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Yavanna - Idyllic Chill-Out Villa with Large Pool – Home 3748515 Villa

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Yavanna - Idyllic Chill-Out Villa with Large Pool – Home 3748515

  • Villa
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 139 reviews

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Villa / 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child Friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Yavanna is a relaxing holiday property that gets you away from the hustle and bustle of the commercialised world and lies in Portugal's beautiful Minho region only a few miles from the border with Spain. Yavanna is made up of two beautifully refurbished 300-year-old traditional granite villas/farmhouses, each with 3 bedrooms, their own kitchen, living room, 3 bathrooms, outside eating and barbecue area and a private garden.

There is also a 12x8 meters eco salt water pool with stunning views and chill-out zones and 6,000m of beautifully maintained gardens with plenty of seating, hammocks, BBQ area, table tennis & yoga.

Yavanna has flat screen TVs, DVD/satellite, WiFi as well as well-equipped modern kitchens and beautiful bedrooms with views to die for. These traditional Minho farmhouses date from 1730 and have been renovated in the past few years to a very high standard.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the service we provide our guests, ensuring that everyone leaves with a massive “wow!” We have had 5-star feedback from all who have visited.

We are available for help and advice, but at the same time very sensitive to your need for privacy. Towels and linen are provided, beds are changed weekly, and we take great pride in our standard of cleanliness, with a professional company cleaning weekly.

There are a large number of airlines offering cheap flights to the region. The nearest airports are Vigo (45 mins), Porto (1 hr), Santiago de Compostela (1½ hrs). e.g. Air Portugal (LGW and LHR), Ryanair (STN, LVL, BHX, BRS,LGW), EasyJet (LGW), Vueling (LHR), PGA Airlines, Air Berlin, Air France, SN Brussels Airlines, Hapag-Lloyd Express, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss. An alternative is a mini-cruise - sail from Plymouth to Santander and Bilbao. Fast trains to Vigo (20 minutes from Yavanna) from Barcelona and Madrid including overnight sleepers.

Beaches: Within a half an hour drive there are stunning sandy Atlantic surfing beaches. Portugal offers the best warm surfing in Europe with over 500 miles of consistent waves and no shortage of sunshine. Huge sandy beaches offer surf school and lifeguard patrolled areas. There is also a world renowned windsurfing spot at nearby Mindelo. At the mouth of the Minho River, there are very safe clean sheltered family beaches. These are either at Caminha in Portugal or at Camposancos in Spain, which is accessible either by bridge or ferry. All beaches can be reached in about half an hour. Cafes and restaurants are available at most beaches - they are uncommercialised, small scale and friendly. Only 10 minutes from Yavanna is a sandy beach on the Minho River itself. This is lifeguard patrolled and has a beautiful terraced cafe. There is also wonderful canoeing and fishing possible on the Minho River.

Within the immediate area, we have some very interesting towns and cities worth visiting: Porto is Portugal's second city, famous for its port wine trade, is just an hour's drive away. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal. Santiago de Compostela is just 1.5 hours away over the border in Spain. It is a city where, according to a legend, the remains of the apostle Saint James were found. Nowadays the stunning city of Santiago is the second most important Catholic Pilgrimage centre, after Rome. Vigo is the largest city in Galicia, over the border in Spain, and only 45 minutes away, known as 'The Barcelona of the West'. Ponte de Lima is a pleasant town named after its famous bridge over the river Lima, with both Medieval and Roman sections. Lisbon is Portugal's capital city. It's four hour's drive away from Yavanna, but well worth considering for those who want to extend their stay.

Golf: Ponte de Lima (half an hour away) is a par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m. Quinta da Barca golf resort (half an hour away) is an excellent 9 hole course. Estela (one hour away) is built on a 3km stretch of sand dunes is one of the Portuguese golf links that secured a good reputation for itself when it hosted two events in the European Professionals' Circuit.

Activities: Cycling, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Surfing, Hiking, Horse Riding, Fishing, Wine Tasting, etc. There is so much to do in the nearby mountains, rivers and coast.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair

Bed & bathroom

  • 3 Full baths


  • Wireless Internet
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Mountain Views
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • Grill
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Table tennis
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
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Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

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About the owner

Sofia L.
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2 hours 17 minutes
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Calendar last updated:
04 Oct 2018
Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese





Excellent – based on 139 reviews Excellent
139 reviews

Very Good

“Journey to myself”

Reviewed 11 Nov 2014

Eunice and the property was great! Yavanna is the best place ever to relax! Just hanging around, read, swin or do trips to the river Minho or Caminho Portugues.

“A perfect, relaxing and fun week away in paradise”

Reviewed 9 Nov 2014

The best thing about Yavanna is how relaxing it is. The gardens, the pool, the rooms and the service are all so lovely. I could've easily stayed there all week. I came back feeling rested and refreshed and I would highly recommend staying there; whether you want to explore or just chill out. It's perfect!

“A relaxed stay in a nice house with a magnificent garden and pool”

Reviewed 7 Oct 2014

Dear Eunice, We enjoyed very much our stay at Yavanna. We immediately felt at home in casa Dolinda. Everything was very clean and the accomodation was very practical and cosy. We appreciated very much the covered terrace and every breakfast was a real pleasure there. We loved your gorgeous garden and the pool area is really beautifull. We like very much your ceramics, Eunice. We bought some, but regret that we came by plane, so we could'nt take more of them. Congratulations with your work! We still have a lot to do and to see in the nord of Portugal...but now we have a superb adress to come back and to recomend to our friends! Kind greatings, Daniel and Marie-France ( Belgium)

“The perfect place to retreat, recharge and soak up the sun”

Reviewed 23 Sep 2014

Myself and three friends stayed at Yavanna last July 2014, having stayed there before in 2009 and enjoyed it so much, we decided to stay there again. Yavanna is the perfect place to retreat, recharge and soak up the sun next to the peaceful pool. The rooms and exceptionally clean with beautiful fresh linen and lovely details. The kitchen and living room provides everything you need, plus we even had our very own private garden space overlooking the the lush Portuguese hill sides. On days out we went to a great vin yard just 5mins drive away, we went to 2 lovely markets and we even went across the boarder to Spain to take a day trip to one of the most stunning Island I have ever seen called Islas cies. I couldn't recommend it highly enough and I very much hope to go again! Also a big thank you to Eunice for her wonderful hospitality.

“It's one of those places that makes you double take just to make sure you're not dreaming.”

Reviewed 12 Sep 2014

It's one of those places that makes you double take just to make sure you're not dreaming. Then comes the smile. It's as big as your face as you realise you have arrived at something better than your biggest expectations. A beautiful tranquil garden with lazy hammocks; kiwi trees and citrus fruits; a fresh salt-water swimming pool with comfy sun loungers overlooking the lush hills; a vegetable garden overflowing with produce and a perfect dining area underneath a canopy of green. By car It's a good base to explore the local villages and even dip into spain for some tapas. The sandy beaches are nearby and Eunice is forever on hand to recommend restaurants, day trips or book up kayaking on the Minho. This comes highly recommended.

“Perfect holiday”

Reviewed 10 Aug 2014

A week at Yavanna is not enough- having arrived back in England I am already reminiscing about what a lovely time I had in this idyllic location and with such welcoming hosts. The house, gardens and pool were stunning and provided the perfect venue for a week away with friends. My room was light, airy and very comfortable, with all the amenities I needed. It was wonderful to have a choice of spaces for outdoor dining and relaxing and the poolside area was the perfect sun trap. It was great being such a short drive from beautiful beaches and bustling markets for when we wanted a day excursion. I would highly recommend Yavanna to anyone contemplating staying - I am already looking forward to my next trip!

“Super holiday in marvelous environment”

Reviewed 4 Aug 2014

Super holiday in marvelous environment. House was very clean with super beds and we found everything we needed. The garden was splendid for children and for adults., the private part as well as the common part. Nice swimming pool with view on Portugese mountains.


Reviewed 3 Aug 2014

The rental is fantastic in a nice surrounding. Wonderful house and there is great attention to detail. The garden and pool are beautifully landscaped. Very relaxed atmosphere and Eunice is a pleasant hostess

“Relaxing and tranquil place to stay with lovely pool and views”

Reviewed 28 Jul 2014

Yavanna is a great place to stay - very relaxing, comfortable with a lovely pool, spacious gardens and a friendly welcome.

“The highlight of our six-week europe trip!”

Reviewed 24 Jul 2014

Yavanna was an amazing experience for our family of three. The rentals are gorgeous. All the modern amenities with the old world charm left intact. The property sits on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley. We spent several days hanging out in the garden and at the pool which is very private and inviting! The surrounding area offers colorful markets, amazing churches and stunning beaches. Eunice is an incredible host with intimate local knowledge. We hope to return to Yavanna's. Next time we will make sure to stay longer!

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Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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