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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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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 Gîte 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

Located in the gardens of the Solar da Natureza e do Bem Estar, the Gîte is right next to the and tennis court. It has been newly refurbished and re-designed (in 2005) and is completely self-contained and available on a self-catering, bed & breakfast or half board basis. There are two double rooms, with twin beds and en suite bathrooms, both with satellite TV and central heating, and an open-plan kitchen and lounge with fireplace. There is also a double sofa bed in the lounge, so the cottage will sleep up to 6 people. Outside, there is a pleasant terrace reserved for guests in the Gîte, while the pool, gardens and all the facilities in the main house are freely available and shared with other guests from the Solar. If you are taking a holiday with a larger group of family or friends, you may also like to rent rooms in the Solar, which sleeps up to 23 people.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered

Bergen Peck

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Speaks english, french, portuguese, spanish
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Reviews

Property Reviews

Gîte
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
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Gîte
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p57358?uni_id=38883
+351 917056366
Viana do Castelo City Viana do Castelo
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5

Great value home-away-from-home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
Travelling with our mum-in-law we wanted a base for exploring where we could have our own space. It is often difficult to find economical lodgings that are stylish and feel luxurious for 3 or 4 people and we were were surprised at the price for the 2 bedroomed gite. Even before we arrived we were impressed with the professionalism of the handling of our booking and then our 3 night stay just exceeded our expectations. We enjoy cooking 'at home' even when travelling but often this can be annoying (as there are never sufficient implements) or frustrating (if only I had a splash of balsamic or a pinch of cumin). The gite is better equipped than our home (who needs a breadmaker on holiday!) and with quality equipment and crockery too. The owner was charming and made us feel like visiting friends rather than paying punters. The Solar is on a roadside but the entry is at the back through extensive gardens where we thoroughly enjoyed the pool, tennis and table tennis and didn't feel that traffic noise was an issue for us in the gite. We were on a northern Portugal tour and the Solar was a very convenient base after exploring the Douro. We planned our stay around the Barcelos market day (disappointing) but Viano do Castelo was surprisingly nice and Ponte de Lima just charming.

This was our mum-in-law's favourite lodgings of our tour. When we stayed at the gite there was one bedroom with twin beds and the other with a double which was perfect for us. Our only area for improvement would be the mattresses - a bit too hard for our comfort which was a shame as the bedlinens were lovely.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much, and that our efforts to make you feel at home were appreciated.
The Alto Minho region is a beautiful, largely unexploited area of the country, and while we don't want it spoilt by droves of visitors, the Solar da Natureza is, as you say, ideally located for exploring the region, and is only 60km or so from Porto airport - in many ways more convenient and more pleasant than the hassle of staying in Porto for a short break.
Helpful votes: 5/6
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Porto
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
beach
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

Viana do Castelo City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Spring breaks
Feb 24 2014 - May 15 2014
€63
€420
2 nights
 
 
Early summer special
May 16 2014 - Jun 30 2014
€95
€630
5 nights
 
 
High season
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
€126
€840
5 nights
 
 
Autumn breaks
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 14 2014
€95
€630
5 nights
 
 
Winter breaks
Oct 15 2014 - Dec 19 2014
€63
€420
2 nights
 
 
Christmas & New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 1 2015
€126
€840
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €0.00
Notes Breakfast available at the Solar, €5.00 per person.
Dinner available at the Solar, €27.00 per person.
Rates are for 4 people. Additional people (max. 2) are charged at €15 (low seasons) or €20 (high season), per night.
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Amenities

Viana do Castelo City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Dialup Access
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • There is a double sofa-bed in the lounge.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis Court
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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