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3 Eco-designed Self-catering Mountain Houses
Eco-lodge, Peneda-Geres Park, Minho, Portugal
3 granite and pine houses, gardens, oak forest, pool, lake, mountain views
Rugged hills, rivers, fresh air, tranquility, stone villages, market towns
5 Bedrooms. Sleeps 10+. From € 75 per night.
Ref. 1074
Pool, View, River, Hills At Sobrenatura- With 3 Houses
Pool, view, river, hills at Sobrenatura- with 3 houses
Ramada House. 2 Double Rooms. Space In Lounge For Double Bed
Ramada House. 2 double rooms. Space in lounge for double bed
Ramada House. Private Deck With A View
Ramada House. Private deck with a view
Scandinavia meets Portugal here. Tranquil, natural and stunning, it is located below the old mountain village of Gração and commands panoramic views over the Lima river, forests and granite Serra Amarela range. 19th century farm houses and a winery have been renovated into 3 separate self-catering country houses. Breakfast is included first 2 days. Granite walls, wooden flooring, rugs and fireplaces combine with clean lines, contemporary designs, modern furnishings and the latest gadgets and amenities. Energy is clean and efficient- insulation, solar lighting/heating and hot water from the winter fireplace are used. Outside, each house has a private deck and barbeque. In the gardens are lawns, oak trees and a chic granite-grey infinity pool. This is a place in which to unwind and a base for exploring the old stone villages and mountains of Peneda-Geres national park. Hike, bike, kayak, horse-ride. Guides available. Visit market towns, chat to locals, discover the region.
Ramada House. Living room and kitchen. Opens out to garden
Ramada House. 1 of 2 double bedrooms upstairs
Lagar House. 2 double rooms. Space in lounge for double bed
Lagar House. Private terrace with a view
Lagar House. Living room and kitchen. Opens out to garden
Lagar House. 1 of 2 double bedrooms upstairs
Modern, stylish bathrooms with a view of the mountains
Eira House- on 1 level. 1 double room. Space for extra bed
Eira House. Panoramic terrace from up high, amongst trees
Eira House. Living room, dining table. Kitchenette behind
Eira House. Double bedroom opening out on to terrace
View of the Lima river and Serra Amarela mountains
Notes
Start Date
End Date
Per Night
Per Week
Per Month
Minimum Stay
Eira House
30-09-2013 01-07-2014
€ 75
2 Nights
Eira House
01-07-2014 30-09-2014
€ 85
1 Week
Ramada and Lagar Houses
30-09-2013 01-07-2014
€ 120
2 Nights
Ramada and Lagar Houses
01-07-2014 30-09-2014
€ 140
1 Week
Notes about prices and payments
50% discount from 2nd night onwards, only Sun-Thurs nights from 1st Nov-31st-April, except any holiday periods. 3 night minimum stays during any national holidays (Easter, New Year, Saint's days etc). Extra single bed €20, double bed €40. Extra cost for New Year's eve and late check-outs (2 days/1 night)- confirm price when enquiring. Price includes breakfast for first 2 days, cleaning after departure and all linen, towels. 50% first payment required to confirm booking. 50% paid upon arrival.
Notes about changeover day
In July-Sept high season, preferred check-outs at the weekend (with a minimum week-long).
ACCOMMODATION SUMMARY
Property Type
Eco-lodge
Catering Basis
Self-catering
Floor area (m²)
100-200
Sleeps
10+
Number of Bedrooms
5
Theme
Active, Adventure, Charming, Family, Great Outdoors, Hideaway, Historic, Ideal For Retired, Mountain, Nature, Pet-friendly, Romantic Break, Sightseeing, Traditional Region, Unwind
Suitability
Children Welcome, Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm, Pets Allowed
Accessibility and Safety
Wheelchair Accessible
INDOORS
Granite stone walls, wooden flooring, rugs, fireplaces and plenty of light give a natural country feel to the houses. These traditional elements blend well with the clean lines and uncluttered contemporary decoration- fully-equipped kitchenettes, large glass windows, the latest gadgets and entertainment features, modern bedrooms and bathrooms. Great care has been taken to make each of the houses eco-friendly through the use of insulation, solar lighting. Heating is solar and from the fireplace.
Bedrooms
Bedroom 1 Sleeps 2. 2 Single Beds
Bedroom 2 Sleeps 2. 2 Single Beds
Bedroom 3 Sleeps 2. 2 Single Beds
Bedroom 4 Sleeps 2. 2 Single Beds
Bedroom 5 Sleeps 2. 1 Double Bed
Bedroom notes
Ramada and Lagar Houses have 2 double bedrooms each, whilst Eira House has 1. They're all decorated in a contemporary style and have large glass windows- for natural light and stunning views.
Bathrooms
Bathroom 1 Toilet, Shower
Bathroom 2 Shower
Bathroom 3 Toilet
Bathroom 4 Toilet
Bathroom 5 Shower
Bathroom 6 Toilet, Shower
Bathroom notes
Ramada House has 2 bathrooms plus 1 separate shower room. Lagar House has 1 bathroom and 1 separate shower room. Eira House has 1 bathroom with shower.
Kitchen
Fully-equipped kitchen, Gas or electric stove, Oven, Grill, Microwave, Fridge (mini), Freezer, Kettle, Coffee-maker, Toaster, Tap water drinkable
Dining Areas
Seats: 6. Dining Table
Living room notes
Each house has a living room which is open plan with the dining table and kitchen, and which opens out onto decks outside. In the case of Ramada and Lagar, the living rooms are more spacious, taking up the lower level (bedrooms are upstairs). In Eira House, the living room is smaller, as the house itself is one one level and caters for a couple (the bedroom is next door, on the same level).
Washing and Storage
Washing machine
Extras
Bed Linen, Bathroom Towels
Internet and Communications
Internet/ Wifi, Local Area Guide, Maps
Entertainment
TV- satellite/cable, DVDs, DVD player, Radio, Stereo, Books- all ages
Heating and Cooling
Air-conditioning, Fireplace, Heating (units), Insulated
Included in Price
-
Available upon Request
-
Extra notes
Eira House is all on one level and is suited to those with limited mobility. Ramada and Lagar houses are on two levels. Kitchens have a complete set of crockery and cutlery and also include a fresh juice maker. Logs for the fireplace are stacked outside the houses- wood is collected from trees on the property.
OUTDOORS AND GARDEN
Set on a ridge below the village of Gração, Sobrenatura commands stunning panoramic views over the Lima river, across to the granite Serra Amarela mountains and back up to the village behind. The setting is stunning. The three houses are in different parts of the garden, giving them privacy. There are lawns, oak trees and individual decks outside each house. The infinity pool, with modern lines and built in grey to blend in with the local granite geology, is at the bottom of the lawn. In the summer, you're bound to spend all day outside in this magnificent place.
Garden Summary
Large garden (1-5 acres)
Pool and Spa
Shared Pool
Outdoor Amenities
Barbeque, Shaded Area, Outdoor Dining, Seating Area, Garden Furniture, Deck Chairs, Loungers, Patio, Lawn, Deck
Sports Equipment
Not Available
Parking
Parking Space
Extra Notes
LOCATION
Natural setting
Countryside, Cultural/Historic, Forests, Hills, Lakes, Mountains, Nature Reserves, Rivers, Vineyards, Villages, Waterfalls, Wilderness

Tranquil, natural, stunning. Perched above the Lima river on steep forested hillsides. Panoramic views of the Serra Amarela mountains. Nestled amongst the Serra de Soajo mountains, adjoining the traditional Minho village of Gração. Peneda-Geres national park on your doorstep. Hiking, mountain-biking, river sports, mountaineering, horse-riding and nature tours all available: this is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. On the Lima, Vez and Minho rivers are provincial historic towns, all worth visiting (Arcos de Valdevez, Ponte da Barca, Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Monçao, Valença, Caminha). The coastline at Viana do Castelo is 40 minutes' away. Easily accessible for day trips is Spain's Galicia region, with its bays, beaches and Cies islands, Baiona and Santiago de Compostela. Porto, with its historic centre and Port wine cellars is approximately 1 hour away.
OUTDOOR PURSUITS
Pursuits in the area
Birding, Cycling, Golf, Hiking, Horse Riding, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nature Tours, Rock Climbing, Wildlife Viewing
Pursuits at the property
Cycling, Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking

From Sobrenatura, you can head through the adjoining old-world Gração village and along country tracks for lovely, hilly, walks. Just below is the dammed Lima river, calm and serene, ideal for kayaking. Out of Gração, the quiet mountain road winds along the valley-side up to Soajo and then high into the national park, or down to Arcos de Valdevez and Ponte da Barca. Mountain hikes abound- go to the Soajo and Amarela mountain ranges. For those wanting to rent equipment and take part in guided tours of the area (including biking, trekking, horse-riding, kayaking, mountaineering), Sobrenatura has teamed up with a local tour operator, who can pick up guests from the property.
COURSES
Courses in the area
Art, pottery, photography etc, Cookery/ gourmet/ wine-tasting etc, Environmental nature etc, Handicrafts, Local Culture
Courses at the property
Not Available

Rather than courses, we recommend taking in the local historic sights and culture by exploring the villages, towns and farms in the area. Here, you'll see daily life, still very traditional and rural, and especially so up in the Peneda-Geres national park. Provincial towns have markets on different days and local restaurants specialising in Minho regional cuisine. Sobrenatura will give recommendations on places to eat, cultural highlights and self-drive tours of the area. For those wanting in-depth guided tours, go with the local tour operator recommended by Sobrenatura.
DISTANCES
Distance to nearest place
Place Place Name Distance
Airport
Porto- Sá Carneiro
105 Kilometers
Motorway
A3 At Ponte De Lima
24 Kilometers
Restaurant
Various
8 Kilometers
Café
Gração
0.5 Kilometers
Bar
Gração
0.5 Kilometers
Bank/ATM
Ponte Da Barca
8 Kilometers
Supermarket
Ponte Da Barca
8 Kilometers
Mini-market
Gração
0.5 Kilometers
Shopping area
Ponte Da Barca
8 Kilometers
Recommended transport
Car
Car necessary
 
Local transport
Local transport not recommended
 
Extra Notes
Ponte da Barca and Arcos de Valdevez have bus services, but a car is recommended as Sobrenatura is in the countryside. Exact location shown on map. Gração village, between Ponte da Barca and Soajo. GPS: 41.821463,-8.335726. Detailed directions upon booking. Approximately 75 minutes from Porto airport, using A3 motorway, turning off for Ponte da Barca. Gração is on the road to Ermelo/Soajo. Once in the village, make your way to Café Pires. Head downhill, following red arrows to Sobrenatura.
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REVIEWS



GUEST BOOK COMMENTS
HIDEAWAY PORTUGAL visit, October 2012. Some places take your breath away. Sobrenatura is one of these. Arriving here, you drive through narrow little lanes below high Vinho Verde vines in the old-world village of Gração, which clings to the side of the Serra de Soajo mountains. Eventually, you reach the end of the village and there it is- three granite houses and an infinity pool with a simply stunning view across the Lima valley to the granite Serra Amarela mountains. The gardens are beautifully kept, with lawns and mature oak trees. Houses have their own private decks and inside blend the traditional and rural with the contemporary. Great care has been made to make them clean and efficient in energy. Located near the heart of Peneda-Geres national park, Sobrenatura is a great base for exploring the area. Rui, chatty, friendly and passionate about the area, will meet you and give recommendations for authentic restaurants, villages to visit and things to see and do. Come for a week, at least. Outdoorsy down-to-earth people, nature-lovers and those in need of a relaxing country escape will like it here.


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Property Ref. 1074
Rui Leal
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