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Stunning Holiday Villa With Pool Near Spain, Beaches & Minho River - Casa Gabriel

Sofia Van den Brink

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, portuguese
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Sofia Van den Brink

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Speaks: english, portuguese
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Stunning Holiday Villa With Pool Near Spain, Beaches & Minho River - Casa Gabriel

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Valenca Villa Rental Photos and Description

Large Pool. Stunning Gardens. Kayaking, Surfing, Hiking, Cycling, etc.

'Yavanna' is a large property made up 2 beautifully refurbished 300-year-old 3-bedroom traditional granite villas/farmhouses, each with its own garden. They are called 'Casa Dolinda' and 'Casa Gabriel'. Each has 3 bedrooms but are individually styled and are very different in layout so please read the separate descriptions of each villa before you choose.

Each has living rooms with flat screen TVs, DVD/satellite as well as well-equipped modern kitchens. There is a large 12x6m salt water pool with stunning views and chill-out zones. There are 1.5 acres of beautifully maintained gardens with plenty of seating, hammocks, BBQ areas, table tennis & yoga. Wireless Broadband. Very clean & well kept.

Its is a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the commercialised world. Yavanna lies only a few miles from the border with Spain. Small farms are dotted around the lush green landscape, connected by granite tracks with grapevines growing overhead.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the service we provide our guests, ensuring that guests leave with a massive “wow!”

For More Information and Travel Options: **** For more information please ask us for the address of our web site *****.

Flying - There are a large number of airlines offering cheap flights to the region. The nearest airports are Vigo (45 mins), Porto (1 hr), Santiago de Compostela (1½ hrs). e.g. Air Portugal (LGW and LHR), Ryanair (STN, LVL, BHX, BRS,LGW), Easyjet (LGW), Vueling (LHR), PGA Airlines, Air Berlin, Air France, SN Brussels Airlines, Hapag-Lloyd Express, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss.

.It is also possible to fly to Lisbon with many airlines, including Monarch from the UK. It will be necessary though to hire a car and drive 4 hours in each direction if you choose this route.

.Ferry - An alternative is a mini-cruise on a ferry. P&O run a service from Portsmouth to Bilbao. Brittany Ferries sail from Plymouth to Santander. The drive to Yavanna is 6-8 hours.

.Train - Fast trains to Vigo (20 minutes from Yavanna) from Barcelona and Madrid including overnight sleepers.

Beaches: Surf Beaches - Within a half an hour drive there are stunning sandy Atlantic surfing beaches. Portugal offers the best warm surfing in Europe with over 500 miles of consistent waves and no shortage of sunshine. Huge sandy beaches offer surf school and lifeguard patrolled areas. There is also a world renowned windsurfing spot at nearby Mindelo. Safe Sheltered Beaches - At the mouth of the Minho River, there are very safe clean sheltered family beaches. These are either at Caminha in Portugal or at Camposancos in Spain, which is accessible either by bridge or ferry. All beaches can be reached in about half an hour. Cafes and restaurants are available at most beaches - they are uncommercialised, small scale and friendly. River Beaches - Only 10 minutes from Yavanna is a sandy beach on the Minho River itself. This is lifeguard patrolled and has a beautiful terraced cafe. There is also wonderful canoeing and fishing possible on the Minho river.

Places to Visit: Within the immediate area, we have some very interesting towns and cities worth visiting:

Porto is Portugal's second city, famous for its port wine trade, is just an hour's drive away. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal. .

Santiago de Compostela is just 1.5 hours away over the border in Spain. It is a city where, according to a legend, the remains of the apostle Saint James were found. Nowadays the stunning city of Santiago is the second most important Catholic Pilgrimage centre, after Rome.

Vigo is the largest city in Galicia, over the border in Spain, and only 45 minutes away. Known as 'The Barcelona of the West'.

Ponte de Lima is a pleasant town named after its famous bridge over the river Lima, with both Medieval and Roman sections.

Lisbon is Portugal's capital city. It's four hour's drive away from Yavanna, but well worth considering for those who want to extend their stay. Lisbon is the westernmost capital in mainland Europe.

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Details for Casa Gabriel 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 3 Bathrooms

Casa Gabriel sleeps 6 and is a traditional Minho farmhouse dating from 1730 and have been renovated in the past five years to a very high standard. Each bedroom has an en-suite shower room. There are two double rooms and one twin room. Casa Gabriel is very nicely furnished and equipped. It has its own kitchen, living room, outside eating area, garden, etc. As well as having its own garden and outside eating area, there is a very large garden and large pool, with plenty of room for everyone. We do everything we can to make your holiday very special. We are available for help and advice, but at the same time very sensitive to your need for privacy. Towels and linen are provided, beds are changed weekly, and we take great pride in our standard of cleanliness, with a professional company cleaning weekly.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sofia Van den Brink (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
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Guestbook comments from the manager

Beautiful Slice of Heaven. Comfortable rooms, and Eunice's generosity made this a wonderful holiday. The garden and pool are fantastic!!
Jul 2010
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Casa Gabriel
average rating of 4.923077 based on 28 reviews
south wales

Need to Unwind - Look No Further

  • 5 of 5

This place is pure bliss. Even after we had read all the reviews and watched the video clips giving us a flavour of Northern Portugal, our first impressions exceeded all expectations. What more could we need - spacious, tasteful fully equipped accommodation, a beautiful garden with plenty of places to soak up the sun or relax in dappled shade, and an amazing salt water swimming pool with panoramic backdrop. Eunice and Mark are an especially warm, caring couple who will make sure you leave Yavanna wanting to return. This region of Portugal offers an insight into the sort of life we are all now trying to live. Forget fast food chains and traffic queues and enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities, simple but tasty food and stunning scenery.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway

Yavanna perfect in everyway possible!

  • 5 of 5

Exceeded all our expectations, very rare that what is described on a website does not do the experience enough justice!

We travelled from South Wales and the journey was excellent with many options to fly to Porto airport and with only a 1 hour journey from Porto you do not arrive feeling exhausted but ready to start enjoying such a scenic and beautiful place.

A fantastic restoration of properties, one of the best I have ever seen with absolute attention to detail while maintaining its history. The accommodation is absolutely immaculate and well maintained, with fully equipped kitchens that have more available than I have at home! The garden with many areas to sit, reflect and eat is perfect for enjoying the sounds and views of this beautiful part of Portugal, while the pool area is like stepping into a relaxed spa that allows you to while away the day in comfort and style.

A fantastic position that allows you to not only explore this area of Portugal, but hop over the boarder into Spain giving you so much opportunity to really get to know the different cultures of this area.

We couldn't have felt more welcome, Eunice and Mark really go out of their way to make you feel welcome and ensure your holiday is one of the best you have ever experienced. We cannot recommend Yavanna highly enough and will definately be returning very soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Kelso, Scottish Borders

Yavanna - Idyllic Location in Northern Portugal

  • 4 of 5

Villa Gabriel was easily one of the nicest self catering villas that we have ever holidayed in. The villa was beautiful with very tasteful decor and a well equipped kitchen. The whole place was spotlessly clean and very well maintained.Our children aged 11 and 14 very much enjoyed the fantastic pool. The gardens and views were breath-taking.

There is plenty to see and do in the area and easy access to the coast. We very much enjoyed visiting Valenca and Vigo. Mark and Eunice were very hospitible and good at recommending places to visit. I can't recommend Yavanna highly enough.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

perfect late summer break

  • 4 of 5

I went for a 10 day late summer break to Yavanna, hoping for a beautiful, tranquil place to unwind and recover from a busy summer. My hopes were more than realised, as I stepped into this little paradise. It was three whole days of just basking in the beauty of the gardens, by the poolside or in the hammocks, until I felt the slightest inclination to venture out and explore the surrounding area. Lovely towns, river and ocean beaches are all within a half-hour's reach by car.

But the best part was always returning to Yavanna for an evening dip in the pool and a meal outside with friends in the moonlight. The bedrooms are nicely done in a simple, traditional Portuguese style. The kitchens are all very well equiped, with plenty of outdoor eating areas, some private some communial. You can be as private or as sociable as you like.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Adrian

Beautiful Yavanna - a perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

The photos on the website and description were spot on - first time a holiday location has exceeded expectations.

Getting there couldn't have been easier - Porto airport was a breeze and the door to door service offered by the owner was a welcome touch.

The property has been beautifully restored. Beautiful location and stunning spacious accommodation – absolutely immaculate and well maintained. A fully equipped kitchen - amazing attention to detail, that is of course if you decided to cook! A garden with many areas to sit, reflect and eat! Check out the hammocks - while away the day in the shade of orange trees.

A piece of heaven on earth. Pool and pool area a welcome retreat with beautiful views. Away from the madding crowd but brilliant position - a short drive away from the beach, mountains and into Spain. A great base to explore historical sites of interest.

We couldn't have felt more welcome. You really did feel that Eunice and Mark genuinely cared that you had a wonderful holiday - nothing was too much trouble. I cannot recommend Yavanna highly enough and will definately be returning.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Forest Row

Wonderful Yavanna

  • 5 of 5

I have spent two lovely holidays at Yavanna and cannot imagine a more tranquil and relaxing place. The whole property has been lovingly restored to the highest standards and time spent in this beautiful spot with its dramatic view is really rejuvenating.

Inside the houses are cool and tastefully decorated with beautiful art work and the gardens and pool area are a green oasis with thoughtful planting and butterflies galore.

Eunice and Mark could not be more welcoming and they are always happy to help in any way they can to make a holiday run smoothly and be completely trouble free.

I hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Bilbao or Santander
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Ponte de Lima
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Valenca do Minho
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Yavanna lies in the Minho region in the north-west corner of Portugal only a few miles from the border with the province of Galicia, in Spain, and its village, Fontoura, lies on the Pilgrim's way, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Small houses and farms are dotted around the lush green rural landscape, surrounded by small fields and grapevines, connected by granite tracks. Beautiful rivers flow into this region from Spain. The river Lima has the historical and beautiful towns of Ponte de Barca, Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo on its banks. The nearby Minho has interesting old monuments along its banks including the fortified town of Valenca do Minho, which is only 3 miles from Yavanna. Safe lifeguard patrolled swimming and fishing in the Minho is only 10 minutes from Yavanna. The southern border of the region is another beautiful river, the Douro, as well as the Penedes Geres National Park. The stunning cities of Porto and Santiago de Compostela in Spain are both day trips.

Other Activities: Pottery/Ceramics, Yoga, Cycling and other enjoyable and creative workshops available certain weeks at Yavanna.

Golf: Ponte de Lima (half an hour away) is a par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).

Quinta da Barca golf resort (half an hour away) is an excellent 9 hole course with stunning views over the Cavado River. Par 31, 2012m.

Estela (one hour away) is built on a 3km stretch of sand dunes is one of the Portuguese golf links that secured a good reputation for itself when it hosted two events in the European Professionals' Circuit. Par 72, 6129m.


Rates & Availability

From €114 Per night

Valenca Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Medium Rate
Mar 28 2015 - Jun 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
Peak Rate
Jun 6 2015 - Sep 11 2015
3 night minimum stay
Medium Rate
Sep 12 2015 - Oct 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes * You can arrive and leave on any day of the week and for any period over 3 nights off peak and 7 nights at other times.
* Please note that the swimming pool becomes warm enough for swimming around the beginning of April, and closes around the middle of October, but this is weather dependent.
* Over and above the 6 bedrooms in the two villas, we have two further double ensuite bedrooms available.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Valenca Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , en suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , en suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , en suite
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , en suite, can be made into 2 singles
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , en suite
  • We have 2 extra double en suite bedrooms just a few seconds walk away that can be rented for large groups at an extra daily cost. This is on a 'per room per night' basis and need not be rented for a full week. Prices vary from 65-90 euros per room per night depending on the time of year. This is handy if you have extra people dropping in perhaps. Casa Gabriel is a little unconventional in that it was designed for open air living i.e. the central staircase is covered, but open, with bedrooms leading off it. The living room is upstairs. Everyone seems to love it because of its quirkiness. It’s quite hard to take photos, but please take a look at the photos. One shows the foot of the staircase, and one of the bedrooms leading off the veranda. We hope you get the idea.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Suitable for elderly if cobbled paths and steps not a problem. 32' Flat screen TV with satellite channels and DVD player. Please note that the swimming pool becomes warm enough for swimming around the beginning of May, and closes around the end of October, but this is weather dependent. It is closed from October to May. Please also note that there is a third house on the Yavanna property where Mark and Eunice are present for some of the year. We have found that when we are present, guests seem to enjoy our hospitality and knowledge of the area, so we hope our presence doesn't put you off!

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