|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Casa da Corça (corça means deer) provides spacious accommodation in a fine stone house with fabulous views over the valley towards the National Park. There is a patio for al fresco dining and a swimming pool further down the gardens.
These two 18th Century farm cottages have been lovingly restored in their original style and with materials and furnishings of the period. Much of the furniture is antique, dating from the 16th to 19th centuries, and chosen with a fine sense of style and taste. Modern items have been carefully selected too, from the Arraiolos rugs to the brass taps in the bathrooms and kitchens. Set in extensive tranquil gardens, these are houses for those who value being surrounded by beautiful things. The houses are old and refurbished with an aged feel that adds to their authenticity. Outside the ornamental gardens, the Estate mostly comprises a thriving vineyard.
Beaches and Golf: The nearby river beaches on the River Lima provide warm, sheltered and safe bathing. Or head for the “Costa Verde”, with its many “Blue Flag” sandy beaches spread over an 80km stretch of Atlantic coastline. Here is a varied selection of family seaside resort, surf beaches, sandy, rocky, wide, discreet, busy, romantic beaches - you can go to a different one each day to suit your mood. Or you can cross the river to Spain for a change.
Quinta do Vedouro is a 15 minute drive from the best golf course in the region:
Ponte de Lima (15km), amidst a scenery of mountains, vineyards and fruit gardens, is a course typical of the Minho region. Par 71,6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).
There are other golf courses at Golf Ría de Vigo, Spain, Estela and Quinta da Barca (9 hole)
In the village and surrounding area: * Visit the Roman church in Bravães.
* Visit the historic towns of Ponte da Barca, Ponte de Lima, Paredes de Coura, Arcos de Valdevez, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Viana do Castelo or Braga – all within about 40km.
* Tour through the rugged unspoilt landscape of the Peneda-Gerês National Park - Quinta do Vedouro is right on the boundary.
* Wind your way through the tiny villages and narrow winding mountain lanes of Alto Minho, where people still live a rural life out of another era, and offer a glimpse of a hidden Portugal that makes it hard to believe this is 21st Century Europe.
* Take a trip to Spain – through Vigo via the spectacular University and pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela, up to La Coruña and the Bay of Biscay, or along the rocky Galician coastline.
* Go bargain hunting in one of the local markets – there’s one every day in one town or another.
* Go canoeing, horse riding, walking, fishing, climbing, hunting or some other outdoor activity.
Je voulais vous remercier, nous avons passé d'excellentes vacances. Tout été parfait. Bref, nous ne retenons que le positif, un lieu merveilleux, tres representatif du Minho ; un accueil discret et disponible.
Rates include bed linen and towels, including pool towels, and cleaning once per week.
After a very interesting 3 days in Porto, it was an easy 45-min drive to Bravaes where we were warmly welcomed by Teresa, who was a helpful but unobtrusive host. The cottage is sympathetically restored, clean, and with very good modern bathrooms and a reasonably well-equipped kitchen. We were a little surprised to find that the two cottages are quite close together, which didn't seem obvious from the description. (Or perhaps we didn't read it properly!)
Our intention on this holiday was to combine relaxation with just enough sightseeing and we managed to do this beautifully! We had a great time exploring the little villages and towns, and loved the fact that the region is so steeped in tradition. We particularly enjoyed the area around the espigueiros at Lindoso and Soajo, and the atmosphere of Viana do Castelo. A bit further afield, Guimaraes made a good day out. However, don't forget to spend time enjoying Ponte da Barca - a few days of pottering around the town, sitting at the cafes watching the locals, and canoeing on the river. It's also worth going to the Wednesday market - even if you aren't tempted by the chickens or ducklings! There are also good walks near the cottage itself.
After our days out, it was lovely to just relax either at the delightful pool or on the cottage's patio with a good book and a glass (or two!) of one of the excellent local wines at hand, enjoying the tranquility. We tended to eat out most days (easy to do well and cheaply - the only mistake we made was a meal at the Moinho in P da Barca; avoid it!), preferring to prepare just a simple meal in the evenings. However, if you intend to cook more elaborate family meals, be aware this could prove a little frustrating on a cooker which does need updating!
Overall a lovely holiday in the Minho and we certainly hope to visit again! (Thanks Bergen for responding quickly and efficiently to all our queries - very important).
Our week staying at Casa Jovali was exceptional and exceeded all our expectations. Everything from the traditionally renovated cottage with comfortable beds, stunning views from the balcony to the idyllic pool, and beautifully landscaped grounds was superb. The hosts Manuel and Terese were exceptionally welcoming, and ready with advice for local sightseeing, shopping etc. We couldn't recommend it highly enough for those wanting a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Electing for a rural setting rather than a coastal holiday had been debated at length, but after our week in Bravaes I'm now a firm fan of the rural inland holiday. Less crowds, more relaxed and welcoming locals, beautiful hillside vistas.... it had everything!
We had the fortune of staying in both houses on this property during this holiday. The setting is perfect - at the edge of a small vineyard overlooking the mountains. Yet, you are only 4km from Ponte da Barca. Javali has a lovely ack porch with a mountain view and Corca, slighly larger, has some lovely trees to put the picnic table under and simply enjoy the outdoors. Thw owner is extremely helpful and welcoming and has done a fantatsic job renovating both houses. The swimming pool was used extensively by the entire family. On your visit, don't miss Porto, The National Park and Ponte da Lima. For the beaches, we particularly enjoyed Afife, which is just north of Viana de Castelo.
A perfect holiday! We will return!
We stayed at this property in August and had a wonderful two weeks. The owner was welcoming, friendly and helpful, and the accommodation was pleasant and full of character. The surrounding countryside was beautiful, and we could get to the national park, into Spain, to some picturesque towns, or to the beach in good time. Our weather was very good. We had a minor problem with one of the two showers, and there might have been a little more outdoor equipment (loungers, BBQ etc), but I also have to admit that we did not give feedback on either until after we had left. All in all this was an excellent holiday. We would recommend and it, and we would return again.
We were with 5 people, from 21 to 85 years old, and enjoyed this one week holiday very much. The house was nice and clean, one could see that it was restored with respect. Also the garden was idyllic and the swimmingpool was fantastic. To make a dinner everything was available and to eat it in the shadow of the very old olivetrees was sublime. We also visited some towns and villages (Lindoso and Soajo) in the neighbourhood. The national park, Peneda Geres, partly in Spain, was not far away. Also the beach above Viano de Castelo was very nice. The owners were very helpfull and friendly. And when you need a dentist, there is a very good one in Ponte de Barca, not even 10 minutes away.
Lying just on the edge of the Peneda-Gerês National Park, and between the attractive historic towns of Ponte de Lima and Ponte da Barca, the Quinta is ideally located for touring Alto Minho, which is steeped in history and full of tiny villages and rural by-ways. The beaches of the Costa Verde, and the cities of Porto, Braga, Viana do Castelo and Barcelos, and Vigo in Spain, are all within reasonable driving distance. There are two airports within 40 minutes’ drive and easy access to the northern Spanish province of Galicia.
In the village, there is a small shop just down the hill for basic provisions, a café, a restaurant and a “tasca”. Nearby in both Ponte da Barca and Ponte de Lima there are many good restaurants, and supermarkets and other shops, as well as a variety of tourist and cultural attractions.