Bergen Peck

Speaks french, portuguese, spanish, english
Bedrooms 8
Half Baths2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Viana do Castelo City Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

8 bedrooms, sleeps up to 29, 6 in separate unit

At this splendid 18th Century Manor House situated in over 3 hectares of grounds, with fruit trees, a lovely romantic garden and a pool, you will be warmly welcomed into a pleasant family atmosphere by the owners, Anne Van de Winckel and Lysiane Hamtiaux.

The décor throughout is exquisite, particularly in the bedrooms, each of which is decorated according to a different colour scheme and style, and where you’ll maybe find a four-poster bed, perhaps a modern room or one furnished with antiques.

If you prefer to be more self-contained, rent the Gîte by the pool, where you can enjoy all the facilities of the Estate and have the privacy of your own space.

Touring: Minho is Portugal’s second most popular holiday region after the Algarve. Unlike the Algarve, however, there are no British pubs or Fish ’n’ Chip shops, no amusement arcades or theme parks. It’s all rather more discreet, more natural (unspoilt, you might say). People come here to relax in a quiet rural setting.

A lot of visitors tour around, seeing the historic sites, the small market towns and villages, the rugged landscapes and the quiet empty beaches. Others come to lose themselves in a terrain that is still largely unaffected by modern European development, and amongst a people who still live a simple life. Most are subsistence farmers, and while there are few women who still wash the clothes in the stream, they do still go every day to collect the milk from the communal cow, in churns balanced on their heads. Inland, traffic jams, more often than not, are caused by an ox drawn cart.

Folklore, wildlife and cuisine: There’s a thriving regional folklore tradition – singing and dancing and various rustic handicrafts, and the region is famous for its “Romarias”, local village feast days involving religious processions, markets, fairs and evening feasts and folkloric entertainment. They’re a bit like British Village Fêtes, but as they might have been hundreds of years ago!

At night there are wild boar in the hills and owls hunting, and during the day plenty of black squirrels, jays, red kites, water birds on the river below, and, of course, harmless lizards.

The regional cuisine of Minho is famous all over Portugal, and there are some great restaurants in the area - including the Solar - and some great wines. Minho is where Vinho Verde comes from, and is next door to the Douro valley, the home of Port Wine; Portugal’s table wines generally are one of the world’s best-kept secrets and they’re all available locally.

Golf: Estela (30km), built on a 3km stretch of sand dunes on the beautiful Costa Verde, this is one of the Portuguese golf links that secured a high reputation for itself when it hosted two events in the European Professionals' Circuit. Par 72, 6129m.

Ponte de Lima (40km), part of “a bucolic scenery of mountains, vineyards and fruit gardens”, is a course typical of the Minho region. Par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).

Quinta da Barca golf resort (25km), an excellent 9-hole course with stunning views over the Cavado River. Par 31, 2012m.

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Details for Solar da Natureza e do Bem Estar 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23, 9 Bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms

The Manor House has 8 rooms, a mixture of singles, doubles and suites (including one with a four-poster bed), and all with en suite bathrooms, TV and central heating. There are two lounges and a dining room, a games room and a home cinema with bar. Breakfast is included, or you can choose half board. Snacks are served all day by the swimming pool and tennis court. There's also a snooker table, ping pong and pétanque (boules). If you have a large family or are taking a holiday with friends, you may like to rent the whole house (sleeping up to 23 people), or the house and the gîte (to sleep up to 29 people). The Solar is also suitable for business gatherings, for which a conference room people can be specially prepared.
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Bergen Peck (Property Manager)
Advertiser since 2006
Speaks french, portuguese, spanish, english
Bedrooms 8
Half Baths2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
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Solar da Natureza e do Bem Estar
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Solar da Natureza e do Bem Estar
Viana do Castelo City Viana do Castelo
Weaverham, UK

Family Week at Solar

  • 5 of 5
All of the facilities were excellent and the owners were charming and helpful in every possible way to ensure that we all had a memorable week in the lovely atmosphere of Northern Portugal. It is unusual for such a villa to provide breakfast and it was always a delight to start the day by conversing with the owners over such lovely food.

We would go back to Solar da Natureza and we have no hesitation in recommending it to our friends and others.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Solar da Natureza has a mix of accommodation to suit different styles of holiday: the main Manor House provides a range of double rooms and suites on a bed and breakfast basis, though - as this family discovered - there are also kitchen facilities for visitors, especially useful at lunchtime or for those with young children. Larger family groups reserving the whole house have unlimited access to the main kitchens and dining room.
The Stone Suite on the ground floor has two double rooms and a sitting room with kitchenette, for those who prefer to look after themselves completely, at a smaller price.
And the Gîte is a self-contained two-bedroom self-catering cottage in the gardens close to the swimming pool and tennis court.
Dinner is also available for all guests, on request.

Solar da Natureza is perfectly located for enjoying in its own right, but also as a base for visiting the beaches of the Costa Verde or the historic towns and wild countryside of Alto Minho, as well as World Heritage Porto - it's only half an hour from Porto airport, so is also great for a short off-season break.
Solar da Natureza e do Bem Estar
Viana do Castelo City Viana do Castelo

Beautiful place with excellent facilities

  • 5 of 5
The accommodation and facilities were exactly as described with the added bonus of table tennis and pool/snooker in the main house games room. The swimming pool and tennis court are well maintained and it was also great to have WiFi in the main living room. The gite was beautiful - very well equipped, bright and airy and was a most comfortable place to stay for a fortnight. The owners were very friendly and helpful and we managed to communicate well even though my school French was very rusty! Viana, the nearest town is a good size with many restaurants. The Funicular and the cathedral at Sante Luiza, with its breathtaking views, are definitely worth visiting. We drove to Oporto twice, Santiago de Compestela, Barcelos and Guimaraes and they are all worth visiting. The owners recommended Ponte de Lima and we just loved it and as it was only 16km away we ate there a few times, in lovely restaurants overlooking the river.. We would recommend the gite to friends and would definitely stay there again.

I would recommend that the owners compile an information page for English-speaking gite visitors, just outlining good restaurants in the nearby towns, places to visit and things to do in the area, shopping hours and market days, where the tourist office is etc,

The safety catch on the French window in the twin bedroom was broken but everything else worked perfectly.
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The Solar is in Vila Franca, 6km south of Viana do Castelo, the major fishing port in the region, and a thriving market town steeped in history. The Peneda Gerês National Park is only 50km away, where you can spend days driving or walking around a part of Portugal that remains totally unspoilt. It’s rugged and mountainous terrain is wild and full of rare plants and animals, as well as the occasional village seemingly left over from centuries ago. Viana do Castelo is midway on the 100km “Costa Verde”, with a different beach every few kilometres, most of them wide and sandy, uncrowded and safe. There are also more sheltered river beaches on the banks of the Lima river – one of them just 1km from the Solar. There’s something to suit every taste – sandy or rocky, surf beaches, family beaches, quiet and romantic or beaches full of activities. Or, of course, you can simply relax by the pool, with a drink from the bar and a good book! Or there are 3 golf courses within 40km.

Other Activities: Karting

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Viana do Castelo City Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per person
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Autumn breaks
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 14 2014
1 night minimum stay
Winter breaks
Oct 15 2014 - Dec 19 2014
1 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 1 2015
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €0
Notes Rates are for a double room (2 people) & include continental breakfast. Full buffet breakfast also available (supplement).
For half board add €27.00 per person (reductions for children aged 11 and under).
Additional children in Yellow and Red Rooms and White Suite - €10 each per night.
The Stone suite is available on a self-catering basis at €595 per week (€420 per week in Low Season). Sleeps 4
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Viana do Castelo City Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Heating
  • fax
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dialup Access
  • Dining Room
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 28 people
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 10 - toilet
    Bathroom 11 - toilet
  • All rooms have en suite bathrooms, either with shower or bath/shower.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Blue room - 1 double , en suite bathroom
    Green room - 1 double , en suite bathroom
    Magenta room - 1 twin/ single , en suite bathroom
    African room - 1 double , en suite bathroom
    Yellow room - 2 double , en suite bathroom
    Red room - 1 double , en suite bathroom
    White suite - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Bedroom, sitting room and en suite bathroom
    Stone suite - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 3 rooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Radio
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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