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Renovated Farmhouse in Idyllic Rural Setting. Pool, magnificent views.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 9. Spacious and fully equipped. Terraced garden.

Lovely 4 bedroom renovated stone farmhouse in an idyllic rural setting in the hills of northern Portugal, within easy reach of Porto airport,which is 90 kms away. A place to get away from it all and completely unwind, being as lazy or as active as you want to be. Ideal for those who love the countryside, authentic areas and the great outdoors - hills and forests on your doorstep, 20 minutes to the scenic river Minho on the border with Spain, and 25 minutes to beautiful blue-flag, white-sand beaches. Large secluded garden on terraces with pool, barbecue area and magnificent views of the valley and surrounding hills. Spacious and fully-equipped open-plan kitchen/living room. . Central-heating in all rooms, plus two log fireplaces. Sleeps 9, ideal for families and groups. Table football,rowing machine and exercise bicycle in the old winery where there is also a bar and extra dish washer,this room leads out onto BBQ area with outside dining table.Large selection of books(mainly in English)The salt water pool is fenced in with lockable gates.

Adria Corrie(owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2017

About Adria Corrie(owner)

I live 5 mins walk down the lane.I have now been in Portugal for 22 years,previously I lived in Brasil and USA.My husband worked for Taylors/Fonseca port wine company until he died in 2010.

I love this beautiful area,laid back,little traffic,lots of places to explore,beautiful beaches,both in Portugal and Spain and very few tourists.

Adria Corrie(owner) purchased this villa in 2003

Why Adria Corrie(owner) chose Vila Nova de Cerveira

Casa das Oliveiras is very spacious,plenty of room both inside and outside in the terraced garden.The view from the house towards the Arga hills is spectacular.The kitchen is very well equiped,and guests have enjoyed using the BBQ and experimenting with the old bread oven in the garden.

What makes this villa unique

Originally this was two small farmhouses which we made into one.It was a ruin covered in ivy when we bought it and restored it in order to rent out for families to come on holiday.

The unique benifits are that it is big enough for two families to share,the pool is big and it is not shared and I live just down the lane, nearby to give any help or advice if needed.


Covas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , wash basin
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , pool area
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Rowing machine and exercise bike in the games room, for those who are feeling extra energetic!Fans provided in each bedroom. We have a large selection of books of all types, including childrens books.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Renovated Farmhouse in Idyllic Rural Setting. Pool, magnificent views.
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Cardiff, Wales

Fantastic holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday in this lovely villa in a stunning location.

The villa was spotless and well presented on our arrival. We also found the villa to be very well equipped, and had everything that we needed. The owners had provided us with some bread, cheese and ham etc that was very welcome after our journey. There were 6 adults in our group and there was ample room for us all! All the bedrooms and bathrooms were clean and well furnished. The communal areas were able to easily accommodate us, with plenty of chairs and table space. The provision of a dishwasher, and a washing machine, were really useful.

The villa is easily accessible from Porto via the motorway and took us approximately 2hrs from collecting our car at the airport to arriving at the villa (which was easily found using the owners directions). After leaving the motorway, ensure to take care on the roads leading to the villa - it's a winding road with lovely views, but not to be done in a hurry! A car is essential in this area, though it is possible to walk down the hill to Covas where there are shops selling essentials and a couple of cafes. The nearest supermarket is a short car ride away.

We spent much of our week exploring the local region - the wonderful national park and the beaches along the coast. The villa was in a quiet setting, which was ideal for relaxing with a drink and a good book by the pool. The owners have an amazing library of English language books in the villa so we weren't short of things to read! We had several BBQs at the villa throughout our stay, but we also had some good meals out and didn't find the region to be expensive. I'm sure this won't be the last time that we visit this lovely place.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: When we set up the house for renting out for holidays we wanted to have a place that would appeal to people of all ages, have a well equiped kitchen,baby and toddler equipment and fenced in garden and pool area. We have achieved that and everybody,without exception, has really loved the house, this is very pleasing for us and we look forward to seeing past guests come again.
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Perfect home for resting and base for exploring

  • 5 of 5

A very spacious and well equipped house, with a welcoming atmosphere which makes it easy to feel at home. Here you can stay and just relax enjoying the great view over the Covas valley from the terrace, one of the balconies or the pool. The pool is big enough for your daily swim. The house is also perfect as base for day-trips to many interesting places in northern Portugal and Galicia. Sandy beaches by the sea are only 30-45 minutes' drive away. We appreciated the genuine rural environment and all the friendly people. Fresh bread available all day in Fontela café/shop/restaurant which also serves delicious food. House, garden and pool are well kept. Host lives nearby, which feels good in case any problem would arise (which did not). We recommend this place to anyone who wants to "get away from it all" and still have all services "around the corner".

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you very much for your review Egon,it was a pleasure to meet you and your family.I hope you enjoy the port! thank you also for recommending Fontela, the local family run business of cafe, shop and restaurant.I hope you will come back again! Best wishes from Adria
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Znakomity dom

  • 5 of 5

Zdjęcia i opis nie pokazują jak mądrze i wygodnie tendom jest urządzony. Praktycznie zawiera dwa dwupokojowe apartamenty i znakomicie wyposażoną część wspólną. Znakomity, duży basen ze słoną wodą. Piękne widoki. Jeden z najlepszych domów w jakich mieszkaliśmy. Jedyną wadą jest dość ustronne położenie wymagające 15-minutowej jazdy krętą drogą do cywilizacji. Z drugiej strony zarówno atrakcje półnicnej Portugalii, jak i południowej Galicji są w promieniu 45-60 minut jazdy. Do Santiago de Compostela około 1,5 godziny. Gorąco polecam.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Zygmunt,your 5 star review is much appreciated.Adria
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The Wow Factor of the Coura Valley, Covas

  • 5 of 5

The Villa is AMAZING, the views from the villa are also AMAZING of the Coura Valley.

The villa is situated near the top of the Lugar de Serra road, Covas. The four bedrooms are very good sizes and well furnished, the bathrooms, all three of them are great to have when you all want a shower at the same time. There is also a shower room near the pool and a downstairs toilet. The facilities in general are extremely good with no expense spared to provide everything you need from shopping bags to tissues, cling film and a vast quantity of towels for the bathrooms and also pool towels, heaps of them. The games room/ gym are well equipped and great for children and adults alike. The area provides some beautiful country side to run in as well, although the hills are steep, but challenging to any runners who want to keep up their running programme. I loved it.

The villa has a homely and welcoming feel to it and has some lovely Portuguese plaques and pictures. I would certainly very much recommend this villa to any family or group of friends wanting to switch off and have a really relaxing holiday in the Minho area of North Portugal. The Corries are extremely helpful to any needs you may have and very hospitable.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Gill for your review,and I did not even ask you for one! I am really pleased you all enjoyed your stay. with best wishes from Adria
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Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful Villa made for a wonderful holiday for 2 families, 4 kids! Everything said above is true. A very relaxing holiday, and the owner's really made us feel like part of the family with recommendations for site seeing, which port to buy, and even being a tour guide (thanks Alex). Hope the kids didn't wear you out!

Great set up for kids- lock for the pool fence so we can close it down to the young ones so we adults could sleep late....

Stunning views and so close to Spain and kid friendly beaches. Wish we could have stayed longer. Maybe next year....

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Concord, MA, USA

Superb vacation! Great house, setting & area.

  • 5 of 5

We are the 5th to review and we second all that was said before. We have spent a week during August 2011: two families with a total of 4 adults and 4 kids; 6,7 and 8 years old. House was plenty big and comfortable for our group.

We are lucky enough to spend over 12 weeks every year on vacation in Europe and the US, always renting houses for our family. This is definitely one of those properties that as you walk in you immediately realize the photos and description on the internet DO NOT do it justice - it is MUCH better.

The only real problem is that once you settle in, next to the swimming pool, you no longer feel like leaving to explore the area....

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Yuval, and I did not even ask you to write a review! I'm really pleased that you all enjoyed staying at Casa das Oliveiras and maybe you will be back, if so you must come and have a BBQ at my house for a change.
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
13 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Ponte de Lima
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Vila Nova de Cerveira
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Porto-Valença-Vigo motorway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
13 Kilometres
Foz do Minho
Car: necessary

Local mini-supermarket, bar, restaurants, bank machine, post office within a 5 minutes drive. Large supermarkets, banks and good choice of local restaurants within 25 minutes drive, in both Portugal and Spain. 20 minutes drive to the scenic river Minho on the border with Spain. 25 minutes drive to river Lima. 25 minutes drive to Foz do Minho and Moledo beaches. 40 minutes drive to Baiona and the Galician 'Rias Baixas' indented coastline. Ponte de Lima 18 hole golf course within 30 minutes drive. 1 hours drive to Porto airport. 40 minutes drive to Vigo airport. 90 minutes drive to Santiago de Compostela airport. Hire car essential.

Lovely walking in the local Arga Hills, where wild ponies roam, or further afield the beautiful Geres/Peneda National Park.

Golf: Golf course at Ponte de Lima, 25kms away


Rates & Availability

Covas Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 6 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices based on a minimum stay of 1 week. Outside the summer period, shorter stays with lower rates are possible (but not shorter than 3 nights). Pricing given upon enquiry. Payments in £ or equivalent in € via bank transfer.50% at time of booking and the rest 15 days before arrival. Changeover day: Preferable Saturday. Check out 10am. Check in 2pm.Euro bank account details will be given if guest will be paying in Euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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