HIDDEN PORTUGAL: FARMHOUSE AND SELF-CONTAINED COTTAGE WITH INFINITY POOL

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Victoria and Mark Thorpe

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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HIDDEN PORTUGAL: FARMHOUSE AND SELF-CONTAINED COTTAGE WITH INFINITY POOL

Vila Praia de Ancora Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Villa (sleeps 6-8) and cottage (sleeps 2), set in a private vineyard, with pool

Family-friendly farmhouse and detached cottage, near 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 4m) for sole use of guests (July-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 July 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 daily fresh fish market can also be found.

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Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Victoria and Mark Thorpe

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We live in England with our 3 children (9, 7 and 4 years) and Kipper the dog.

Victoria and Mark Thorpe purchased this farmhouse in 2004

It is a lovely area. Not yet spoilt by tourism and typically Portuguese. It has amazing beaches - sometimes we are the only ones on!

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!).

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Property Reviews

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Hidden Portugal: Farmhouse and self-contained cottage with Infinity pool
average rating of 4.8 based on 12 reviews
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Hidden Portugal: Farmhouse and self-contained cottage with Infinity pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p93346
+0044 01943 876351
Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
Dublin, Ireland
5

A really wonderful property

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
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.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks you for a lovely review. We hope to welcome you back soon.
Helpful votes: 6/6
business
Hidden Portugal: Farmhouse and self-contained cottage with Infinity pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p93346
+0044 01943 876351
Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
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Group of friends

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
Great house, great garden, great area and great walks on the local hills. Thank you.
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Hidden Portugal: Farmhouse and self-contained cottage with Infinity pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p93346
+0044 01943 876351
Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
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Paradise garden

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
We have had a lovely two weeks here in this lovely house with paradise garden. The cycling around the beautiful landscape was unforgettable. Aurora gave use fruit and vegetables and the recipe for caldo verde soup – delicious. We are already dreaming of coming back someday soon.
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Hidden Portugal: Farmhouse and self-contained cottage with Infinity pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p93346
+0044 01943 876351
Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
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Guests from Finland

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
Family from Finland visited this cosy house. We settle down and picked oranges and cherries. We loved the skating and surfing shop in V.P. Ancora. We tested the secret swimming spot and Praia de Arda. Aurora’s café was sympathetic. We bought wine, juice, chicken, park, ham, cheese, ice cream and bread. Thanks you so much.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Hidden Portugal: Farmhouse and self-contained cottage with Infinity pool
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p93346
+0044 01943 876351
Vila Praia de Ancora Viana do Castelo
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Family and grandparents

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
We have had a wonderful time. The house is delightful and gave us all we could have wished for. We have made good use of the ‘things in the store.’ The BBQ has had good use and the body boards, to say nothing of the buckets and spades. The area is beautiful and the weather was kind. Marvellous place to stay with our 22 month old son, Thank you so much.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Map

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

Less than 5 minutes drive to beautiful clean and very quiet beaches. There are a couple of 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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Availability & Rates

Vila Praia de Ancora Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Early summer
Jun 1 2014 - Jun 29 2014
€150
€999
3 nights
 
 
High summer
Jun 30 2014 - Sep 6 2014
€1,500
7 nights
 
 
Late summer
Sep 7 2014 - Sep 30 2014
€999
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €200.00

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Amenities

Vila Praia de Ancora Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 175 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Heating
  • Local Maps
  • Firewood
  • Living Room
  • Toilet Paper
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Sunbed
  • Wood Stove
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Sofa Bed
  • Linens Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking
  • Laundry Soap
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Garage
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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:
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Games
  • Toys
  • Radio
  • Games for Kids
  • Books for Adults
  • Video Library
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books for Kids
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Gated Community
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Beach Chairs
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Small Cooler
  • Deck / Patio
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Large Cooler
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • water parks
  • cinemas
  • winery tours
  • ruins
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • museums
  • bay/sound
  • waterfalls
  • restaurants
  • playground
  • forests
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surf fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • fly fishing
  • mountaineering
  • tennis
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • cycling
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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