|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Casa Dolinda sleeps 6 and is a traditional Minho farmhouse that has been modernised in the past years to a very high standard. There are two double rooms and one twin room. There is also a bathroom, separate shower room and three toilets.
Casa Dolinda is very nicely furnished and equipped. It has an open plan ground floor comprising kitchen, living room and dining area. It also has its own outside eating area, small garden, etc. As well as this, there is a very large shared garden and large pool, with plenty of room for everyone.
We do everything we can to make your holiday very special. We are available for help and advice, but at the same time very sensitive to your need for privacy.
Towels and linen are provided, beds are changed weekly, and we take great pride in our standard of cleanliness, with a professional company cleaning weekly.
'Yavanna' is a large property made up 2 beautifully refurbished 300-year-old 3-bedroom traditional granite villas/farmhouses, each with its own garden. They are called 'Casa Dolinda' and 'Casa Gabriel'. Each has 3 bedrooms but are individually styled and are very different in layout so please read the separate descriptions of each villa before you choose.
Each has living rooms with flat screen TVs, DVD/satellite as well as well-equipped modern kitchens. There is a large 12x8m salt water pool with stunning views and chill-out zones. There are 1.5 acres of beautifully maintained gardens with plenty of seating, hammocks, BBQ areas, table tennis & yoga. Wireless Broadband. Very clean & well kept.
Its is a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the commercialised world. Yavanna lies only a few miles from the border with Spain. Small farms are dotted around the lush green landscape, connected by granite tracks with grapevines growing overhead.
We pride ourselves on the quality of the service we provide our guests, ensuring that guests leave with a massive “wow!”
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Flying - There are a large number of airlines offering cheap flights to the region. The nearest airports are Vigo (45 mins), Porto (1 hr), Santiago de Compostela (1½ hrs). e.g. Air Portugal (LGW and LHR), Ryanair (STN, LVL, BHX, BRS,LGW), Easyjet (LGW), Vueling (LHR), PGA Airlines, Air Berlin, Air France, SN Brussels Airlines, Hapag-Lloyd Express, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss.
.It is also possible to fly to Lisbon with many airlines, including Monarch from the UK. It will be necessary though to hire a car and drive 4 hours in each direction if you choose this route.
.Ferry - An alternative is a mini-cruise on a ferry. P&O run a service from Portsmouth to Bilbao. Brittany Ferries sail from Plymouth to Santander. The drive to Yavanna is 6-8 hours.
.Train - Fast trains to Vigo (20 minutes from Yavanna) from Barcelona and Madrid including overnight sleepers.
Beaches: Surf Beaches - Within a half an hour drive there are stunning sandy Atlantic surfing beaches. Portugal offers the best warm surfing in Europe with over 500 miles of consistent waves and no shortage of sunshine. Huge sandy beaches offer surf school and lifeguard patrolled areas. There is also a world renowned windsurfing spot at nearby Mindelo. Safe Sheltered Beaches - At the mouth of the Minho River, there are very safe clean sheltered family beaches. These are either at Caminha in Portugal or at Camposancos in Spain, which is accessible either by bridge or ferry. All beaches can be reached in about half an hour. Cafes and restaurants are available at most beaches - they are uncommercialised, small scale and friendly. River Beaches - Only 10 minutes from Yavanna is a sandy beach on the Minho River itself. This is lifeguard patrolled and has a beautiful terraced cafe. There is also wonderful canoeing and fishing possible on the Minho river.
Places to Visit: Within the immediate area, we have some very interesting towns and cities worth visiting:
Porto is Portugal's second city, famous for its port wine trade, is just an hour's drive away. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal. .
Santiago de Compostela is just 1.5 hours away over the border in Spain. It is a city where, according to a legend, the remains of the apostle Saint James were found. Nowadays the stunning city of Santiago is the second most important Catholic Pilgrimage centre, after Rome.
Vigo is the largest city in Galicia, over the border in Spain, and only 45 minutes away. Known as 'The Barcelona of the West'.
Ponte de Lima is a pleasant town named after its famous bridge over the river Lima, with both Medieval and Roman sections.
Lisbon is Portugal's capital city. It's four hour's drive away from Yavanna, but well worth considering for those who want to extend their stay. Lisbon is the westernmost capital in mainland Europe.
Yavanna exceeded any expectation I may have had - in fact it exceeded my imagination. I'm already planning my next trip!
* You can arrive and leave on any day of the week and for any period over 3 nights off peak and 7 nights at other times.
* Please note that the swimming pool becomes warm enough for swimming around the beginning of April, and closes around the middle of October, but this is weather dependent.
* Over and above the 6 bedrooms in the two villas, we have two further double ensuite bedrooms available.
Accueil formidable de Sofia, la propriétaire et de son compagnon. La maison Gabriel est composée de 3 belles chambres spacieuses, décorées avec soin et détails, beaux meubles, fleurs fraiches, décoration personnalisée, beaucoup de rangement, ventilateur, bref vous vous sentez chez vous. Salle de bain bien aménagées, fleurs fraiches, douches italiennes, rangement. La maison dispose également d'un salon convivial avec bibliothèque et télévision. Le wifi est offert. La cuisine est vaste, et très bien équipée, lave-vaisselle, four, vaisselles, il ne manque rien !
Deux terrasses, un jardin, sur l'une d'elle, une table en bois sous une tonnelle en fer forgé, surplombe les collines, à coté un barbecue très fonctionnel, "en dur", gros photophores extérieurs. Enfin juste à coté de la maison, une laverie est à disposition avec les produits nécessaires. Des serviettes de piscine sont offertes également. Nous sommes arrivés avec beaucoup de retard, et avons eu un panier d'accueil et de bienvenue à l'arrivée, qui nous a fait très plaisir et qui fut très utile ! Tout est fait ici pour que vous vous sentiez comme chez vous. À noter que les hôtes sont extrêmement discrets. Vous disposez d'un très bel espace piscine, ( eau sans chlore ), avec un ravissant espace salon de détente la surplombant. Coussins, décorations, le patio piscine est très soigné, délicat, haut de gamme. La vue de la piscine est très belle, le jardin est à disposition avec coins repas et ambiances différentes, il y a des citronniers et orangers, potagers, plantes aromatiques, que vous pouvez cueillir ! Le lieu entier est dédié à la détente et au repos. Le service et l'accueil sont irréprochables, professionnels, bienveillants. En conclusion, nous recommandons les yeux fermés Yavanna.
Yavanna is a great retreat location for travelers who need a respite from the hustle and bustle of big city life. The grounds of the property are well maintained with outside sitting areas. There is a very nice pool area (although I did not utilize it because of the timing of my vacation). The accommodations are nice and comfortable. The view of the mountains from my room was priceless. The owner had recommendations of activities in the area and the best pastry shops.
The location of Yavanna to Spain made it possible for me to also visit some tourist locations in Spain. I will not do this review justice if I do not mention the edible garden. I love oranges and they happen to be in season during my stay. Overall, from this experience, I will most definitely visit again.
Tip for visitors (and it depends on where you are travelling from), I flew into Vigo, Spain and appreciated the short commute especially since I had to board a morning flight on my return home.
Muito agradável quer a paisagem, quer o sitio. A realçar a simpatia dos proprietários das casas e os espaços de lazer (piscina).Sitio fantástico para férias com crianças pequenas, pois têm espaço para correr e brincar (contacto com a natureza).
We called at very short notice but the English owners of this accommodation very kindly managed to accommodate us between bookings. This was our first visit to Yavanna and although we know this part of Portugal quite well this lovely hidden valley was new to us. The accommodation was truly delightful and of a very high standard indeed. The attention to detail was outstanding - the kitchen was very well equipped with everything you could possibly need and the beds were of the sort usually found in expensive hotels. Our accommodation had a lovely patio overlooking the landscaped gardens where you could sit and unwind. Although the houses are near to each other the garden layout allows for considerable privacy and peace. You may greet your neighbours round the beautifully designed swimming pool but they might be off visiting the stunning coastline nearby for the day and you will have it all to yourself. We brought back very happy memories of this short visit and we would certainly book to visit there again. It would be lovely to book as a group of friends or a large extended family but it was also lovely for a couple as it was so private and relaxing. Northern Portugal is a beautiful area and the wonderful landscape is matched by the warmth and kindness of the people you meet. This accommodation provides a wonderful base to explore the region and now we have found this wonderful base we will be going back more often.
Kingston upon Thames
Left on 08/05/2011 for a stay in July 2011
I feel very lucky to have had the Yavanna experience for the last 2 years.
If you are looking for a little bit of paradise then this is the place for you. Yavanna is so peaceful and beautiful, with outstanding views across the valley.
The house has been tastefully styled and is worthy of a 5 star rating.
Eunice and Mark are the most hospitable hosts you could wish for, they have a wealth of local knowledge and nothing is too much trouble.
I hope to return to Yavanna many more times and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this idyllic retreat for those who enjoy the finest things in life!
Would you recommend this vacation rental to a friend? Yes
Yavanna lies in the Minho region in the north-west corner of Portugal only a few miles from the border with the province of Galicia, in Spain, and its village, Fontoura, lies on the Pilgrim's way, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Small houses and farms are dotted around the lush green rural landscape, surrounded by small fields and grapevines, connected by granite tracks. Beautiful rivers flow into this region from Spain. The river Lima has the historical and beautiful towns of Ponte de Barca, Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo on its banks. The nearby Minho has interesting old monuments along its banks including the fortified town of Valenca do Minho, which is only 3 miles from Yavanna. Safe lifeguard patrolled swimming and fishing in the Minho is only 10 minutes from Yavanna. The southern border of the region is another beautiful river, the Douro, as well as the Penedes Geres National Park. The stunning cities of Porto and Santiago de Compostela in Spain are both day trips.
Other Activities: Pottery/Ceramics, Yoga, Cycling and other enjoyable and creative workshops available certain weeks at Yavanna.
Golf: Ponte de Lima (half an hour away) is a par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).
Quinta da Barca golf resort (half an hour away) is an excellent 9 hole course with stunning views over the Cavado River. Par 31, 2012m.
Estela (one hour away) is built on a 3km stretch of sand dunes is one of the Portuguese golf links that secured a good reputation for itself when it hosted two events in the European Professionals' Circuit. Par 72, 6129m.