|Space||1,614 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Beautifully restored stone farmhouse set in the countryside but only 15 minutes drive to the historic towns of Braga and Guimarães.
Arrive to wine from the farm and a welcoming snack or dinner for those who arrive too late to go food shopping.
New orthopaedic mattresses in both double bedrooms - to ensure a good night's sleep.
The kitchen has a new (as of July 2016) island with induction hob and shiny new pots and pans.
The Roman spa town of Taipas is 5kms away, replete with an abundance of cafés, outdoor swimming pools, parks and spa treatments, including a luxurious naturally heated indoor termal pool.
The farm makes its own red and white wine and there are fruit trees surrounding the property. Guests are welcome to sample our wine, eat the peaches, oranges, lemons, plums, kiwis, figs etc - we usually have a glut of everything!
The accommodation consists of the entire ground floor of the farmhouse and is very spacious and tastefully decorated. All mod cons in the kitchen.
The living room has wifi, flat screen TV with all the English channels, a DVD player with DVDs, books to read, Virginia's basket of suggestions of what to visit in the area.
The owners' and their children live at the farm and are there to answer any queries, make suggestions and they provide a welcoming snack for guests' arrival. Those arriving in the winter are greeted with a roaring fire and coffee/cakes whereas those in the summer can enjoy a chilled bottle of the house white.
The sitting room was the original stone wine house and its double doors open onto a wisteria covered pergola with table and chairs. Next to this is a barbecue area.
The gardens are extensive and walled in.
Behind the house there are many woodland walks, leading to Sameiro and Bom Jesus, with excellent walks around the Celtic settlement of Citânia de Briteiros only 10 minutes drive away. Alternatively, walk along the Santiago de Compostela trail, part of the path is still laid in stone.
Food: There are lots of excellent restaurants in the area with a local taverna down the hill from the house, a nearby barbecue chicken take-away and a restaurant 5 minutes from the house that only opens at the weekend.
There are lots of walks around, swimming pools and playgrounds in Taipas ( 5 mins away). The thermal spa in Taipas has a swimming pool, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, dry sauna and offers luxury spa treatments.
For breathtaking scenery, walking and water sports, Geres national park is 40 mins away. It has rock pools for a dip under waterfalls and if you drive over the Portugal/Spanish border there's a hot spring, with naturally heated water winter and summer - it really is hot!
Perhaps the best part of being here is just sitting outside in the sunshine, hearing the church bells chime every half hour, listening to the birds and in the early morning to the owls hooting, enjoying the view over the mountains and distant villages and going for walks - right from the doorstep.
Portugal has excellent undiscovered wines- the reds from the Douro and the Alentejo are sold in the local supermarkets. Oporto, and its port wine lodges, is only 1 hour away - you can either drive there or take the train from Braga, if driving into Oporto doesn't appeal.
Vinho verde (red or white) is very regional. The locals drink the red out of bowls ( 'malgas'). It's supposed to open up the flavour of the wine. If it's not mother's milk it is certainly an acquired taste....
We have a dog, cat, birds, a large tank with goldfish, friendly geese and chickens.
If you want to have a relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting yet near everything in the north - this is a good place to be. The apartment is a real home, with the sounds of nature all around and unbelievably close to Braga, Guimarães and Oporto.
If you want to just book and ask Virginia what to do while here - you won't go far wrong!
I've been living in Portugal since 1999. I've always enjoyed travelling and I like walking, aqua aerobics, cinema, good food and wine, holidays..... I speak English, Portuguese, French and Spanish (OK, my Spanish is getting rusty as I don't use it much!). My husband is Portuguese and we have three children.
As my hobbies are walking and cafés - I've now decided to offer guests 'bespoke' tours - yes, of the Portuguese café world (exploring the surrouding cities of Braga, Guimarães and Taipas through a visit to a café (or two) per city...and pointing out the main historical monuments of the city!!) and fairly gentle treks through the forest behind our house to the religious sanctuary of Sameiro or alternatively along the Santiago de Compostela trail.
Virginia Henry Martins purchased this apartment in 2000
It's well located, has great views, is very peaceful and has endless possibilities.
We restored it from nothing and so if we don't like what we've created it's our own fault!
The view cannot be criticised, looking out over trees and mountains, knowing Braga and Guimarães are so close.
I love hearing the sounds of nature all around - birds, frogs, owls, roosters and crickets in the summer.
I also like to be far from the madding crowd, but not so far I feel cut off! Here, I have a good relationship with my neighbours, being the only Brit in the area. I love their traditions - especially their cooking, I have to admit. I also like the fact all my neighbours make their own wine, many their own chorizo and bread.
Down the road in Longos there is an excellent restaurant which is so reasonable in price it's cheaper than cooking at home - so I don't have to feel eating out is a big treat.
Perhaps it's just me but I LOVE the nearby town of Caldas das Taipas - it's pretty, has everything there and more - about 20 cafés, 10 restaurants, a Monday market, banks, pharmacies, including swimming pools, a spa, an amazing tea shop that has lemon meringue pie and cheesecake and about 100 varieties of tea (not that I miss home!)
Personally I like to feel I live in/with nature but if I fancy popping off to the cinema or even the theatre I'm only a 10 minute drive away from Braga.
When we first saw this house my husband and I knew immediately it was the place for us - in the right location, stunning scenery around and a few but not too many neighbours! The forest is behind the house which is lovely for walks, no matter what season. We never intend to move as nowhere else would tick all the boes like this place.
It's set in beautiful countryside, near two historic towns.
You arrive to a glass of wine and traditional Portuguese tapas. I have a list of places for you to visit and, if you'd like, I can put together a little itinerary for you. I have a file with a list of restaurants and their price range, so you'll know where to go and won't be shocked at the price. There is a restaurant near the house, about 5 mins drive away/15 mins by foot - very traditional Portuguese cuisine and very reasonable in price.
Lots going on here - walks, gardens, churches, swimming pools, a spa with a beautiful indoor pool and offering different treatments (massage, steam room, dry sauna, facials, Vichy shower etc).
This is a great place to enjoy Portugal from and is also good to just sit back and do nothing.
It's ideal for nature lovers - with walks behind the house.
It's very safe for children - being walled in.
There's a local taxi driver who is happy to drive guests to/from restaurants so the driver can have a break from driving and enjoy a glass or two of wine when out.
As we live at the property (our entrance is at the side), if there is a problem with the TV or the Wifi we are here to sort out the problem immediately.
If you like adventure - Virginia is happy to take you for a trip in her 4WD Duster up the mountain through the forest to Sameiro. In the space of 10 minutes you can see 4 churches - Santa Cruz, Santa Marta, Sameiro and Bom Jesus. You don't have to be interested in churches to be able to enjoy the views and the twinkling lights of Braga below.
We've just put in a new kitchen island with induction hob and cooking has been revolutionised!
We've also bought new orthopaedic mattresses for both double rooms and a new shower cubicle for one of the bathrooms - so everything is squeaky clean and pretty.
As it's our house we have a vested interest in keeping everything nice and modern.
Our second visit.
Quinta da Tapada continues to be a magical place for us. We will be back for the friendships, the walks, the food and wine! Highlights we missed on our last visit: Barcelos market, Valença, Tibães Monastery, Viana do Castelo and the long hike over the hills to Sameiro.
See you next time, here or in Canada!
It was the detail in the description and the thought that had gone into providing the extra touches that first attracted me to this property.
When we arrived we continued to be very impressed. There was a welcome pack in the kitchen & Virginia & her family made us feel at home immediately.
The property was very spacious, clean & equipped to the highest standard with good quality items.
Virginia had prepared a comprehensive list of local ameneties & directions to the nearby attractions. The property is ideally placed for visiting several attractive cities(Porto, Braga, Guimaraes) along with beautiful countryside destinations such as the national park at Penedas Geres & the Douro Valley vinyards.
The approach to the property is initially a bit challenging because the road is very steep, but after the first couple of times of driving it you will become more relaxed.
I would not hesitate to recommend this property. It lived up to & exceeded our expectations.
This is a wonderful rental that we highly recommend! We (two parents and three teenagers) spent two weeks in this beautiful farmhouse and had a great time working at the nearby university and exploring the region. The apartment is spacious, very clean, comfortable, and well furnished with everything guests need. The layout works well, allowing for meals and social time in the large kitchen/dining room/living room area and quiet and privacy in the back bedrooms.
The outdoor spaces are a special part of staying at the farmhouse, and we spent as much time as we could outside enjoying the lovely views, meals, coffee, wine, reading, cards, and ping pong. We also hiked and jogged on the trails near the farmhouse, and the teens hiked down the mountain to the local bakery. We looked forward to returning to the property – with its vineyards, fruit trees, and friendly animals – each day.
Virginia has a book for visitors with many suggestions for restaurants, sites, and trips, and she is a great source of ideas for exploring the area. The drive up to the farmhouse takes a time or two to get used to but is well worth it. In addition to experiencing the nearby villages and cities, we made several day trips, including ones to the Douro Valley, Geres (site of a beautiful waterfall), northern Spain, Porto, and coastal towns.
While we had a wonderful time visiting the area and taking in some special local events, we also thoroughly enjoyed our time at the farmhouse relaxing. A highlight of our trip was meeting and getting to know Virginia and her family. They are friendly and gracious hosts. We had a delightful stay and are pleased to give this property the highest rating!
Wir haben Anfang Oktober zum dritten Mal eine tolle Zeit auf dem Weingut der Familie Martins verbracht. Uns begeistert immer wieder das Ambiente und vor allem die Gastfreundschaft der portugiesisch-nordirischen Gastgeberfamilie!
Die Wohnung ist sehr gemütlich eingerichtet, super ausgestattet und breitet sich über das gesamte Erdgeschoß des wundervollen Steinhauses aus.
Die Begrüßung durch die Gastgeberin Virginia ist sehr warmherzig. Sie hat viele Ideen für Ausflüge vor Ort und immer ein offenes Ohr.
Unsere Kinder fühlen sich auch immer sehr wohl gefühlt und spielen viel mit den Kindern der Gastgeber-Familie (Dart, Tischtennis, Basketball, Reiten etc.).
Die Gegend um Longos (10 Autominuten von Braga entfernt) eignet sich perfekt für z.B. Wandertouren, Städtetrips nach Braga, Guimaraes oder Porto und Ausflüge in den Naturpark Geres, an den Atlantik oder nach Spanien. Viel Kultur und viel Entspannung. Hier ist wirklich für jeden was dabei! :-)
Danke nochmal an Virginia und ihre Familie für den "perfect stay". See you soon again! :-))
We are a German- Russian family of five living in the Silver- Coast region of Portugal. It was not the first time we escaped to the north of the country looking for peace and quiet during the high season, but this apartment has revealed to be absolutely the best choice.
Its location was superb- we were 10 minutes away from Taipas ( a lovely small town with amazing infrastructure including very nice swimming pools that our children really loved to bathe in). It took us just about 20 minutes to reach Guimaraes and Braga, an hour to fabulous Geres and almost the same time to the picturesque Caminha beaches close to the Spanish boarder. The was one reason why we didn't travel as much as we expected: we felt so well at our new home that it was hard to leave it sometimes. Our children kept playing for hours in the green and shadowy garden and we enjoyed the calmness not having to be worried that they might hurt themselves. I should say that the garden area as well as the apartment itself is very safe and children-friendly which is really my priority being a mother of two small children and a baby. The apartment is very spacious with a modern equipped the kitchen that provides everything you might need if you like cooking. We also enjoyed the comfort of our beds due to the orthopedic mattresses and high quality bedding.
However, what really made our stay unforgettable was the hospitality of its hosts. Virginia and Jose were so attentive that we felt welcome and relaxed every moment of the 10 days we stayed at their apartment.
We highly recommend this place and will definitely come back ourselves!
Lovely house, lovely location and lovely host family, splendid views , warm welcome, including an assorted basket of foodie presents. Loads of useful information about places to visit, restaurants to eat etc. Fresh eggs, oranges and kiwis from the orchard every morning. What else can you ask for?. Missing the place already. I will definitely go back.
This is a fantastic place to stay. It is well worth the climb up the hill for breathtaking views over the hills and valleys beyond. The garden is gorgeous with orange, lemon and lime trees to name but a few. There are even kiwi fruit growing naturally. The apartment is well equipped and comfortable. Your host Virginia could not be more welcoming and helpful. Lots of interesting places to visit locally so you may want a car as well. I hope to return to do it all again!
Breathtaking views over the hills and mountains. Surrounded by woodland walks. Wake up to the sound of nature and breathe in the scent of eucalyptus.
Begin the day with freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh eggs from the farm.
Go for a walk through the forest, ending up at Sameiro or Bom Jesus.
Pop down to Café Europa in the village of Longos for hot bread rollls and croissants. Bar da Igreja is the perfect stop for lunch - try the local cuisine.
Caldas das Taipas is 5 minutes away with a colourful Monday market and lots of cafes, restaurants, a thermal spa and 2 good supermarkets.
There are also 2 outdoor public swimming pools and a nice park in Taipas, with a playground for children.
The house is set in the country but only 20 minutes from the beautiful historic towns of Braga and Guimarães.
The nearest beach, Esposende, is only 35 minutes away and Geres national park is also close at hand.
For those interested in our past, the Celtic settlement of Citânia de Briteiros is only 10 minutes away.
Golf: There are excellent ( and beautiful) golf courses at Ponte de Lima - 40 minutes drive away and at Esposende, 30 minutes drive away.
The area is full of beautiful chuches and monasteries, such as the São Martinho de Tibães Monastery. Almost every hilltop has a church overlooking the plains below.
Braga and Guimarães are brimming with culture and hold many festivals throughout the year.
The region has many restaurants, cafés and teashops, all reasonably priced.
The home owner has been living in the area for 17 years and is happy to help you put together a little itinerary for your stay at the house.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
If guests are only coming for 3 nights (in low season) the apartment is rented out at £100 per night.
The price covers the price of diesel for the central heating and logs for the woodburner.
A welcoming snack is provided for your arrival.
We have bikes for children and 2 bikes for adults, a swing and slide - but this is not great cycling country. We regularly take the childrens' bikes i