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

Sofia Louw

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, portuguese
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
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 Dolinda 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathrooms

Casa Dolinda sleeps 6 and is a traditional Minho farmhouse that has been modernised in the past years to a very high standard. There are two double rooms and one twin room. There is also a bathroom, separate shower room and three toilets. Casa Dolinda is very nicely furnished and equipped. It has an open plan ground floor comprising kitchen, living room and dining area. It also has its own outside eating area, small garden, etc. As well as this, there is a very large shared 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.
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sofia Louw (Property Manager)
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Guestbook comments from the manager

Yavanna exceeded any expectation I may have had - in fact it exceeded my imagination. I'm already planning my next trip!
Jun 2010
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Casa Dolinda
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews
San Francisco

The Best Place Ever

  • 5 of 5

We got incredibly lucky finding Yavanna, with its gorgeous houses, lovely setting and fantastic hosts. We stayed for a week in June, two families with two kids each. The houses are simply done, in great taste. The kitchens have everything you need for cooking at home, and the picnic tables and various eating areas are beautiful. We all loved the pool, the large grassy area, and the gardens. Plus, there's an amazing movie selection, which we watched in the evening or during the occasional rain showers. The hosts were incredibly welcoming and helpful when we wanted to kayak, water ski and go to a local market. All in all, the experience was one of the best we've ever had in our travels and we highly recommend it. We only wish it weren't so far from San Francisco.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway

Paradise Found in Portugal

  • 5 of 5

We called at very short notice but the English owners of this accommodation very kindly managed to accommodate us between bookings. This was our first visit to Yavanna and although we know this part of Portugal quite well this lovely hidden valley was new to us. The accommodation was truly delightful and of a very high standard indeed. The attention to detail was outstanding - the kitchen was very well equipped with everything you could possibly need and the beds were of the sort usually found in expensive hotels. Our accommodation had a lovely patio overlooking the landscaped gardens where you could sit and unwind. Although the houses are near to each other the garden layout allows for considerable privacy and peace. You may greet your neighbours round the beautifully designed swimming pool but they might be off visiting the stunning coastline nearby for the day and you will have it all to yourself. We brought back very happy memories of this short visit and we would certainly book to visit there again. It would be lovely to book as a group of friends or a large extended family but it was also lovely for a couple as it was so private and relaxing. Northern Portugal is a beautiful area and the wonderful landscape is matched by the warmth and kindness of the people you meet. This accommodation provides a wonderful base to explore the region and now we have found this wonderful base we will be going back more often.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

Yavanna Heaven

  • 5 of 5


Kingston upon Thames

Yavanna heaven!

Left on 08/05/2011 for a stay in July 2011

I feel very lucky to have had the Yavanna experience for the last 2 years.

If you are looking for a little bit of paradise then this is the place for you. Yavanna is so peaceful and beautiful, with outstanding views across the valley.

The house has been tastefully styled and is worthy of a 5 star rating.

Eunice and Mark are the most hospitable hosts you could wish for, they have a wealth of local knowledge and nothing is too much trouble.

I hope to return to Yavanna many more times and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this idyllic retreat for those who enjoy the finest things in life!

Would you recommend this vacation rental to a friend? Yes

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Heather for the positive comments.
Tromsø, Norway

Lovely and well kept place

  • 5 of 5

Me and my family stayed here for 14 days in the beginning of June. We were 6 kids (3-14 years) and 6 grown-ups.

We brought 3 cars, which all fit on the parking ground infront of the houses. The rooms were all nice and clean, and well kept. The bathrooms kept an excellent standard. The garden is huge, and has lots of room for the kids to play around on.

The pool area is perhaps the best part of this place, a delicious salt-water pool (no Chlorine) that is also kept very clean.

The hosts live in a house on the premises, and are all very nice people. Without getting intrusive in any way, they look after you and make sure everything is OK. Being English, they were very easy to communicate with, at least for us Scandinavians.

If I am going back to northern Portugal, I wouldn't hesitate to use this facility again!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

Beatiful Yavanna

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, thoughtfully designed cottage, garden and pool. Wide view across the valley, caring hosts and range of things to do locally and further afield.

A family of five, there was always enough going on, plenty of space and choice for everyone. This including long spells of doing not much in relaxing surroundings. Not one, but two countries to explore on the doorstep, an open coast, broad river, lively markets and late night festival we will not forget

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

A home away from home / Meteen thuis voelen

  • 5 of 5

Yavanna is a wonderful warm place in northern Portugal. Eunice and Mark created a perfect atmosphere, where all from 8 - 80 feel at home from the moment you set foot on the property. The garden is lovely, the pool is splendid and the cottages are lovingly decorated and perfectly furnished. Yavanna is also the perfect starting point for day trips: to Porto, Braga, Guimaraes or Spain, or a visit to one of the beaches and the river. We will definitely return, both for the house, location and climate, but also for Eunice and Mark who knew how to help us make the most and more of our stay. Yavanna even better than the pictures on the web.

Yavanna is een heerlijk plekje in het noorden van Portugal. DE eigenaren, Eunice en Mark hebben er een fantastische warme en welkome sfeer gecreeerd waardoor je je meteen thuis voelt. De tuin is heerlijk en ruim opgezet , met tafeltennis en zwembad, een groente tuin waar je je tomaten en sla kunt plukken. De huisjes zijn perfect ingericht, met oog voor detail en luxe. Dagtripjes naar Porto, Braga en Guimaraes zijn goed te doen, Spanje is een must en slechts 10 minuten rijden. de stranden en rivier zijn binnen een half uur tot een uur te bereiken. Wij komen zeker terug, al was het aleen maar vanwege de het kunnen weerzien van Eunice en Mark, die weten hoe je de verwachtingen van vakantiegangers kunt overtreffen. In het echt is het nog beter dan de foto's al doen vermoeden

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a postive review. We hope to welcome you again, and many more Dutch guests!


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.
Prices shown are 'per house' and are on a self catering basis. If you want the entire Yavanna property to yourself you need to book both Casa Dolinda and Casa Gabriel.

We are very flexible regarding dates, duration, arrival day, sleeping configurations, number of people, etc. So if you find the pricing above in any way confusing please don't hesitate to phone or email us for a friendly chat.
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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
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Casa Dolinda has a bathroom with toilet, a separate toilet, and a shower room with toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • All bedrooms have views to the beautiful Minho landscape.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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 in each house. Although Yavanna is open all year-round, please note that the swimming pool closes around the end of October and becomes warm enough for swimming around the beginning of May. Please also note that there is a third villa on the Yavanna property where owners are present for part of the year.

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