|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
The Quinta da Ribeira is two bedroom apartment (1 double room, 1 twin) on the first floor of the house. There is sleeping accommodation for a fifth person in a small curtained apartment off the living room. The ground floor was traditionally reserved for the animals although it now houses a laundry room and store room. The living room has an open fireplace, dining area and extra sofa bed, satellite TV and DVD player. The attractive stone terrace is ideal for outdoor meals. The kitchenette includes a full sized gas oven and 4 ringed hob, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher together with smaller kitchen appliances. There is a fully equipped bathroom with bath and shower. A traditional feature of this house is the steep flight of steps leading up to the living areas, this however makes it less suitable for the elderly or families with toddlers.
A nineteenth century farm house set in the beautiful Minho area and restored to incorporate modern living standards whilst retaining many original features. Here can be found the real essence of Portugal where the only noise one is likely to hear, apart from the occasional car or the local churches chiming the quarter hours, are the farmyard sounds of chicken, sheep and cows.
The farm can be rented as a single unit for a group of friends or separately, each house being independent and having a private terrace. There is a central laundry room and a large shared pool.
Eating Out. Shopping: The nearest restaurant is just over a mile from the property and although it is traditional Portuguese fare good reports have been received regarding both quality and price. The restaurant also does a take away service. There are several good, family style eating houses in Paredes de Coura, a 7 mile drive away, whilst Ponte de Lima boasts some more elegant restaurants for a special evening out. There are 2 small supermarkets in Paredes de Coura where most requirements can be met and an Intermarché, Modelo and Lidl in Ponte de LIma. It must be remembered however that Portuguese supermarkets often do not accept Visa cards so money should be raised first at one of the numerous cash points. For good value for money, variety of products and high quality, however, we recommend a visit to Tui, just over the border in Spain where there is a large hypermarket and a Lidl supermarket.
Places of interest in the immediate vicinity.: A couple of miles from the property is the protected area of Corno de Bico. This wild park like terrain is ideal for walking or mountain bike riding. It is the habitat of many rare animals but those most usually seen are the semi wild horses which roam the area. The whole area is very good for walking enthusiasts and ordinance survey maps are available on request. Another local place of interest is the unfinished monastery church of Nossa Senhora de Secouro (Our Lady of Help) and the two local hilltop shrines of Nossa Senhora de Fatima and San Silvestre are worth a visit on a fine day to see the views they afford.
Although the nearest sea beach is a 30minute drive, there are plenty of local river beaches for swimming enthusiasts. Look out for the sign 'Praia Fluvial', a very up market one in Paredes de Coura and many 'natural style' ones on the Lima River.
Golfing enthusiasts have given excellent reports about the local course in terms of price, quality of play and beauty.
Ponte de Lima: This historic town with its Roman bridge and medieval centre is a must. From the farm house it is fun to park the car on the north side of the river, cross the (now pedestrian) bridge and visit the town on foot. There is a bi-weekly market on a Monday which takes place on the river bank and there are various specialist markets at other times. There is also a nautical club where canoes can be hired, a riding school, (riding only on the premises) and the golf course. The north bank of the river has recently been developed into a series of gardens which make for a pleasant stroll.
On the way in to Ponte de Lima there is a fish farm where visitors are lent rods and tackle and can catch their own supper. The trout is either grilled on the spot or you can take it home to cook yourself. Hang gliding is also practised in the area but this seems to depend very much on weather conditions and we have been unable to discover much about it.
We all enjoyed it very much to be here. One week is to short . . .It was lovely, the house, swimming pool, beautiful views everywhere. The nice people we met - wonderful.
The Minho region in northern Portugal is a beautiful, unspoilt area of the country, in the middle of which there is Casa do Ribeiro.It is a great place to stay and ideally situated for touring the region. It is a truly rural location, but within easy access to the local towns with their markets, shops, cafes and restaurants.
The accommodation is second to none. Everything that could possibly be needed for a comfortable holiday is provided, and more. We were four adults staying in Quinta da Ribeiro and there was plenty of space. The pool area, with stunning views over terraced hills and valleys of vineyards and maize fields, was a joy to use and relax by. The lovely gardens have several attractive sitting areas in which to enjoy a meal or just chill out.
Having a car is essential as the area has a wealth of towns and villages with historical or local interest. The farmhouse is within easy driving distance of some superb beaches on the west coast, a beautiful national park to explore and walk in and is in relatively close proximity to Spain for a raid over the border as well.
Thank you Margaret and Alex for providing such a great place to stay, being such welcoming hosts and being part of making our holiday as good as it was.
We had a wonderful holiday in Casal Pedro in July 2013 (sorry Margaret that we have taken so long to review!). The setting is truly stunning and we never tired of the beautiful view from the swimming pool. Casal Pedro was perfect for two of us and would comfortably accommodate more guests. The cottage was clean and everything you could possibly need was provided for us. We really enjoyed using the barbecue just outside and eating on the terrace in the evenings. The gardens are beautiful and you can't help relaxing with the peace and quiet. You definitely need a car and should be prepared to drive distances to visit nearby towns although there are some nice walks to do not far from the cottage. Margaret was very helpful and easy to communicate with prior to arrival and we met her and her husband at the beginning of our holiday - they are a very kind and helpful couple and we felt very well looked after. We would definitely return to this place, and the two cottages rented out together would be perfect for a group of friends or large family. Highly recommended!
This was the most amazing place to visit. We came here primarily to attend the music festival in the town (Paredes de Coura) - but had never been to northern Portugal before - it was a real eye opener. The scenery is absolutely stunning - green rolling hills and hair-pin bends similar to what you'd expect to see in Greece or Italy. The house itself is a really lovely old place (and very well equipped) - and the garden and the pool are unbeatable. The place is really peaceful and the views are breath-taking. Margaret the owner was really friendly and helpful. We had a great time at the festival which was about 15 mins away in Paredes de Coura - like a mini Glastonbury - with mini prices and fabulous weather. We also really enjoyed nearby Ponte de Lima where you can swim and canoe in the river and have delicious meals in the riverside restaurants. Also a trip to Porto was fantastic. An absolute dream of a holiday!
It was the most beautiful holiday house that we have ever rent. Thank you Margaret for you hospitality. Your welcome package have saved our lives when we finally arrived late at night (around 1 a.m.). Your big, well equipped kitchen really helped us preparing some great Portuguese dishes. The view from the pool was overwhelming. We have lived in your hose for a week but I wish we could stay longer.
This farmhouse is located in the beautiful green hills in a tiny lovely village. The view over the mountains is breath taking. The house itself provides everything you need for a great stay, including a pool. We stayed with 5 people for 10 days and it feels like home. Margaret and Alex are perfect hosts. They provided any help we needed to find the place and to enjoy our unforgetable trip.
The location is a good place to explore the nature and the north of Portugal: Ponte de Lima, Viana de Castello, Porto and many more. Also the Spanish coast with its small villages and uncrouded bays and beaches.
Thank you Margaret and Alex for your kindness. We will come back!
This converted, stone-walled olive press provided us with a very relaxing break from our busy lives in London. Situated about an hours drive North of Porto, several hundred metres up into the Portugese countryside we found our perfect bolt-hole.
Everything has been though of here to make life comfortable. There are too many fine details to list. The kitchen is well equipped, well down to the dishwasher - much appreciated for helping us not waste time with the drudegry after our al fresco dinners on the terrace under the grapevines.
The views of the hills and valley are jaw-droping - even better from the pool. The pool is shared with the only other property on the site, though it is a good size and has ample furniture to lounge on whilst taking in both the vistas and the sun.
The pretty Roman town of Ponte de Lima is a 15 drive away with good supermarkets and plenty of cafes, shops and restuarants to discover in it's ambling maze of streets.
But the joy of Quinta da Ribiera is it's quietness. The tolling of the local church bells, the sound of farmers tending their animals and crops all lend a nod and a wink to lost, halcyon days of rural arcadia.
I will certainly come back and without doubt recomend this to anyone wishing some time, truly away from it all.
Set in the beautiful Minho area, midway between the towns of Ponte de Lima and Paredes de Coura, the location is essentially rural. The farm is well placed for sightseeing, however, with Spanish Galicia to the north, the Atlantic beaches to the west, the historic cities of Porto and Braga to the south and the national park of Peneda-Geres to the east. The area abounds in picturesque market towns with their colourful street markets, tiny hill top shrines affording fantastic views and village festas with their traditional religious processions.
The local golf course in Ponte de Lima is only a 25 minutes drive in the car. Enthusiasts have told us that golf on the local course is more attractive, considerably cheaper and gives a better game than many of the Algarve courses. Other courses in the area are at Estella and Vigo (Spain) both being approx. an hour's drive away. A car is essential, please check that insurance covers trips into Spain to avoid disappointment.
Other Activities: canoeing