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Quinta do Convento da Franqueira, Barcelos
|Carvalhal, C.C. 301, 4755-104, Barcelos, Braga, Porto and North, PORTUGAL.|
Description: Quinta do Convento da FranqueiraStanding in the heart of the Minho region, this charming property is situated in the grounds of a beautiful 16th century Franciscan monastery, surrounded by thirty-five acres of private grounds and vineyards. Painstakingly restored over a number of years, Quinta do Convento da Franqueira offers charming bed and breakfast accommodation in a tranquil, secluded setting.
Just eight kilometres from the pretty market town of Barcelos, famous for its porcelain Rooster, Quinta do Convento da Franqueira is within easy reach of a number of historic cities, including Braga and Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Porto itself is also just a short drive or train ride away. Guests seeking long sandy beaches can be in Apulia and Esposende in twenty minutes, and there are several excellent golf courses in the region.
Within the property itself, the Quinta boasts a fine spring-fed swimming pool, offering delightful views of the magnificent gardens. Accommodation at Quinta do Convento da Franqueira consists of four cosy, individually decorated bedrooms, and two self-catering apartments. The main house features an elegant Gallery Drawing Room, where breakfast is served in the mornings, and guests can enjoy a good book by the log fire in the cooler months. There is also a small lounge, with a television, DVD/video player and a card table.
Type of rooms: Quinta do Convento da FranqueiraThe Blue Room:
This room has a hand-painted four-poster bed, antique English furniture and an en-suite bathroom decorated with "Viuva Lamego" tiles.
The Pink Room:
The Pink Room has twin beds, antique and reproduction furniture, the original granite window seats and a colourful yellow-tiled bathroom.
The Yellow Room:
This room is decorated with English regency furniture and a locally made "Lit Bateau". The shower room is decorated with hand painted wall tiles.
The Beige Room:
The Beige Room (which is in fact blue) has twin beds and is furnished with English antiques and has its own small sitting room. The spacious bathroom has blue and white "Viuva Lamego" wall tiles.
Rooms are approximately 15 sq m in size.
Self catering accommodation:
The Cloister Flat is a one bedroom apartment located on the ground floor of the main house. The flat has easy access to the cloisters and patio area where there is a table and barbecue for al-fresco meals. The living area has a sofa-bed, 2 armchairs, chest of drawers and granite window seats. The traditional furniture is locally made, some hand painted. The kitchen area is hidden from the living room by curtains and contains a sink, refrigerator, a two-ring hob, microwave, and table for four. The small bedroom with a double bed, chest of drawers and wardrobe looks onto the cloisters. The bathroom is decorated with blue and white Portuguese wall tiles. Sleeps two to three guests.
The Gatehouse. For guests who prefer an extra degree of privacy, the Gatehouse is above the main gate to the patio and cloister gardens and has an independent entrance. The Gatehouse has been designed and decorated along nautical lines.
"Above deck" the living space is divided into a small double bedroom and a living room with a sofa that can be used as a single bed, plus a table and chairs. The two terraces afford a 360-degree view of the Quinta and have tables, chairs and a barbecue.
The galley kitchen, with a sink, gas cooker and fridge, and the shower room are "below deck" on the ground floor. Sleeps two.
Number of rooms: 4
Official category: Country House.
Period of closure: Open from April to late October.
Languages spoken: Portuguese, English.Credit cards accepted: Visa, Euro/Mastercard (only when the guest is there). DEPOSIT: 50% by Paypal or bank transfer only.
GPS Coordinates: 41° 29' 55.49'' N 8° 38' 37.68'' W
Nearest airport: Porto Airport - 43,2 km.
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