About the property
- Villa1829 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
4 double/twin bedrooms with option for a separate studio for 3 people
An old stone ruin was converted into a modern property in 2016. The main house sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms, each with its own shower room and there is a studio separate from the house that sleeps 3 whose rental is not including here. They can be booked together or separately. The price here is for the main house only. See listing 4437697 for the studio.
The house is located in the midst of vineyards, reached by a narrow dirt road and has no neighbours. The main house has 4 bedrooms, each with its own shower room, a large outdoor patio with outdoor kitchen, dining and sitting areas, a 15m heated pool and two outdoor showers. The outdoor patio has a stone counter with a large gas plancha, a charcoal BBQ and a sink. The surroundings are totally quiet and green and without any traffic. There is no need to get in the car: you can walk to 2 beaches, there are coastal walks along the Cabo do Home and two restaurants in Donon within 500m. Aldan within a 10 minutes drive.
The interior walls are in exposed stone, the shower rooms in Portuguese marble and the doors and joinery in local chestnut wood. All appliances are top quality (Miele and Neff). Two of the bedrooms have a double bed (1.6m wide), and two can be arranged as double or twins. All have their own shower room: three are ensuite, the fourth just outside the bedroom.
The lower level has: outdoor patio, living areas, kitchen and there bedrooms without any step. The upper floor has the largest bedroom with office area and shower/wc, with one step up to upper outdoor terrace next to the pool.
Studio: this separate property No. 4437697 can be rented at the same time if you need room for 2-3 people more. It has a double bed and a 90cm wide sofa bed as well as kitchennette. The rent is not included in this rental. The studio is separated from the house by a footpath and there is no overlooking, as they is a stone wall 1.8m tall between them. The pool is only acessible to the users of the main house. Both have fairly large gardens.
The house is on the Ria de Vigo, near the Cabo do Home and Barra beach and close to the pretty port of Aldan. 2.5 km long Barra beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Galicia, is 15 mins walk away, accessed by foot through an unspoilt nature reserve with vineyards and sand dunes, without any construction. It is nudist at the end closest to the house but it's not crowded due to the access by foot only and there is no problem wearing a swimming costume.
The area of Aldan has a unique microclimate, the most temperate in Spain. Galicia is beautifully green and unspoilt but it has a reputation for variable weather. This area has little rain in summer and is significantly warmer. The patio of the house is protected and stores the heat from the sun, so it's a wonderful place to be at night and in spring and autumn.
Payments are accepted by bank transfer in GBP, Euros in Spain or Can$ in Canada. If paying by transfer, ignore the rates displayed here in Euros which have been converted at a poor exchange rate.
The house is quite isolated, the nearest neighbours are about 300m away in the village of Donon (two restaurants and a bar). We think this is the best thing about the house, but it may not suit everyone. There are a few people hiking or mountain biking nearby during the day but otherwise there are very few people and almost no cars. The access is down a 400m long dirt track which is fairly steep at the top. We see this as a big advantage as it looks very private and deters cars from coming down.
There is very good wifi but no television. Phone reception is poor, you need to go into the garden. The exterior of the house is not completely child proof, there is no handrail on exterior stair. You should look at the photos to make sure that you are comfortable with having your children there. The pool has an automatic cover for child safety. There is no bath tub but there's the pool and the sea!
Vigo 30 mins serving Luton (Iberia 15 Jul-30 Sep), Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao Paris (Iberia) and Lisbon.
Santiago 1h20 mins several destinations including Easyjet, Ryanair and Vueling to Gatwick or Stansted, everyday in summer
La Coruna 1h45m, everyday from Heathrow on Vueling.
Porto 1h45 mins serving wide selection of airports
Info on Shopping for food:
The nearest medium size supermarket is Froiz, a good quality chain (10 mins). From the house it’s past the Porto de Aldan, going uphill on the right. Easy to park.
Local Markets, great for fish, sea food and locally grown vegetables sold by old ladies on the street:
Cangas (12 mins): on the sea front, use the large car park at the end of Avenida de Galicia (access from Ave. Vigo). Morning only, biggest days are Tuesdays and Friday. Monday is not so good for fish. Open every day except Sunday.
Bueu (15 mins): smaller and easier to park than Cangas, open mornings and afternoons also after 5pm. biggest days are Monday and Thursday (Monday not so good for fish). Open every day except Sunday.
There are two large Carrefour Hypermarkets South and North of Pontevedra (convenient if you arrive from Santiago), both just off the highway. The North one is easier to get in and out of. There are two others in Vigo: the closest is at Rúa da Travesia de Vigo, 202, 36207 Vigo.
Marcadona Hypermarket at Av. de Madrid, 108, 36214 Vigo has a good reputation for fresh fruits and vegetables and is easy to access from the highway.
Mr. Dominique Gagnon
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- May 22, 2018
About Mr. Dominique Gagnon
We are two architects originally from Canada but we have lived in London for many years. See www.jamiefobertarchitects.com. We built the house for ourselves and designed it mainly to take advantage of the summer, although it has heating and a wood stove. It's a wonderful and unusual place at all times of the year. The house was published in the July 2017 issue of Wallpaper Magazine: https://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/jamie-fobert-architects-house-in-galicia-spain
Mr. Dominique Gagnon purchased this Villa in 2010
Why Mr. Dominique Gagnon chose Cangas
Definitely a labour of love! A friend in Vigo had told us that Barra is his favourite beach in Galicia. In 2004, while walking through the nature reserve to get to it, we encountered by accident a stone ruin surrounded by greenery and it was love at first sight. We became obessed with buying it although it was not for sale, and after much cajoling the lovely owner, we finally did 6 years later in 2010. The area is highly protected so it took nearly three years to get the planning permission, then three years to complete the construction. It was a lot of hard work and at times it seemed a crazy project, but now that it's completed we are very happy and we want to share it with people who appreciate good design and quality and will look after it.
What makes this Villa unique
Welcome to Galifornia, the sunny corner of Galicia. Old stones, green setting, sun and sea. Secluded and quiet location. Leave the car parked and walk to the beach and the coastal hikes and lovely restaurants. You hardly need the pool but it does look good! The patio is designed as an outdoor house with kitchen, dining room and living room. Who wants to be indoors in the summer?
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect property to spend a quiet holiday
A wonderful experience in the middle of nature. tranquility and comfort ideal to spend a few days in a quiet environment with beautiful views and to walk enjoying the surroundings. the spacious and very well equipped rooms and the very cozy housing. a great choice for any time of year.
An amazing week at this property. The owners have thought of everything to make this home from home.
The house has been beautifully restored and the owners have thought of everything to make this a fabulous place for families.
The well equipped kitchen and fabulous courtyard and common area make this a great place to stay if you are foodies and like to cook at the villa.
The house is hidden in a beautiful part of Galicia. The whole peninsula has lots of lovely beaches to explore.
We would definitely recommend the villa and location if you like to holiday off the beaten track.
Thank you Dominique for a very memorable holiday!
Beautiful house in a tranquil location
This is a lovely, spacious house with fantastic outdoor space 1.2km walk from the nearest beach. Ideal for rest and relaxation.
A truly fully equppied house that made us all feel very much at home.
precioso lugar y preciosa casa
Hemos estado 3 semanas con nuestra 3 hijas en esta preciosa casa muy bien rehablilitada y super cómoda. El paseo a la playa de Barra es muy bonito, 18 minutos caminando por un espacio salvaje y sin construcciones. Los arquitectos han hecho un trabajo impresionante. Volveremos...
Perfect holiday villa
We’re a family of 3 adults and 2 children age 18 and 11 and have had a wonderful week at this house. The beaches are great, the seafood and the white wine in Galicia are delicious (visit the fish market in Cangas on Tuesday or Friday) but more than anything it was the house that made it fantastic. Beautifully laid out, beautifully finished and very well equipped - especially the kitchens (indoor and outdoor). Our
children spent hours in the pool on the upper terrace and the large courtyard
is wonderful for breakfast and dinner. The main living room opens up onto the
courtyard – cool and very comfortable through the day. Bedrooms (and beds)
very comfortable with private bathrooms. This is the most beautiful house we
have found in Spain.
We went to all three sections of the nearby beach - perfect white sand, blue skies and very few people. Recommend ‘O Con de Aldan’ for dinner, overlooking the harbour.
Very high quality, perfect and stylish villa, on superb location!
You don't expect this beautiful (great architecture, mix modern and restored) house as a rental. The owners have built and designed it, in great detail. Everything fits perfect together. Location is beautiful, quiet environment, great walks through forest to beautiful beaches. Perfect location to relax and enjoy this less known part of Spain. Absolutely recommended if you like beautiful and special homes on private locations. Hedwig (The Netherlands)
The famous Islas de Cies are reachable by ferry from Cangas. A beach there has been named one of the best beaches in Europe by the Guardian and The Telegraph. Santiago de Compostela and its famous cathedral are 1h15mins away. The house is in a protected natural zone and without getting into a car you can get to one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Barra, and do several great walks to the Cabo do Home or North to the Punta Couso.