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Mike Wild

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Paredes de Coura Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Close to forest walks, sandy beaches and Spanish border

Built in 1868 the granite stone cottage has been sympathetically restored and retains many original features, including the open beamed ceiling and shutters.

Overlooking the rural hamlet of Tarrio, the property has stunning views across a river valley to the mountains beyond. The cottage is adjacent to the farmhouse where the owner lives and has a private patio with lemon tree and rustic barbecue. The pool and surrounds( occasionally shared with the owner) overlooks terraces of lawn, flowers and vegetable gardens that guests are welcome to explore. Car-parking is available under shady vines that are still used to produce wine on the property.

The accommodation is laid out as an open plan studio and has a double bed plus sofa beds suitable for children. In winter there is a cosy wood-burning stove and a fan is available for the summer months. The well-equipped kitchen has a gas hob/oven/grill and a microwave. The bathroom is spacious and modern with a thermostatic shower, wc, bidet and wash-basin.

The cottage has free wi-fi coverage and the flatscreen TV is connected to a satellite receiving all UK channels. There is also a DVD and music system.

There are many tracks for walking and mountain-bike riding leading from the property and the owner has bicycles for guest use. In the old stables of the farmhouse there is a games room with a table tennis table, table-top football, boules and badminton equipment, and a paper-back library.

There is a shared laundry area with washing machine, tumble dryer and iron for guest's use.

The local town of Paredes de Coura is 6km away and has a river swimming area, shops, cafes, restaurants and a Saturday market. In addition to the forest and village walks on your doorstep and the property is ideally situated to explore the coast and it's sandy beaches, the market towns of the Minho/Lima valleys or the Peneda-Geres National Park. The Spanish border is 30 mins and Porto airport is 1 hr drive away.

Canoeing/Kayaking: The owner has details of canoes for hire on the River Lima and River Minho. The canoeing is suitable for beginners and children.

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Details for Cottage 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

The single-storey cottage has a spacious open-plan layout and retains many original features including exposed beams, original shutters and window seats. The whole living area is open plan (27' x 16'), the lounge area has a sofa bed (which can sleep 2 children), armchairs and a dining table to seat 4, with TV and radio. The sleeping area has a double bed. The kitchen has a fridge, gas cooker and microwave. The spacious bathroom is modern and fully tiled with WC, bidet, wash-basin and shower. There is also a wood stove and a supply of logs in the sitting area. The cottage has its own private courtyard with flowers and a lemon tree. There is a built in barbecue, table and sunshade making it an excellent place for open-air dining.
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Mike Wild

This advertiser has been with since 2009
Speaks french, portuguese, english
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Moved to Portugal from the UK in 2005 to enjoy the peace, climate, lush countryside and uncrowded beaches of the Costa Verde. The friendly, relaxed attitude of the local population and the lower cost of living were also major factors.

Now retired, I spend my time gardening and looking after the property, cycling and kite-surfing, and of course, making sure our guests have a wonderful holiday!

Mike Wild purchased this cottage in 2005

I love the character that comes with an old granite built property - and it keeps nice and cool in the summer. The view from the pool across the valley is stunning and although we are in a peaceful unspoilt location, we are only a few minutes drive from the local market town of Paredes de Coura

A large, virtually private pool (as only occasionally shared with owner and wife) and well-maintained terraced gardens of 3,000 sq metres.

Peaceful - apart from the church bells, and the occasional tractor working in the fields below.

Well-located to access

-the coast and a range of beautiful sandy beaches

- the Peneda -Geres National Park

-the Spanish border and coastal resorts

-the historic towns of Ponte de Lima, Braga, Guimaraes

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Property Reviews

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Traditional cottage with pool in rural location
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Traditional cottage with pool in rural location
+351 966624783
Paredes de Coura Viana do Castelo
Maidenhead, UK

Lovely cottage in beautiful unspoilt surroundings.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 27, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
My 7-months pregnant wife and I came over for a pre-baby week of relaxation and quality time, and the Casita fitted the bill perfectly. Casa da Fonte is a perfect combination of traditional buildings and gardens with modern levels of equipment, comfort and convenience. Everything is in excellent condition. The casita consists of one very large room for sleeping, living and eating, plus a seperate shower room off to the side, with access to the private courtyard - a perfect amount of space for a couple and maybe 1 or 2 small children. The spacious pool area looks out over the terraced garden and vines, into the valley below.

The local hills and valleys are great for exploring, with ancient lanes and pathways, abandoned water mills and ruins, local smallholders with their traditional tools, waterfalls and abundant wildlife. These are best explored on foot or by mountain bike. Mike was an excellent guide on 2 wheels, taking me down some challenging and scenic trails while giving me the benefit of his detailed local knowledge!

Getting into the car, there are plenty of good days out within easy driving distance - I particularly liked visiting Ponte de Lima for the Roman bridge and exploring the interesting back streets and the Gil Eannes hospital ship in Viana do Castelo (we were going to go to the beach, but never quite made it!); also the fortress in Valenca, looking across the Minho river to Spain. My wife enjoyed a day in the spa at Moncao, which is fed with warm spring water from the nearby hills.

Other highlights were: the wood-burning stove; drinking Alvarinho in the sunny courtyard with a good book (if you run out, the games room has a good stock, of books that is); entering the 'Draftzone' mountain bike event at Melgaco; eating local salt cod dishes; travelling on the scenic and almost deserted local roads.

I'd recommend the Casita to any couple looking for a relaxing getaway in tranquil surroundings that are great fun to explore.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 6/6
Traditional cottage with pool in rural location
+351 966624783
Paredes de Coura Viana do Castelo

Thank you for a fabulous stay.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Mike and Maria's warm welcome made us feel at home from the moment we arrived. The view and garden are wonderful. Floating in the swimming pool my youngest son kept telling me "this is Heaven". We hope to be there again one day!
Traditional cottage with pool in rural location
+351 966624783
Paredes de Coura Viana do Castelo

Absolutely Fantastic

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
Where to begin? This was our 2nd visit to North Portugal and once again we were not disappointed. North Portugal is an area you have to discover for yourself but is an ideal tranquil getaway. Sun almost every day (a nice 25-30deg) and as long as you can travel everything is within reach. Beaches, Sea, Cities, Scenery, almost whatever takes your fancy for the day. It really is up to you! It is helpful if you learn at least some basic Portugese phrases but armed with just a little of the language we got by quite easily as the Portugese people are so friendly and helpful probably speaking more French and German (much to my partners delight-she`s German) than English.
The accommodation itself leaves nothing to be desired. Just as described in the listing with everything available (if not i`m sure you`d probably get it if you asked!). But descriptions can only describe and until you are actually there and feel the physical presence of this lovely building i don`t think words do it enough justice. Thick stone walls, well kept functioning terrace gardens, lovely swimming pool etc. For some i think just staying inside the grounds would be a fantastic holiday in itself! If by chance you catch a rainy day the games room will keep you more than occupied-books, dvd`s, table tennis , darts, computer..we took a laptop and found wi-fi connection good
Finally but most importantly and i think what made this holiday special for us are the hosts themselves Mike and Maria. As our 2 weeks progressed these people became more than just hosts, almost like the best next door neighbours you could possibly imagine. So friendly, warm and kind. Sharing the fresh garden produce, any directional advice we needed (and believe me i NEEDED it ) to sharing times with us which we will never forget. A special thank you to Mike (he`s a cycling fanatic!) I`d only been cycling for 6 weeks but with his inspiration and help we cycled up a mountain together (I`m sure he`ll show you which one if you ask lol).
I would DEFINITELY recommend this place to anyone going to visit North Portugal whatever kind of holiday you are looking for. I`m sure you won`t be disappointed.
This turned out to be more than a holiday for us it was a way of life with friends (Mike and Maria) we will never forget
Helpful votes: 1/1
Traditional cottage with pool in rural location
+351 966624783
Paredes de Coura Viana do Castelo
northamptonshire england

Lovely cottage in superb location

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
We spent a wonderful week at the "Casita", the cottage is realy cosy and full of charachter and has eveverything that you could need for a comfortable stay. There are wonderful walks from the door down old stone laid paths and through the forest. Mike and Maria were very helpfulin suggesting where to walk and where to visit. Mike is a big mountain biker and has bikes that can be used the countryside is ideal for mountainbiking, unfortunatly though the idea was good the body was wanting.The local town of Paredes de Coura is pretty lively with plenty of restraunts and bars, there was an event on when we arrived with music and a food festival. The roads are very quiet and the travel to the coast is easy through stunning countryside. There are many places to visit including Caminha, great beach, Viana do Castelo, nice town get the funicular upto the church for great views. Our favorite town is Ponte de Limawith its roman bridge and super walks along the river.
The who;e area is lovely and the atmosphere is so laid back. Food and drink is reasonably priced and good.
Mike and Maria were great hosts and were very helpful, entertaining and kindm They even provided us with fruit and vegetables from the garden. we will go again
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 3/3
Traditional cottage with pool in rural location
+351 966624783
Paredes de Coura Viana do Castelo
Frankfurt, Germany

Liebevoll gestaltete Cottage zum Wohlfühlen

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
Lovely cottage in wunderful scenery ! Because there are placed some reviews in english allready (and because it´s easier for us, too :-), we write one in german:
Ende September 2010 haben wir eine schöne, ruhige und erholsame Woche im Cottage von Mike und Maria verbracht. Das gesamte Anwesen ist sehr liebevoll gestaltet, vom großen Garten, über den Poolbereich, das große Haus und die kleinere Cottage - alles ist einfach wunderschön. Man hat einen tollen Blick über das grüne Tal und die umliegenden Häuser, Felder und kleinen Dorfkirchen. Unsere Tage haben wir abwechselnd mit Ausflügen zu den hübschen kleinen Städtchen der Umgebung, Wanderungen und Radtouren in der wundervollen ländlichen Umgebung oder Entspannen und lesen am schönen Pool verbracht. Mike verleiht unkompliziert gegen kleines Geld ein paar ordentliche und gut gewartete Tourenräder und Mountainbikes. Auch den Peneda-Geres Nationalpark kann man im Rahmen eines langen Tagesausflugs von hier gut erreichen, das Meer ist ebenfalls nicht allzu weit weg. Wichtig ist ein eigenes Fahrzeug vor Ort, sonst kommt man schlecht weg.
Die Cottage selbst hat uns super gefallen. Das Häuschen ist geschmackvoll eingerichtet und lässt mit seinen alten dicken Natursteinwänden und Holzbalken eine ganz besondere Stimmung aufkommen. Abends, wenn es draußen schon merklich frisch und recht früh dunkel wurde, kann man da drin gemütliche und romantische Stunden verbringen. Da war es schon fast schade, daß das Wetter im beginnenden Herbst noch viel zu gut war, um den Kamin anfeuern zu können. Auch sehr schön war Grillen auf der Terrasse mit weitem Blick über Hügel und Täler.
Insgesamt war die Casa da Fonte für uns ein wundervoller Ort, um tagsüber aktiv zu sein und abends Ruhe und Zeit zu geniessen. Mike und Maria waren sympathische, hilfsbereite und unkomplizierte Gastgeber. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Danke!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Bilbao or Santander
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Valenca do Minho
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Ponte De Lima
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Bom Retiro, Rubiaes
Car: necessary

The property is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the far north of Portugal, undiscovered and unspoilt by mass tourism. The countryside is hilly and forested, interspersed with cultivated terraces of vines and subsistence agriculture. The property is well located to access the many sandy beaches on the coast, the Lima and Minho river valleys or the mountainous Peneda national park further inland. There are several picturesque and historic market towns to explore such as Ponte de Lima and Barcelos. All along the coast are small fishing ports serving excellent fresh seafood. Spain is only 30 minutes away.

Other Activities: canoeing/kayaking

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Paredes de Coura Cottage Rental Rates

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Peak Season
Jul 1 - Aug 31
7 nights
Low Season
Oct 15 - Mar 31
7 nights
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7 nights

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Paredes de Coura Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 55 m²
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Mountain
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Internet ...
  • Heating ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tiled Stove
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Wood Stove
  • Backpack
  • Washing Machine
  • Firewood
  • Sunbed
  • Local Maps
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The sleeping area is open plan (studio style). There is a sofa bed for young children and a cot for babies.
  • Music Library
  • Books for Adults
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Foosball
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Game Room
  • Bicycles
  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • forests
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • fitness center
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • wind-surfing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • whitewater rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
The laundry room, games room, swimming pool and gardens are shared with the owner.
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