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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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QUINTA DA RIBEIRA

Ponte de Lima Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3,1 bedrooms, 1,1 bathrooms, sleeping 5, 2/4

A nineteenth century farm house set in the beautiful Minho area and restored to incorporate modern living standards whilst retaining many original features. Here can be found the real essence of Portugal where the only noise one is likely to hear, apart from the occasional car or the local churches chiming the quarter hours, are the farmyard sounds of chicken, sheep and cows.

The farm can be rented as a single unit for a group of friends or separately, each house being independent and having a private terrace. There is a central laundry room and a large shared pool.

Eating Out. Shopping: The nearest restaurant is just over a mile from the property and although it is traditional Portuguese fare good reports have been received regarding both quality and price. The restaurant also does a take away service. There are several good, family style eating houses in Paredes de Coura, a 7 mile drive away, whilst Ponte de Lima boasts some more elegant restaurants for a special evening out. There are 2 small supermarkets in Paredes de Coura where most requirements can be met and an Intermarché, Modelo and Lidl in Ponte de LIma. It must be remembered however that Portuguese supermarkets often do not accept Visa cards so money should be raised first at one of the numerous cash points. For good value for money, variety of products and high quality, however, we recommend a visit to Tui, just over the border in Spain where there is a large hypermarket and a Lidl supermarket.

Places of interest in the immediate vicinity.: A couple of miles from the property is the protected area of Corno de Bico. This wild park like terrain is ideal for walking or mountain bike riding. It is the habitat of many rare animals but those most usually seen are the semi wild horses which roam the area. The whole area is very good for walking enthusiasts and ordinance survey maps are available on request. Another local place of interest is the unfinished monastery church of Nossa Senhora de Secouro (Our Lady of Help) and the two local hilltop shrines of Nossa Senhora de Fatima and San Silvestre are worth a visit on a fine day to see the views they afford.

Although the nearest sea beach is a 30minute drive, there are plenty of local river beaches for swimming enthusiasts. Look out for the sign 'Praia Fluvial', a very up market one in Paredes de Coura and many 'natural style' ones on the Lima River.

Golfing enthusiasts have given excellent reports about the local course in terms of price, quality of play and beauty.

Ponte de Lima: This historic town with its Roman bridge and medieval centre is a must. From the farm house it is fun to park the car on the north side of the river, cross the (now pedestrian) bridge and visit the town on foot. There is a bi-weekly market on a Monday which takes place on the river bank and there are various specialist markets at other times. There is also a nautical club where canoes can be hired, a riding school, (riding only on the premises) and the golf course. The north bank of the river has recently been developed into a series of gardens which make for a pleasant stroll.

On the way in to Ponte de Lima there is a fish farm where visitors are lent rods and tackle and can catch their own supper. The trout is either grilled on the spot or you can take it home to cook yourself. Hang gliding is also practised in the area but this seems to depend very much on weather conditions and we have been unable to discover much about it.

More Details

Details for Quinta da Ribeira 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

The Quinta da Ribeira is a two bedroom apartment (1 double room, 1 twin) on the first floor of the house. There is sleeping accommodation for a fifth person in a small curtained apartment off the living room. The ground floor was traditionally reserved for the animals although it now houses a laundry room and store room. The living room has an open fireplace, dining area and extra sofa bed, satellite TV and DVD player. The attractive stone terrace is ideal for outdoor meals. The kitchenette includes a full sized gas oven and 4 ringed hob, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher together with smaller kitchen appliances. There is a fully equipped bathroom with bath and shower. A traditional feature of this house is the steep flight of steps leading up to the living areas, this however makes it less suitable for the elderly or families with toddlers.
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Quinta da Ribeira
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
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Quinta da Ribeira
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Ponte de Lima Viana do Castelo
Gloucestershire UK
5

A lovely rural retreat

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
The Minho region in northern Portugal is a beautiful, unspoilt area of the country, in the middle of which there is Casa do Ribeiro.It is a great place to stay and ideally situated for touring the region. It is a truly rural location, but within easy access to the local towns with their markets, shops, cafes and restaurants.
The accommodation is second to none. Everything that could possibly be needed for a comfortable holiday is provided, and more. We were four adults staying in Quinta da Ribeiro and there was plenty of space. The pool area, with stunning views over terraced hills and valleys of vineyards and maize fields, was a joy to use and relax by. The lovely gardens have several attractive sitting areas in which to enjoy a meal or just chill out.
Having a car is essential as the area has a wealth of towns and villages with historical or local interest. The farmhouse is within easy driving distance of some superb beaches on the west coast, a beautiful national park to explore and walk in and is in relatively close proximity to Spain for a raid over the border as well.
Thank you Margaret and Alex for providing such a great place to stay, being such welcoming hosts and being part of making our holiday as good as it was.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We really enjoy meeting and getting to know our guests and we are very happy that you enjoyed your holiday so much. As you point out the cottage is perfect for those wanting a relaxing holiday to unwind but there is also plenty to do and see locally for the more energetic. Walking enthusiasts are well catered for with trails varying from a gentle stroll to an envigorating full day hike.
Thank you so much for your kind words and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Ponte de Lima Viana do Castelo
5

The most fantastic view over the swimming pool

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
This was the most amazing place to visit. We came here primarily to attend the music festival in the town (Paredes de Coura) - but had never been to northern Portugal before - it was a real eye opener. The scenery is absolutely stunning - green rolling hills and hair-pin bends similar to what you'd expect to see in Greece or Italy. The house itself is a really lovely old place (and very well equipped) - and the garden and the pool are unbeatable. The place is really peaceful and the views are breath-taking. Margaret the owner was really friendly and helpful. We had a great time at the festival which was about 15 mins away in Paredes de Coura - like a mini Glastonbury - with mini prices and fabulous weather. We also really enjoyed nearby Ponte de Lima where you can swim and canoe in the river and have delicious meals in the riverside restaurants. Also a trip to Porto was fantastic. An absolute dream of a holiday!
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Quinta da Ribeira
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Ponte de Lima Viana do Castelo
5

great house in a great location

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
It was the most beautiful holiday house that we have ever rent. Thank you Margaret for you hospitality. Your welcome package have saved our lives when we finally arrived late at night (around 1 a.m.). Your big, well equipped kitchen really helped us preparing some great Portuguese dishes. The view from the pool was overwhelming. We have lived in your hose for a week but I wish we could stay longer.
Owner's Response: Thank you Piotr for your kind review and we are really happy that you enjoyed your holiday to the full. Our objective is to give our visitors the best possible break with the least possible hassle and we are pleased that the welcome pack came in useful. We always try to provide a snack or light meal for guests arriving late or those who are feeling too tired for an immediate visit to the local supermarket.
Thank you too for being our first Polish visitors to send in a review. We hope it will encourage more of your countrymen to visit us and we certainly hope we shall see you again in the not too distant future.
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Ponte de Lima Viana do Castelo
5

Just a lovely piece of Portugal!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
This farmhouse is located in the beautiful green hills in a tiny lovely village. The view over the mountains is breath taking. The house itself provides everything you need for a great stay, including a pool. We stayed with 5 people for 10 days and it feels like home. Margaret and Alex are perfect hosts. They provided any help we needed to find the place and to enjoy our unforgetable trip.

The location is a good place to explore the nature and the north of Portugal: Ponte de Lima, Viana de Castello, Porto and many more. Also the Spanish coast with its small villages and uncrouded bays and beaches.

Thank you Margaret and Alex for your kindness. We will come back!
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed meeting our guests and hearing about their home countries and the meal we shared gave us a chance to sample the excellent and varied Shri-Lankan cuisine and was much appreciated. As you say the location is very good for sight seeing and despite the less than perfect weather you experienced there is always plenty to do and usually some sun to be found in one direction or another. We look forward to welcoming you again in Casal Pedro before too long.
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I'LL MISS THE SOUND OF THE CHURCH BELLS!

I'LL MISS THE SOUND OF THE CHURCH BELLS!
  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
We all enjoyed it very much to be here. One week is to short . . .It was lovely, the house, swimming pool, beautiful views everywhere. The nice people we met - wonderful.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Map

Nearest Airport
95 Kilometres
Porto
Nearest Ferry
620 Kilometres
Santander, Spain
Nearest Train
36 Kilometres
Valença
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
A27 Junction 4
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Viana de Castelo
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Rendufe
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Ponte de Lima
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Rendufe
Car: necessary

Set in the beautiful Minho area, midway between the towns of Ponte de Lima and Paredes de Coura, the location is essentially rural. The farm is well placed for sightseeing, however, with Spanish Galicia to the north, the Atlantic beaches to the west, the historic cities of Porto and Braga to the south and the national park of Peneda-Geres to the east. The area abounds in picturesque market towns with their colourful street markets, tiny hill top shrines affording fantastic views and village festas with their traditional religious processions.

The local golf course in Ponte de Lima is only a 25 minutes drive in the car. Enthusiasts have told us that golf on the local course is more attractive, considerably cheaper and gives a better game than many of the Algarve courses. Other courses in the area are at Estella and Vigo (Spain) both being approx. an hour's drive away. A car is essential, please check that insurance covers trips into Spain to avoid disappointment.

Other Activities: canoeing

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Availability & Rates

Ponte de Lima Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Spring
Apr 1 2014 - May 31 2014
€70
€420
5 nights
 
 
Early Summer
Jun 1 2014 - Jul 11 2014
€75
€475
5 nights
 
 
Summer
Jul 12 2014 - Aug 31 2014
€550
7 nights
 
 
Autumn
Sep 1 2014 - Dec 20 2014
€70
€420
5 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes No hidden charges for bed linen, cleaning etc.but heating charges - central heating and logs - apply when heating is required.

Generous welcome basket included in rental.

Discount available for third and subsequent weeks.
Why not have a dual-location holiday? A period at our cottages in the mountains and time at our beach villa which is about 50 kilometres away. (Property no. 411711).
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Amenities

Ponte de Lima Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 72 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Grill
  • Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single, 1 cot
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Books
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • botanical garden
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • paddle boating
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • fishing
  • golf
Notes:
The living room has digital TV/radio and DVD/CD player. Cot and highchair provided on request at small extra cost. Shared pool measuring 11m x 5m this year reached 28ºC
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