Casa Chan, GaliciaBarcela | Ref: GPON3 | Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 8
Delightful house and garden with pool, river walks, historic towns and spas nearby.
Beautifully, thoughtfully and artistically designed, furnished and decorated by its owners, with great attention paid to detail, the use of stone, wood, glass and iron blended with many pieces of antique furniture make this a very special house indeed.
In addition to the main house which comprises three bedrooms, the living room and the kitchen, there is a separate outbuilding where there is a fourth double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.
Spacious and light, the large windows give onto the delightful garden with fruit trees and huge centenarian camelias, and to vineyards and gently rolling hills beyond. A truly peaceful, country spot, just a few kilometres away from the imposing River Minho which makes a natural border between Spain and Portugal in southern Galicia.
Please note: the pool is not enclosed and the internal design may not be ideal for toddlers (please study the photo gallery and give us a call if you have any doubts).
Accommodation DescriptionFront gate opens into large enclosed grounds, part gravelled, part laid to lawn (2000 square metres) with swimming pool (not enclosed), fruit and other trees and lovely views of the surrounding countryside and hills beyond. Gravelled area by the house with garden furniture.
From the gravelled area, front door opens into open plan entrada with a bathroom and wood staircase which goes up to the first floor. Off the hall is the large kitchen/diner with a glass door that opens onto the sitting/dining out area in the garden.
The staircase which leads from the entrada takes you to the first floor with a very large open plan living/dining room with windows all around with fantastic views, a gallery and a door onto a terrace and exterior staircase which leads down to the garden. Part of the floor is glass, looking down onto the kitchen.
Off this there is a passage; from this one double bedroom with access to outside upper terrace, one twin bedroom and a bathroom, and a further staircase taking you to the top floor.
On the top floor is the very spacious master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a sitting area, a dressing room, tea making facilities and windows all around with wonderful views.
In a separate building, ten metres from the house is a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
Licence number: VT-PO-14
|Bedroom Details:||1 double with ensuite bathroom (second floor), 1 twin (first floor), 1 dbl (first floor), and 1 dbl with ensuite bathroom (grdflr, annex house).|
|Bathrooms:||4; (4 bathrooms)|
|Nearest Shop:||3. Arbo|
|Bars/Restaurants:||Bar in the village of Barcela - a short walk. Restaurants in Arbo - 3km.|
|Nearest Airport:||Vigo (50km)|
|Nearest Ferryport:||Santander (600km)|
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|High||Easter; July; August||£1750|
|Low||Rest of Year||£1450|
This property has the following options
(NB 'short breaks' and 'small party' offers not available in high season)
Self Catering Holiday (min 7 nights)
Beautiful Ribadavia, a short drive from Barcela
Interesting little towns straddle either side of the Portugese border including lovely Ribadavia with its fascinating Jewish quarter where the ancient bakery still makes cakes and pastries to original recipes.
The tiny village of Barcela with a bar and a restaurant is a ten minute walk from Casa Chan.
Your local town, Arbo, has a pleasant feel and has its fair share of shops, bars and restaurants and of course you are in real wine country too, local producer As Laxas in Arbo is a favourite to get you started, so all in all you couldn't be better placed!
- Spas nearby.
- Wine routes, Albari˝o and Ribeiro.
- Gastronomy, Galician fish & seafood being the best in Spain.
- Interesting towns and cities, both in Spain and Portugal, Baiona, Vigo, Pontevedra, Orense, Tui, A Guarda, Ribadavia, Caminha, Valenša, Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Porto.
- Fabulous beaches in Baiona (50 km.), A Guarda (70 km.) or Caminha (65km.) over the border in Portugal.
- Walking near the house - Sendeiro da Moura, a fluvial path in Arbo and a riverside nature trail..
- At 35 kms. the Portuguese Peneda-Geres National Park.
- Golf - there are three courses at less than an hour's drive.
- Rafting, canoeing, climbing and other adventure sports.
- Swimming in natural pools and in the river.
- Markets at Valenša (Wednesday), Melgašo (Friday).
- Antique markets in Valenša (first Sunday of the month) and in Vilanova de Cerveira (second Sunday of the month).
Holiday Ideas near Barcela
The Rias Bajas region in the south of Galicia is well served by air:
From Heathrow to A Coru˝a with Vueling (BA);
From Gatwick to Santiago with Easyjet;
From Stansted to Vigo or Santiago with Ryanair;
From Dublin to Vigo with Ryanair or Santiago with Aer Lingus.
For the more southerly properties flights to Porto in Portugal may also be a good option:
From Heathrow with BA;
From Gatwick with Easyjet or TAP;
From Stansted with Ryanair;
From Luton with Easyjet;
From Manchester with TAP, Easyjet or Ryanair;
From Bristol with Easyjet;
From Edinburgh with Ryanair;
From Dublin with TAP and Ryanair.
NB Flights are not included but we can advise on routes and timetables
Good motorway links now make ferry travel a possibility though you may need to consider stop-overs depending on sailing times (see our selection of hotels)
(Vigo is 5 hours 30 mins from Santander)
Ferries: Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao ľ 7 sailings weekly.
We can include the ferry crossings as part of the package
If travelling by air we recommend renting a hire car to make the most out of your visit to the area. If you prefer to use public transport please consult our expert staff for advice on which properties are more suitable.
If coming on the ferry you will use your own vehicle - we recommend that you ensure that insurance and breakdown cover are in place. For full advice on how to prepare the vehicle etc see the Brittany Ferries website
In either case we will provide full instructions to arrive at your holiday accommodation, complete with GPS co-ordinates.