|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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.
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,
We stayed at this villa with another couple, we were together when we were choosing were to stay. We picked this villa from the photos that were available on website on arrival we saw immediately that they were vastly out of date. The manager asks for constructive criticism, so be it. Keep web page updated, sort out the damp that runs throughout property, clean tablecloth on table or leave it without, new table mats rather than the stained that were available, clean oven, when we arrived there was two sheets of greaseproof paper with remains of food on them on the two shelves, stop storing the towels in the damp cupboards under hand basins because they smell musty like the villa did when we opened door on arrival. The pool was in need of refurbishment, paint, stop the leak level fell sharply over the week we stayed there, son was going to arrive Sunday to clean pool but sent someone Monday by Tuesday it had started to go green and the pool man appeared with the chemical which obviously was not used day before, the ladder not very secure on web page pool surround by decking but replaced with tiles but a bad job done on refixing ladder. Garden photos on web were a delight but the garden was overgrown with weed, badly needed attention, next door neighbour whose garden is quite close keeps 4 dogs which are penned up during a day and also ducks, this was the cause of lots of flies and incessant barking all day until owners returned in evening. On website the BBQ area looks a delight, the frame work covering the area is all overgrown and it needs close netting underneath to stop things dropping on ones food when dining in the area. We counted 3 concrete blocks with tubes to hold sun umbrellas pity there were none,also no other seating to use outside other than the very old and cracked sun beds that had very old cushions that were soaking wet on arrival that took a few days to dry out or the hard wooden bench at the BBQ dining area. There was no evidence of any pool items to use if you arrived with children only two old balls in the garden undergrowth. The overal impression was the place was unloved and uncared for, it was not cleaned for arrival with dirty smears on T.V screen and on the glass doors of cabinet.The meet and greet did not happen as arranged, took two phone calls to find where key was hidden. This is our first booking with owners direct on this five week holiday in Portugal, hope the next two properties live up to their description!!!!!
We booked this villa for a week .. Nice location being close to the beach (around 600 metres or so). The villa was big.
1) There was no one to greet us as expected and to show us around. It took a couple of phone calls to find out the location of the front door key.
2) There was no mention of a main line railway line in a cutting at the end of the garden and we really do mean at the end of the garden.
3) The owner’s son promised to come to clean the pool the day after we arrived but did not. We phoned and said he could not come.. It was sorted the next day by the pool man and then the pool changed colour to green until the pool man arrived the next day with some chemicals. We could be wrong but we think the pool leaks.
4) Worst of all was the constant yapping from the next doors dogs which spent a lot of time in the garden with the ducks. The owner’s son agreed they were an annoyance but did not say he would do anything about it. We believe this is a factor concerning the constant issue with flies in the villas garden. The only way to escape is being within the garage area or inside the villa
5) The villa would benefit from a smidgen of TLC and a deep clean especially the oven. Plus a good set of instructions on the use of the villa. We did not see a smoke or carbon dioxide alarm however that is not saying there was not one
6) There were no sun umbrellas, the cushions for the loungers had been left out and took two days to dry out. Incidentally the loungers left green marks on clothes because they were so sun damaged.
7) It would have been nice if there had been some beach equipment e.g. windbreak and chairs.
8) The free WIFI comprised of a dongle for a PC. (Not suitable for an IPad etc.?) It locked after 3 days even though we were there for 7 days (It would have cost an extra 2.5 Euros to add the extra 4 days at the outset.
Overall we were extremely disappointed with our stay and would not recommend this Villa and would definitely not come back. If you are thinking of booking it we suggest you find somewhere
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
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.