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Casa Oca, Galicia

Oca | Ref: GOCA1 | Bedrooms: 5 | Sleeps: 11

Charming heritage home in beautiful lush countryside next to Pazo de Oca, south of Santiago.

This delightful, large "Belle Epoque", detached, country home, built in 1875, has all the essence of the Galician word "enxebre" - traditional, warm, typical, of the old style..going through the front door it genuinely transports you back in time!

Set back off a country road in the hamlet of Oca, with the magical and emblematic Pazo de Oca, as its neighbour and with other fine houses in the vicinity, you are in beautiful, lush countyside here, watered by the Rio Ulla.

Lovingly cared for and artistically presented with antiques and family artefacts and paintings, this was originally the home of the local doctor. Still in the same family and though, so strongly linked to the past with its pristine flagstone floors and many other original features, you have most of your modern comforts here, including four bathrooms and three spacious, living rooms and WIFI.

With central heating and an open fireplace, it makes a good choice for out of season, whilst its large, enclosed garden with vines and fruit trees, is a joy for all ages in the warmer months. Both the house and its grounds, full of charm and character, ensure that you will relax and unwind.

Just half an hour south of magnificent Santiago de Compostela, an hour to the interesting cities of Ourense and Pontevedra and less to the lovely beaches of the Rias Baixas, you are very well placed here for exploring this very special corner of Galicia.

Accommodation Description

Front gate opens into pretty, enclosed garden. Stone path to front door. Front door opens into the entrada and hall with its original stone floor. Off this to a "reception" room and from this into the living room with a dining area and a sitting area with an open fireplace. From this to a country style kitchen. Door from this back into the hall and the entrada.

From the hall, door onto small patio with a fixed stone bench and steps down to large, enclosed back and side garden.

Off the hall is a full bathroom and a small passage leading to a huge, high ceilinged living room with a door onto the back garden and a large wooden double door onto the front garden.

There is a sitting area and three dining areas here.
There is a large screen which separates this from a storage/utility area.

From the hall a wooden staircase leads to the first floor and the landing with a sitting area.

Off the landing are four bedrooms (two twins, one double and one triple) and two bathrooms (showers only).

From the landing there is a further wooden staircase to the attic floor with a large sitting room and bathroom (shower) and one bedroom (double).

Licence no: TU986D-E-2019-000549


Bedroom Details:1 twin, 1 twin, 1 dble, 1 triple (first flr). 1 dble (attic flr).
Sleeps:11
Bathrooms:4; (Corner bath/shwr., W.C. and washbasin (grd. flr.) Shwr unit, W.C., washbasin and bidet (first flr). Large shwr. unit, W.C. and washbasin (first flr.). Shwr. unit, W.C. and washbasin (attic flr.).)
Beach: 52km
Nearest Shop: 1.3 km on the N525
Bars/Restaurants: 1.3 km on N525
Nearest Airport: Santiago (23km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (478km)

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Booking Seasons
High 1-15 July; 1-31 August £1950
Mid Easter; 1-14 July £1750
Low Rest of Year £1500
Options:
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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Pazo de Oca - gardens
Pazo de Oca - gardens

Oca

Though Oca is a small, sleepy hamlet in the municipality of A Estrada, in the province of Pontevedra, just half an hour south from Santiago de Compostela, it is on the tourist map as its star attraction is the magnificent Pazo de Oca - a beautiful old baroque mansion with an enchanting garden of camellias and topiary adorned with statues, ornamental lakes and fountains.

Set in lovely, lush countryside with the Rio Ulla running by, it has a chemist's, a doctor's surgery and a small bar/shop selling essentials. There is also a restaurant at just under two kilometres away and the pretty, little, medieval village of Ponte de Ulla with three restaurants, a supermarket, a good bakery, a filling station and a bank is five kilometres.

The furniture making town of A Estrada with all facilities including a covered market and a weekly market is twelve kilometres away.

A bit further away are the attractive spa towns of Cuntis and Caldas de Reis.

Beautiful beaches in the Rias Baixas are a fifty minute drive, but you can swim in the river in the village and within an easy drive are river beaches in Ponte de Ulla and at A Carixa in Merza.

Numerous Romanesque churches are dotted around the countryside and the monasteries of Acibeiro and Carboeiro are must visits.

The local area is one of great traditions, including the fascinating fiesta of Rapa das Bestas (horse shearing festival) held at the beginning of July in the village of Sabucedo.




Local Activities

  • Visit the neighbouring, magnificent Pazo de Oca and its beautiful gardens with camelias and magnolias. the Gallegan "Versailles".
  • Walking and cycling locally.
  • River beaches near Ponte Ulla and A Carixa in Merza.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts at at A Estrada (12 kms).
  • Fishing in the rivers Ulla and Umia, but with a licence.
  • Rafting and kayaking on the rivers Ulla and Umia.
  • Go to the little medieval village of Ponte Ulla (5 kms) to see the C18th railway bridge and for good eating at the local restaurants.
  • Visit the historical cities of Santiago de Compostela and Pontevedra and Ourense.
  • Visit the attractive spa towns of Cuntis and Caldas de Reis.
  • Discover the wonderful gardens at Pazo de Fefinans (Cambados), Pazo de Santa Cruz de Rivadulla (botanic garden), Pazo de Rubians (botanic garden) and Castillo de Soutomaior (25 different types of camelias) - all within easy reach.
  • Go to the monasteries of Acibeiro and Carboeiro.
  • Search out the numerous Romanesque churches in the area.
  • Track down the waterfall Fervenza do Toxa (one of Spain's highest) in Pazos.
  • Enjoy a stroll by the Rio Ulla in the beautiful Areal do Berres.
  • Explore the Serra do Candan and Branas do Xestoso with their wonderful oak forests and birds you won't catch site of in other parts of Galicia.
  • Join the fiesta "Rapa das Bestas" (horse shearing festival) in Sabucedo in early July.
  • Enjoy the excellent local gastronomy at the many local restaurants.

Holiday Ideas near Oca

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
Pontevedra
Pontevedra
Great seafood of Galicia
Great seafood of Galicia
Carnota & Finisterre beaches
Carnota & Finisterre beaches
Vigo
Vigo
The Galician Rias
The Galician Rias
Shellfish from the Rias Bajas
Shellfish from the Rias Bajas
Cambados
Cambados
Catamaran down the Rio Sil.
Catamaran down the Rio Sil.
Ourense
Ourense
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
Baiona
Baiona
Tui
Tui

Getting There

The Rias Bajas region in the south of Galicia is well served by air:

Flights:
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.
We can include the ferry crossings as part of the package

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.