A detached farmhouse with a separate studio apartment, offering homely and comfortable, well-furnished accommodation on the outskirts of a pretty village a short drive inland from the Costa Verde. The pool and terraced gardens overlook a broad valley, and the clean air and silence are the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. The house has 4 bedrooms in all, some en suite, a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious, very comfortable lounge. There's a large garden and a private 9m x 4m pool, as well as gentle waterfalls and river bathing spots a short walk away.
This attractive and spacious stone house still retains many of its original 19th century features like wooden ceilings and a traditional bread oven, but has also been brought up to date with your holiday comfort in mind. The property is in its own very quiet hamlet on the outskirts of an attractive village, a 10 minute drive from the coast and the beaches of the Costa Verde.
Beaches and mountain bathing pools: The family seaside resort of Vila Praia de Âncora is about 10km away, and either side of it, along a 100km stretch, are the many safe, clean beaches of the Costa Verde - surf beaches, sandy, rocky, wide, discreet, family, romantic beaches - you can go to a different one each day to suit your mood. There are also warm, sheltered river beaches on the River Minho; and the river Âncora, with its stretches of waterfalls and fresh rock pools ideal for bathing, meanders through the valley within walking distance from Roma. At the internationally known Afife surf beach, there's a surf and body boarding school. And on the River Minho, you can take out a canoe and paddle across to Spain, or take a more leisurely cruise up river to the historic border towns of Valença (Portugal) and Tui (Spain). Or maybe hire a boatman from Caminha to take you out to the deserted fortress island of Ínsua and come to pick you up again a few hours later.
Touring around the region: For walkers or cyclists, or for touring in the car, there's plenty here within easy reach. For rugged, wild countryside, visit the Peneda-Gerês National Park, or go further to the home of port wine - the dramatic Douro Valley. The village itself lies at the base of the Serra d'Arga range (peak 784m), and the villages and country lanes in its hills offer a landscape from an almost forgotten era. A visit to the World Heritage City of Oporto is a must, as are the traditional local Romarias, with folklore, singing, dancing, decorative crafts and the famous cuisine of the Minho region. There are restaurants galore, serving the famous Minho dishes. History and culture abound in a dozen towns within a short drive, such as Caminha, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Valença, Guimarães. Or for something different, there's Portugal's largest market on Thursdays in Barcelos, or the wetland nature reserve at Lagoas.
We have just returned from a fantastic holiday with our family of 14, including all our children and grandchildren. We took both Upper Roma and Lower Roma for three weeks.
The location is more or less perfect, extremely quiet, close to the Atlantic coast and swimming in the sea, and with a river more or less running through the property with rock pools for swimming and waterfalls for viewing. You are also close to Spain and the fabulous fish restaurants in A Guarda, a 25 minute excursion. trips to Porto and other equally appealing villages and towns are all readily accessible. Walks in the National Park are short distances away.
The two farmhouses are just the right level of sophistication for a large and varied family. Older members can find quiet places to read, while the younger ones can use the outdoors with pool and make whatever noise they want without disturbing the neighbours. The houses are well-enough equipped although you may find that the lid to the pan you want to use will be found ion the other house...!
The owner was more than helpful with suggestions and support for our local tours, and arranged a wonderful midweek lunch for all 14 of us, with a roast kid as the "piece de resistance".
The house is situated in a beautiful and quiet countryside. However it is serioulsly requiring more attention from the owners. When we arrived the house had probably been locked during several weeks and the weather had been extremely wet. Beds, furnitures and matrasses in two of the rooms were full of moisture. We cleaned one room, Tony (the owner) cleaned the other one, we kept windows open all the time but even after this the smell was still present in the basement and our kids had to sleep in an unpleasant environment. It was really a pity as the house is otherwise really pleasant and located in a very nice area. We hope that this will be solved in a close future!
Roma is a quiet hamlet on the edge of a village just outside Vila Praia de Âncora, a thriving fishing town and seaside resort, which makes it very peaceful. Not far off is Viana do Castelo (the region's most important port and historic town), Ponte de Lima (popular with tourists and Portugal's oldest town) and the 100km long Costa Verde, with its dozens of fine sandy beaches. In the village itself there’s a café, and nearby a wide range of shops, restaurants and other amenities. The area is also full of historic towns and quaint villages, as well as the Serra de Arga hill range and the wilderness of the National Park. The whole area is still quite untouched by mass tourism, and visitors are always delighted by the old style of local life that seems to belong to another era. The region is very easily accessible from Porto (less than an hour from the airport) and a new motorway network provides fast access south, inland and north to Spain (20km).
Other Activities: karting, canoeing.
Prices are for up to 8 people.
Discounts may be available for groups of 4 people or less.
Bed linen and towels (including pool/beach towels) are provided.
Bed linen and towels are changed once per week (or more often at a small additional cost).
Rentals are by the week in June, July and August, but more flexible out of season.