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The ground floor apartment looks out on the cloister and gardens of the Convento da Franqueira, an enchanting former Franciscan monastery surrounded by 35 acres of private grounds. The lush green gardens, fields, terraces and spectacular swimming pool, hidden behind a 16th century font are set deep in the pine, cork oak and eucalyptus woods covering the Monte da Franqueira.
The perfect place in which to unwind and get away from it all. Woodland paths to the ruins of ancient Faria castle and the tiny chapel at the top of the hill reveal breathtaking views to the coast 12kms away and inland to the mountains of the National Park of Peneda/ Geres, an hours drive. Although quiet and secluded the quinta is only 40 minutes from the airport and 6km from the historic market town of Barcelos famous for its ceramic cockerels and lively Thursday market. Braga the regional capital, with its baroque churches is only 20 minutes away, Ponte de Lima, Guimaraes and Viana de Castelo are all reached within half an hour.
The Cloister Flat sleeps two, with the possibility of the sofa bed for a child under 12 at a small extra charge. The living area has an electric log burning stove, a kitchen hidden behind curtains in the alcove, equipped with all crockery and cooking utensils and a table and seating for 4. The bathroom has a full sized bath with shower attachment, a towel heater and a small window for ventilation.
The living room and bedroom look out into the Cloister area where there are tables and chairs and a barbecue. The Cloisters provide shade and keep the flat cool in the hot summer months. The green and leafy garden has several terraces with tables and chairs which are also shared with guests from the bedrooms in the main house.
On the first floor is a long galleried Sitting Room with an honesty bar, a library of books and lots of information on what to see and where to go.
Either Piers or Kate is on hand to give advice or help where needed. WiFi is free, there is a washing machine available to use at a small cost. All table, bed linen and towels are provided as well as a once weekly maid service.
Registration Number: 2904
|May 1st to May 31st||Low Season||
€75 per night
|June 1st to June 30th||Mid Season||
€80 per night
|July Ist to August 31st||High Season||
€85 per night
|September 1st to Sept. 31st||Mid Season||
€80 per night
|October 1st to October 31st||Low Season||
€75 per night
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|Linens provided||Washing machine||Parking|
|Away from it all||Historic||Tourist attractions|