Casa do Conde

O Grove

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  • Ground floor: Entrance hall.  Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, WiFi) with French doors to covered terrace.  Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave).  Cloakroom.  Two double bedrooms with en suite bathroom.  Two twin bedrooms with en suite bathroom.  Central heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: Landing.  Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom.  Two double bedrooms with en suite bathroom.  Principal double bedroom (continental double bed) with en suite bathroom (separate shower). 
  • Outside: Grounds of lawns, terraces and flowerbeds.  Children’s play area.  Two poolside shower rooms.  Laundry room (washing machine).  Barbecue.  Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 4m) with Roman steps

Bordered on almost all sides by sea and golden beaches, the district of O Grove is famed for its seafood, its idyllic and beautifully unspoilt coastline and its rich maritime history.  Situated on the western tip of the peninsula that weaves between the waters of the ‘rías’ of Pontevedra and Arousa and linked to the mainland by a strip of land fringed by the impressively long sweep of sands of La Lanzada, it has become one of the most highly sought after destinations of Galicia’s Rías Baixas.

It was therefore with delight that we discovered Casa do Conde, an impressive stone built residence situated in the town of O Grove itself. Originally built by the town’s Countess and still preserved as an important landmark, its beautifully presented rooms display the subtle elegance that so befits a home of such stature. Each stylishly furnished bedroom is adjoined by its own bathroom, the classical living room opens conveniently onto a covered outdoor dining terrace and all exude an ambience of restful relaxation thanks to a calming decor of neutral tones.

Outside, pretty grounds encircle the house with gently sloping lawns, graceful palm trees and the colourful blooms of flowering plants to provide a delightful oasis for outdoor living. Whilst swimming in the pool or dining al fresco guests could in fact be forgiven for forgetting that this is a town house and yet a stroll of just 200m down the residential street will reveal the nearest of the town’s sandy beaches and the first of the many shops and restaurants that can all be reached on foot.

Being in the town itself and within walking distance of all amenities makes Casa do Conde an appealing choice for those not wishing to rely on a car. A short drive will however reveal some of the many beauty spots to be found along this picturesque peninsula: the golden sands of Playa de Pipas (5km), the majestic dune backed bay of La Lanzada (6km) and the pretty island of La Toja (4km) being just a few.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa do Conde

Go on a nature safari...

300 years ago O Grove was actually an island, a build-up of sand and pebbles created A Lanzada beach connecting it to the mainland. It is a stunning area of natural beauty and what better way to discover the flora and fauna than a cruise called the ‘Route of the Isles and birds’ which leaves from O Grove port. www.crucerosmaresdogrove.com/ap/home

Go Karting!

Near A Lanzada beach you’ll find the Paris Dakart Race Track. Karts, quad bikes, canoes and a mini golf course ensure hours of fun for children and adults alike. www.parisdakart.com/sanxenxo

Follow the Water Route in Caldas de Reis...

If you fancy experiencing the beauty of inland Galicia, a 40-minute drive will take you to the start of a circular walking route which follows the Umia River through lush countryside. With an approximate duration of 2 hours 30 minutes, it is an itinerary of low difficulty where you will find roman bridges, old mills and waterfalls.

Head for the surf! A Lanzada beach is one of the region's Surf Hotspots...

There is a good surf school based at the beach, Prado Surf who also have another school at one of the region's other renowned Surf beaches, Playa de Patos in Nigrán.

Follow the Rías Baixas wine route...

The O Salnés Valley is one of the four areas which form the Rías Baixas Guarantee of Origen and Quality. Visit a number of bodegas, soak up their rich legacy and sample some of the region's finest wines. Find more info on the wine route at www.rutadelvinoriasbaixas.com

Pay a visit to the aquarium in 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 the octopus!

Visit A 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 still go there 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.

Explore historic Pontevedra...

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.

Enjoy some of the best seafood available anywhere in the world!

Galicia is world renowned for its seafood, famed for its excellent quality and intensity of flavour. With so many great restaurants nearby offering freshly caught local produce, you'd be mad not to try it.

Try the famous Padrón peppers...

Padrón is home to the famous 'Pimientas de Padrón'. These tasty little peppers, originally from Mexico, are now grown throughout the region to meet the high demand. Try them roasted in oil but watch out for the occasional really hot one! Dedicated pepper fans can visit the pepper festival held in the town in August.

Explore Vigo, the regional capital and second largest port in the world...

Soak up the atmosphere in the cobbled streets around the Rua Pescaderia and walk through the adjacent park to capture some amazing views of the Ria which plays such an important part in the life of this fascinating city.

Relax on one of the world's best beaches on the Cies Islands..

A short ferry crossing from Vigo or Baiona will take you to the stunning Cies Islands and the world famous Playa de Rodas, named the best beach in the world by the Guardian Newspaper in 2007. There is a limit on the amount of visitors allowed to the islands each day so booking in advance is essential.

Look out for local fiestas around Pontevedra...

Music, processions, food-tasting, fireworks and traditional dancing are just some of the events taking place in the many fiestas held in the Pontevedra region during the summer months. Watch for musicians in traditional costume playing the 'gaita galega' (bagpipes).

Visit the Monastery of Poio...

A fascinating and atmospheric monastery officially declared to be of historic and artistic interest dating from the year 942 or possibly even earlier. It has a interesting library containing the smallest book in the World, an impressive mural of mosaic depicting the French road to Santiago and possibly the largest hórreo (grain store) to be found in Galicia.

Take a boat to the Isla de Ons...

Forming part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, the Isla de Ons was designated a special protection area for bird-life by the European Union in 2001. Easily manageable as a day trip, you can get a ferry from the port in either Portonovo or Sanxenxo.

Make time to visit the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela...

A trip to Santiago is an absolute must! 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. It'll take a little over an hour via the motorway.

Visit the famous O Grove Seafood Festival...

For late season visitors, indulge yourself at the huge seafood festival which takes place each year during the first two weeks of October. Seafood menus, stalls on the quayside, cookery demonstrations and delicious local wines, O Grove has them all! Expect fresh langoustines, crabs, shrimp, octopus and squid plus inshore and deep sea fish. Plus barnacles, a local delicacy.

Look out for the 'Cruceiros' as you drive around the countryside...

Made of stone, these crosses are generally found at the entrance to churches or on crossroads and are respresentative of Galician culture and art. They are also full of legends and offer amongst many other things, protection for the weary traveller.

Learn about wine making at the Wine Museum in Cambados..

Here you'll find all you need to know about the cultivation, history and processing of the Albariño wine for which Galicia is famous. Why not combine the visit with a trip to one or two of the local bodegas.

Stroll along the walkway by the sea from Sanxenxo to Portonovo as the sun sets...

Stop off for an apéritif before returning for dinner in one of Sanxenxo's many restaurants.

Nearby

Towns

O Grove (town centre) 15 mins
Sanxenxo 25 mins
Cambados 30 mins
Pontevedra 40 mins
Padrón 60 mins
Baiona 75 mins

Beaches

Playa de Rons 2 mins
Playa de Lanzada 10 mins
Playa de Pipas 10 mins
Playa A Barrosa 10 mins
Playa de Silgar 20 mins

Airports

Vigo 60 mins
Santiago de Compostela 70 mins
A Coruña 95 mins
Porto 135 mins
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