check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr

Bergen Peck

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

Top quality secluded villa with private pool, close to beach

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more


Viana do Castelo Villa Rental Photos and Description

4 bedroom detached house with terraced garden & luxury facilities. Sleeps 8

Brand new in summer 2009, the accommodation at Villa Manuela is spread over three floors. It has four spacious double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, one of which has en suite bathroom and a roof-top terrace; a large lounge/dining room with English language satellite TV; and a fully equipped kitchen. Outside, there's a great barbecue area, a double garage, and narrow terraced gardens leading up to a private 8m x 4m swimming pool, with extensive views over the woods towards the sea (not visible, but it's close enough to know it's there!). No expense has been spared in providing everything you might need for a holiday, making this a luxurious home-from-home. Ideal for a summer holiday for a large family or a group of friends, but also in a perfect location for short off-season breaks all year round (and with special rates for small numbers). Shops, beaches and restaurants are all within walking distance, and although a car is recommended, Gelfa is accessible by train from Porto.

Beaches: Gelfa beach underwent a €1.5 million 'makeover in 2012, with wooden walkways across the dunes giving easy access to the protected woodlands of Pinhal de Gelfa and the family seaside resort of Vila Praia de Âncora further along the beach. Already a beautiful beach, it has become an even more perfect holiday spot. 'Camarão', a quality fish restaurant, is one of the Costa Verde's only beachside restaurants, and overlooks Gelfa beach.

From here, the many safe, clean beaches of the Costa Verde stretch for miles - surf beaches, sandy, rocky, wide, discreet, romantic beaches - you can go to a different one each day to suit your mood. At Afife there's a surfing beach (& a surf/body boarding school for tourists); at Caminha a beach with one side on the Atlantic, the other on the River Minho; or you can hire a ferryman to take you out to a deserted island; on Serra de Arga there are fresh mountain pools and waterfalls; and there are also warm, sheltered river beaches on the River Lima.

Touring the countryside and historic towns: For rugged, wild countryside, visit the Peneda-Gerês National Park, or go further to the Douro Valley. Gelfa lies at the base of Serra d'Arga (784m), and the villages and country lanes in its hills offer a landscape from an earlier era. History, churches and monuments, culture and nightlife abound in a dozen towns within a short drive, or for more sophisticated entertainment, there's the Casino at Póvoa de Varzim. For the more active, there's karting, canoeing, surfing, 10-pin bowling, fishing, cycling and horse riding. A visit to the World Heritage City of Porto is a must, as are the traditional local Romarias, with folklore, singing, dancing, decorative crafts and the famous cuisine of the Minho region. And the famed cuisine of the Minho region can be found in restaurants galore, accompanied by Portuguese wine - one of the world's best kept secrets! Minho is also something of a secret destination, still untouched by the pleasure playgrounds of other holiday spots.

Golf and fishing: For golfers, the excellent Ponte de Lima course is 35km away. Part of “a bucolic scenery of mountains, vineyards and fruit gardens”, it's a course typical of the Minho region. Par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).

If you like fishing, there are some great opportunities here, in the rivers and on the shoreline. Licences are easy and cheap to obtain from the ATM machines, and the Minho, Lima and Âncora rivers have some wonderful spots to while away the hours.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Bergen Peck (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

Guestbook comments from the manager

We really enjoyed our stay in Villa Manuela! The property was even better close up than in the pictures on the internet, and the surroundings were beautiful.

The Portuguese are wonderful people, the food (especially in restaurant Camarão a few hundred metres from the villa) was absolutely delicious and the cities and beaches a joy to visit.

The map with the info was really handy and the house was very well eqquiped.

Thanks you for your help, hospitality, and we wish you all the best,
Aug 2013
  • 1 of 1


based on 6 traveler reviews

Top quality secluded villa with private pool, close to beach
average rating of 4.5 based on 7 reviews

villa proche magnifique plage de Gelfa

  • 4 of 5

En arrivant, une inquiétude : une voie ferrée passe juste à côté du jardin avec piscine. Mais en fait, seuls quelques trains de passagers passent par jour, et la maison est au calme et tranquille, bien équipée, sauf le Wi-Fi, mais spacieuse : la suite parentale du dernier étage est immense et les chambres sont grandes. Située à quelques centaines de mètres de la plage de Gelfa, mais du côté peu fréquenté, on y trouve toute la place nécessaire pour s'amuser en famille. La plage est sécurisée par des sauveteurs, ce qui est rassurant pour les enfants. La maison est très spacieuse, bien équipée, la terrasse et le BBQ nous ont fait passer de belles soirées. Le linge fourni et le ménage fait allégent les bagages et les soucis du retour. Le propriétaire était accueillant et disponible. Ancora est à 30 minutes à pieds par la plage,(10 mn en voiture) un supermarché est à 5 minutes en voiture. En août, plein de fêtes se déroulent dans les villages alentours : celle de Viana do Castelo était très agréable avec un magnifique feu d'artifice. Le restaurant Camoraes de la plage de Gelfa est à recommander, poissons frais et homard frais pêchés dans la baie d'ancora à des prix incroyables pour cette qualité et une vue sur la plage de Gelfa magnifique : au coucher du soleil en dîner romantique...

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Big property, well equipped, comfortable, nice pool, friendly owner.

  • 5 of 5

Family of five - ample room. Clean. Six days of hot sunshine so made good use of the pool. Restaurant on the Gelfa beach is very nice - good food and friendly service and not too pricey. We didn't hire a car, but walk to Ancora for lunch or dinner was fun and the walk to Afife is not too far either.Teenagers would have liked wifi. It is available but only if you have a USB port and the Satellite TV reception is patchy. However, no wifi made for a nice family time - so it was a positive! Kitchen well equipped. Nice stay. Bergen Peck the agent was extremely helpful as was the owner Candido. Forest fires and resultant smoke was a surprise, but not a spoiler.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England

Carole, Kath, Bob and Steve, England

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in Villa Manuela for 1 week and wished we could have stayed longer. The villa was more than we expected and the photos do not do it justice. We found it to be very spacious, clean with all we required for our holiday and everything was in very good working order. There were plenty of towels for both inside and outside use and the villa was well stocked with soap and toilet rolls. Our flight was a late one so it was dark when we arrived. However the instructions for getting there were very clear and we had no problems finding and accessing the villa. The welcome pack was more than adequate and there is no need to buy bottled water as the tap water is potable. The very well stocked supermarket is close by as is the beach, bars and lots of country walks. The village of Ancora is also very close by and has lots of bars, restaurants and shops. Northern Portugal is very picturesque and has some wonderful unspoilt beaches which almost appear to be without people. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would not hesitate to return. Thank you Bergen.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
7 0
London, England

Relaxing and peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

The Villa is a lovely, well facilitated and comfotable place to spend a week (or more) exploring north Portugal. The house is close to the beautiful beach and well situated for day trips out to the close towns and even to the national park. There are several good towns nearby (Carminha, Ponte de Lima to name two) and plenty of good places to eat. The house has a good restaurant guide compiled by Bergen, but one of the better places is the restaurant in the village, by the beach - good, simple food with an accomodating and welcoming owner. As a family of 8, we all had a brilliant time - this was a good place to stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
12 0

Wonderful, well-equipped villa

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent stay in Villa de Manuela. The property is very spacious and well-equipped, and was very clean on arrival. The location is peaceful, yet convenient for many local activites. The pool and garden are a highlight, as is the proximity of the large local beach. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
23 2


  • 4 of 5

Buenas,estuvimos tres dias ahora en el mes de septiembre en la casa.Fue todo estupendo como pone en el anuncio,no nos engañaron al decir que estaba en muy buena situacion para lo que nosotros queriamos(Cercano a la playa pero en una zona tranquila),tampoco nos engañaron ni en las fotos,aun que estaba un poco mas viejo todo era genial para adultos y niños,(la piscina, por si estaba el dia un poco feo, la barbacoa indispensable esta en una casa , jardin , las habitaciones muy correctas , el unico pego que le pongo es que no esta muy bien comunicado para los que vienen de spain aun que cierto es que en unos 30 minutos estas por alli al no tener esta perdida ninguna, el trato de los dueños estupendo, no molestaron para nada solo nos recibieron nos dieron las llaves y que lo pasaramos biem, no les volvimos a ver.

como decia antes era un lugar asi privado y muy tranquilo.

la casa muy limpia,y en buen estado,fuimos alli con otra pareja y una monoparental con dos niños y la sensacion de los mismos al ver la casa fue de que estaba biem.Y volveremos en futuras ocasiones si nos es posible, la relacion calidad precio esta dentro de lo normal al tener la misma piscina,barbcoa,jardin ect... aunque no mucho mas al estar cerca de una via del tren , es verdad que no se escucha mucho ,mas bien poco ya que les puedo decir que a ninguno de los que fuimos nos molesto.

Y por ultimo solo comentar que en las cercanias de la misma como habia dicho anteriormente hay una playa a 500 metros la cual tiene un paseo precioso de madera por el cual puedes pasear sin problemas o por la misma playa que dura kilometros.

Gracias ,Nos lo pasamos estupendamente y se aconseja para todo tipo de personas:

Para personas mayores que quieren descansar, para Aventureros por sus multiples paseos y rutas, Familias con adolescentes ya saben playa piscina, Familias con niños pequeños al iguakl que con adoslestentes.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
88 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Nearest Ferry
675 Kilometres
Santander, Bilbao
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Ancora Praia
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Camarão, on Gelfa beach
Nearest Beach
600 Metres
Car: recommended

Set amongst pine woods and just 600 metres to a nice sandy beach, this is the heart of the Costa Verde. Vila Praia de Âncora, with full amenities, is within walking distance, and the whole region is a mix of fishing villages, summer tourist resorts, historic towns, quaint mountain villages and lush green countryside. World Heritage Porto is less than 1 hour away, and Spain is even closer. Beautiful unspoiled scenery, clean sandy beaches, dozens of great restaurants, a simple rural way of life almost forgotten in other parts of Europe and a pristine environment (clean air, clean water, little traffic or noise pollution, very few tourists) make this area ideal for a stress-free, relaxing holiday. Apart from a single-track local railway, Gelfa is far removed from the bustle of modern life, and yet there's plenty to do nearby. The villa is on the edge of a tiny beachside hamlet which - along with the beach - has seen some recent up-market development, and it's a very desirable place to be.

Other Activities: Karting


Rates & Availability

Viana do Castelo Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High season
Jun 26 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Autumn breaks
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter breaks
Oct 30 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 2.75%

Prices are for up to 8 people. Discounts may be available for reservations for 4 people or less (not high season).
Rates include bed linen and towels (including pool/beach towels), cleaning (once per week).
Bed linen and towels are changed weekly.
Final cleaning is included in the rent.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates to see total
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Viana do Castelo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , En suite (bedroom 1)
  • There is also a poolside shower. Hairdryers are provided.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , En suite bathroom, roof terrace
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms are spacious, with fitted wardrobes. Bed linen and towels are provided.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties