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Rural tranquility in quiet garden with pool and sea view Non-smokers
No traffic noise, no neighbours.
We live in the main house and we rent the two bungalows across the garden. We respect your need for privacy but we are around if you need us.

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Description of our house
NOTE: First of all please note that in July and August the minimum stay is seven -7 - nights rest of the year four nights. If you stay for more than 10 nights we offer special discounts but due to Airbnb rules this can only be negotiated directly after you have paid Airbnb for the first 7 nights. Price per night E-75 but for second week E-60.
Non-smokers only.
Description:

We live in an old peasant's house which used to have a wine making cellar where we now have our library/office. The house has remained the same on the outside but we have changed the inside . In the garden we have a barbecue area plus a 5x10M pool, a laundry room and barbecue "common room", plus a small WC and an outdoor shower. To let/guest apartments: in the garden we have two one bedroom fully equipped bungalows (twin side-by-side equal buildings) which we rent or use for visitors (non-simultaneous home exchangers or friends). Each bungalow has a bedroom with twin beds, a WC/shower, a living area with a couch, dining table, fridge/freezer, micro-wave and two hot plates to cook, etc. we provide clean bath, kitchen and bedroom linen and for longer stays (over 10 days) we might be able to organize a cleaning-lady for you for Euros-35 plus change of linens. We can drive you to and from Oporto or Vigo (Spain) airports for a petrol fee of Euro_60.
And by arrangement and no extra fee we can drive you around here for short sightseeing or shopping trips!
We usually give our guests a key for our winter room in the main house so they can can use their own laptop with wi-fi connection. We have pets (2 cats one too old to move out of her corner) but if you do not like pets we will get someone to take care of them should we be away during your stay. We have had guests who are allergic to cats and yet there was NO problem as the garden is large and they roam the neighborhood freely and can easily be kept at bay if need be!
We are serious about you but informal,flexible, friendly, and welcome all honest suggestions or negotiations.

Guest access

Guests who stay for over 7 nights can ask us to use our washing machine in the laundry room. They can also ask to see our library and borrow books. They can use the whole garden area, the terraces, the garage, the pool, the barbecue.

Interaction with guests

I am in the main house most of the time as I work at home writing. Guests can come and ask for information when they need it. Depending on shared interests, affinities and guest's amount of time in the property we sometimes have drinks or even meals together. Some guests prefer to be on their own and we respect that too.


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities
Internet
Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises
Kitchen

Prices
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House Rules

No smoking except in the garden and then only if you take your ashtray around with you!

No parties, no noise, no extra guests admitted into bungalows except by prior written agreement and under exceptional circumstances. Maximum capacity per bungalow two adults only, for short stays of three-four nights we may consider a third person sharing for E-50 extra in total.

No kids except babies up to ten months of age or one child over the age of ten per bungalow sleeping in the living area couch .

If however you have one (only one) well behaved kid aged between 10 months and ten years for whom you will be entirely responsible at all times, please negotiate with us: you might convince us!


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3 nights minimum stay

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Seraina User Profile
August 2017
Paulas und Aldas place is literally a little paradise. We spent a very relaxing and beautiful time in the garden, enjoying nature, trees, flowers and silence. We had barbecue in the garden almost every evening. The flat as well as the kitchen are very well equipped and offer everything you need. The place was even more spacious than we expected from the fotos. Paula and Alda are more than great hosts, giving helpful tips and ready to help anytime or just for a little chat in the garden. We had a great time with them and recommend it to everyone!

Simon User Profile
August 2016
A lovely moment in a lovely place and a lovely host ! Everything was so nice and Alda was really kind to us and to our little baby Thelma :) If you need a break and some peacetime, don't hesitate..
Paula  (PSR) User Profile
Response from Paula (PSR):
Thank you for your kind words. We feel very very good when our guests enjoy their stay.Best wishes,Paula
August 2016

Giuseppe User Profile
July 2016
Alda was a fantastic host. The place was very good and it allowed us to relax completely. The bungalow was very tidy, clean and comfortable. Alda has also given us very valuable advice to discover the area around Afife. We certainly recommend this place!
Paula  (PSR) User Profile
Response from Paula (PSR):
Thank you Giuseppe. Alda says I should highly recommend you both as guests: you were friendly, good in communicating and having a dialogue going, and that you were also very considerate in the care of the bungalow leaving it clean and tidy, thanks.
July 2016

Suzanne User Profile
September 2015
Paula and Alda are wonderful hosts and make staying in this bungalow an absolute delight. The garden is so relaxing, the pool inviting and everything you need is there - super comfy beds, roomy shower, well appointed kitchenette, fab BBQ, enough privacy and they are great company. We wanted a relaxing break where we could read quietly, cook local food and run and play tennis conveniently close by. We achieved all of this and were fortunate enough to be introduced to some of P&As friends who were just as interesting warm and hospitable as our hosts. Jimmy the cat adopted us and we would happily have stayed another week or two longer - infact moving in would be a great option! Can't rate this highly enough.

Querijn User Profile
August 2015
We stayed in the Fantastic bungalow for one week and came back totally relaxed. The beautifull garden makes this place serene. The location is very central which gives you a lot of options; city, forest or beach. Lastly Paula and Alda are fully skilled in the art in making People feel at home.
Paula  (PSR) User Profile
Response from Paula (PSR):
Hi Querijn, Thanks for your review. I am sorry that I missed the opportunity to leave a review for you, Alda is away at her mother's and I've been ill for about a week now. But since this is public I will say here that it was a pleasure to have you here and most specially to have the joy of seeing your beautiful and well disposed baby girl, she is wonderful and we wish her a life full of love and happiness!
August 2015

Susie User Profile
July 2015
Thank you for your warm welcome! Such a beautiful home and garden. We enjoyed exploring the local hills and beaches and made good use of the pool. Highly recommend and thank you again.

Claudia User Profile
July 2015
Paula's and Alda's garden bungalow is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday! We had the most wonderful time there and enjoyed the apartment as well as its lovely surroundings and the swimming pool. The hostesses are extremely nice and go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and comfortable.

Afife, PortugalJoined in July 2010
Paula  (PSR) User Profile

Something about ourselves
I am a Londoner by adoption and have been here on and off for the last few years and I am now in the process of relocating back to London or Oxford asap on a permanent basis. My partner Alda entrusts me with running the place because of my linguistic capacities and my international experience.I am a woman in her mid-60's, trying to be a writer. I am a retired development consultant who worked many years as director of development/aid projects in southern Africa. I was born and raised in Mozambique though my parents were Portuguese. My interests are varied and include: photography, restoration of old buildings, nature conservation, international connections and friendships. Whenever I am in Portugal I share the main house with Alda the house owner, who is a lawyer (attorney-at-law) and whose office is in the nearby charming historic town of Caminha 11 km north of our gate. Alda enjoys discussing the differences in the various legal systems around the world and loves the garden and gardening. We like to travel and to share hospitality with kindred spirits and sometimes we also do non-simultaneous home exchanges. Even though I am now again a UK resident I will go to Afife occasionally especially over summer when more Airbnb guests stay with us so I hope to meet you there soon.
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note: We obviously prefer guests who show respect or their temporary home and know how to clean up after themselves! We have had problems with a few (a minority, I add) guests not cleaning at all even though the cottages are self-catering - this is part of our home and we like people who are sensitive enough to realise this, it is not a serviced hotel! Airbnb is a different kind of paid accommodation where relationships matter.

Languages: English, Español, Français, Português
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Response time: within a day

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