About this listing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
About the Host, Paula (PSR)
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.
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.