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Taboexa | Ref: GTAB1 | Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 9

Traditional Galican country house with pool in magical garden, in beautiful countryside.

The true delight of this lovely, 200 year old, stone, detached house with a swimming pool, lies in its lovingly tended, magical, fully enclosed garden (2000 square metres) with a great variety of trees, including one hundred camelias and an ecological vegetable patch. With a traditional stone "lavadero" (washing place), two small ponds and a BBQ area, it is a real treat for children to explore and play in.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside with vineyards, in a sleepy, farming hamlet with other houses around, in the interior of the Rias Baixas, yet only half an hour to the coast, in the southernmost part of Galicia, the house has been carefully and sympathetically restored, maintaining many of its original features and with artistic touches.

Quite simply, but comfortably furnished and equipped and decorated in the rustic style, there is no grandeur here - instead the emphasis focuses on your relaxation and switching off from the stress of modern life. There are several sitting and dining areas both within the house and in its grounds, giving everyone their own space.

With two living rooms and kitchens, it is a good choice for two families wishing to holiday together, yet with a bit of independence.

Though seemingly away from it all, the charming little towns of As Neves and Arbo with their covered markets and the River Mino with its fluvial beaches and Portugal beyond are a short drive away and the lively city and port of Vigo just thirty five kilometres.

Accommodation Description

From country lane front gates open into beautiful, matured grounds (2000 square metres) with a swimming pool, an ecological vegetable patch, two patios for sitting/eating out and a BBQ area with tables and benches, a "lavadero rustico" - traditional washing place and two small ponds.

Covered porch with garden table and chairs. Up steps to front door and conservatory with dining table and table and benches and chairs and sitting area with two easy chairs and two benches and view onto the garden.

From this, into small living room with dining table, sofa and two easy chairs and wood burning stove. Off this country style kitchen. Bathroom. Stairs up from living room to landing and two bedrooms (one double, one triple).

From living room door opens onto passage with balcony and two bedrooms (one double, one twin) and a small sitting area. Down steps from this to second bathroom (shower only) and further steps to large living room/kitchen with Fireplace/BBQ. Door from this to paved patio area with garden tables and chairs and garden.

Reg No. TR PO 000228

Bedroom Details:1 dbl, 1 triple (upstrs), 1 dbl, 1 twin (upstrs).
Bathrooms:2; (2 bathrooms)
Beach: 35km
Nearest Shop: 2 km
Bars/Restaurants: 2 km
Nearest Airport: Vigo (22km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (603km)

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Booking Seasons
Peak 22 Jul - 13 Aug £2250
High Easter; 1 Jul - 21 Jul; 14-31 Aug £2150
Mid 1-15 Sept £2000
Low Rest of Year £1900
Christmas and main public holidays are charged at mid or high season rates.
This property has the following options
(NB 'short breaks' and 'small party' offers not available in high season)

Self Catering Holiday (min 7 nights)

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Taboexa, in the parish of the same name, is a sleepy little hamlet with a fine Renaissance church, set in beautiful countryside with vineyards all around. There are no facilities here, but a bread van comes to the village and there is a little supermarket two kilometres away on the road to the pleasant, little, hilltop town of As Neves.

As Neves has a covered market, open daily, except Sundays, a supermarket, other little shops, a bank, a chemists, a health centre and a handful of bars/restaurants.

Arbo, a bit further away, is another attractive, little, old town near the River Mino with another covered market and other facilities.

For more choice, the large town of Ponteareas (13 kms), very easily reached from the motorway, has most facilities including a hypermarket, several supermarkets and a good choice of bars and restaurants.

The lively city of Vigo, with shops and restaurants galore, and lovely beaches just south of this are just over half an hour's drive away.

Local Activities

  • Spas nearby - they abound in this corner of Galicia - there is even a Japanese one with a sushi bar attached.
  • Wine routes, Albari˝o and Ribeiro .Plenty of Bodegas to discover.
  • Gastronomy, Galician fish & seafood being the best in Spain. Also local specialities - lamprey and eel.
  • 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 just south of Vigo (35km.).
  • Walking near the house - there are several marked routes in the municipality - Senderos dos Frades and dos Pescadores to name a couple.
  • Petroglyphs at nearby A Pedra dea Moura and Monte das Carboeiras and Castros at Civida, Rocha and Altamira.
  • Local fiestas crowd the calendar, the most popular being Santa Marta in Ribarteme on 29th July.
  • At 45 kms. the Portuguese Peneda-Geres National Park.
  • Golf - there are three courses at less than an hour's drive.
  • Horse-riding and cycling.
  • Rafting, canoeing, climbing and other adventure sports on the Rio Mino.
  • Swimming and fishing in natural pools and at the river beaches of the Rio Mino - Gulans, Santa Marina and Cena.
  • Colourful markets at Valenša (Wednesday), Tui (Thursday), Melgašo (Friday).
  • Antique markets in Valenša (first Sunday of the month) and in Vilanova de Cerveira (second Sunday of the month).

Holiday Ideas near Taboexa

Islas Cies and Ons
Islas Cies and Ons
Easter surf
Easter surf
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Albari˝o, Spain's best white
Albari˝o, Spain's best white
Great seafood of Galicia
Great seafood of Galicia
Carnota & Finisterre beaches
Carnota & Finisterre beaches
The Galician Rias
The Galician Rias
Shellfish from the Rias Bajas
Shellfish from the Rias Bajas
Catamaran down the Rio Sil.
Catamaran down the Rio Sil.
Ribeiro wines from Galicia
Ribeiro wines from Galicia
Beaches of NW Portugal
Beaches of NW Portugal
Portuguese gastro style
Portuguese gastro style
Peneda- GerÚs National Park
Peneda- GerÚs National Park
Ponte de Lima
Ponte de Lima
Villages of northern Portugal
Villages of northern Portugal
Vindimia - the grape harvest
Vindimia - the grape harvest

Getting There

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. Ireland to North Spain - 2 sailings a week.

Please ask us for advice on ferry crossings, timetables and flexible start dates to fit with the crossings.

Getting Around

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.

Reviews of this property

Read our clients' independent reviews

"This is an incredible house and we have hugely enjoyed our time here. Jose has been a fantastic host - we have felt welcome, extremely comfortable, and we have had a lovely time in this charming house and beautiful garden.
As two families, with seven children aged 1-9, we have had a perfect holiday. Two of the children have learned to swim during our fortnight here, and all of them have become hugely more confident in a pool so well designed for families.
We were especially grateful to be invited to sample the Spanish tomatoes and courgettes fromt he vegetable garden which were absolutely delicious.
We made good use of the bread oven (for pizza!) and the barbeque. The children made great memories & adventures in the garden.
This is a fantastic part of Spain, we have loved exploring the area, been made & felt welcome, enjoyed the beautiful countryside, seaside villages, mountin walks, local attractions - Baiona & Oia were our particular favourites for seaside days out, as was Valenca (in nearby Portugal)
The local supermarkest were well equiped for our supplies and local delicious to take home and share with others.
The routes in the guide book (especially 1 & 4) were enjoyed by us and the views at summit were spectacular."

Client 2019

"Lovely stay - the best equipped villa we have stayed in. Very comfortable stay between our two families. We were able to relax and have plenty of space and not disturb each other during the mornings.
We loved the outside space - lots of choice for meal times. Loved the pool (brilliant size).
Fantastic to have allotment growing fruit and vegetables and the other part of the garden higher up. Was so much bigger than we were expecting"
(Client 2016)