Location, location, location!
1) Tranquillity but literally right next to a large fashionable town and opposite a river beach; you get walking distance access to cafes, restaurants, shopping, banks, a spa & more, yet only enjoy bird song and country / river / mountain views at our property.
2) Direct river access for boating / kayaking / fishing / paddling / swimming, plus a great pool (pool is summer season only - ÂŁ150 / week discount if you do not want to use it). There is also an all year indoor heated public pool within easy walking distance.
3) Spain and Portugal; 3 minutes drive and you are in Spain. Enjoy Portuguese and Spanish cuisine, wines, shopping, etc. Best seafood, traditional Portuguese food and tapas!
4) Privacy, luxury and more; secure very private grounds (walled & not overlooked), 24 hour security & very low crime area (especially our location), luxury furnishings, quality bedding, insect screens.
On the River Minho border with Spain; this is one of the few properties on the Iberian Peninsular with direct river access for boating, kayaking and fishing (trout and salmon). Fully furnished to a very high standard with all amenities, large (12,000 sqm) walled secure grounds, full sized swimming pool with children's section, fruit orchard, vineyard, family garden, a natural spring in and stream going through the grounds. Adjacent field / horse paddock available. Bring your own horse or boat if you want, or boat / kayak rentals to your river entrance gate easily arranged.
6 Bedrooms (master en suite), 4 bathrooms in total, large family lounge, large TV lounge, UK Sky HD TV, dining room, large kitchen, additional large breakfast room, extra guest / children's lounge, study, office, laundry (drying) room, separate laundry room, full sized swimming pool, large vineyard, gated vehicle and pedestrian security with video entry, large BBQ serving family garden and outdoor dining area. Gate house, dog pounds, triple garage and workshop area, summer house, granite pergola, established grounds with all the fruit (cherries, plums, apples, citrus, peaches, etc) & flowers you can think of, granite cubos / cobblestone driveway goes all the way from the entry gates past and around the villa / garages, then down to the river access gates, large parabola, intelligent alarm system with full emergency services link, Spanish and Portuguese mobile phone coverage, Internet with Wi-Fi, telephone line. The kitchens are all fully equipped.
No pets or smoking inside the villa please. Aircon is restricted to lower floor.
There are fruit & nuts for you to pick year round! Easter, July, August and December are festival times in town (bands, music, events, fairs, etc.)!
There is a cot, play pen, baby rocker and baby feeding high chair at the villa. If you want to work / stay connected while here and bring your lap top, no problem; we can provide a fax / printer. We have a general use PC anyone can use.
The section of river our property is on is the last navigable section going upstream from the Atlantic; just east of us is a white water section of the river. If you are a boating enthusiast, this gives you the best of both worlds. You could take a boat down (and back up) the river one day, and then go kayaking the next. If you like kayaking, you could start all the way to / at Melgaco, and then kayak all the way down the river to our property, along some of the most beautiful and unspoiled river scenery on the Iberian Peninsular, if not Western Europe. Along the course of the river from Melgaco to our villa, you will experience tranquil, faster moving and white water sections; some local adventure companies also offer white water rafting.
The river water is still exceptionally clean at our property, with superb chad, trout and even some salmon fishing (low cost seasonal permit required, easily obtained). It is also great for a dip / swim (with caution), as many Spanish families do on the other side where there is a popular though seldom overcrowded river beach (praia fluvial). Unlike much further down the river towards the estuary end which has a typical muddy smell and of course is subject to the output of the towns along its course, the river water quality at our property is exceptionally high. And, unlike the local beaches on the Atlantic Coast (though well worth a visit to buy fresh fish direct from the fisherman, some superb fresh fish restaurants, and Atlantic rollers popular with surfers / white sandy beaches), the river beach / access sections around us do not get so busy, even during the height of summer.
We provide a housekeeper every two days to come in (bedding and towels); can do your laundry for extra payment. All mattresses are regularly steam cleaned. We use comfortable bed protectors which are washed and replaced before each new guest visit. Our duvets and pillows are also washed in between guests. Our bed linen is quality poly-cotton. Our towels are 100% cotton.
Quiet (OK, you can hear our neighbour's mower and an occaisional train or sometimes a plane flying very high above us, but very little else). Clean air. Clean river water. The views are of Spain, across the river, which is protected now from development by a joint Spanish / Portuguese convention. A few houses near us, but not many, and no-one overlooks our grounds. There are plenty of walks, and it is a very short drive into town. We are in a suburb of an antique town. It has many cafes and restaurants, plus banks, a post office and weekly market. Late July to early September, and also December and Easter is festival time in town. There is a road bridge across to Spain; it takes 3 to 5 minutes to get there and cross (no border check points or Customs controls, sometimes / rarely police checks). There are plenty of supermarkets in the area, both in Spain and Portugal; you are spoilt for choice.
The area is not a main tourism area, but very popular with middle class people in Lisbon and also Spanish for second homes; the town is considered to be highly fashionable. A great base for trips here, there and everywhere (one favorite is to the mountains to sit under a wind turbine). Plenty of rivers with peak season cafes everywhere nearby (best to keep your eyes open for notices in local shop windows for special days).
Take a short 10 minute drive to the Spanish river beach opposite our property, but go early in summer, as it gets quite busy with local Spanish families. Further upstream has some lovely quiet riverside areas, ideal for picnics and walks, alongside the amazing River Minho. There are plenty of public access points to the local rivers; you just have to find them!
Thursday is market day in MonĂ§ĂŁo (10 to 15 minute walk from our property). If you want a large market, Wednesday is market day in nearby ValenĂ§a; here you will find British brand name over-runs (clothes, often with their high British price tags still on), animals, plants, everything.