COUNTRY COTTAGE IN BEAUTIFUL RIVERSIDE GARDENS CLOSE TO BEACH

Bergen Peck

Speaks french, portuguese, spanish, english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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COUNTRY COTTAGE IN BEAUTIFUL RIVERSIDE GARDENS CLOSE TO BEACH

Vila Praia de Ancora Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Secluded, very tasteful 2+1 bedroom self-catering accommodation next to old mill

Two cottages set in immaculately kept gardens offering self-catering accommodation for 4 to 6 people. The estate is tucked into the bend of a river, has a swimming pool and is within walking distance of a variety of beaches. The property is at the end of a rough lane and quite secluded, offering a high level of privacy, yet the town of Vila Praia de Âncora is conveniently close for restaurants, shops and other amenities. The mill that gives the property its name is beautifully restored and visitors have the use of the ground floor to play table tennis. Nearby are the beaches of the Costa Verde, and the historic Minho region offers fantastic opportunities for touring a corner of Europe that is still relatively unknown and unaffected by the worst excesses of modern development, although a new motorway network provides easy access to airports and major cities. A great place to relax for a romantic getaway, or to take the family for a seaside holiday that's just off the beaten track.

Beaches: The family seaside resort of Vila Praia de Âncora is 2km away, and it's possible to walk to it by fording the stream in the garden then following a quaint village lane. Either side of it, the many safe, clean beaches of the Costa Verde stretch for miles - surf beaches, sandy, rocky, wide, discreet, family, romantic beaches - you can go to a different one each day to suit your mood. At Afife there's a surfing beach (and surf/body boarding lessons); at Caminha there's a beach with one side on the Atlantic, the other on the River Minho; or you can hire a ferryman to take you out to a deserted island; on Serra de Arga there are fresh mountain pools and waterfalls; and there are also warm, sheltered river beaches on the Rivers Lima and Minho.

Touring the countryside and historic towns: For rugged, wild countryside, visit the Peneda-Gerês National Park, or go further to the Douro Valley. The village lies at the base of Serra d'Arga (784m), and the villages and country lanes in its hills offer a landscape from an earlier era. There's a wetland nature reserve at Lagoas, in Bertiandes. History, churches and monuments, culture and nightlife abound in a dozen towns within a short drive, or for more sophisticated entertainment, there's the Casino at Póvoa de Varzim. For the more active, there's karting, canoeing, surfing, 10-pin bowling, fishing, cycling and horse riding. A visit to the World Heritage City of Oporto is a must, as are the traditional local Romarias, with folklore, singing, dancing, decorative crafts and the famous cuisine of the Minho region. And there are restaurants galore, serving the famous Minho dishes.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the manager
The holiday was fantastic and the accommodation was a delight. The garden is beautiful, and with the river running through it, well, we were speechless.

Rachel was very helpful too.

Everything was wonderful.
Jul 2012
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Bergen Peck

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Speaks french, portuguese, spanish, english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.4
based on 7 traveler reviews

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Country cottage in beautiful riverside gardens close to beach
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews
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Country cottage in beautiful riverside gardens close to beach
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Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
5

Relax in this charming idyll was just the ticket..

  • 5 of 5
Having spent the last 2 weeks at this delightful spot and I can only agree with other other reviews here. This really is the most relaxing place for a family holiday – its location means that you are near enough to beach, supermarket (both approx 25 min walk) and the town of Acora but at the same time you really feel in the middle of a secluded rural idyll. The location of the house is perfect for those who want to explore the Minho/Northern Spain further which has a lot to offer – lovely green countryside, quaint old towns (some in full in fiesta mode) and nice restaurants and unspoilt sandy beaches – the only issue we had was to motivate ourselves to leave the tranquillity of the gardens and the pool. The house in comfortable – but we spent most of the time outside enjoying swimming/badminton and table tennis and generally lazing around on the lawn or by the stream doing very little. We had fantastic weather for the whole time and even managed to swim in the Atlantic! Rachel was a very welcoming courteous host and full of good advice and local knowledge.the booking process was simple and straightforward.
  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Country cottage in beautiful riverside gardens close to beach
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Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
5

Relaxing in this rural idyll was just the ticket..

  • 5 of 5
Having spent the last 2 weeks at this delightful spot and I can only agree with other other reviews here. This really is the most relaxing place for a family holiday – its location means that you are near enough to beach, supermarket (both approx 25 min walk) and the town of Acora but at the same time you really feel in the middle of a charming secluded rural idyll. The location of the house is perfect for those who have the energy to explore the Minho/Northern Spain further which has a lot to offer – lovely green countryside, quaint old towns (some in full in fiesta mode) and nice restaurants and unspoilt sandy beaches – the only issue we had was to motivate ourselves to leave the tranquillity of the gardens and the pool. The house in comfortable – but we seemed to spend most of the time in the gardens enjoying swimming/badminton and table tennis and generally lazing around on the lawn or by the stream. We had fantastic weather for the whole time and even managed to swim in the Atlantic! Rachel was a very welcoming courteous host and full of good advice and local knowledge. The booking process with Bergen was quick and simple.
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
4

Idyllic and tranquil spot

  • 4 of 5
We had a wonderful week staying in the most beautiful setting but the photos do not do justice to the wondeful surroundings. The ownwer, Rachel, strikes the perfect balance of being helpful and available when required, whilst leaving you to enjoy the gardens ( and stream) , swimming pool and mill (with table tennis) as you wish. We appreciated the idyllic setting in the most stunning gardens and had breakfast and supper eating out on the lawn. There is so much to explore in this area that is not destroyed by mass tourism. We ventured into the national park and swam in natural pools with a waterfall as well as going by ferry to Spain for a seafood lunch. We would love to return one day as it is a very special place indeed.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
4

Relaxing vacation

  • 4 of 5
Reading the positive reviews from the other guests we have to agree with any single aspect.
We also enjoyed the whole setting: the absolutely beautiful garden, the pool, the natural surrounding, the river and all of the facilities (like table tennis) and of course Rachel, the aimable and thoughtful host.
Even our two teenage sons kept themselves pretty busy,enjoying the company of the dogs Boris and Scott and trying to win a table tennis match from their father
(they came close ...)
Because of the strong wind it was too chilly at the (beautiful) beach. The perfect weather to visit the lovely places at the river Lima and Minho! Ponte de Lima, Caminha, Valenca are cosy and picturesque cities, worth to visit several times.
As a summary: we love to come back - for Moinho do Enchao, the landscape,
the weather, the people and the food.
  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
London
5

September '09

September '09
  • 5 of 5
3 of us had a lovely stay here, the setting of the property & grounds is really wonderful, it really is rather unique. The gardens are very well looked after & there's plenty of scope to wander off to secluded spots.. to read a book, paint a picture or maybe play a ukulele/cavaquinho.
The swimming pool's great, good size for a decent swim & we did try the river just once for fun, Brrr!

Re. accomodation, it's pleasant & generally fine, but tend to agree with earlier reviewer - abit more attention to detail perhaps with kitchen & bathroom bits & cutlery/crockery etc. We passed our comments on. Not that this element detracted from enjoyment of our stay.
The guest house wasn't available during our visit.

The owner Rachel is lovely, kind & helpful. Her 2 dogs Scott & Boris potter about - they did make the odd nocturnal woof, which we also mentioned! There's a folder of info at the house & Bergen's list of local recommendations etc is really useful.

The Minho is a fascinating area, so much to explore & discover. Would absolutely recommend it to anyone who's havering on whether to visit - DO! Beautiful coastline, big sandy beaches, rivers galore, historic towns, great food, good/interesting wines, many areas of natural beauty - forests/mountains. All this and it's not touristy (sssssh).

Viana de Castelo is v. nice, also Ponte de Lima, we hit the big 3 day (mid-Sept) fiesta there, fab. Music/ dancing/folklorique tradition.
We really liked Porto, picturesquely set on the tilting banks of the River Douro,there's much to offer. We didn't do a boat/port trip, but it's supposed to be well worth doing. The Casa de Musica there is a stunning new concert venue. Anyone interested in arts/ architecture, do visit, it's quite something.

All in all - a great holiday - our great thanks.
  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're absolutely delighted these visitors found the Minho region so fulfilling. They were here for a fortnight in September, and their enthusiasm is evidence that the region is a great place for a break, even out of season. The beaches are quiet, the restaurants are open all year, and - as Mary says here - there is so much to explore and discover. Porto is only an hour away by motorway, so it's easily possible to combine a city break, exploring the historical World Heritage area or visiting the Port Wine lodges (and the trip up river, by boat or train, is well worth it), with a more relaxing few days in the country. Many people even come here for just a long weekend: it's cheap, within easy reach of the airport, quiet, beautiful and unspoilt.

This season was the first full-scale rental experience for the owner, and several lessons were learnt. During the winter, a thorough inventory will be carried out, and every effort will be made to ensure that all the equipment is perfect for next season's visitors.

One final point is to mention the Guest House. Moinho do Enchão is a 2-bedroom cottage, sleeping up to 4 people, and the price is based on that. The Guest House is available for larger families, at extra cost: it has one double bedroom, a bathroom and a sitting room. Since these visitors were a group of just 3 people, there was no need to use the additional accommodation in the Guest House, but it could have been made available on request, for just 15 euros per night more.
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Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
Gloucestershire
4

Riverside Idyll

  • 4 of 5
We stayed for 10 days in July 09. There were a family of four with my parents joining us for the last few days. The accommodation is spacious and adequate but the outside space is fantastic and beautiful.There is a large pool and use of a disused tower that has table tennis and a huge garden with space for badminton , football etc. The real icing on the cake is the river which is a few meters away, it is deep and clean enough to swim and is very beautiful- my children spent ages try to catch the little fish in it. The local town is ok and there lots of good ,clean beaches near by. We found the resturants to be good value on the whole and made good use of the recommendations left at the house which were accurate.A car is a must, there are some nice older towns near by, we found Ancora to be rather bland and not worth walking to but we did find a lillte bar at the end of the road that was very friendly, the owner spoke great English and the 5E daily special was great- they also sold fresh bread and had wifi access. The owner of the house, Rachel, is very friendly and helpful, her house is nearby but does not affect your privacy, however her dogs do roam free.
This is a perfect get away if you want privacy and can entertain your self ( no TV!), it would suit older children, the third bedroom is in a seperate cottage- perfect for teenagers!!You need sunshine really as due to being near the river it would feel rather cold and damp in bad weather.
  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Porto
Nearest Ferry
675 Kilometres
Bilbao, Santander
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Âncora Praia
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
A28
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Vila Praia de Âncora
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Riba de Âncora
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Vila Praia de Âncora
Car: recommended

On the banks of the River Ancora, a few hundred metres before it reaches the sea at Vila Praia de Âncora, this old mill property is ideally located for the full range of beaches offered by the Costa Verde. Close by, too, there are the many historic towns of Minho - Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Guimaraes, Caminha, Vila Nova de Cerveira and many others. Then there's the winding mountain lanes and tiny old villages of the Serra de Arga, and further afield the wilderness of the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Fishing villages, seaside resorts, mountains, beaches, historic towns, opportunities for walking and cycling, surfing and swimming, it's all here, and yet less than an hour from Porto airport - Spain is just 10km away. Minho is a region famed for its cuisine, and there are dozens of fine restaurants close by. But all this is still relatively unknown, so there's no hordes of tourists, clogged roads or crowded beaches. Plenty of room to relax in the peace and quiet of Minho.

Other Activities: Karting.

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Availability & Rates

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Vila Praia de Ancora Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High season
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
€910
 
 
Autumn breaks
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 5 2014
5 night minimum stay
€90
From
€90
Fri,Sat,Sun
€630
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Prices are for up to 4 people staying in the Alpendre.
1 or 2 additional people may be accommodated in the Guest House at a charge of 15€ per person/night (Spring & Autumn) and 20€ per person/night (High Season).
Bed linen and towels (including beach towels) are provided.
Price includes cleaning once per week, and a change of bed linen and towels is provided for stays of more than 10 nights.
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Amenities

Amenities

Vila Praia de Ancora Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
General:
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Restaurant Guide
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , In Alpendre
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , In Guest House
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , In Alpendre
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , In Alpendre
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , In Guest House, at additional cost
Entertainment:
  • Ping Pong Table
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Bicycles ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • surfing
  • tennis
Notes:
Beach towels provided. Change of bed linen and towels provided. Due to the open access to the river, this property is not suitable for very young children. The owner lives at the opposite end of the property, and her two very docile and friendly dogs are allowed to roam free. Wi-fi internet access is available at a local café a few minutes' walk away.
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