An imposing stone portal, topped with a cross, forms the impressive entrance to this beautifully refurbished 16th Century property and gives some indication of the grandeur of the accommodation that lies within its walls.
The meticulous restoration has been a true labour of love for the owner, to whose family the Villa has belonged to for generations. Two houses, each furnished to exacting standards, sit amidst colourful terraced gardens that are populated with bright flowerbeds, orange and olive trees. These look out across a splendid open vista of the pretty countryside that surrounds the nearby town of Ponte de Lima: green fields, vineyards and a backdrop of mountains stretch out beyond the grounds. Down below, the Rio Trovela is famed locally for its trout.
The division of accommodation into two separate houses will appeal to large groups or sharing families who may seek independence from time to time. Nevertheless, the larger house provides ample space in which everyone can congregate. The former kitchen, with its stone flagged floor and enormous original hearth, has been converted to create a charming dining room, whilst the living room is so vast that it is home not only to an area of soft furnishings but also a billiard table. From this living room, French windows provide access to the swimming pool, which lies behind the main house.
The proximity of the Villa to the delightful riverside town of Ponte de Lima is particularly appealing. A walk of just 1.5km along a rural lane past open fields and vineyards brings cafés, restaurants and a wide range of shops within easy reach. Alternatively, should you be tempted by a day on the coast, the wide dune-backed beaches that stretch north and south of Viana do Castelo are just 20 minutes away by car.
Ground floor: Dining room with original stone hearth. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Central heating throughout the house.
Lower ground floor: Kitchen (dishwasher, microwave). Cloakroom. Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Steps leading down to: Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom. Sitting room with French windows to open terrace (billiards table, fireplace,TV, DVD, CD).
Ground floor: Sitting room (fireplace) with door to open terrace. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Central heating throughout the house.
First floor: 'Galería' style landing with picture windows. Two twin bedrooms with en suite bathroom.
Outside: Terraced gardens. Open and covered patios. Poolside shower. Pond. Private parking. Washing machine.
Private swimming pool (8m x 5m) with Roman steps surrounded by lawns