About the property
- Cottage592 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay6 nights
Close to forest walks, sandy beaches and Spanish border
Built in 1868 the granite stone cottage has been sympathetically restored and retains many original features, including the open beamed ceiling and shutters.
Overlooking the rural hamlet of Tarrio, the property has stunning views across a river valley to the mountains beyond. The cottage is adjacent to the farmhouse where the owner lives and has a private patio with lemon tree and rustic barbecue. The pool and surrounds( occasionally shared with the owner) overlooks terraces of lawn, flowers and vegetable gardens that guests are welcome to explore. Car-parking is available under shady vines that are still used to produce wine on the property.
The accommodation is laid out as an open plan studio and has a double bed plus sofa beds suitable for children. In winter there is a cosy wood-burning stove and a fan is available for the summer months. The well-equipped kitchen has a gas hob/oven/grill and a microwave. The bathroom is spacious and modern with a thermostatic shower, wc, bidet and wash-basin.
The cottage has free wi-fi coverage and the flatscreen TV is connected to a satellite receiving all UK channels. There is also a DVD and music system.
There are many tracks for walking and mountain-bike riding leading from the property and the owner has bicycles for guest use. In the old stables of the farmhouse there is a games room with a table tennis table, table-top football, boules and badminton equipment, and a paper-back library.
There is a shared laundry area with washing machine, tumble dryer and iron for guest's use.
The local town of Paredes de Coura is 6km away and has a river swimming area, shops, cafes, restaurants and a Saturday market. In addition to the forest and village walks on your doorstep and the property is ideally situated to explore the coast and it's sandy beaches, the market towns of the Minho/Lima valleys or the Peneda-Geres National Park. The Spanish border is 30 mins and Porto airport is 1 hr drive away.
Canoeing/Kayaking: The owner has details of canoes for hire on the River Lima and River Minho. The canoeing is suitable for beginners and children.
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- english, french, portuguese
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Mike Wild
Moved to Portugal from the UK in 2005 to enjoy the peace, climate, lush countryside and uncrowded beaches of the Costa Verde. The friendly, relaxed attitude of the local population and the lower cost of living were also major factors. Now retired, I spend my time gardening and looking after the property, cycling and kite-surfing, and of course, making sure our guests have a wonderful holiday!
Mike Wild purchased this Cottage in 2005
Why Mike Wild chose Municipality of Paredes de Coura
I love the character that comes with an old granite built property - and it keeps nice and cool in the summer. The view from the pool across the valley is stunning and although we are in a peaceful unspoilt location, we are only a few minutes drive from the local market town of Paredes de Coura
What makes this Cottage unique
A large, virtually private pool (as only occasionally shared with owner and wife) and well-maintained terraced gardens of 3,000 sq metres. Peaceful - apart from the church bells, and the occasional tractor working in the fields below. Well-located to access -the coast and a range of beautiful sandy beaches - the Peneda -Geres National Park -the Spanish border and coastal resorts -the historic towns of Ponte de Lima, Braga, Guimaraes
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A lovely cottage with beautiful views and excellent hosts. The cottage is well equipped with everything you need - even the wi-if works remarkably well despite the remote location. The local area has many interesting towns and villages to visit with great roads (we were on a motorbike so important to us!) Mike and Maria are great hosts, just the right balance of helpful and unintrusive. Thanks for the lift to the local restaurant and for posting back the cable we left behind. Highly recommend this cottage especially if you are looking to get away from it all.
Thanks, April and Ty
Better than expected
We have had fantastic time. Stunning views, great pool, spacious and quiet cottage. Maria and Mike are wonderful hosts. Kids loved the garden and the possibility to pick up some berries. If you want to chill out there is no better place :-)
Great location, great house, great hosts
This place is a true gem hidden in the lush valleys of the Minho region. If you are looking for a base for exploring this fascinating and diverse area look no further. There are almost endless interesting places within driving distance.
The house is very charming and has everything we needed - a great pool, a barbecue and a comfortable bed.
As hosts Mike and Maria are as good as they get. Charming, interested and always ready with some advice on almost everything and at the same time they are private and respect your need for privacy. A perfect combo!
All in all we loved the place and recommend it to everyone!
Thanks for the review! We didn't see much of you as you were always out exploring the local area. Love to see you here again!
casa da Fonte is a great find
What a lovely place for a holiday. Mike and Maria are both great hosts they can tell you all the best places to visit and all the best walks. The accommodation is wonderful and the swimming pool is fantastic
Mike and Maria are wonderful hosts and this is an excellent base for exploring North Portugal.
The property had everything needed for us to enjoy our stay. We particulary liked the local waymarked walks and the virtually empty and winding roads - great for sports cars! Mike and Maria, our hosts, were very helpful but in no way intrusive. It was lovely to be able to enjoy the home produced fruit and eggs.
We would recommend trips to Ponte de Lima and Vila Nova de Cerveira. No doubt, we would have visited the beaches if it had not been end-of-season. The evenings do get a little chilly in October but the log burner kept us warm and cosy.
We had a wonderful time in the cottage Casa da fonte, its absolutely beautiful place with great views everywhere.
North Portugal is very green , lot of nice walking routes and charming towns and places to visit.
Maria and Mike are great hosts very friendly and warm people.
Would recommend to anyone looking for peace and quiet atmosphere.
Thank you very much for hospitality ,fresh vegetables,fruits and eggs (delicious ).
Katarzyna and Jurek
It was lovely to meet you both and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Please visit us again !
The property is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the far north of Portugal, undiscovered and unspoilt by mass tourism. The countryside is hilly and forested, interspersed with cultivated terraces of vines and subsistence agriculture. The property is well located to access the many sandy beaches on the coast, the Lima and Minho river valleys or the mountainous Peneda national park further inland. There are several picturesque and historic market towns to explore such as Ponte de Lima and Barcelos. All along the coast are small fishing ports serving excellent fresh seafood. Spain is only 30 minutes away.
Other Activities: canoeing/kayaking
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