|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
After meandering through leafy lanes into the sleepy village of Vilatan, you’ll discover the recently restored farmhouse of Campo Verde. In the charming interior of the house, open stone walls and solid wooden beams combine to create a traditional feel. With its tiled floors, stylish soft furnishings and homely finishing touches, this is a home that exudes comfort and quality. Outside, there are manicured lawns and nestled in one corner of the garden is a steel framed gazebo which provides welcome shade - the perfect place to enjoy the rural views over afternoon tea. At one end of the property an enclosed, stone-floored patio is an ideal spot for dining alfresco. The accommodation comprises; Master double bedroom with en-suite shower-room, twin bedded room, a second shower-room, spacious lounge, dining room and fully equipped kitchen with all mod-cons. Take a Virtual Tour of the house and gardens by clicking on the Owner’s Website link at the foot of this page
A RICH HISTORY: In the nearby village of Escairon you will find most local amenities; supermarkets, banks, restaurants, bars, post office, tourist information office. The village also boasts a municipal open-air swimming pool (open during the summer). The river beach at A Cova on the river Mino is a short car drive away. The area, Ribeira Sacrá, boasts many local fiestas. The nearby town of Monforte de Lemos offers a wider choice of services. Despite its appearance and size, Monforte is in fact a city. It’s most prominent features are the monastery of San Vicente do Pino and the Torre de Homenaxe, both perched high on a hill in the centre of the town dominating the surrounding area. Another building of historic interest is the convent of the Franciscanas Descalzas. Within the convent is the Nais Clarisas museum which contains some of the highest quality religious artifacts in the whole of Spain.
To take a Virtual Tour of Galicia click on the Owner's Website link below.
THINGS TO DO: Campo Verde is an excellent base from which to discover the charm of the Ribeira Sacrá. The area boasts one of the greatest concentrations of Romanesque Art in Spain. Take a leisurely cruise in one of the catamarans on the river Sil or Mino. On the other hand you could just lay back and enjoy the sun on a river beach, like that at A Cova.
In addition to exploring the area by car we would also recommend that you take time out to do some walking and bird watching or enjoy a round of golf. If relaxation is your aim why not visit a thermal spa and let the hot sulphurous waters soothe away your aches and pains or simply relax in the warm Galician sunshine reading a book as time gently slips by. Whatever you choose to do Campo Verde is the perfect holiday retreat.
To take a virtual tour of the house and gardens click on the Owner's website link below.
LOCAL WINE FIESTAS: Chantada - 2nd weekend in March,
Sober - Weekend of Palm Sunday,
Portomarin - Easter,
Quiroga - Easter,
Monforte de Lemos - 15 and 16 May,
Ferreira de Panton - 1st weekend in June.
Craig and his wife Melanie moved to Galicia in May 2002. Originally from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, they sold a small printing business to pursue their dream of living abroad. Since their move to Spain, Craig has turned his hand to writing, firstly penning a weekly column for an online magazine and most recently writing and publishing his first book, ‘Journey To A Dream’. As well as writing, both Craig and Melanie are keen winemakers and annually produce about 500 litres from their small vineyard.
Craig Briggs purchased this farmhouse in 2006
Campo Verde is situated in the heart of the Galician countryside in the village of Vilatan. It’s an ideal location from which to explore Galicia and northern Portugal. They bought the house as a ruin, without water or electricity. Using local craftsmen they painstakingly converted it into the luxury farmhouse it is today. Their attention to detail and desire to retain as many original features as possible can be seen throughout the property.
There are wonderful walks right from the front door along paths and caminos. Tiny hamlets scatter the countryside with pastures for sheep and cattle. It’s a wonderful place for bird watchers and in spring wildflowers blanket the landscape. Perhaps Campo Verde’s main attraction is its central location providing visitors quick and easy access to Galicia’s main attractions; Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Ourense, the coast, The Camino de Santiago, the fjord-like canyon of the river Sil, to name but a few.
Craig & Melanie, the owners, have produced an immaculate holiday home as a result of high quality building, superb finishes and an incredibly knowledgeable attention to detail. Their own descriptions of the property are understated. This is five star and sets the standard.
In addition to the superb interior, there are outside terraces which provide comfortable sitting areas to suit the orientation of the sun, and which, therefore, provide shade, when needed, throughout the day.
Information, by way of a detailed household manual and visitors guide, had been painstakingly assembled and provides all the information necessary to make the most of the stay of whatever duration. This enables Guests to make the most of the time available without missing the essential viewing.
The house is ideally situated to be a superb base from which to visit the major towns and cities of Galicia, none of which is out of reach for a day trip, from this centrally located village of friendly Galicians.
This property provides a very rare opportunity to experience a holiday home which has been created by people who care and who know what is required to make your stay exceptional.
We were delighted with this immaculately restored farmhouse in rural Galicia. Close to unspoiled (and unexplored, by British visitors) towns, many of historic interest, and near to lovely scenery in the river valleys of the Sil and Mino, this is a world away from the Costas, and all the better for it. Craig and Melanie have created a really lovely holiday home and their attention to detail was much appreciated. The only thing we really missed was thicker curtains for sleeping. You are a long way west and there is a lot of light in Galicia. It is also worth noting that this is not an isolated house with no one else around. It is in a small village with some very noisy local dogs (we could happily have strangled the nearby yapper, and we are dog lovers!) and, indeed, some rather voluble neighbours in the family opposite, whose evening recreation seems to be to come outside and shout, either at each other or into a mobile phone, for about an hour and a half. Insect repellent is also a must, unless you like flies buzzing constantly around your head. None of this, however, is a major problem and for friendly people, good food and fascinating towns, Galicia is hard to beat. WE would definitely consider returning.
We were travelling as a mature couple. Booked over the internet
relying on photo's and information received from Craig.
Everything was exactly as expected and in pristine order.
Plenty of outside sitting areas for sun or shade. Lawns had been freshly mown just prior to our arrival.
Craig and Melanie came to greet us the morning after we had arrived, and were charming and helpful.
The pictures may lead you to believe that the house stands alone,
but in fact it is close to other houses in the village, as are all houses in this part of Spain and this does not detract from the overall feeling of security and space. We would definitely recommend this
acommodation all types of travellers, from single to family up to 5/6.
You will definitely need transport of some kind
If your looking for rural accommodation in this region, look no further. This area gives you everything in the most beautiful country side with sensible driving distances to Santiago, Lugo, Portugal to name but a few.
Roads and driving conditions were very good.
We had two lovely weeks here at Campo Verde with great weather.
This area is amazing,we have visited many beautiful towns and never tired from looking at the stunning Sil & Mino rivers with the vine yards , old stone buildings and fences.
The self drive guide Craig has put together is a great way to discover some of Galicia's attractions and we loved coming across the old forgotten stone villages in the mountains.
We traveled many kilometers enjoying the countryside and also spent many hours just enjoying the local area and the house.
The location here really lets you see Galicia and its people at a local level.
Our only regret was not being able to speak Spanish.
We take home some great memories and plenty of photos.
Thank-you Craig and Melanie , Campo Verde was always a pleasure to come home to after a days travelling.
Daniel & Bev
The listing description was spot on, it was just like you see it advertised. It's been lovingly restored and lovingly maintained. Excellent customer service, with the welcome pack a very welcome finishing touch.
We visited the dam, Belesar, Montforte de Lemos, Lugo, Chaves, and went into Chantada most evenings for meals. Everywhere was peaceful, friendly, picturesque. Would certainly recommend this property if you want peace and quiet, get away from the tourist trap, and stunning scenery. This was our first visit to this area I am really glad we came.
A lovely, quiet location and a very comfortable and well maintained property. The farmhouse really lived up to its description and Craig and Mel were most helpful hosts. They provided a welcome pack of essential supplies - very useful after a loing journey- and were able to provide details of places where we were able to rent canoes and good restaurants. he driving guides and information left at Campo Verde were really informative as were the instructions left for all the household appliances.
The farmhouse was spotless and provided a luxurious base for our holiday. Internet access was availbale in nearby Escairon. I would recommend the property and would love to return.
Campo Verde is the ideal location for those seeking the best of both worlds – rural tranquility and urban amenities. Excellent road communications make it easy to explore all the major tourist areas in Galicia and Northern Portugal. The house is nestled in the rural village of Vilatan. There are two restaurants within walking distance. In the large village of Escairon, only 4km away, you’ll find most facilities and resources. The historic towns of Chantada and Monforte de Lemos are a short drive away at 12km and 18.5km respectively. The Roman-walled city of Lugo is 66km away and the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela, centre of pilgrimage, is just 100km away. At 112km you’ll find the monastery town of Verin. Vigo, Europe largest fishing port, is 135km west and the coastal resort of Baiona is 153km away.To the North is the historic city of La Coruna where Drake was repelled. The Portuguese towns of Melgaco, Chaves and Valenca are at 105,135, and 141km respectively.
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Mar 1 2015 - May 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
May 2 2015 - Sep 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 27 2015 - Nov 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A welcome grocery starter pack is included in the rental rates.
In order to confirm your holiday, a deposit of 25% of the total price (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of arrival) must be paid within 10 days of the date of booking. Payment can be made in GB Sterling or Euros
Changeover day is Saturday during high season and flexible at other times of year.
Special rates apply for Easter.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.