Casa del Molino

Ria de Pontevedra (Rias Baixas)

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall.  Living room (fireplace, TV, DVD, CD) with French windows to partly covered terrace. Dining room. Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) Laundry room (washing machine, tumble dryer). Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom. Cloakroom. WiFi.  Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
  • First floor: Double bedroom with dressing area, en suite bathroom and private terrace. Four twin bedrooms each with en suite bathroom.
  • Outside: Landscaped garden with lawns and flower borders. Hard surfaced ball games area. Barbecue house (table tennis, two shower rooms). Poolside shower. Open and covered terraces. Games room (table football) with en suite cloakroom. Garage.
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m) with Roman steps.

When first invited to view Casa del Molino, we could not anticipate the near perfect setting which awaited us: from the entrance gate, a sloping driveway through landscaped grounds led to an imposing granite house with its own large swimming pool set in the centre of a spacious lawned garden. As we stepped through to that garden, however, the panorama which revealed itself was literally breathtaking.

Virtually every point of the broad lawns on each side of the pool enjoys uninterrupted views over the waters of the Ría de Pontevedra, with the beaches of Marín and Aguete on the opposite side of the estuary looking so close you could almost touch their pale golden sands. Just below you lies the waterside village of Samieira, with its sheltered beach, local shops and restaurants only a short walk away. As you would expect, the locally grown mussels and excellent seafood of all types, for which Galicia is so renowned, feature strongly on menus.

Inside the house too, echoes of this spectacular waterside location are evident in the light and bright décor, with splashes of blue, green and aquamarine used to great effect in furnishings, rugs and fabrics. The comfortable sitting room and principal bedroom above face the water and have large picture windows to take in the entrancing views.

Although a relatively new building, the layout of its well proportioned public rooms, impressive polished wood stairway and bedrooms leading off a large galleried landing combine to give the feel of a traditional Gallego manor house. However, Casa del Molino is very much a family home and provides comfort and relaxation together with games and pastimes for the more actively inclined.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa del Molino

Sit back and enjoy the garden and poolside

and take in the marvellous views over the Ria of Pontevedra towards the Morrazo Peninsular.

Wine Museum - one of Spain's oldest is in Cambados.

All you need to know about cultivation, history and processing of the Albariño wine. Combine with a visit to a bodega - there are many on the roads around Cambados or Tui. (A tour lasts about an hour.)

La Lanzada beach

Galicia is steeped in legends - it is said, for example, that when God put his hand down on the earth between the Atlantic sea and Galicia he formed the Rias with his fingers. La Lanzada beach between Sanxenxo and O'Grove has its legends too and women go there still to perform the Ritual of the Nine Waves to guarantee their fertility. It is a glorious sandy beach backed by dunes and great for beach and seaside activities.

A trip to Santiago is obligatory!

The jewel of Galicia where, for more than 1000 years, pilgrims have gathered from all over Europe. Visit the impressive cathedral, the Plaza del Obradoiro and the old pilgrims' hospital, now a luxurious Parador.

Pontevedra lies on the Pilgrim's route from Portugal to Santiago

and the old part is probably the most beautiful and best preserved in Galicia. The Zona Monumental contains many noteworthy buildings of historical interest and is well worth a visit.

Interested in nautical history?

Visit the Maritime Museum in Bueu which has grown from the area's fish processing industry. The museum contains maritime ethnography, nautical instruments and furniture and interesting archaelogical remains.

Enjoy the thrills of Quad-biking through the dunes

on the beach of La Lanzada, and afterwards relax while sipping a cold drink in the shade of the local beach bars.

Visit the animals at Vigo Zoo,

10 kms outside of Vigo city. This is the only zoo in Galicia and is dedicated to the conservation of threatened species.

Head up to the hills

away from the sea from your house to visit the Monastery A Armenteira, now declared of National Monument. The Monastery is surrounded by legends and stories of miracles but the building is a fine example of Galician Romanesque architecture.

The nearby Morrazo Peninsular,

situated between the two rias of Pontevedra and Vigo,possesses some of the most attractive and varied beaches of the Rias Baixas. Two of the nicest (Barra and Nerga, the former a naturist beach) are approached through the shade of the pine trees and dunes that form their backdrop .There are many other beaches to explore such as the pretty beach of Menduina and the beach at Bon which has calm seas and a play area - fun for children.

Ons Island on the Pontevedra Ria,

presents contrasting coastlines - craggy rocks to the West with steep cliffs and caves, and fine white sandy beaches to the East. During summer months boats leave from many of the mainland towns - the journey lasts around 40 minutes.

Walking routes on the Island of Ons.

Although the beaches are so inviting there are excellent marked walking routes to tempt you away, including the route to the lighthouse, nature and historical routes. There are also guides available to conduct guided tours if preferred.

Pay a visit to the aquarium at O'Grove,

built on a strip of land almost entirely surrounded by the sea. The children will love to watch the otters playing and get a close up view of octopus!

For a tasty pool-side barbecue

buy some fresh fish straight off the boat from nearby Portonovo - still a very typical Galician fishing village. Add a bottle of the excellent local Albariño - then just sit back and relax with a good book.....

Sanxenxo has a stunning beach

with white sand and clear waters and an upmarket holiday atmosphere. The promenade and numerous cafés bordering the beach are great for strolling and people watching too!

La Toja is home to a 'Balneario' of spas and thermal waters.

Take the bridge over to the island to take the waters, renowned for their healing effects on the skin. Whilst there play the tables at the famous Casino at O 'Grove, the one that Franco forgot to close down

Vigo Museum.

Vigo is justly proud of its Museum 'Quiñones de León' housed in a Galician Manor house, one of the best preserved of its type. It has nearly 300,000 square metres of parkland and gardens, including English, French and Rose gardens. Also, every summer live performances of all types of music, dancing and theatre are held there.

Shopping!

Sanxenxo is a great place for it and for even more choice try Vigo.Four shopping centres here selling all kinds of goods - plus take a look at the street dedicated to baskets!

Music, processions, food-tasting, fireworks and traditional dancing

are just some of the events taking place in the many fiestas held in and around Sanxenxo in the summer months. Watch for musicians in traditional costume playing the 'gaita galega' (bagpipes).

Stroll along the walkway by the sea from Sanxenxo to Portonovo

as the sun sets for an apéritif before returning for dinner in one of Sanxenxo's many restaurants.

Nearby

Towns

Sanxenxo 15 mins
Pontevedra 20 mins
Portonovo 20 mins
O Grove 35 mins
Baiona 55 mins

Beaches

Playa Chancelas 5 mins
Playa de Laño 15 mins
Playa de Montalvo 20 mins
Playa Major 25 mins
Playa de Lanzada 25 mins

Airports

Vigo 40 mins
Santiago de Compostela 60 mins
A Coruña 90 mins
Porto 120 mins
Times are approximate

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