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Farmhouse and self-contained cottage with Infinity pool

Victoria and Mark Thorpe

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Victoria and Mark Thorpe

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Farmhouse and self-contained cottage with Infinity pool

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

Vila Praia de Ancora Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Villa (sleeps 6) and cottage (sleeps 2), set in a private vineyard and new pool

Farmhouse with new Infinity pool (2014). Near to the beach (5 mins). Set in 3 acres of garden and vineyard (producing Vinho Verde, the regional wine). Just inland from the local fishing town of Vila Praia de Ancora, a series of cobbled lanes wind their way to the villa, which has far-reaching views across a picturesque rural landscape and towards the coast. There is a recently installed infinity pool (10m by 4.5m) for sole use of guests (May-Sept). There is a patio area under the vines, with BBQ area. The MAIN HOUSE (sleeps 6/8), is a traditional modernized farm house, with the accommodation on the first floor - the ground floor provides a laundry room and the traditional wine cellar. Dining kitchen with seating for 10, and lounge with outstanding views. There are 3 bedrooms: 1 king, 1 double (en-suite), a bunk bed room. There is also a sofa bed in the lounge. The house bathroom has a freestanding shower and bath. The DETACHED COTTAGE (sleeps 2) has a kitchen, a room with double bed and sofa and en-suite shower room. Hot water is powered by an eco-friendly system. Central heating is available.

FOR USE BY GUESTS (no extra charge):

There is a travel cot, high chair, pushchair, and toddler toilet seat.

For surfing at the local beaches, there are wet suits (children and adult sizes), a boogy board, and a Malibu surfboard for use by guests.

For cycling we have adult and child bicycles for guests to use - additional bicycles are available to hire at the local beach.

There is a Bluray DVD player with a a selection of English speaking adult and children's DVDs, a Wii (with a selection of Wii games), and a CD Player, with IPOD docking station.

The house also has Internet access.

GARDEN: The property has 3 acres of mature gardens and vines. There are numerous fruit trees including orange, lemon chestnuts, walnut, apples...There is a newly installed infinity pool for sole use of guests (available from May to September). Guests can explore the gardens; relax on the patio area under the vines providing BBQ area with table and chairs. The farmhouse has a spacious cobbled courtyard.

The Ancora river is less than 5 minutes walk, with a 'secret swimming spot' for the locals in the summer providing crystal clear waters which is great for swimming. In the autumn guests are more than welcome to help with the grape harvest/winemaking.

Local area and getting there: The nearest beaches are less than five minute drive away in Vila Praia de Ancora, where a wide range of shops, restaurants, and a new daily fresh fish market can also be found.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Victoria and Mark Thorpe (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2015

About Victoria and Mark Thorpe

We live in England with our 3 children (11, 9 and 6 years) and Kipper the dog.

Victoria and Mark Thorpe purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Victoria and Mark Thorpe chose Vila Praia de Ancora

It is a lovely area, not yet spoilt by tourism and typically Portuguese. It has amazing beaches - sometimes we are the only ones on! In summer there are life guards on all the local beaches, hire a beach hut, canoe down the river or have a surf lesson from one of the many surf schools.

Eating and drinking out is very reasonable - expect to pay less than 1 euro for a bottle of beer or glass of port, and 70 cents for a coffee. Menu of the day can be as little as 5 euros, which is usually a choice of meat or fish, with either a soft drink, beer or wine (sometimes this includes soup, pudding and coffee!).

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great house, great garden, great area and great walks on the local hills. Thank you.
Sep 2012
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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
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Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 6 traveler reviews

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Farmhouse and self-contained cottage with Infinity pool
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 13 reviews
Dublin, Ireland
5

A really wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family holiday here with our 3 children in April 09 and everything exceeded our expectations on arrival. Property was in a beautiful setting, with everything needed on hand to enjoy your home away from home. Location was perfect for staying local and taking it easy or for access to other busier routes and we enjoyed some of both during the week.

Layout, design and decor of the property is superb and the grounds were lovely for adults and kids alike. We've hired private accommodation previously and found a number of basic items were always lacking, but not here. Everything was on hand to aid a wonderful week in lovely Praia d'Ancora. Local area was typically Portugese which was lovely and a change from the commercial sides we often see of other countries and the neighbours were very welcoming and friendly.

We will visit again and will recommend our friends and family to stay at this marvellous accommodation.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you for a lovely review. We hope to welcome you back soon.
5

Eine schöne, erholsame Zeit in einem tollen Haus

  • 5 of 5

Das Haus liegt in einer tramhaften Umgebung. Was man braucht ist da. Die Zimmer sind gemütlich und geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Das Grundstück ist weitläufig und gepflegt. Der Pool ist neu und groß genug für Spiele mit mehren Kindern. Die Terasse bietet einen traumhaften Ausblick. Kurz gesagt: sehr zu empfehlen. Das einzige Problem für Leute mit großen Autos( wir fahren einen VW-Camper), stellt die Einfahrt dar. Aber es gibt auch eine Parkmöglichkeit unterhalb beim Tante Emma Laden.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danke für die Vorlage der Bewertung. Ich bin so froh, dass Sie Ihren Aufenthalt im Haus genossen . Best Wishes , Mark und Victoria Thank you for submitting the review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at the house. Best Wishes, Mark and Victoria
5

Villa in portugal

  • 5 of 5

Hallo!

I just want to contact you to say that we had a wonderful vacation in VPdA. The house was perfect for us, and we also appreciated the large and beauteful garden. The weather suited our "Nordic" genes perfectly, plenty of sunshine and not too warm! 35 gr in Lisboa on our return journey felt like a sauna. Again, thank you for a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Englans
5

Casa D'Aspra

  • 5 of 5

I just wanted to let you know we had a fantastic time in Portugal, the house was really comfortable and well equipped, the garden and terrace were very relaxing and the location was charming and very convenient. Our only problem was trying to fit everything in that we wanted to do. As the weather was so warm we spent alot of time visiting different beaches. Thank you for the use of the house and introducing us to that part of Portugal it was great, I'm sure we will want to go back.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Germany
4

July 2008 - great holiday

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time staying in this villa in July 2008. There is pelnty of room for two families of 3 (two children 5 and 8). The villa is well-equipped with life saving devices such as DVD player, washing machine and dish washer. The garedn is enormous and very inviting- on some hot days, we had everything we wanted- pool, vine-covered terrace- and didn't even make it to the beach!

Great base to explore the North Portugal Coast and even venture out into Spain- our favourite nearby resorts were Vila Praia de Ancora and Caminha.

Popped down to the local cafe everyday for fresh rolls and to enjoy the walk itself, across the stream and past the old stone walls and beautiful flowers. The shallow river is a great natural play area for the kids too.

Medieval market in Caminha towards the end of July was great- don't know oif it's a regular occurence.

And the restaurant there on the corner of the main road turn-off to the beach with view over the harbour is romantic and great value for money.

The villa has a cosy lounge to go back to after a day out and sample the delights of vinho Verde.

The guest book is a mine of information.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Birmingham
5

Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

What a find! This was the perfect holiday for our family. We wanted something relaxing, different, comfortable, spacious, safe, peaceful, interesting and easy to reach. We found all this and much more!

The house, village and Coste Verde were all just perfect. We had 2 weeks in June and have booked for 2 more weeks in September, can’t wait!

It is not easy to find a holiday that suits a variety of needs, but the Farmhouse and Studio, near Vila Praia de Ancora did just that. The house is stylish and well equipped the grounds and pool perfect for lazing, swimming and outdoor eating (barbecuing). Our son (3) loved adventuring and picking oranges in the grounds.

We enjoyed the local walking, river (great swimming and fishing) and village bar (all within 5 min walk). Say hello to Aurelia at the bar which is great value!

The local beaches and coast line are stunning and un-crowded; even so, most beeches have a small bar, toilets, first aid and life guards. The surf is good but there are plenty of deep rock pools or Ancora beech is good for gentler bathing.

Venture along the coastline from Porto to Viana de Costello (my favourite) and through to Tui in Spain, you’ll find beautiful villages, beaches and places of interest which are traditional, friendly and unspoilt.

If you like a full cooked English breakfast and roast dinner every day, you'd probably prefer Benidorm (unless you can cook your own)!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Oporto
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Ancora
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Vigo
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Vila Praia de Ancora
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
A25
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Ancora
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Vila Praia de Ancora
Car: recommended

Less than 5 minutes drive to beautiful clean and very quiet beaches. There are a numerous Surf schools at the local beach. Visit the beautiful Santa Luzia Chrurch on the hill overlooking Viana Do Castelo, which has view of the Atlantic coast - described as the one of the best views in the world by National Geographic. Fabulous markets at Vila Nova de Cerveira, Viana Do Castelo and Caminha. Wonderful countryside for walking (Sunflower Northern Portugal book has numerous walks within easy driving distance). Visit the Peneda-Geres National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, where you may spot the endangered royal eagle or catch a glimpse of an otter. Follow the Vinho Verde wine trail along the banks of the Minho Valley which passes between undulating hills covered with the vines which produce the lightly sparkling and very tasty wine of the region.

Golf: There is a golf course in Ponta de Lima, approx 30 minutes drive.

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Rates & Availability

From €50 Per night

Vila Praia de Ancora Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
Oct 1 2014 - Jun 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
€799
 
 
Summer 2015
Jul 1 2015 - Sep 6 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,500
 
 
Weekend rate
Oct 18 2015 - Dec 13 2015
1 night minimum stay
€50
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
€799
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €200

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Amenities

Vila Praia de Ancora Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 175 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , House bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to bedroom 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Studio
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Lounge - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofabed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 2 baby crib , Bunkbeds
  • There are three bedrooms in the main house (Sleeps 6), and a double bedroom in the self-contained studio. There is also a sofa bed in the lounge of the main house, which will accomodate 2 persons.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Having three children ourselves, the house is very child friendly. There is a high chair, 2 travel cots, potty, toddler toilet seat, pushchair, child gate, baby monitor, training cups, children DVDs, a toy box, and a ready bed. Children can safely explore the gardens, hunting for the various fruits (picking oranges and making fresh juice is one of our children favorite activities). Depending on season there are apple trees, lemon, orange, chestnut, plums, Sharon fruits... The detached studio provides an ideal haven for grandparents or friends, which is totally self-contained but still within close proximity to the house.

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