Our selection in Celtic Galicia by the warm river border with Portugal

Caldelas, Galicia, Northern Spain Property Ref: AG29
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    5 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 10
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  • Property Ref: AG29

The stone-built villa offers delightful accommodation and a lawned garden in the wine-growing microclimate of southern Galicia. Swims in pool, river and sea. Sleeps 10.

Booking information for AG29

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 11 am.

  • The swimming pool is open throughout the principal holiday season 01 June to 30 September, weather permitting.

Changeover day for AG29

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility, as long as undesirable gaps between bookings are not left in High Season.

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Booking information for AG29

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 11 am.

  • The swimming pool is open throughout the principal holiday season 01 June to 30 September, weather permitting.

Changeover day for AG29

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility, as long as undesirable gaps between bookings are not left in High Season.

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Summary

The stone-built villa offers delightful accommodation and a lawned garden in the wine-growing microclimate of southern Galicia. Swims in pool, river and sea. Sleeps 10.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    5 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    4.5 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 10

Enjoyment
TV (Spanish channels only) & DVD (main building); flat screen TV with HDMI port (annexe); WiFi Internet; Brick-built barbecue; Furnished outdoor dining areas (sun or shade); Private, gated, salt-filtered swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.50 m deep) with steps; Pool shower; 7 sunloungers.

Self catering – Main building
4-ring vitroceramic hob & electric oven; Microwave; Toaster; Kettle; Coffee maker; Blender; Fridge-freezer; Dishwasher.

Self catering – Annexe
4-ring gas hob & electric oven; Microwave; Toaster; Kettle; Coffee machine; Blender; Fridge-freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Iron & board; Hairdryer; Cot (on request); Central heating (up to 8 hours per day in cold months); Open fireplace (main building), Glass-fronted fireplace (annexe); Firewood included; All bedding & towels provided (except for outdoor use: please bring your own); Private parking with security gate.

Notes on Facilities
Bedrooms are double-glazed and have shutters and insect netting.

Main building layout

Ground floor
Kitchen; Dining room; WC.

First floor
Living room; Bedroom 1 (accessed via internal & external stairs): Double bed with en suite bathroom/WC (shower only, no bathtub); Bedroom 2 (accessed via external stairs from gallery terrace): Double bed with en suite bathroom/WC (shower only, no bathtub); Bedroom 3 (accessed via external stairs from gallery terrace): Double bed with en suite bathroom/WC (shower only, no bathtub); Gallery terrace set with chairs & small tables.

Annexe layout

Ground floor
Open plan Kitchen/Dining/Living room; Bedroom 4: Double bed; Bathroom/WC (shower only, no bathtub).

First floor / Gallery
Bedroom 5: Double bed.

Exterior
Utility room with washing machine; Extensive lawned garden; Fenced pool area; Private parking.

Notes on Layout
Bedroom 5 in the annexe has no door and is thus open to the gallery landing.

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Overview

This area is one of our personal favourites at Rustical Travel. It's leafy and green yet warmer and sunnier than elsewhere in Northern Spain – or elsewhere in Galicia for that matter.

It’s also genuine and unspoilt, despite having so much going for it, and the people have that gentle friendliness one associates with the region.

Exploring the area, where the River Miño traces the Portuguese border, will keep you contented for weeks (we'll send you our detailed guide with plenty of holiday ideas before you travel).

The villa’s a beauty, rustic in flavour with modern facilities, including WiFi Internet. It’s arranged in an L-shape and includes a self-contained annexe in case two or more of you would appreciate some independence and privacy.

There’s lots of enclosed garden and the lawn’s flat, so wonderful for kids. The pool is gated, set between the lawn and a small vineyard.

The main part of the property has dining facilities and kitchen on the ground floor: good size rooms and well kept, as is the entire accommodation. The kitchen is modern in character and fully equipped; the dining room (which seats nine at one table and five at another), previously a wine-making cellar, is all original stonework and wood beams. At the far end is the trough that once collected the grape juice prior to fermentation.

There's a WC here and the dining room opens to a covered porch by the garden where you can also sit out.

The living room and bedrooms are upstairs.

There are two staircases, internal from the kitchen and external from the garden. They both lead up to the living room. There's a table with four chairs and a sofa seating area, but we thought the sitting arrangements could be improved and the living room has now a third sofa to complete the picture.

One bedroom is accessed from the living room. In typical Galician style, two more bedrooms are accessed from the terrace gallery, which has plants and a couple of wicker chairs to sit and enjoy the view.

Bedrooms have cleaned stone and plastered walls, high wooden ceilings and each has its own bathroom.

There are three bedrooms in the main house and two in the annexe. It is important to note that one of the bedrooms in the annexe is accesed directly from the landing and has no door (loft bedroom). Bear in mind that the wooden stairs up to it are steepish and would be difficult for young children. It also has a smallish (although double-height) sitting/dining room/kitchen with a TV and HDMI port if you bring movies on an external drive (remember to bring the cable). There’s just one two-seater sofa.

Outside, the large expanse of lawn gives children plenty of room to run and play. You have a good, brick-built barbecue to enjoy here and trees to provide shade.

There is a neighbouring house (you can see it in one of the photos), so we wouldn’t call the garden completely private in the sense of not being overlooked. We sought out and met the neighbours, by the way, and they were very correct, respectable folk. 

The garden, which also hosts a traditional Galician pillared grain store, ends at the swimming pool.

The swimming pool is salt-filtered (in preference to chlorine), fenced and gated, and is 8 metres x 4 metres. It’s paved round for relaxing on sunloungers and has views of the hills in neighbouring Portugal.

Which brings us to the location, beginning with the green countryside setting, just 10 minutes walk from a typical country restaurant where our experience was of good value and even better food. It’s the type of place where they’ll invite you to see what’s cooking if you can’t decipher the menu.

Also walking distance is the Miño. The broad, healthy river is slow-moving and if you fancy a natural experience, river swims are possible. In summer months, there’s an excellent riverside restaurant and bar just the other side of Caldelas.

A short drive takes you to shops, a bakery and pubs in little Caldelas, which is best known for its naturally warm spa baths.

There's a local train, which passes nearby the house, that can take you to Galicia destinations, but the service is limited and rather slow: it's always quicker to take the car.

Tui, the delightfully small, historic cathedral town just ten minutes or so away, is a lovely place to walk around and explore. From here you can continue over the old iron bridge built by Gustav Eiffel into Valença in Portugal and drive to beaches.

If you feel like a longish (two-hour) walk, there’s a lovely path back from Tui to the villa.

This is the geographical region of green and Celtic Galicia where you are most likely to experience good weather, so let’s keep exploring…

Wine lovers will be excited by the albariño vineyards you find all around. These refreshing dry, white wines complement perfectly the excellent local seafood for which Galicia is rightly acclaimed.

Some 35 minutes away is La Guardia, one of the ports that make Galicia such a tremendous fish and seafood supplier for Spain. If you are there for 4 o’clock in the afternoon, you can witness the fish auction. It's a pretty seaside town and both beaches and restaurants are recommended.

Signposted on the way to La Guardia, there is circular route called Muiños do Folón, where you can see mills (the oldest of the nineteen date back to the 12th century) built in a cascade down the hillside to follow the heavy stream water.

Portugal's beaches are just as close: try the white sand of Moledo de Miño's romantic beach… You can go on boat trips or go fishing.

Galicia is very keen on its fairs, whether for flowers, witchery (!) or food –but especially food. It’s a very natural and social way to enjoy barbecued sardines, Spanish omelette, tender octopus, with a glass of that chilled white wine.

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Location

Setting

Village outskirts verging on traditional Galician countryside: woods mixed with vineyards.In the Baixo Miño region.

Location

On edge of Caldelas village (simple facilities), walking distance from river border with Portugal.

Caldelas 5 mins walk
Simple shopping
Guillarei 2 km
Train station
River Miño 10 mins walk
River beach and walks
Tui 12 mins
Historical town, most facilities
Valenca do Minho 15 mins
Pretty Portuguese village
Vigo 35 mins
Beaches
Caminha 40 mins
Portuguese beaches
airport Nearest Airports
Vigo (VGO) 25 mins
Porto, Portugal (OPO) 1 hr 15 mins
Santiago (SCQ) 1 hr 25 mins
La Coruna (LCG) 1 hr 50 mins

Prices

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

Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
09 Jan 201709/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info€1,560
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
€1,740
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
€1,990
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
€1,740
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
€1,560
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
€1,740
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Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
09 Jan 201709/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info€1,560
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
€1,740
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
€1,990
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
€1,740
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
€1,560
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
€1,740
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
09 Jan 201709/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info£1,372
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
£1,531
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
£1,751
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
£1,531
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
£1,372
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
£1,531
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
09 Jan 201709/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info$1,535
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
$1,712
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
$1,958
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
$1,712
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
$1,535
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
$1,712
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
09 Jan 201709/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
infoAU$2,269
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
AU$2,531
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
AU$2,894
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
AU$2,531
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
AU$2,269
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
AU$2,531
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
09 Jan 201709/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
infoCAD$3,374
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
CAD$3,764
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
CAD$4,305
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
CAD$3,764
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
CAD$3,374
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
CAD$3,764
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction

Booking information for AG29

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 11 am.

  • The swimming pool is open throughout the principal holiday season 01 June to 30 September, weather permitting.

Changeover day for AG29

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility, as long as undesirable gaps between bookings are not left in High Season.

+ Booking information and changeover day for AG29

Booking information for AG29

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 11 am.

  • The swimming pool is open throughout the principal holiday season 01 June to 30 September, weather permitting.

Changeover day for AG29

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility, as long as undesirable gaps between bookings are not left in High Season.

+ Booking information and changeover day for AG29

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YOUR REVIEWS

Nicky | August | 2016

The property was perfect, spotlessly clean and beautiful location. Cake ond local produce on arrival were delicious and much appreciated. Our children loved the garden and pool and we loved the local area. I would highly recommend this property and the service provided by Rustical Travel."

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Dave | August | 2016

We've stayed in many properties over the last 10 years or so and this is certainly one of the best. The 5 double bedrooms and enormous dining room could easily accommodate 10 people so there was loads of space for the 5 of us. Bedsheets, towels etc all provided and changed half way through the week and the place was exceptionally clean and tidy when we arrived. The garden is perfect for relaxing and eating outdoors and the pool was used every day. Stunning views of the hills in Portugal in the distance. Not very far to drive to get to one of the really nice beaches or to see any of the great towns and cities worth a visit around Galicia. The only downside was the noise at night, even before the music festival started on our last day, there was very loud music being played until the early hours of the morning. Wouldn't have been so bad if the neighbor hadn't started using his chainsaw at 9am the following mornings, so stopping us catching up with our sleep. Even so, I expect we'll be back one day and we'll probably bring some friends along with us next time."

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