This stone built cottage, which is south facing, is set within the extensive and beautiful gardens of the owners renovated farmhouse. The property lies in the stunning valley of Covas which has the Coura River running through it. There are spectacular views towards Serra D'Arga and it is surrounded by wooded hillsides and farmland. Whilst the property enjoys a rural setting amenities are nevertheless close to hand. The village centre is approximately 1.5 km. away and there are four bars/cafes/restaurants a shop, post office, cash point and a minimarket all within walking distance, and a petrol station to fuel your vehicle. Fresh rolls are baked all day at the nearest bar/cafe/restaurant/shop which is only closed on Monday. All the restaurants serve a "Dish of the day" which is an inexpensive lunch including bread, wine,and coffee every day either indoors or outside, the perfect way to enjoy the meal at the same time as the weather and watch village life pass by.
The owners are an English couple who retired to Portugal eight years ago for the quiet life, and we were not disappointed! We hope we have succeeded in generating a lovely holiday cottage, you be the judge!. We love Covas and are confident that you will have a wonderful holiday in this village with its easy access to all the other parts of North Portugal.
John Catlin purchased this cottage in 2009
North Portugal is a quiet, peaceful and tranquil area. Covas is situated in a wooded valley surrounded by mountains but only thirty minutes from the sea. Self contained in terms of facilities yet only thirty minutes from both small and large towns. With the climate, flora and fauna, for us the best of all worlds.
Within walking distance of bars, restaurants and local shops. Beautiful gardens and pool for your time at home, but easy to travel to historic towns, national parks and beautiful beaches. Limitless walking in the surrounding forests and mountains.
A beautiful, peaceful retreat.if you are after a relaxing holiday With fantastic views, gardens and pool. Very friendly owners, who were very nice and welcoming.
Car hire is a must if you wish to venture out. As there are lost of interesting places to see.
It was definitely the right holiday for me.
John and Caroline are the perfect hosts - helpful from the moment we made our first enquiries. The cottage is ideal for 2 people and we had the freedom of the wondrful garden and pool. Great value for money.
Delightful, little cottage in an idyllic, very peaceful setting. John and Caroline could not have been more helpful. Situated in a convenient spot for sights in Northern Portugal (Ponte de Lima, Guimaraes, Viana do Castelo) as well as Western Spain (Santiago de Compostela, Tui). Overall an excellent holiday.
A lovely and well equipped cottage in a peaceful setting. John and Caroline are keen to ensure a good holiday. This is an excellent base from which to visit the lesser known north-west corner of Portugal and into Spain. We enjoyed an easy day trip to Santiago de Compostela. The local eating-places are very good value and it is a relaxing place to visit. Recommended
Have just returned from a two week stay in the idyllic location of Covas. John and Caroline were excellent hosts, showing us the locality on our arrival and providing everything one would need for an excellent, relaxing holiday in a truly amazing setting. There was so much to see and we loved Ponte di Lima, The National Park, Porto, Caminha beach and the Douro Valley, to name just a few of the places that we were able to visit.
If you are looking for a stunning location where the views around every corner are fantastic, then Covas is definitely the place to stay.
From our first contact with the Owners they went out of their way to be helpful. The directions to the property were detailed and accurate to 0.1km! Particularly helpful was a trip around the community to give us our bearings and point out local resources. One or two minor issues during our stay were sorted out without delay. The situation is perfect and peaceful with lovely views from the cottage and the pool area. We loved the verdant hills and the flower filled hedgerows. Early June was a good time to visit. Access to great beaches, historic towns and the National Parks was easy and would have kept us busy for a lot more than 10 days. The cottage itself had all the essentials unless you consider TV a necessity and prefer to sit inside rather than enjoy the wonders of the created world.
The nearest beach is in the ancient picturesque town of Caminha which is at the mouth of the Minho river. This is approximately 25 minutes away by car and you can access both the river and Atlantic beaches. Parking is easy and there are bar/restaurants close to hand. There are many more beaches to be found along the coast road in the direction of Viana do Castelo, the largest beautiful historic town of the region, a must to visit. River beaches and bathing are very popular in North Portugal.
Porto is the nearest airport and is approximately one hour away by car and is served by flights from the UK with operators TAP, Ryanair and Easyjet. The journey is predominantly along the main A28 which is very quiet by motorway standards and the latter part through lovely countryside. The ferry port of Santander is about 5-6 hours by car.The Peneda-Geres National Park was created on 8 May 1971 and is the only national park in Portugal and is about 1 hour by car.
The historic towns/cities of Braga, Guimaraes, Ponte de Lima, Valenca and Viana do Castelo are within easy reach. Spain is just the other side of the Minho River and can be easily reached across the bridge at Vila Nova de Cerveira or by the short ferry journey from Caminha.
The cottage is a wonderful place for complete relaxation or to be used as a base for exploring the local area and beyond either by foot or in the car. We offer you comfortable accommodation a homely and friendly atmosphere and an opportunity to visit this outstanding and unspoilt part of Portugal. The historic town Vila Nova de Cerveira is the nearest, about 25 minutes by car. It has a good supermarket, banks, shops and an abundance of bars/cafes/restaurants. There is a large travelling market which is to be found in one of the larger towns everyday of the week, Saturday in Cerveira, Wednesday in Caminha etc. so if you miss one location there is another close by.
The beautiful town of Baiona is a picturesque drive up the west coast of Spain and takes about an hour once in Spain. A beautiful harbour and bay and with plenty of places to eat and drink with the wonderful Monterreal Fort and it's incredible defensive walls. There is a superb circular route through Spain to bring you back to Covas.
Northern Portugal is the unspoilt part of Portugal, a nature lovers haven with a host of flora and fauna including wild horses, boar and cats. The whole region is a walkers paradise, with an assortment of terrain, there are walks for every level amidst the beautiful countryside and hills as well as along the rivers and coast. The area is excellent for birdwatching, there are many varieties here including Nightjar's and Black Redstarts in the garden and Red Kites and Eagles in the mountains. There is good fishing both in the sea and rivers. For the artist, both the town buildings and rural/coastal scenery are perfect for the talented.
For the more energetic the Atlantic beaches are good for surfing(board hire and tuition available) and there is water-sking, boating and kyaking available on the Minho River. Horse-riding and mountain biking are also available