3 Total no. of bedrooms Sleeps7Villa, Vacation HouseSelf Catering
Traditional stone cottage, located 5 Km from Viana do Castelo, in Santa Marta de Portuzelo, 6 km from the beach, 3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, fully equipped kitchen, living and dining room, with sleeping couch, private garden under a vineyard, garden furniture, BBQ, parking place, swimming pool (shared with the main house), sleeps 6 adults and 1 child, self catering.
kitchen Amenities and facilities
3 Total no. of bedrooms 1 Double beds 4 Single beds 1 Single sofa/extra beds
2 Shower rooms
terrain Outside Facilities
Garden Terrace BBQ Shared swimming pool Private parking Golf
radio Inside Facilities
Bedlinen Towels Electrical heaters Fire place / Stove Cable/Satellite TV
Inside a rural estate, this property is a traditional stone cottage, located 5 Km from Viana do Castelo, in Santa Marta de Portuzelo. This small town is famous for its folklore, gastronomy and its local festivities that take place on the second week-end of August. Distance to beach 6 Km. Porto is 70 Km distant, and to the spanish border is 50 Km.
The cottage is the result of restoration work of the old rural store rooms, preserving the original architecture. It comprises 3 bedrooms (2 doubles, 1 twin), electric heaters in the bedrooms, 2 shower rooms (shower, bidet, basin and WC), fully equipped kitchen, living and dining room, with sleeping couch, fireplace and TV, private garden under a vineyard, with garden furniture and BBQ, parking place and a swimming pool (shared with the main house) with loungers and pool shower.
Sleeps up to 6 adults and 1 child (00-11 years), self catering.
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Situated at the mouth of the river Lima, Viana do Castelo was founded in the thirteenth century by D. Afonso III, king of Portugal, who, in an attempt to gain popular support, decided that this place should be destined exclusively for the use of the common people and declared that the nobility could not settle there. This fertile valley had already been much appreciated by the Romans, who reached here quite easily but then drew back, as, on encountering the River Lima, they thought that they had discovered the mythological River Lethe, known as the river of Oblivion, since anyone who crossed it would inevitably lose their memory.
Viana do Castelo gained in importance during the period of the great Maritime Discoveries (in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries) primarily as a shipyard and seaport, but also as a source of the crews that manned the ships setting sail to discover unknown lands.
Today it enjoys a rich architectural heritage and its many monuments are best admired as a whole from the top of Monte de Santa Luzia, which provides a spectacular view over the mouth of the River Lima and the Atlantic Ocean.
Amongst the particular highlights of this region are its folklore, its brightly-coloured, typical costumes and the extremely popular religious festivals and other festivities, particularly those that are held in August in honour of Nossa Senhora da Agonia and are considered to be the most spectacular in the whole of Portugal.
Viana do Castelo also has a rich and varied local handicraft industry, with its ceramics (everyday pottery articles), embroidery and goldsmith's work being particularly sought after.
Beaches Cabedelo is the closest and better known Viana do Castelo beach, on the other side of the river Lima. Surrounded by a pine wood, you will find there everything you need, from restaurants, disco, bars and shopping to camping sites and apartments for rent. There is a ferryboat to cross the river to town and back, also bus.
Carreço is one of the most beautiful beaches of Viana do Castelo. Dominated by the lighthouse of Montedor, Carreço is a blessing of nature, with its rocks over the sea, pinewoods, fields and village, all together. If you like nature, this is the beach to look for.
Airport distance Porto (OPO) 65 kms Beach 6 km Shopping 500 m Restaurant 300 m Bar 300 m Golf 15 km Museum 5 km
Minimum rental (days) 7
Deposit due 3 Days after booking, Amount 30.00 % Balance due 35 Days before arrival
Earliest arrival time 15:00:00 Latest departure time 11:00:00
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35 Days before arrival Deposit + 100 %
S George from Ipswich, United Lingdom
Did not know what to expect having not visited this part of Portugal before. The house is in a village a few kilometres from the coast it was very easy to get there in the hire car. It is a really authentic Portguese rental with tiled floors and thick walls which kept us cool in the hot weather, and the most friendly hospitable owners, who invited us to share port, wine and cakes twice during our stay. With 3 bedrooms and 2 shower rooms there was space for the 6 of us and the weather was beautiful so we didn't spend much time inside because we were able to sit out at night under the vines with a glass of wine. There was a barbeque and we found the local supermarket a few minutes walk with meat and everything we needed. The bakery was right next door. It is in the centre of the village but down a side street behind big gates so with all the land you wouldn't know it. The pool which was only shared with the owners is lovely to spend some time around in the hot sun, and most of the time we had it to ourselves. There was only one restaurant in the village and we ate there and also in the nearest city where the beach was. Eating out was cheaper than we thought it would be so we did eat out a lot including a great meal in the village restaurant. We did arrive just as the fiesta was about to start so did have a few noisy nights but thoroughly enjoyed being part of the celebrations. Once it was over the area became quiet and peaceful. Would recommend to anyone who likes being off the main tourist trail, there is pretty towns inland to see, and all the Portugese we met were very friendly. and whilst beds were a little firm, with sheets not duvets, it more than adequately suited our needs, and became a special place that we would like to return to one day. Thank you to the Mesquita family who presented us with a lovely gift for our coming 25th anniversary next year. We will always remember this holiday.
Kate B from Stockholm, Sweden
The owners started by welcoming us with a friendly offer of a bottle of wine, abd cold beverages for the children. The stone cottage is marvellous, and the location ideal for families. Great shaded terrace invites to meals al fresco. A shared swimming pool where we were almost always alone was agreat help in the warm summer days. Thank you to thMrse family Mesquita, who did all their best to make our stay a pleasure. We will be back