|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
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Set on a south-facing hillside overlooking the Lima valley, less than half an hour from the Costa Verde, this newly-restored hideaway snuggles between two immense granite boulders. The 130m2 split level bungalow comprises 2 bedrooms, with the possibility of a third, a large living-room/dining-room with galley kitchen and 2 bathrooms. It has a fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, a woodburning stove and gas central-heating. The living-room leads to a terrace (framed by olives, wisteria, and bougainvillea) and terraced gardens, with views towards the historic town of Ponte de Lima. The house has its own well with fresh mountain spring water. It's a very stylish house, with polished wooden floors and antiques, and has been very tastefully decorated to make a truly comfortable holiday home. The particularly charming garden is in perfect harmony with its delightful surroundings.
This house is immaculately presented, fully equipped, and with linen and towels provided. It has full central heating for winter guests and logs for the wood burning stove, and is an ideal haven for out of season and long-stay guests. The garden is enchanting and has everything to enhance your visit - BBQ, outdoor furniture and little hideaway places in the garden to savour and really get away from it all. There's plenty of shade in the garden with a wealth of mature olive trees, seating in the form of a fairy ring of granite stones or you can take the wooden steps down a terrace to yet another corner of this fairytale paradise. It's the perfect setting for a totally relaxing holiday.
The secluded, private location making it the perfect choice for total repose but convenient too, and its location makes it easy to discover all the treasures of this unspoilt, friendly region. For those who enjoy rural sightseeing, just touring around, or taking some long walks, there's the rugged, wild countryside of Peneda-Gerês National Park, and further away the Douro Valley provides plenty of opportunity. The villages and country lanes of Alto Minho offer a landscape from an earlier era, rising to more than 1000 metres, and providing great views in all directions. There's plenty of history, culture and night-life in a dozen towns within a short drive. There's karting, canoeing, surfing and fishing, and the World Heritage City of Porto. The traditional Romarias, folklore, singing, dancing and decorative crafts and costumes provide an unusual taste of the local culture. And the famed cuisine of the Minho region can be found in restaurants galore, accompanied by Portuguese wine - one of the world's best kept secrets!
The 100 km stretch of the Costa Verde offers many safe, clean beaches - international competition surf beaches, sandy, rocky, wide, discreet, family, romantic beaches - you can go to a different one each day to suit your mood. The variety is amazing and though the Atlantic water is never very warm, the summer sun is guaranteed to be scorching. The local hills also have many mountain pools and waterfalls that are good for bathing, and there are also warm, sheltered river beaches on the River Lima a few kilometres away.
For golfers, the excellent Ponte de Lima course is very nearby. With its a bucolic scenery of mountains, vineyards and fruit gardens, it's a course typical of the Minho region. Par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).
The village of Calheiros (walking distance from the cottage) has two mini supermarkets, cafes and bars. From the cottage, the River Lima with it's famous 16 arched Mediaeval/Roman bridge can be seen glistening in the distance, and Ponte de Lima, Portugal's oldest town, is well worth a visit. It's famous for its Monday market held twice a month since 1125, and has a comprehensive selection of locally made embroidered linen, carved wooden furniture and knick-knacks, blankets, rugs and wicker work. In May there's a famous bull run through the town; in September there's a lively fiesta with colourful processions, singing and folk dancing. There's a host of other events through out the year, including show jumping /dressage in June, a Medieval Fair in May, an International Festival of Folklore in August, a Wine Festival in June and a Garden Festival throughout the summer. Basically, a week here, at any time of the year, simply isn't long enough.
The house was perfect for the two of us - great place to stay to visit coastal areas, national forest, lakes and cities as far south as Guimares by car in a day. House was well appointed-- all the necessary things, clean and wonderfully quiet. The TV was a huge puzzle, although it did have lots of channels when we eventually worked it out, and the internet connection was excellent. We had a wonderful visit. Bergen's restaurant guide was exactly right for Ponte de Lima -Thank you. We will use home away again without doubt.
The house in Calheiros is so much more than described in the pictures and its text: it is simply Heaven! Located on top of a cobbled path - quite isolated - very tastefull decorated - luxurious, all equipped, beautiful garden..... everything nature lovers can appreciate.
we spent 2 lovely weeks there with 2 older children (17 and 20 years old), we went from sea shore to city to nature hiking in Peneda Geres nature park. 2 weeks were not enough to see and do it all!
Northern Portugal is not a touristic location, but ever so friendly and relaxing. We hope to come back some day!
This house rental came as advertised and had all the facilities we needed. We even received some fresh eggs from the kind neighbour, Sameiro, one day.It is perfectly located near the lovely town of Ponte de Lima, with great views of the town and valley below. You can reach either the costa verde/Viana do Castelo to the west or the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres to the east in 30-45 minutes. There were plenty of shops and restaurants (do as the locals do and try Restaurante Alameda for the menu do dia) in town and an attractive park/garden across the roman bridge, making this a good base for visiting and travel in the area.
A real, enchanting place where we loved to stay and will like to come back. One of the best holiday homes we ever stayed in. Everything worked and was well-organized: The house itself, the equipment, the fantastic garden, and the contact and guiding of how to arrive. We will never forget the atmosphere and views of this place. With the feeling of being far away and at the same time with easy and quick access to many experiences at the coast, in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, small towns and Porto etc.
We spent 11 days in beautiful Casa Magana and enjoyed every single day of our stay. We found it even more beautiful and charming than described, very well equipped, furnished with taste and there was nothing to be missed. Our highlight - besides the beautiful garden with olive and lemontrees - was the wonderful terrasse with a magnificent view over the mountains and the valley and the perfect location between the big granite rocks, so wonderfully warm from the sun in the evenings. The owner was very friendly, helpful and made it possible that we could move in within two hours after having contacted him. Casa Magana is perfectly suited for nature lovers who are looking for a relaxing, quiet vacation in the beautiful untouristical north of Portugal. We'll try to come back for another relaxing holiday!
Foram 7 dias maravilhosos , a casa é ainda melhor do que o que parece , o local muito aprazível para quem quiser descansar e próximo de tudo para quem quiser visitar o Norte de Portugal bem como o de Espanha . Gostamos muito e prometemos voltar
Where to begin? The pictures barely do this jewel of a property justice--it is stunningly beautiful, in exotic garden surroundings, peaceful and the best place all-around I have stayed in nearly 40 years of travel. The place is magical--with an amazing location--nothing else quite like it. We were provided perfect directions in advance and the logistics went smoothly. The welcome bottle of wine is a nice touch. When we arrived, we were speechless at the stunningly beautiful view from the terrace--and how cute, clean, private and well-equipped the house is---anything we needed was there. It rained a bit, so we were happy as can be with the tons of good books, FAST internet and TV-we watched German and English programs. The things to do in the area are endless--from beautiful beaches to cities to hiking and excursions. The reading materials available in the house were helpful in deciding what to do. We had many fabulous meals (and drinks) with a beautiful view from the terrace. ..and the rental is not too expensive either...wonderful!!!!
Would definitely recommend this slice of paradise to anyone looking for a memorable vacation. We will be back!
Doug and Trudi, San Jose, California
Just three-quarters of an hour from Porto airport (and also within easy reach of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo airports, in Spain), Casa da Magana is close to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, a short drive from the beaches of the Costa Verde, and a stone's throw from the attractive historic town of Ponte de Lima. The cottage is ideally located for touring Alto Minho, which is steeped in history and full of tiny villages and rural by-ways. The cities of Porto, Braga, Valença and Viana do Castelo, and Vigo in Spain, are all within reasonable driving distance. The northern Spanish province of Galicia is close by.
In the village, there are two small shops just down the hill for basic provisions, along with cafés and bars. Nearby in Ponte de Lima there are many good restaurants, supermarkets and other shops, as well as a variety of tourist and cultural attractions.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Oct 30 2016 - Dec 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Rates are for 3 or 4 people. Up to 2 additional people are charged at 5 euros each, per night.
Rates include bed linen and towels, and weekly cleaning.
Long term stays may be negotiated at very advantageous rates.