Quality rural villa near river and beaches in mild southern Galicia

Rias Baixas, Galicia, Northern Spain Property Ref: AG26
  • Doors
    3 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 7
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     Pool  Pool
  • Property Ref: AG26

Ideal for a natural and cultural vacation, close to the river border with Portugal. An excellent self-catering villa in a warm microclimate. Obliging owner on hand, if required. Private, chlorine-free pool. Sleeps 6 / 7.

Booking information for AG26

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 12 pm.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated.

Changeover day for AG26

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and flexible at other times.

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Booking information for AG26

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 12 pm.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated.

Changeover day for AG26

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and flexible at other times.

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Summary

Ideal for a natural and cultural vacation, close to the river border with Portugal. An excellent self-catering villa in a warm microclimate. Obliging owner on hand, if required. Private, chlorine-free pool. Sleeps 6 / 7.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    3 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    4 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 7

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet; Satellite TV (Astra and Hotbird channels only); CD player; DVD; Table tennis & exercise bike; Private pool (chlorine-free) irregular shape approx. 8 m x 5 m (1 – 1.70 m deep); 4 sunloungers and garden furniture; Barbecue.

Self-catering
4 ring vitroceramic hob; Electric oven; Dishwasher; Microwave; Toaster; Electric juicer; Kettle; Coffee maker; Fridge-freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Tumble dryer; Iron and board; Hairdryer; Underfloor central heating; Wood burner (firewood included); Cot (on request); Private terraces and garden; All bedding and towels provided (except for beach / pool use); Private parking.

Layout

Ground floor
Reception room; Open plan dining / living room opening to porch and gardens; Kitchen with breakfast area; Shower room/WC; Games room; Utility room.

First floor
Hallway; Bedroom 1: Twin bed with en suite bathroom (shower over bathtub/WC) and shared terrace; Bedroom 2: Twin bed with en suite bathroom (shower/WC) and shared terrace; Bedroom 3: Double bed with en suite bathroom (shower/WC) and private terrace.

Exterior
Parking area; Entrance porch; Porch terrace to one side (accessed from living room); 100 m² of private lawn and flower garden; Terraced pool and barbecue area.

Notes on Layout
There are other beautiful gardens shared with the owner which you are also welcome to use and enjoy. 

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Overview

We always look forward to going back to Galicia and especially this area across the border from Portugal, which we have come to realize is one of the great undiscovered regions of northern Spain.

Warmer than the rest of the north (the weather is generally good), it’s all about undeveloped green hills and forests, stone cottages, old towns on a swimmable river and plenty of reasons to drive the 25 minutes to the coast.

The food and wine in this welcoming Celtic land happen to be rather good, too.

This impeccable villa is located in the rural centre of a tempting triangle formed by three historic towns: Tui, Baiona and La Guardia.

Doubly tempting, because the three sides of the triangle are the broad River Miño bordering Portugal, the Atlantic coast (a lovely drive), and the unspoilt Galician interior.

The villa is spacious and neat, tasteful and well-equipped. Some of our holiday homes in northern Spain are genuinely rustic, but that’s not the case here. Expect the standards of a quality hotel with a more homely feel.

To enhance the sense of a hotel service, the villa owner, a retired university professor who lives in the neighboring house, will be pleased to offer you the benefit of his considerable knowledge and insights into the area where you are staying. Your privacy is, of course, respected, but we know that many people will appreciate the unique guidance that such a genial host can provide.

We liked the clarity of natural light in the rooms, and the meticulous presentation, which is given as much attention as the facilities. Good illumination, chunky furniture, extra-comfy armchairs and sofas, quality fabrics and mattresses go hand-in-hand with a modern kitchen, terraces with views of the countryside and a chlorine-free swimming pool.

The living and dining areas are downstairs and three en suite bedrooms upstairs.

A reception lobby leads you to a large living-dining room with two sitting areas to choose between and relax comfortably, and doors opening to the terraces and their relaxing views into the natural surroundings. It is all very elegant with a touch of class.

The kitchen is fully equipped, including dishwasher, and fitted out with wooden cupboards, a Brazilian stone worktop, and table and chairs for four. There's a utility room on the same ground floor.

The three upstairs bedrooms are all spacious, with wooden floors and access to furnished terraces. We always test the beds and these have high quality mattresses; the beds are also wider than average which we consider another plus.

We liked the smooth wood floors which lend the three bedrooms a distinct warmth. The ceilings slope but are not low: everyone except basketball players will find there’s plenty of head clearance.

There’s a nice atmosphere by day or night, when a choice of lamps and indirect lighting make for an intimate atmosphere.

For outdoor living, the garden terrace area is set with simple but quality seating, parasols and unusually fine stone-built barbecue, beautifully finished with hand tiles made in nearby Portugal.

There’s a lovely, kidney-shaped, private swimming pool, whose copper filter system keeps the water crystalline and chlorine-free. There are a couple of loungers for those sunny days when all you want to do is relax.

The swimming pool and its garden are totally private to the gated villa, which also has private parking and entrance.

The English-speaking owner, who is both helpful and hospitable, also invites you to share and enjoy the rest of the gardens and the pergola. He is on hand if needed, although on your villa’s reception room desk, you’ll find a dossier with comprehensive local information (and a visitors’ book full of encouraging comments).

On our last trip to the villa, we spent two days indulging in the many varied beauties on offer here, which include absorbing the different cultures of Galicia and Portugal. We already knew the area, but there are always new things to discover.

To begin with, the property is located on a hillside and you can pretty much start walking from the doorstep. Around and about, you’ll come across a variety of landscapes; hills and forests running down to rivers and beaches. The surrounding hills give you extraordinary views over the River Miño estuary to Portugal.

Just 10 minutes away, the Miño River and its banks provide plenty of enjoyment for children. Swimming the slow river is common here and kayaking is also possible. Other local activities are cycle hire and horse riding.

The quiet country lane where the villa is situated continues to a good road that links several places of interest. Passing Tomiño, which is your main reference for shopping and eating out, you have the choice of heading east to the delightful and historic cathedral town of Tui, or west to La Guardia on the coast, popular for its fish and seafood restaurants and beaches.

A round trip drive taking the pretty coast road up to Baiona with its fortress and more sandy beaches (we reckon Baiona is even better for restaurants), and back through the interior makes for a quite a day out.

From Baiona, a boat goes out to the idyllic Cies Islands, a Natural Park whose fine sand is almost Caribbean, although don't be fooled into expecting tropical water temperatures...

Portugal is even closer and fascinating to explore, not just for the beaches there – although they’re very good – but also for the villages which are remarkably pretty and unspoilt, full of charm and character. You’ll find Portugal even more laid-back and cheaper than Spain.

There’s another great day out to be had combining a drive round the borderlands and coast of northern Portugal and coming back to Galicia on the informal little car ferry from Caminha to continue almost directly up to Celtic hilltop ruins at La Guardia.

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Location

Setting

Hillside in warm clime of river border with Portugal. Baixo Mino region (Rias Baixas of Galicia).

Location

On a forested hill near Barrantes, Tomiño (most facilities). Easily accessed by quiet country lane.

Tomiño/O Seixo 4.5 km
Bar, restaurants, shops, most services
River Miño 10 min
River swims, picnics
Villa Nova de Cerveira 15 min
Pretty Portuguese village
La Guardia 25 min
Fishing town, beaches
Baiona 30 min
Boats to Cies Islands
Portuguese beaches 30 min
 
Santiago Compostela 1 hr 35 min
Historical town
airport Nearest Airports
Vigo (VGO) 35 min
Porto (OPO) Portugal 1 hr
Santiago (SCQ) 1 hr 30 min

Prices

Rustical Travel charges Euros. All prices are fully inclusive, no hidden costs, no surcharges.

Sleeps up to 7 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-4pax 5-7
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
€1,380
€1,380
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€1,640
€1,640
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€1,790
€1,790
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
€1,640
€1,640
01 May 201701/05/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
€1,540
€1,540
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
€1,800
€2,025
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
€1,760
€1,980
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
€1,280
€1,280
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€1,380
€1,380
Sleeps up to 7 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-4pax 5-7
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
€1,380
€1,380
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€1,640
€1,640
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€1,790
€1,790
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
€1,640
€1,640
01 May 201701/05/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
€1,540
€1,540
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
€1,800
€2,025
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
€1,760
€1,980
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
€1,280
€1,280
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€1,380
€1,380
Sleeps up to 7 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-4pax 5-7
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
£1,273
£1,273
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
£1,513
£1,513
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
£1,651
£1,651
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
£1,513
£1,513
01 May 201701/05/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
£1,421
£1,421
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
£1,661
£1,868
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
£1,624
£1,827
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
£1,181
£1,181
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
£1,273
£1,273
Sleeps up to 7 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-4pax 5-7
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
$1,503
$1,503
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
$1,786
$1,786
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
$1,949
$1,949
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
$1,786
$1,786
01 May 201701/05/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
$1,677
$1,677
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
$1,960
$2,205
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
$1,917
$2,156
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
$1,394
$1,394
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
$1,503
$1,503
Sleeps up to 7 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-4pax 5-7
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
AU$2,247
AU$2,247
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
AU$2,671
AU$2,671
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
AU$2,915
AU$2,915
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
AU$2,671
AU$2,671
01 May 201701/05/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
AU$2,508
AU$2,508
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
AU$2,931
AU$3,298
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
AU$2,866
AU$3,224
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
AU$2,084
AU$2,084
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
AU$2,247
AU$2,247
Sleeps up to 7 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-4pax 5-7
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Mar 201731/03/2017
CAD$3,336
CAD$3,336
01 Apr 201701/04/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
CAD$3,965
CAD$3,965
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
CAD$4,327
CAD$4,327
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 30 Apr 201730/04/2017
CAD$3,965
CAD$3,965
01 May 201701/05/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
CAD$3,723
CAD$3,723
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 01 Sep 201701/09/2017
CAD$4,352
CAD$4,896
02 Sep 201702/09/2017 15 Sep 201715/09/2017
CAD$4,255
CAD$4,787
16 Sep 201716/09/2017 13 Oct 201713/10/2017
CAD$3,094
CAD$3,094
14 Oct 201714/10/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
CAD$3,336
CAD$3,336

Booking information for AG26

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 12 pm.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated.

Changeover day for AG26

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and flexible at other times.

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Booking information for AG26

  • Normal check-in time: 4 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 12 pm.

  • The swimming pool is open all year, weather permitting, but not heated.

Changeover day for AG26

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and flexible at other times.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Andy | July | 2016

Thank you so much for greeting this villa to us. We had a very enjoyable time. The villa was clean and comfortable the whole time we were here and the pool offered welcome respite from the heat! We also enjoyed the beauty of Galicia and Portugal while we were here. This is definitely a part of the world everyone should get to know – from Galician style octopus to kyaking on the river Miño. Finally, we would like to thank the owners for their kindness and patience. We greatly enjoyed our cheese and wine evening with them and our only regret is that we couldn’t stay for another week!

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Duncan | August | 2014

We really enjoyed our stay here, beautiful area, beautiful villa and beautiful places to visit. Thank you for allowing us the pleasure of staying here and for the hospitality.

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Sydney | May | 2014

This is your home away from home, with fabulous villa, magnificent views, and an amazing host. The owner, who lives relatively close by is there to assist you with everything you might need - gracious and worldly, he will enhance your adventure! The property is luxurious and beautiful, close to so many wonderful places - natural and historical. If you need to relax, you will find the villa peaceful & if you are into sports it is all there as well. Thank you to our host for making this an unforgettable holiday!

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