ENCHANTING 2-BEDROOM COUNTRY COTTAGE WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS

Bergen Peck

Speaks french, portuguese, spanish, english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Luxurious secluded self-catering cottage in spectacular countryside

Set on a south-facing hillside overlooking the Lima valley, less than half an hour from the Costa Verde, this newly-restored hideaway snuggles between two immense granite boulders. The 130m2 split level bungalow comprises 2 bedrooms, with the possibility of a third, a large living-room/dining-room with galley kitchen and 2 bathrooms. It has a fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, a woodburning stove and gas central-heating. The living-room leads to a terrace (framed by olives, wisteria, and bougainvillea) and terraced gardens, with views towards the historic town of Ponte de Lima. The house has its own well with fresh mountain spring water. It's a very stylish house, with polished wooden floors and antiques, and has been very tastefully decorated to make a truly comfortable holiday home. The particularly charming garden is in perfect harmony with its delightful surroundings.

This house is immaculately presented, fully equipped, and with linen and towels provided. It has full central heating for winter guests and logs for the wood burning stove, and is an ideal haven for out of season and long-stay guests. The garden is enchanting and has everything to enhance your visit - BBQ, outdoor furniture and little hideaway places in the garden to savour and really get away from it all. There's plenty of shade in the garden with a wealth of mature olive trees, seating in the form of a fairy ring of granite stones or you can take the wooden steps down a terrace to yet another corner of this fairytale paradise. It's the perfect setting for a totally relaxing holiday.

The secluded, private location making it the perfect choice for total repose but convenient too, and its location makes it easy to discover all the treasures of this unspoilt, friendly region. 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, rising to more than 1000 metres, and providing great views in all directions. There's 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!

The 100 km stretch of the Costa Verde offers many safe, clean beaches - international competition surf beaches, sandy, rocky, wide, discreet, family, romantic beaches - you can go to a different one each day to suit your mood. The variety is amazing and though the Atlantic water is never very warm, the summer sun is guaranteed to be scorching. The local hills also have many mountain pools and waterfalls that are good for bathing, and there are also warm, sheltered river beaches on the River Lima a few kilometres away.

For golfers, the excellent Ponte de Lima course is very nearby. With its 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).

The village of Calheiros (walking distance from the cottage) has two mini supermarkets, cafes and bars. From the cottage, the River Lima with it's famous 16 arched Mediaeval/Roman bridge can be seen glistening in the distance, and Ponte de Lima, Portugal's oldest town, is well worth a visit. It's famous for its Monday market held twice a month since 1125, and has a comprehensive selection of locally made embroidered linen, carved wooden furniture and knick-knacks, blankets, rugs and wicker work. In May there's a famous bull run through the town; in September there's a lively fiesta with colourful processions, singing and folk dancing. There's a host of other events through out the year, including show jumping /dressage in June, a Medieval Fair in May, an International Festival of Folklore in August, a Wine Festival in June and a Garden Festival throughout the summer. Basically, a week here, at any time of the year, simply isn't long enough.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the manager
We had some very nice days at Casa da Magana, and the rain did not deter us in any way. The valley is certainly beautiful and the house is just lovely, it is truly well equipped and we wanted to thank you very much for having the grill delivered to us, we enjoyed some great ribs and T-bone steaks!! All the details were spot on. We enjoyed the owner's bookshelf and found a lovely little novel, Irish tales and stories, which I will now be hunting for on Amazon. We enjoyed a coffee each morning and evening at Cafe Boa Vista, and made good use of the lemons growing on the tree in the garden for our dinner each evening. We truly envy your ability to live in such a gorgeous area of Portugal and with luck, we will see you next year for a much longer stay!
Jun 2012
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Bergen Peck

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Speaks french, portuguese, spanish, english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Pay with confidence
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4.9
based on 7 traveler reviews

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Enchanting 2-bedroom country cottage with panoramic views
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Ponte de Lima Viana do Castelo
5

JEWEL IN NORTHERN PORTUGAL

  • 5 of 5
Where to begin? The pictures barely do this jewel of a property justice--it is stunningly beautiful, in exotic garden surroundings, peaceful and the best place all-around I have stayed in nearly 40 years of travel. The place is magical--with an amazing location--nothing else quite like it. We were provided perfect directions in advance and the logistics went smoothly. The welcome bottle of wine is a nice touch. When we arrived, we were speechless at the stunningly beautiful view from the terrace--and how cute, clean, private and well-equipped the house is---anything we needed was there. It rained a bit, so we were happy as can be with the tons of good books, FAST internet and TV-we watched German and English programs. The things to do in the area are endless--from beautiful beaches to cities to hiking and excursions. The reading materials available in the house were helpful in deciding what to do. We had many fabulous meals (and drinks) with a beautiful view from the terrace. ..and the rental is not too expensive either...wonderful!!!!
Would definitely recommend this slice of paradise to anyone looking for a memorable vacation. We will be back!
Doug and Trudi, San Jose, California
  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Enchanting 2-bedroom country cottage with panoramic views
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Ponte de Lima Viana do Castelo
5

SOLID ELEGANCE IN A BUCOLIC SETTING

  • 5 of 5
The property listing does not do Casa Magana justice. The physical description is accurate as to basics, but does not convey how well the house is designed for comfort and relaxation. The upper floor is basically bed and bath space, while the lower floor is designed for gracious living, featuring a den, living room, and kitchen/dining room opening onto a quiet patio. Many fully lockable shuttered windows open on all sides, allowing as much or as little breeze cooling as you desire. The patio is a perfect setting to while away an evening, which I did every night while writing a daily digital account of my travels.

The house was immaculate, well-furnished, and lacked for nothing, except a box of laundry soap. A quick text message from the owner explained how to locate an elusive light switch controlling the outside floodlight (it was a remote control on the key fob).

Since there are no nearby (walkable) stores, the smart visitor will arrive prepared by purchasing food before arrival. As an American, non-speaker of Portuguese, unfamiliar with the area, it wasn't until late the next day that I was able to locate a large grocery store - or at least find one that I recognized as such (being completely conditioned to supermarkets in the US).

The focus of my trip was to use Casa Magana as a temporary base to explore the possibilities of long-term residency in northern Portugal, As such, I used it to explore further afield, as far south as Porto and Braga, and as far north as Viana do Castelo and Valenca do Minho. It served its purpose well, allowing me a relaxing environment to write up each day's adventure into Portuguese culture, while sipping vinho verde on the quiet patio!

Casa Magana is a very well-designed, almost luxurious space conducive to relaxation and self-renewal. Isolated at the end of its own cobbled track, it provides a secluded, private place to unwind and reflect. It is probably the best value for a rented space that I have ever enjoyed, and can't praise the owner enough for the care and attention lavished on the construction and design of the house.
  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Enchanting 2-bedroom country cottage with panoramic views
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Saddleworth, UK
5

GREAT COTTAGE, GREAT LOCATION!

  • 5 of 5
Just arrived home from a great week at Casa da Magana. The house is lovely and larger than we expected, the house is spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The views from the terrace down the valley to Ponte de Lima are magnificent. We had a full week of sunny and very hot weather and spent most of our time at the house on the terrace. The house is very well located for exploring the area, we travelled into Porto for the day by catching the metro at Povoa da Varzim, (much less stressful than driving in), we also drove into Spain to Santiago de Compostela (just under 2 hours away) and visited lots more places closer by. Booking the house was really easy and all communication with Bergen excellent. Even though we arrived quite late (10.30pm) we were met at the house with the keys and provided with provisions for breakfast. There were Festivals on in Ponte de Lima and Calheiros during our stay, with firework displays most evenings! Excellent service all round!!
We would definitely stay at the house again if we come back to this area.
  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Owner's Response: It's a useful tip about taking the Metro into Porto from Póvoa - thanks.
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Enchanting 2-bedroom country cottage with panoramic views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p878281
Ponte de Lima Viana do Castelo
Saddleworth, UK
5

GREAT COTTAGE, GREAT LOCATION!

  • 5 of 5
Just arrived home from a great week at Casa da Magana. The house is lovely and larger than we expected, the house is spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The views from the terrace down the valley to Ponte de Lima are magnificent. We had a full week of sunny and very hot weather and spent most of our time at the house on the terrace. The house is very well located for exploring the area, we travelled into Porto for the day by catching the metro at Povoa da Varzim, (much less stressful than driving in), we also drove into Spain to Santiago de Compostela (just under 2 hours away) and visited lots more places closer by. Booking the house was really easy and all communication with Bergen excellent. Even though we arrived quite late (10.30pm) we were met at the house with the keys and provided with provisions for breakfast. There were Festivals on in Ponte de Lima and Calheiros during our stay, with firework displays most evenings! Excellent service all round!!
We would definitely stay at the house again if we come back to this area.
  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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SUPERB VIEWS

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful stay at this very well located and equipped house. The views are amazing, especially at night when it was lovely to sit on the terrace, sipping some excellent local wine and watching the stars come out. This was our first trip to Northern Portugal and we were very impressed with the region. Ponte de Lima is a lovely spot and only 10 minutes drive from the house. Lots to see and do in the surrounding area.
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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HAD A LOVELY TIME

  • 4 of 5
Wonderful views, well-stocked kitchen, very comfortable house with great natural light. Very out-of-the-way but easy access to Ponte de Lima and the highway's not far so you can get to the other places such as Viana do Castelo or Spain pretty easily. The steepness of the grounds meant we couldn't really do much playing outside with our toddler, but that was ok as we were always out and about.

Ponte de Lima is a great little town with some really great restaurants. We happened to be there during Vaca das Cordas (the running of the bull) which was a lot of fun.

My only complaint is that the jacuzzi part of the tub doesn't work at all (one of the controls is broken off and you can see under it that the internal workings have kind of fallen apart) -- so the house shouldn't be billed as having a jacuzzi tub until/unless that gets fixed.
  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted my visitors found so many positive aspects to the house and the general location. The jacuzzi is under repair - I was grateful for it being pointed out (it had slipped past the checking process). My apologies.
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Map

Nearest Airport
91 Kilometres
Porto
Nearest Ferry
620 Kilometres
Santander/Bilbao
Nearest Train
33 Kilometres
Viana do Castelo
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
A27/A3
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Costa Verde
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Calheiros
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Ponte de Lima
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Calheiros

Just three-quarters of an hour from Porto airport (and also within easy reach of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo airports, in Spain), Casa da Magana is close to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, a short drive from the beaches of the Costa Verde, and a stone's throw from the attractive historic town of Ponte de Lima. The cottage is ideally located for touring Alto Minho, which is steeped in history and full of tiny villages and rural by-ways. The cities of Porto, Braga, Valença and Viana do Castelo, and Vigo in Spain, are all within reasonable driving distance. The northern Spanish province of Galicia is close by.

In the village, there are two small shops just down the hill for basic provisions, along with cafés and bars. Nearby in Ponte de Lima there are many good restaurants, supermarkets and other shops, as well as a variety of tourist and cultural attractions.

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Ponte de Lima Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High season
May 31 2014 - Aug 29 2014
5 night minimum stay
€80
€560
 
 
Autumn breaks
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
3 night minimum stay
€70
€490
 
 
Winter breaks
Sep 27 2014 - Dec 19 2014
3 night minimum stay
€65
€450
 
 
Christmas & New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
€75
€490
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rates are for 3 or 4 people. Up to 2 additional people are charged at 5 euros each, per night.
Rates include bed linen and towels, and weekly cleaning.
Long term stays may be negotiated at very advantageous rates.
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Amenities

Ponte de Lima Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 130 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Firewood
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Hair Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The en-suite bathroom attached to the master bedroom has sparkling white sanitary ware and amazing perfumes wafting in from the garden. Bliss! The second bathroom is a super shower room.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , En-suite bathroom & a vast bed!
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Polished wooden floors and antique wardrobes and chests of drawers add to the feeling of luxury. The master bedroom has charming views of the garden. Good quality bed linen and towels are provided. The third bedroom is formed by closing off part of the living room with a solid folding screen.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Games
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
Notes:
The kitchen is a cook's delight, with an efficient cooker/hob, masses of chilled Bosch storage, a double sink and a wonderful view of the valley. It's a very sociable area of the open plan living space, and exceptionally well equipped with tasteful china and glass. The living room is the heart of this comfortable house. It's a triple aspect room with large colourful sofas, and inspirational art work, lots of books, a wood burning stove for winter guests and a small TV make this room the perfect place to unwind and discuss the days adventures. Outside, the terrace dining area is exquisite, with wrought iron and marble dining furniture, breathtaking views and the scent of lavender, rosemary and thyme, a magical place to enjoy your aperitif while supper sizzles on the BBQ!
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