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Casa Paloma, Galicia

Hio | Ref: GTEM1 | Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 8

Superb house in magical spot, alone on unspoilt sandy beach, overlooking Ria de Vigo.

If you are looking for a slice of paradise, then go no further than this. This beautifully renovated, detached, stone house stands alone in a unique and magical spot right on an unspoilt, sandy beach in the most beautiful area of the Rias Baixas in Galicia.

Set in 60,000 square metres of lovingly tended grounds, backed by pine and oak woods, with mesmerizing views onto the Ria de Vigo and its mussel platforms and the city of Vigo beyond, you feel as though you could almost fish from the windows. With the occasional visit from dolphins, you could not ask for more.

The house is spacious, very well equipped, decorated and furnished tastefully and artistically with an eye to detail, both the interior and the exterior creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The delightful and attentive caretakers will ensure that your stay is a memorable one.

The interesting "ruins" in the grounds were at one time a fish preserving factory, but now are used as a store for eight kayaks for guests' use (NB life-jackets are also supplied but all material is used at clients' own risk). There is also WIFI.

Although remote in feel, you are not far from other breath taking beaches and the surrounding villages with facilities, including Hio, famous for its stone cross and church and fantastic views from there of the whole panorama of this most spectacular coastline. This really is a great base for those wanting seclusion, but also interested in getting to know this most fascinating part of Galicia.

N.B. The last part of the drive to the house is on an unmade track. This is fine in a normal car.

Licence no: VUT - PO - 002629

Accommodation Description

Double front doors open into hall with cloakroom. To the left of the hall, fully fitted kitchen and utility room.

From this, door to passage and back door. Off passage, one double bedroom and across the way, a bathroom.

To the right of the hall, very spacious living room/diner with fantastic sea views.

Up marble staircase from hall to first floor and landing. Off this, three bedrooms (each with two singles pushed together and each with an extra divan bed). All these bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and all have magnificent sea views.

Terrace outside for sitting and eating out. Extensive grounds - 60,000 square metres, backed by woods.

Beautiful sandy beach below the house - not private, but it can only be accessed by sea and on foot, so not many people visit.

NB. Cleaning can be arranged locally at 10€ an hour.

Bedroom Details:1dbl (ground flr), 1 twin plus 1 single (ensuite bathroom), 1 twin plus 1 single (ensuite bathroom), 1 twin plus 1 single (ensuite bathroom). (First flr).
Bathrooms:5; (1 cloakroom (W.C. and washbasin) (grdflr). 1 bathroom (1 shwr. unit, W.C., bidet and washbasin ) (grdflr). 1 ensuite bathroom ( 1 shwr. unit, W.C., bidet and washbasin). 1 ensuite bathroom (Large bath/shwr, W.C, bidet and washbasin). 1 ensuite bathroom (lLarge shwr. unit, W.C., bidet and washbasin). (First flr.).)
Beach: 0km
Nearest Shop: 3kms - Hio
Bars/Restaurants: 2kms - Nerga
Nearest Airport: Vigo (38km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (592km)

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Booking Seasons
Peak July & August £3275
High June & September £2450
Mid April, May & October £2150
Low Rest of Year £1650

Saturday start in high season preferred
This property has the following options
(NB 'short breaks' and 'small party' offers not available in high season)

Self Catering Holiday (min 7 nights)
Short break (4 to 6 nights)

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Set between bustling Cangas with a fantastic fish market and plenty of shops, and Bueu, a lively fishing village -setting off place for the Isla de Ons national park, Hio is the perfect base to explore the Rias Baixas. A quiet village, less exploited than most in the area it boasts the fine white sands of Playa Arneles (and many more nearby) as well as a famous cruceiro and historic church. There are a good selection of bars & restaurants, the Doade in particular being of some reknown for its fish and seafood. There is a supermarket and health centre too.

Local Activities

  • Fantastic beaches - both at the house and nearby on the peninsula - Playa de Limens, Playa de Nerga, Playa de Vino to mention a few
  • Surfing, sailing and kayaking
  • Walking routes on the Peninsula de Morrazo.
  • Take the ferry across from Bueu to the Isla de Ons and its virgin beaches.
  • Go across to the lively city of Vigo on the ferry from Moana. Take the ferry from Cangas or Vigo to the unique Islas Cies and their spectacular beaches.
  • Explore Albarino wine country and its delightful "capital", Cambados.
  • Visit ancient Combarro, near Pontevedra - Galicia's most picturesque seaside town.
  • Celtic folk festival last week in July in Cangas.
  • Try the local delicious fish and seafood washed down with Albarino at the many family run restaurants. Don't miss Arcade, famous for its oysters and seafood.
  • Take a trip out to the mussel beds in the Ria de Vigo.
  • Visit the historic cities of Pontevedra and Santiago de Compostela, both within easy reach.
  • Venture inland to the fascinating, little town of Ribadavia with its exquisite Jewish quarter.
  • Have a day's outing to Ourense and soak in one of the natural, outdoor spas there.

Holiday Ideas near Hio

Islas Cies and Ons
Islas Cies and Ons
Easter surf
Easter surf
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Albariño, Spain's best white
Albariño, 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- Gerés National Park
Peneda- Gerés 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 Coruña 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 – 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

"Sheer paradise - a beautiful home right on the beach with spectacular views across the sea. Well equipped with kayaks to paddle out and watch the dolphins in the morning. The area is totally unspoiled and you need a car to get to the nearest shops". (Client 2019)

"The villa was everything it was cracked up to be and the company was excellent to deal with. Good knowledge and good advice, and a personal touch which goes a long way.
Idyllic location and superb facilities. The secluded beach is lovely and the kayaks were great fun." (Client 2019)

"Chill out break with family great sea food good wine in a house on a small beach, great swimming" (Client 2019)

"The house is wonderful and the location is fantastic - We have absolutely no complaints!" (Client 2018)

"A beautiful, comfortable and spacious house in a truly magical spot! Wonderful beach on your doorstep and a great area to explore and walks from the front door."
(Client 2017)

"A wonderful time exploring Galicia - beaches, islands, walks etc. The house was extremely comfortable, well equipped and in an absolutely magical location - sea views and a lovely beach on the doorstep."
(Client 2017)

"Casa Paloma is a wonderful place in a fantastic setting and in many ways the photographs and description do not do it justice.
Paloma and Manuel who look after the place could not have been more helpful and accommodating upon our arrival. Indeed, when we arrived a little earlier than expected Manuel was despatched to take us food shopping and then escorted us to a local tapas bar where we could get something to eat. He speaks no English, but appeared to quickly establish a rapport with our eldest daughter who is currently studying A’level Spanish", (Client 2016)