Villa Castanheiro

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Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3


Pool Villa/House Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Parking Space


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Villa Castanheiro is an incredibly spacious property, inside and out. It enjoys a fabulous elevated position in the hills outside of Caminha enjoying exceptional sea and river views. With a huge garden and terraces, the property is totally secluded and offers guests total relaxation in peaceful, natural surroundings. There are several stunning beaches within a very short drive of the villa. With four bedrooms, the villa can sleep up to ten guests in modern comfort.

Villa Esqueiro is within easy reach of many of the Minho’s treats. The Minho boasts picture postcard landscapes with dreamy river scenes, dramatic mountains, rolling vineyards, stunning historic towns, dramatic Atlantic beaches, mysterious archaeological sites and ancient religious monuments. The region hosts wonderful events including the colourful weekly market at Barcelos, carnivals in Viana do Castelo and many religious festivals that have everyone dancing and eating in the streets. The Lima and Minho rivers idle through a succession of pretty towns offering glorious panoramic scenery and exciting water adventures. The whole region enjoys delicious local wines including Ponte de Lima’s famous vinho verde and fantastic gastronomic meals. Caminha is a true delight with a stunning town square boasting its famous clock tower and the ancient Town Hall, noteworthy churches and chapels and a wonderful selection of delicious eateries. From Caminha train station, guests can travel to Vigo in Spain or south to Viana do Castelo. There is a daily ferry linking Caminha to Galicia.

Villa Castanheiro is built over two floors with sun drenched light and airy rooms. The interiors are tastefully furnished and decorated with the colour palettes mostly neutral. There is quite a lot of grey, stone and white and the occasional vibrant colour pop. The modern kitchen enjoys wooden cabinetry, grey worktops and splashbacks and a good array of appliances for your self-catering stay. It is connected to the generous living room and the terrace for alfresco dining. There is a separate laundry room. The living room is very comfortable with plenty of seating and a television for your enjoyment. There is also a dining room with modern artwork and doors opening to the terrace. Also on the ground floor are three bedrooms. Two are twins that share a shower room. The last enjoys twin beds but also has two single pull out beds which are ideal for children. Guests staying in this room have use of an adjacent shower room.

The master bedroom is upstairs with a comfy double bed, gorgeous sea views, a balcony and a smart bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and an overhead shower. Also upstairs is another living room with sofas and chairs, a great space for children to chill out at the end of a busy day. The balcony here offers superb, uninterrupted sea views.

The villa’s garden is very well-maintained and very mature. There are many spots to enjoy a chilled glass of wine and the spectacular sea views and children are happy with the entertainment provided in the form of football nets and the games in the cottage which include table football. The swimming pool is a very generous size at 11m x 5m and is surrounded by loungers.

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What you should know…

  • This delightful villa is located close to the Spanish border. You can easily combine your holiday with a visit to Galicia crossing the Minho River by ferry, car or on foot
  • As well as enjoying some fabulous beach days, you can also hire some kayaks for a fun day on the Minho River
  • Please let us know if we can help arrange watersports, activity sessions, private chefs or anything else that might make your holiday even better
  • This villa may not be the smartest or coolest but it enjoys a fabulous location and offers an incredible amount of space
  • One of the bedrooms is ideal for children with twin beds and two pull out beds

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Coffee Machine Hairdryer Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Games Room Indoor Games Table Football Parking Space

Ground Floor
- Spacious living room with comfortable seating, satellite TV, fireplace and access to the terrace
- Separated formal dining room for 8 people and access to a terrace
- Well equipped kitchen with breakfast bar
- Laundry room with washing machine
- Family bathroom
- Shower room
- Bedroom with two single beds and two pull out beds
- Bedroom with two single beds
- Bedroom with two single beds

First Floor
- Ample living room with comfortable seating and access to a balcony
- Master bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom

- Games room with football table

Exterior Grounds
- Private swimming pool (11 x 5 m, 0.5 to 1.40 m depth)
- Large patio and garden area
- Grass football field
- Covered terrace
- Outdoor dining
- Various sun loungers
- Garden furniture
- Various parasols
- Private parking
- Barbecue

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi connection
- Washing machine
- Dishwasher
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- Stereo system
- Hair dryer
- Coffe machine
- Fireplace

License Number: 92640/AL


About the surrounding area of Villa Castanheiro
Beach Nearby <1hr to Airport Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Wine Tasting Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes
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Villa Castanheiro is located one hour from Porto International Airport, just 1.8 km from the old Roman town of Caminha. It is 25 minutes from the delightful historic town of Viana do Castelo. The Minho’s fabulous beaches are just moments away. The ancient town of Caminha is located near the mouth of the River Minho which separates Portugal and Spain. This characterful town boasts many historical buildings including the 12th century national monument, Torre do Relogio de Caminha. This is the clock tower which forms part of the old city walls. You can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy fabulous panoramic views of the town. The lively main town square, the Praca Conselheiro Silva Torres, boasts many cafes and restaurants and an interesting fountain which used to supply drinking water for the town. The 16th century Igreja da Misericordia was once a hospital and hostel for pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela. The grandest church is the Igreja Matriz at the end of Rua Direita. It boasts some incredible tiles from the seventeenth century. A ferry connects the two banks of the River Minho plus there are bridges further along the river. The delightful Spanish town of Tui can be found on the northern side of the Minho River. It boasts a beautiful historic centre and an excellent range of gourmet dining as well as excellent shops. Tui is located south of the Pontevedra province sitting opposite the Portuguese town of Valenca. The towns are connected by a nineteenth century bridge. Valenca do Minho is located on the hillside overlooking the left bank of the Minho and on the main road that links the Spanish Santiago de Compostela with Porto. Tourists flock to the town to buy embroidered tablecloths and sheets, the speciality of the town.

Visitors staying at Villa Castanheiro are moments away from magnificent beaches, some wild and boasting incredible surf and others more sheltered. The beautiful Foz do Minho Beach is located next to the River Minho, a wonderful area of magnificent natural beauty, fine golden sands and delightful walking trails. It is fantastic for windsurfing. Just around the corner is another sandy wonder, Praia do Camarido followed by Praia de Moledo and Vila Praia de Ancora which is roughly ten minutes from the villa. At the mouth of the Minho River are the ruins of the Fort of Insua stand on a tiny island in the middle of the estuary, originally built in the fifteenth century to defend the entrance to the river. The island was inhabited by monks from the 14th century.

Villa Castanheiro’s surrounding countryside and rivers are fabulous, brimming with Camarido pine trees and picturesque walking trails with stunning views. Miardouro da Fraga is an amazing viewpoint with exceptional panorama of the Minho River and the surrounding landscape. Another fabulous viewpoint is at Santo Antao. The Serra D’Arga Mountain offers sensational vistas as well as picturesque natural lagoons and waterfalls which eventually lead to the golden sands of Vila Praia de Ancora. Visitors also enjoy horse riding, rafting and canoeing and golf on an excellent 18-hole course nestled in the hills outside the Roman town of Ponte de Lima, roughly 40 minutes drive away.

Ponte de Lima is one of the most characterful and picturesque towns of Northern Portugal. It sits on the southern banks of the Lima River. The location has been the main river crossing since the Romans constructed a bridge in 1AD. There is a delightful array of ancient houses, grand religious buildings, pretty plazas and museums. There are also a number of colourful flower gardens and the town is surrounded with beautiful natural scenery. Ponte de Lima is an excellent centre for adventure activities such as the Ecovia cycling route, kayaking along the Lima River, river bathing in Labruja, mountain biking or hiking in the Serra D’Arga or birdwatching in the Lagoas de Bertiandos.

Viana do Castelo is one of Portugal’s many hidden gems. It boasts 19th century boulevards, narrow lanes lined with splendid Manueline houses, spacious plazas, beautiful churches, a gorgeous riverfront, excellent restaurants and cafes and its hill-perched giant 1909 basilica Santa Luzia Church. You can reach the basilica by climbing the steps, taking the car or riding the funicular. From the top, visitors delight in a gob-smacking view over the town, rated the world’s third most beautiful panorama by the National Geographic Magazine. The town also boasts St Mary the Great’s Cathedral built in the fifteenth century. As well as offering architectural grandeur, Viana do Castelo also offers seaside charm. A little ferry takes you to the magnificent Cabadelo Beach where you can kite surf, bask in the Portuguese sunshine and wander along the wooden promenade.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Porto Airport

(93 km)

Nearest Airport 2 Vigo Airport (Spain)

(60 km)

Nearest Village Caminha

(2 km)

Nearest Town/City Viana do Castelo

(35 km)

Nearest Restaurant Marisqueria Valadares

(2 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Matriz Bar

(2 km)

Nearest Supermarket Pingo Doce

(3 km)

Nearest Beach Camarido Beach

(5 km)

Nearest Golf Estela Golf Course

(64 km)


Please be aware that the location tab shown on the website is not based on the property's exact location; therefore, all location amenities are an approx of facilities, restaurants, and villages/towns you might find around the property. The property's exact location will be provided to you before arrival and might come along with some recommendations about the area and what to visit.


The areas of Minho extend from the Spanish border in the north, south to Porto and east to the mountains of Vila Real. It is a green and fertile area of rolling hills encompassing the great rivers Minho, Lima and Douro, and the National Park of Peneda Geres. The countryside of the region is typified by long, sandy beaches bordered by pine woods, picturesque villages nestling among vine-covered hills, and historic towns such as Amarante, Guimaraes, Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, and Viana do Castelo.

The area encompasses a range of postcard-worthy landscapes and features that could almost be Portugal in microcosm: dreamy river scenes, high mountains, rolling vineyards, beautiful historic towns, dramatic Atlantic beaches, ancient religious foundations and mysterious archaeological sites.

Then there's the bold, sharp and fruity Vinho Verde to consider. This young wine is fashioned from the fruit of kilometres of vineyards that wind along rivers, over foothills and into Minho mountain villages.

But while you're enjoying one of our fantastic villas in Minho, you may well want to take some time out from all that sun worship to explore everything else the region has to offer – so we've put together this handy travel guide to give you a little help and inspiration!

Check out our Minho Travel Guide >>


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Villa Castanheiro is ideal for a family holiday. It is a spacious property with a large mature garden, football nets, a games room, a second living space and a delightful swimming pool. One of the bedrooms enjoys twin beds with two more that can be pulled out. This can be used for four children. There are a number of wonderful beaches within easy reach of the villa including Foz do Minho Beach and Vila Praia de Ancora. Children also love the river adventures available. Kayaking on the river is such fun!

A train runs from Porto to Caminha then follows the Minho River to Valenca do Minho, an excellent stop. If you don’t want to take the car, it is a great way to see more of the Minho. Valenca enjoys a must see historic sight, the Fortress of Valenca. On Wednesdays a huge weekly market is held on the wooded slopes around the old town to the east.

A excellent way to discover the Minho is to hire bicycles. Starting in the upper reaches of the Vinho Verde wine region, you can cycle towards the Atlantic Ocean. Blessed by the Minho and Lima rivers, the landscapes and seascapes are fabulous. You will discover the remains of the fortifications that helped to keep the Spanish within their borders, meet the very friendly locals, eat fine cuisine and taste delicious wines. Occasionally, the quiet unassuming locals will break the tranquility of the countryside and put on a boisterous, vibrant religious festival which mainly take place in July and August.

You can also take an easy trip down to Porto where children love the Crystal Palace Gardens in Downtown Porto. The contemporary museum, Serralves, is designed by the famous Portuguese architect Siza Veira and has a huge attractive garden. You can take a boat trip to see the city’s wonderful bridges over the Douro. The 250 year old Torre dos Clerigos offers some of the best views of the city. There are 240 steps to the top of the baroque 76 metre tower. The city park, Parque de Cidade, stretches from the western end of Avenue da Boavista to the oceanfront at Praia do Castello do Queijo. It is perfect for a picnic and you can also visit Porto’s Sea Life Centre. The World of Discoveries Museum is interactive and child friendly. It charts the odyssey of the early Portuguese navigators and famous explorers including Vasco da Gama and Pedro Alvares Cabral. There are two zoos in Porto. You can feed the penguins at Santo Inacio Zoo or enjoy the tigers, leopards, bears and flamingoes at Zoo da Maia.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing

Onsite Facilities

  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Football


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €450 charged to client’s credit card as a pre-authorisation two weeks before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time Between 4 - 7 pm
Departure time 10 am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Heating costs included? Not available on this property.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Pool towels included? Yes, included in the rental price.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included.
Changeover day Flexible.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted.
Pool heating charge? Not available on this property.
Tax Tourist tax not applicable.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs First cot and high chair included in the rental price; please enquire before arrival.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 24th 2024 - Apr 27th 2024 £1,482 £2,074
Apr 27th 2024 - May 25th 2024 £1,482 £2,074
May 25th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £1,664 £2,328
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 - £2,729
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - £2,874
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 £1,664 £2,328
Sep 28th 2024 - Aug 27th 2025 £1,482 £2,074

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 24th 2024 - Apr 27th 2024 €1,613 €2,258
Apr 27th 2024 - May 25th 2024 €1,613 €2,258
May 25th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €1,812 €2,535
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 - €2,971
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - €3,129
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 €1,812 €2,535
Sep 28th 2024 - Aug 27th 2025 €1,613 €2,258

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 24th 2024 - Apr 27th 2024 $1,748 $2,446
Apr 27th 2024 - May 25th 2024 $1,748 $2,446
May 25th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $1,962 $2,746
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 27th 2024 - $3,218
Jul 27th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - $3,390
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 $1,962 $2,746
Sep 28th 2024 - Aug 27th 2025 $1,748 $2,446

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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