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Stunning Holiday Villa With Pool Near Spain, Beaches & Minho River - Casa Gabriel

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Description

Casa Gabriel

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.

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About the property

Yavanna: Dolinda and Gabriel

'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!”

For More Information and Travel Options: **** For more information please ask us for the address of our web site *****.

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.

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Owner
Sofia Louw
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful Slice of Heaven. Comfortable rooms, and Eunice's generosity made this a wonderful holiday. The garden and pool are fantastic!!
Jul 2010
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Notes

* 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.


Amenities

Fontoura Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , en suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , en suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , en suite
  • Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , en suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , en suite
  • Casa Gabriel is a little unconventional in that it was designed for open air living i.e. the central staircase is covered, but open, with bedrooms leading off it. All bedrooms have direct access to the outside. Everyone seems to love this setting because of its quirkiness.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Suitable for elderly if cobbled paths and steps not a problem. 32' Flat screen TV with satellite channels and DVD player. Although Yavanna is open all year-round, please note that the swimming pool closes around the end of October and becomes warm enough for swimming around the beginning of May. Please also note that there is a third villa on the Yavanna property where owners are present for part of the year.

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average rating of 4.923077 based on 41 reviews
5

Absolutely recommendable!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Amazing relaxing retreat in a lux setting

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful property with 3 renovated farmhouses nestled in the countryside in northern Portugal. It is ideal for families, groups, retreats, couples. There is a lot to do on the property-- gardens, large lawn, saltwater pool, volleyball/other games, or just relax in a private garden. We enjoyed picking fresh fruit and produce from the gardens to include with our meals. Books, internet access, and tv available. There is also plenty to do and see in nearby in Portugal and Spain and the coast. The hosts are very friendly and excellent at customer service, family friendly, multi-lingual. Very relaxing, charming without being stuffy, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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5

I had a wonderful stay at Casa Gabriel!

  • 5 of 5

Hi dear Sofia and Gustaf :)

I want to thank you so much. Everything was fabulous!

Great location and a friendly atmosfhere make the Yavanna a perfect stay for budget-conscious travelers. Sofia&Gustaf are a charming hosts who ensures that guests are truly welcome!

This place is so full of love! Thank you guys for allowing me to stay in such a beautiful and positive place! I Will definitely be back soon. I would highly recommend!

Thanks again for everything!!! :)))

Take care!

Roberta from Lisboa!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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5

Beyond comfort in the coastal hills of Portugal

  • 5 of 5

Casa Gabriel went well beyond our expectations for a few relaxing days as we traveled through Asturias then Galicia in Spain and into Portugal. The house was thoroughly equipped and immaculately kept with three bedrooms each with their own private bathroom, full living room and separate kitchen/dining overlooking a private garden and grill. Shopping locally for meals to compliment the properties "garden of eden" was a highlight as were the helpful, friendly and fun hosts who were always ready to help pave the way for our adventures. We traveled with two young children and couldn't have dreamed for a better place to enjoy the food and people of the region. My highest compliments and recommendation to future travelers.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Fabulous place, great for families.

  • 5 of 5

This is our third successive stay at Casa Gabriel, we love the house, pool, gardens its perfect for a family. North Portugal is off the beat & track compared to the Algarve, lots to explore, beautiful beaches. I would highly recommend to everyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
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5

Great location and property

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location and property with pool. Immaculate villa with all comfort and tastefully decorated. Great host and children who let us enjoy their garden and produce. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Porto
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Fontoura
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Bilbao or Santander
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Ponte de Lima
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Valenca do Minho
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
E01/A3/IP1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Fontoura
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Caminha
Car: recommended

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.

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