wide lawns and attractive patios a picturesque rural landscape of tiered hillside spreads out before you towards the Spanish border.  Younger members of the group will no doubt be delighted to discover the three ponies and small collection of sheep that occupy the field beyond the bottom of the grounds whilst a beautifully presented games room offers extra entertainment on the lower floor of the property.

In the distance below, a church tower rises above the local hamlet, whilst a short walk of 100 metres uphill behind the property brings you to a small shop selling basic items. A local restaurant can be found some 3km from the house and the smart riverside town of Ponte de Lima offers all amenities just 7km away.

The three en suite bedrooms are situated off an external covered terrace, access to which is through the single bedroom.

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Great Things to Do Near Quinta Souto Chão

If you can bear to leave the pretty garden surrounding your pool, go to Ponte de Lima and enjoy the café society...

Have a coffee on the terrace in 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.

Sample the local Vinho Verde wine...

Stock up with supplies at the wine co-operative in Ponte de Lima. The Adega Cooperativa is in Rua Conde Bertiandos (near the hospital).

Stroll along the riverbank in Ponte de Lima For those who like to keep their feet dry there are paths stretching up and down the riverbank...

Walk from the old Roman bridge down to the new crossing, cross and walk back into Ponte de Lima along the other river bank. Stop for tea before re-crossing the ancient bridge back to the car and home again.

Take a picnic down to the river in Ponte de Lima...

Have a leasurely lunch under the shady vines on the north bank. Here you can picnic, swim from the river beach and hire a canoe for a lazy paddle.

Mingle with the locals on market day...

Browse the colourful stalls that fill the sandy river banks every other Monday in Ponte de Lima.

Play Golf at the Axis Golf club, an 18 hole course in Ponte de Lima...

Afterwards, enjoy a meal in their on site restaurant.

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.

Join in the local festivities!

At the 'Ferias Novas', Ponte de Lima's main festival which takes place over the third weekend of September. Among the many attractions are a funfair, a local market and a religious procession.

Head to the coast for the day and discover the beautiful beaches stretching to the north and south of Viana do Castelo...

Just a 30 minute drive from the house, there are so many beautiful beaches in the area to be discovered.

Hire surfboards at Afife beach...

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 across the ancient 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.

Spend a day exploring the southern coast of 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

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 a car, watch out for the mountain goats, who have right of way!

Set aside a day to visit the 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 at the colourful Thursday market 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 historic Braga for historic architecture, great food and retail therapy...

The cathedral is the seat of the Primate of all Portugal and his magnificent palace is at the heart of the town. Wander the cobbled streets and stop for coffee and lunch in one of the many charming cafes surrounding the cathedral. For shoppers, head to the 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.

Nearby

Towns

Ponte de Lima 14 mins
Ponte de Barca 17 mins
Arcos de Valdevez 25 mins
Valença 30 mins
Viana do Castelo 35 mins
Braga 40 mins
Caminha 45 mins
Barcelos 50 mins

Beaches

Cabedelo 35 mins
Carreço 40 mins
Amorosa 40 mins
Praia da Âncora 40 mins

Airports

Vigo 45 mins
Porto 60 mins
Santiago de Compostela 105 mins
Coruna 165 mins
Times are approximate

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