|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Casa Gabriel sleeps 6 and is a traditional Minho farmhouse dating from 1730 and has been renovated to a very high standard. Each bedroom has an en-suite shower room. There are two double rooms and one twin room.
Casa Gabriel is very nicely furnished and equipped. It has its own kitchen, living room, outside eating area, barbecue, garden, etc. In addition, there is a very large 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.
Beautiful Slice of Heaven. Comfortable rooms, and Eunice's generosity made this a wonderful holiday. The garden and pool are fantastic!!
* 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.
We travelled with 5 kids (age 6-14) and we all had a terrific time at Yavanna. The premises (with a great pool area, table tennis, huge garden with lemon, orange and fig trees) were just perfect and Villa Gabriel very well equipped/maintained. The hosts are extremly friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the kids liked it so much that it was hard to lure them away and get to see at least some of the sights and nice beaches around. The landscapes of Northern Portugal are extremly scenic and what we really liked: not really touristy. We intend to come for another holiday and can really commend a stay at Yavanna!
We are a family of five who stayed at Yavanna in April. The accommodation was stunning, the outdoor living feel was so unique. We had the most beautiful garden for our evening BBQs with stunning views. The sitting room with its log burner was so cosy when we wanted to come in. We all enjoyed the pool, the table tennis, and the thoughtful attention to detail that made our stay so comfortable. Sofia and Gustaf were so welcoming and helpful and could not have done more to have made this an exceptional holiday.
The surrounding area is full of things to do. We visited markets and towns and walked into Spain. The beaches at Moledo are amazing for the children and we could have done with a few more days to stay. We will be back!
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 ! À noter que tout est très propre.
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.
Fuimos a yavanna en el mes de marzo 4 dias 3 parejas y 1 niño.Desde el minuto 1 que llegamos fue maravilloso,encontrarse con una jardin de noche,iluminado con velas y luces fue amor a primera vista.La casa es una maravilla,tiene muchisimo encanto y la finca con su piscina y zona de hamacas es increible.Es un lugar de relajacion absoluta.Podria hablar mil maravillas.Y por ultimo secir que sofia es maravillosa,muy hospitalaria y siempre dispuesta a ayudar a los que nos hospedamos.Nos tenia hasta una cestita de recibimiento con productos tipicos.Pudimos probar productos de su huerta ecologica.En resumen ha sido una estancia de ensueño y que repetiremos seguro.Gracias por todo sofia.
Óptimo local para férias com família ou amigos, com o melhor que o Minho tem para oferecer.
Casa simpática, família acolhedora! Recomendo!
Exceeded all our expectations, very rare that what is described on a website does not do the experience enough justice!
We travelled from South Wales and the journey was excellent with many options to fly to Porto airport and with only a 1 hour journey from Porto you do not arrive feeling exhausted but ready to start enjoying such a scenic and beautiful place.
A fantastic restoration of properties, one of the best I have ever seen with absolute attention to detail while maintaining its history. The accommodation is absolutely immaculate and well maintained, with fully equipped kitchens that have more available than I have at home! The garden with many areas to sit, reflect and eat is perfect for enjoying the sounds and views of this beautiful part of Portugal, while the pool area is like stepping into a relaxed spa that allows you to while away the day in comfort and style.
A fantastic position that allows you to not only explore this area of Portugal, but hop over the boarder into Spain giving you so much opportunity to really get to know the different cultures of this area.
We couldn't have felt more welcome, Eunice and Mark really go out of their way to make you feel welcome and ensure your holiday is one of the best you have ever experienced. We cannot recommend Yavanna highly enough and will definately be returning very soon.
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.