A very comfortably furnished, spacious self-catering detached family villa with private pool, gardens, orchards and pergola, with a bubbling river running alongside and fabulous views over the valley and the picturesque village centre. Upstairs, there are three double bedrooms, one with a balcony overlooking the pool and garden and two bathrooms. There's a spacious L-shaped lounge and dining room, also with balcony, and a large, fully equipped garden. Downstairs, there's a fourth bedroom and bathroom, and an huge open-plan recreational area - lounge, music and games room, additional sleeping area, and with a glazed wall that opens directly onto a lawned terrace, the garden and the swimming pool. The 11m x 5m private pool and its surrounding lawns have a wonderful view, and are fully enclosed for extra security. There are lots of extra features, and the whole house is filled with beautiful furnishings and objets d'art, giving the whole villa a real air of refinement.
Beaches: The Costa Verde streteches for almost 100km, south to Porto and north to Spain, and there are dozens of fine beaches. Most are sandy, and there's a complete variety, from family seaside resorts to small romantic bays. Almost all have the EU Blue Flag seal of approval for safety and cleanliness. The area is well known to surfers, and not far from Villa das Carvalheiras is the international competition beach at Afife. On nearby Serra de Arga there are also fresh mountain pools and waterfalls; and there are also warm, sheltered river beaches on the Rivers Lima and Minho, within a short drive.
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!
Visitors in 2012 will be particularly drawn to Guimarães, 80km away. One of the country's most important historical cities, dating back to the 9th century, it is regarded as the 'cradle' of the Portuguese nation. Its historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it has been chosen as European Capital of Culture for 2012.
For golfers, the excellent Ponte de Lima course is 30km away. The mountainous scenery with vineyards and orchards are typical of the Minho region, adding to what is a great, and little known, course. Par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).
Outeiro is an attractive, thriving village close to Viana do Castelo, the main port of the region whose town centre is a maze of quaint narrow lanes bordering the riverside gardens. Close, too, are the beaches of the Costa Verde, as well as the wild hills of the Gerês National Park and the historic towns and villages that are part of the Minho landscape. Galicia, in Spain is a short drive and ferry ride away, and there's also easy access to World Heritage Porto. Ponte de Lima, the distinctive centre of Minho tourism and Vila Praia de Âncora, a pleasant fishing village and family seaside resort, are easily reached either by winding country lanes or by motorway. The villa is in the centre of the village, with a river running alongside the garden, and is in a valley in a heavily wooded zone (pine and eucalyptus) at the foot of Serra d'Arga (784m). Porto airport is a little over half an hour away, and many visitors also arrive via Santiago de Compostela airport in Spain (2 hours or so) or by ferry to Santander or Bilbao.
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