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HIDDEN AWAY IN QUIET, DISCREET, WOODLAND GARDENS, WITH LARGE POOL

Bergen Peck

Advertiser since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Bergen Peck

Advertiser since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
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HIDDEN AWAY IN QUIET, DISCREET, WOODLAND GARDENS, WITH LARGE POOL

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Viana do Castelo City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 double bedroom, 1 bathroom, open-plan kitchen/lounge; sleeps 2 maximum

The Dacha is a simple yet well-appointed and surprisingly spacious cottage set amongst the trees and terraced gardens of the owners’ house, on the outskirts of a hill village a few kilometres inland from the beaches of Portugal’s Costa Verde. There's one large double bedroom looking out towards the pool, bathroom and an open plan living room with kitchenette and dining area, opening on to a terrace and barbecue area adjacent to the gardens, swimming pool and lily pond. The cottage was new in 2006, and has been tastefully furnished and equipped with painstaking care, with lots of little extras designed to make your holiday more comfortable. Visitors can enjoy the various lower terraces of the property, with their variety of woodland and orchard areas, shrubberies and flowering borders.

Beaches and Golf: The family seaside resort of Vila Praia de Âncora is about 15km away, and either side of it, along a 50km stretch, are the many safe, clean beaches of the Costa Verde - 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, within 8km.

For golfers, the excellent Ponte de Lima course is 20km away. Part of “a bucolic scenery of mountains, vineyards and fruit gardens”, it's a course typical of the Minho region. Par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).

Touring, tourism: For those who enjoy rural sightseeing, just touring around, or taking some long walks, there's the rugged, wild countryside of Peneda-Gerês National Park, and further away the Douro Valley provides plenty of opportunity. The villages and country lanes of Alto Minho offer a landscape from an earlier era; and Serra d’Arga (784m) provides great views in all directions. For more sophisticated entertainment, there's the Casino in Póvoa, and plenty of history, culture and night-life in a dozen towns within a short drive. There's karting, canoeing, surfing and fishing, and the World Heritage City of Porto. The traditional Romarias, folklore, singing, dancing and decorative crafts and costumes provide an unusual taste of the local culture. And the famed cuisine of the Minho region can be found in restaurants galore, accompanied by Portuguese wine - one of the world's best kept secrets!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Bergen Peck (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is a really delightful house and garden. It was comfortable and the facilities were exactly as expected. There's no distraction from TV or DVD, and this was a major point in its favour when we booked. There is a radio, however, and we were able to plug our i-pod into it using an aux cable, so we were occasionally able to take a break from the amazingly refreshing peace and quiet.
Jul 2013
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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.6
based on 15 traveler reviews

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Hidden away in quiet, discreet, woodland gardens, with large pool
average rating of 4.6 based on 18 reviews
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Hidden away in quiet, discreet, woodland gardens, with large pool
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Viana do Castelo City Viana do Castelo
Dundee, Scotland
5

A fantastic spot to recharge the batteries!

  • 5 of 5
The Dacha is the perect choice if you want a quiet and tranquil break to get away from it all. Set in beautiful surroundings, the accommodation offers everything you require and is much more spacious than most one bedroon accommmodation. It offers all the necessary kitchenware should you wish to eat in but the restaurants recommendations provided by the owners are fantastic and should definitely be tried.

We didn't do much sightseeing preferring to relax by the pool reading books, but the countryside is beautiful and definitely worth expoloring.

Would thoroughly recommend the Dacha for a relaxing break.
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We have tried to provide all you might need to be fully self-catering, but we really do recommend eating out. The local Minho cuisine is highly regarded all over Portugal - and neighbouring Galicia, and the food is wholesome, varied, served in grand proportions and cheap. Eating out is a way of life here (with all the family - children are welcome everywhere), and there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from. We've written a personal guide that offers advice not just on where to go and what to expect, but also on where not to go (many of the restaurants recommended by the standard tourist guidebooks!). You'll be assured of an excellent meal, with excellent Portuguese wine (one of the world's best kept secrets), and a warm welcome, and following our guide means you could eat somewhere different every day and never be disappointed. In fact, our "week of gastronomic delights" will take you 10 days (it was too difficult to reduce the top recommendations to just 7!).
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Hidden away in quiet, discreet, woodland gardens, with large pool
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Viana do Castelo City Viana do Castelo
3

Very lovely stay except for bugs and humidity

  • 3 of 5
The Dacha is a truly quiet and peaceful place to stay once you get used to the barking village dogs.
It is situated within easy driving distance of many sites and beautiful villages and cities with lots of activities for everyone to enjoy. A car is essential to explore the area.

The beautiful setting in nature has its drawbacks in our experience. Do take precautions if you are sensitive to stinging insects. We found the house itself humid, this may have been enhanced by the seven rainy days of our ten-day stay in September.

We enjoyed a very nice welcome from the owner with fruit and bread amongst other items to get us started when we arrived in the evening. We also loved the beautiful clean pool with potted plants to keep the bugs away and several other lovely plants and fruit trees in the garden.
The lights in the terrace will guide your way when you get back in the evening to the Dacha when its dark.

Do try several restaurants which the owners mention. We had the second best dining experience in our lives at Azeite e Alho in Apúlia. Wonderful tasty food, delicious wine and excellent service.

The owners are at your service if you need anything and are very friendly as well are the Portugese people whom you will meet.
All and all a very lovely stay if you don’t mind the bugs and the humidity.
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hidden away in quiet, discreet, woodland gardens, with large pool
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Dacha

  • 4 of 5
We had a fantastic week in the Dacha. The Minho region in Northern Portugal is delightful. The setting of the Dacha is like being in a Japanese garden with fruiting fig tree and sweet chestnut. Enjoyed our bbq's on the patio but equally eating out especially Tasquinha da Linda in Viana. The Serra D'Arga area is a discoverable wonder with mountain steams, cascades and waterfalls. Portuguese wines are fantastic especially Alvarinho.
Our only criticism was the damp, which affected the bed linen, towels and cupboards, which the owners need to address. Otherwise recommend this place to anyone!
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very glad these visitors enjoyed their week, but there's so much more to see and experience, so we hope they'll come again. We appreciated their honesty about the damp problem - it exists in so many houses in this region, perhaps due to the methods of construction and the tendency to have wet winters. It was also unfortunate that there had been some heavy rain immediately before their arrival. We would point out that on being alerted to the problem, we immediately took action to at least provide fresh bed linen. Perhaps that and the ensuing sunshine solved the problem....
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Viana do Castelo City Viana do Castelo
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The Dacha

  • 4 of 5
The roadtrip to the Dacha house was beautiful, as well as the surroundings and the location of the little house.

Everything you need in a house is there; from kitchenequipment, to a detailed advice map of the owners for daytrips and restaurants, to enough towels and linnen.

Unfortunately we had a lot of rain during our stay (except for our last day which we spend by the pool), but we had a good time playing games, reading books and making daytrips to Viana do Castelo, Braga and other cities.

The garden is amazing, with fruits and flowers. And, of course, insects; which you don't have to mind too much; that's all part of the deal when you are staying in nature. It is quiet (some dogs barking, but you get used to it) and the air outside is fresh and clean. We enjoyed our stay a lot.
  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hidden away in quiet, discreet, woodland gardens, with large pool
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Viana do Castelo City Viana do Castelo
5

Wonderful place for a sunny, relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I stayed at the Dacha for our honeymoon and we couldn't have been happier. It is a lovely setting, tucked away just outside a beautiful little village, though not too far from a sizeable town with supermarkets etc. The house itself was very clean and very well equipped - everything had been thought of including clean dressing gowns and (brand new) slippers. The kitchen was very well equipped, which was nice to have when we arrived late on the first night and for preparing lunch by the pool. The owners' restaurant guide was superb and we ate at some excellent local places for a very good price - often we were the only tourists! We particularly enjoyed Taverna Vaca Das Cordas in Ponte de Lima, which is a lovely town. The garden and pool are beautiful and we were able to enjoy these in complete peace and quiet. The owners are very friendly and helpful but very much gave us our space too - we saw them twice in the week we were there but they were always contactable by phone when we had any questions. It certainly felt like we had the pool and garden completely to ourselves.

Overall it is a perfect place for a relaxing getaway and I would highly recommend it.
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hidden away in quiet, discreet, woodland gardens, with large pool
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Viana do Castelo City Viana do Castelo
4

PARADISE ON EARTH

  • 4 of 5
ENJOY THAT THERE ARE FEW PLACES LIKE THIS, VERY QUIET, CLEAN AND AUTHENTIC BEAUTY.
NATURE IN ITS SPLENDOR, PURE MOUNTAIN AIR AND PEACEFUL RURAL PEOPLE.
THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY, MR PECK!
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Porto
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Village
Nearest Ferry
690 Kilometres
Bilbao/Santander
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Ponte de Lima
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Viana do Castelo
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
A27
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Viana, Ponte de Lima, Vila Praia de Âncora....
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Vila Praia de Âncora
Car: necessary

The cottage is strategically placed for access to the beaches of the Costa Verde as well as the wild hills of the National Park and the historic towns and villages that are part of the Minho landscape. The Spanish border is close by, and there's also easy access to World Heritage Porto. The village is near to Viana do Castelo (the main historic port of the region), Ponte de Lima (the distinctive centre of Minho tourism) and Vila Praia de Âncora (a pleasant fishing village and family seaside resort), which are all about 15km away and easily reached either by winding country lanes or by motorway. It's an attractive, scattered hillside place of about 300 people, in a heavily wooded zone (pine and eucalyptus) on the way up to Serra d'Arga (784m). There are a couple of cafés, and a “mini-mercado” that sells everything from spaghetti to farm equipment. (It’s 15km to the nearest “hypermarket”.)

Other Activities: Karting, bowling, canoeing

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From €75 Per night

Viana do Castelo City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter breaks
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 23 2014
5 night minimum stay
€75
€490
 
 
Christmas & New Year
Dec 24 2014 - Jan 2 2015
5 night minimum stay
€100
€650
 
 
Winter breaks
Jan 3 2015 - Mar 27 2015
5 night minimum stay
€75
€490
 
 
Spring breaks
Mar 28 2015 - May 29 2015
5 night minimum stay
€95
€630
 
 
Early summer special
May 30 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
€700
 
 
High season
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
€770
 
 
Autumn breaks
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
€95
€630
 
 
Low season
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 23 2015
5 night minimum stay
€75
€490
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Rates include bed linen, towels, pool/beach towels, bath robes and sunshades, and weekly cleaning.
Complimentary Burel travel slippers are provided, and a welcome pack.
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Amenities

Amenities

Viana do Castelo City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Hair dryer is provided. Towels are provided. Soap and toilet paper are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • The bedroom is spacious, with plenty of wardrobe space, heater/fan (depending on season) and large window with mosquito net looking out to the gardens and pool. We provide bath robes, and also offer as a gift Burel travel bedroom slippers, hand made in Portugal's highest mountains. Original art on the wall, quality bed linen and an extensive library of novels (you can take the novels you're reading home with you as long as you leave books you've read behind).
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Outside, the gardens are full of discreet corners and terraces where you can sit and get away from it all - a pond, a shrubbery, by the 11m x 5m pool, amongst the vines and fruit trees, in the potted plant garden. A good range of garden furniture is provided. The garden is surrounded by trees, so while you can always find somewhere to lie by the pool in the full sun, there's also plenty of shade, and the cottage itself is pleasantly cool all day long, offering a welcome respite from the summer sun. The pool is shared with the owners, though they tend not to use it when there are visitors in the Dacha. Visitors have access to the village sports facilities (tennis, etc). Massage is available in the Dacha, in the gardens or by the pool. All bed linen and towels (including pool towels) are provided. For days at the beach, sunshades, wind breaks and beach towels are also provided.

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