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Minho Hills. Self-Catered Farm Cottage & Garden
Cottage, Covas (near Cerveira), Minho, Portugal
Renovated stone barn. South-facing garden, terraced vineyard, pool, olive trees.
Peaceful, rural setting on edge of old hamlet. Beautiful views of the Arga hills
1 Bedroom. Sleeps 2. From € 350 per week.
Ref. 1008
View Of Barn From Courtyard
View of barn from courtyard
The Secluded Pool - The Ideal Place To Cool Off.
The secluded pool - the ideal place to cool off.
View From The Property Towards Serra De Arga
View from the property towards Serra de Arga
Part of a small farm and vineyard on the south facing slopes of the Covas valley. The barn is on two levels with living quarters upstairs and bathroom and utility area on the lower level accessed by an internal staircase. The barn is across an open courtyard from the owner's main house, but it has its own terrace and half of the large garden/ vineyard. There are sunny and shaded areas for relaxing and dining, including a secluded pool area. The property is close to the historic Costa Verde towns of Caminha, Vila Nova de Cerveira and the walled border town of Valença. Fantastic unobstructed views to the Serra de Arga mountains. Extra rooms available in main house if needed. 25 mins from the beaches of the Costa Verde, and the towns of Vila Nova de Cerveira and Caminha. New for this year and included in the rental is use of the pool. The pool, situated on the bottom terrace of the vineyard, is surrounded by mature trees and completely sheltered from view.
The barn includes a covered dining area.
Barn - Detail of living area
Walkway, showing additional bedrooms on right hand
Aspect of the vineyard
A view of the river Minho
Hammock in the shady olive grove, below the pool terrace
The terrace outside the barn, ideal for al-fresco dining
In the rock pools up on the nearby Arga mountain range
A local scene from the village
Notes
Start Date
End Date
Per Night
Per Week
Per Month
Minimum Stay
Year-round
€ 350
4 Nights
Notes about prices and payments
Payments can also be done in GBP if preferred. We will supply banking details at the time of booking. We require a 20% non-refundable deposit upon booking and the balance 1 month before arrival. We advise our guests to take out appropriate travel, sickness and injury insurance.
Notes about changeover day
Changeover day is flexible. We ask guests to vacate by 10am on changeover days. The barn is available from 3pm on arrival days.
ACCOMMODATION SUMMARY
Property Type
Cottage
Catering Basis
Self-catering, Meals can be booked
Floor area (m²)
50-100
Sleeps
2
Number of Bedrooms
1
Theme
Adventure, Beach, Budget, Charming, Great Outdoors, Hideaway, Historic, Mountain, Nature, Romantic Break, Rustic, Sightseeing, Traditional Region, Unwind
Suitability
Children Welcome, Long-term rentals available, Non-smoking only
Accessibility and Safety
Not Wheelchair Accessible
INDOORS

Bedrooms
Bedroom 1 Sleeps 2. 1 Double Bed, 1 Baby Crib
Bedroom notes
Studio, open plan living/sleeping area with 1 double bed. Further en-suite bedrooms (one double and one twin) each with independent access are available in the main house if required.
Bathrooms
Bathroom 1 Toilet, Bath, Shower
Bathroom notes
Downstairs bathroom with wc, bath/shower and wash basin in the barn. En-suite bathrooms with wc, showers and wash basins in the twin and double bedrooms of the main house.
Kitchen
Kitchenette, Gas or electric stove, Oven, Grill, Microwave, Fridge (large), Kettle, Coffee-maker, Tap water drinkable
Dining Areas
Seats: 4. Dining Table
Living room notes
The living area on the top floor of the barn has wooden floors, granite walls and high beamed ceilings- full of country character. It forms an open-plan studio and has a sofa, satellite TV (UK channels), and video player. Small shuttered windows provide a view to the south to the Serra de Arga mountains. The living area can be heated if necessary via a cast iron, wood burning stove.
Washing and Storage
Washing machine, Iron, Ironing board
Extras
Baby Cot, Bed Linen, Bathroom Towels, Cleaning Products
Internet and Communications
Internet/ Wifi, Printer, Maps
Entertainment
TV- satellite/cable, Books- all ages
Heating and Cooling
Room Fans, Fireplace
Included in Price
-
Available upon Request
Cook
Extra notes
The fully-equipped kitchenette is in a rustic style and has granite work surfaces. It forms a studio on the top floor of the barn with the bedroom and living room. Adjoined to the barn is a covered dining area which adds considerably to the living space. Guests find this popular space ideal for al fresco dining and relaxing. Other private areas include a sun patio and a garden with gazebo ideal for a sundowner.
OUTDOORS AND GARDEN
The property has its own adjoining mature, private garden and a south facing gazebo with table and chairs, a sun terrace with loungers, deck chairs and barbecue. The farm is set in over an acre of vineyard and gardens. As well as vines the grounds are dotted with a variety trees - including walnut, fig, chestnut, oak and olive. A handful of chickens live in a fenced off area and bee hives produce honey.
Garden Summary
Private Garden, Balcony/terrace, Patio Area
Pool and Spa
Shared Pool
Outdoor Amenities
Barbeque, Shaded Area, Outdoor Dining, Seating Area, Garden Furniture, Deck Chairs, Parasols, Patio
Sports Equipment
Bicycles
Parking
Parking Space
Extra Notes
The property is not suitable for people with mobility problems. Due to the terrain the use of pushchairs can be difficult. Access to the property is via a narrow cobbled lane, therefore a smallish rental car is advisable.
LOCATION
Natural setting
Beaches/Coastal, Countryside, Cultural/Historic, Forests, Hills, Nature Reserves, Rivers, Vineyards, Villages

Covas is situated approx. 25 mins from the towns of Vila Nova de Cerveira and Caminha. The historic cities of Braga, Guimarães and Viana do Castelo are approximately a 1 hour drive away. Geres National Park is a similar distance. Porto is worth a visit by train, coach or car. Across the nearby Minho River the Spanish autonomous region of Galicia has much to recommend it including fantastic seafood and tapas and the historic city of Santiago de Compostela. The nearest golf course is situated in Ponte de Lima approximately 30 mins drive away.
OUTDOOR PURSUITS
Pursuits in the area
Birding, Cycling, Golf, Hiking, Horse Riding, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Kite Surfing, Spas, Surfing, Windsurfing
Pursuits at the property
Not Available

This is a great area for outdoor sporting pursuits. Lovely walks or mountain biking through the countryside and forests can be done right from the house. The Serra d'Arga, Peneda Geres and many other hills are ideal for hiking and exploring. Being unspoilt and natural, there is a wide varierty of birdlife, and the lucky few may spot wild boar. The Minho river is broad and calm, thus good for kayaking (with an excursion company at Foz do Minho). For those into surfing and kitesurfing, the best beaches include Cabedelo at Viana do Castelo and Afife (40 min drive) and Moledo (25 min drive). Friends of ours organise horse-riding, boating and cycling tours of the local area.
COURSES
Courses in the area
Art, pottery, photography etc, Cookery/ gourmet/ wine-tasting etc
Courses at the property
Not Available

In the local area there are courses run by English speaking artists and potters - further details on request.
DISTANCES
Distance to nearest place
Place Place Name Distance
Airport
Porto
90 Kilometers
Train Station
Cerveira
12 Kilometers
Motorway
A4 Near Candemil
8 Kilometers
Restaurant
Covas
2 Kilometers
Café
Covas
2 Kilometers
Bar
Covas
2 Kilometers
Bank/ATM
Covas
3 Kilometers
Hospital/ Health centre
Viana Do Castelo
40 Kilometers
Supermarket
Cerveira
12 Kilometers
Mini-market
Covas
2 Kilometers
Local street market
Cerveira
12 Kilometers
Shopping area
Cerveira
12 Kilometers
Laundrette
Cerveira
12 Kilometers
Petrol station
Covas
4 Kilometers
Car repair/ garage
Covas
3 Kilometers
Recommended transport
Car
Car necessary
 
Local transport
Local transport not recommended
 
Extra Notes
The village has local shops where it is possible to buy the basic necessities. There are 3 local family owned restaurants which serve good quality, traditional food at very reasonable prices. The closest of these restaurants is 10 mins walk from the property. Access to the property is via a narrow cobbled lane, therefore a smallish rental car is advisable. A hire car is essential to fully enjoy this diverse region. Porto airport is 90 mins drive, Vigo (1 hour), Santiago (2 hours).
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REVIEWS



GUEST BOOK COMMENTS
"A fantastic barn, great garden to have dinner in and a marvelous pool makes of this place a great place to stay and relax. This is a great location to visit North Portugal as well, places like Braga, Guimaraes and Porto are close enough to make day trips from Covas. Sian and Steve are great hosts, discrete and hepful." Guests from Spain
"My partner and I stayed at this delightful barn for two weeks. It gave us the opportunity to really unwind. The barn is comfortable and cosy and the owners have thought of everything. All you need to do is arrive and switch off! The gardens are lovely and full of sweet smelling herbs. Views from the barn are stunning so too is all the surrounding countryside. There are three terraces to choose from and the pool was still lovely to swim in during September. After several trips to Portugal this was definitely our best trip yet. There are great day trips catering for all types - sit and let the world go by; walking in the hills; beach fun on an unspoilt coast and historic interest. I cannot recommend this highly enough and the hosts are friendly and helpful." Guests from the UK


OWNERS PROFILE

About
We (Siân and Steve) have lived in Northern Portugal for over fifteen years and have owned Casa Anno 1869 since 1998. After several years of renovation and radical gardening we now share the property with our dog, cats, chickens, bees and a small vineyard recently planted with traditional vinho verde grapes. We share a professional and hands - on interest in local foods, wines, traditions, customs and crafts and we hope that our enthusiasm and experience will help to enrich your holidays here. We would be more than pleased to trade information over a glass of wine or beer.


What is special about the property
The barn is brimming with rustic charm and it is a true hideaway in the Alto Minho. On the edge of a traditional hamlet and overlooking vineyards, forest and the Arga hills, it is an idyllic setting. Its a place to get away from it all and enjoy nature and rural traditions, and as a base for exploring this beautiful, unspoilt region.


What is great about the location
When we first came here, we were attracted by the timelessness of the village, the granite and grapes, the patchwork of small properties and the near, middle and distant vistas. Workaday life in the village had and still retains a consistently casual but resilient pace which is all the more valued at the present time.
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Property Ref. 1008
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