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Yavanna - Swimming Pool View
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel Entrance
Yavanna - Our Neighbours - Like Stepping back in Time
Yavanna - Local Beach and Fishing Boat
Yavanna - Swimming Pool - Yoga Class
Yavanna - Yoga Deck from the Organic Veggie Garden
Yavanna - One of the outside terraces - table tennis, dancing, etc.
Yavanna - View across the garden - there are 3 hammocks
Yavanna - Main garden
Yavanna - Granite Communal Table - One of several
Yavanna - Local Beach at Caminha
Yavanna - Parking for 6 Cars
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel - An example bedroom
Yavanna - Local Building - Beautiful Ceramics
Yavanna - Garden from near the Studio
Yavanna - Somewhere to relax
Yavanna - Table Tennis!
Yavanna - Local River Minho - Swimming, Kayaking, Water Skiing, Rafting
Yavanna - Local Beach at Moledo
Yavanna - Nearby River Minho - A family kayaking
Yavanna - Portuguese Wine is Delicious and Not Expensive
Yavanna - Traditional Bridge Nearby
Yavanna - We have an abundant organic vegetable garden. Chose home grown produce!
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Garden
Yavanna - Local Dancing - There are many Fiestas you can watch
Yavanna - Shopping in Vigo - Over the border in Spain
Yavanna - Local Fish from Ancora Market
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Staircase
Yavanna - River Minho meets the Sea
Yavanna - Local Beach at Afife
Yavanna - Nearby River Minho - A family waterskiing
Yavanna - The Year it was built - 1723
Yavanna - Casa Dolinda - An example bedroom
Yavanna - Nearby Garden
Yavanna - A Cycling Group out for the day
Yavanna - Ancient Terraces
Yavanna - Nearby Ancient Corn Stores
Yavanna - Studio and Conference Room
Yavanna - Cactus Garden
Yavanna - Nearby Porto
Yavanna - Casa Dolinda's Terrace
Yavanna - Casa Dolinda - An example bedroom
Yavanna - Casa Dolinda open plan ground floor
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Terrace
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Living Room
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Living Room
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel - An example bedroom
Yavanna - Our salt water swimming pool
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Kitchen
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Kitchen
Yavanna - Relax by the pool and enjoy the scenery
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel - An example bedroom
Yavanna - Casa Dolinda's Kitchen
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Garden
Yavanna - Casa Dolinda's Garden
Yavanna - Casa Dolinda's Garden
Yavanna - Casa Dolinda's Garden
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Garden
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Terrace
Yavanna - Main Garden
Yavanna - Our 12x8 meters swimming pool
Yavanna - A place to relax
Yavanna - Enjoy the stunning views by the pool
Yavanna - Main Garden, next to the pool
Yavanna - Main Garden
Yavanna - Old Wine Press in our garden
Yavanna - Casa Gabriel's Garden
Yavanna - Main Garden
Yavanna - Main Garden
Yavanna - Casa Dolinda's open plan ground floor
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Fontoura, Valenca, Viana do Castelo District, Northern Portugal

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HelenCRos...
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
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“We had such fun on our second trip to Yavanna this year!”
Reviewed November 3, 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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Please see my previous review from April......our second stay in October was equally as wonderful. It was like coming home.

We were welcomed so warmly by Sofia, Gustaf and the family and we relaxed quickly into our holiday knowing the area well. We hit the beach and played in the pool and had loads more time for exploring. Our passion for Portugal is still burning. Yavanna is such a wonderful place to escape the stresses of everyday life, to relax and enjoy the outdoor living and the peace and quiet.

Thank you Yavanna we miss you. Roll on next year for another visit

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Liked best: The comfort of the house and the gorgeous beds!
Liked least: The church bells at 8am (I may have written that in my last review :-))
Traveling group: Young Children
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jel-yorks...
Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“Fabulous family holiday destination”
Reviewed August 24, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

My husband and two teenage children stayed in Casa Dolanda for a week in July. The accommodation is excellent, all rooms clean and well furnished. We had several of our evenings meals outside enjoying the great views across the gardens and valley beyond and of course the pool is fab - my son particularly liked the fact that the salt pool didnt aggrevate his excema. This was our first visit to northern portugal but I think i prefer it to the Algarve now. Would recommend trips to Santiago da Compostela and Iles de Cies (for the latter book online beforehand). Sofia and Gustav are great hosts - helpful yet unobstrusive.

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Liked best: the fact that salt, spices, washing up liquid were available as so annoying when you have to buy and only use a tiny amount of
Liked least: the night the local village had a festival and played music that could be heard across the valley until 3am!
Traveling group: Teenagers
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irishfami...
Dublin, Ireland
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“Relaxing holiday in beautiful countryside”
Reviewed August 19, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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We have just returned from two weeks in Yavanna with our three children (7,5,2). We had a wonderful, relaxing holiday. The kids loved playing the the gardens and the fabulous swimming pool (with it's magnificent views), swinging on the hammocks and playing with the owners' children. There countryside is beautiful with so much to see and do. We love trips to nearby Valença and Caminha beach. Being so close to the Spanish boarder means you can easily nip across for tapas any time you want. The hosts Sophia and Gustav were so welcoming and friendly. We will miss the late night barbecues and the lovely local vino verde. We hope to return in the future and we'd recommend Yavanna to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday with their family or friends.

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Liked best: Beautiful scenery and safe surroundings for the kids
Traveling group: Young Children
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JosyHayes
Nailsworth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Beautiful peaceful spot, pool is idyllic and wonderful hosts.”
Reviewed August 17, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

This is our second visit to Yavanna, I would recommend Yavanna to everyone. It suits families, couples, friends you name it. There are are wonderful beaches nearby, beautiful towns to visit such as Valenca, the National Park is nearby, water activiees on the River Minho and so much more. The cottages are comfortable with everything you need and the pool is out of this world. Gustav & Sophia couldn't have been more helpful.

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Young Children
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Orafiri
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
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“Yavanna: A gem in Northern Portugal”
Reviewed June 9, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Yavanna is a great retreat location for travelers who need a respite from the hustle and bustle of big city life. The grounds of the property are well maintained with outside sitting areas. There is a very nice pool area (although I did not utilize it because of the timing of my vacation). The accommodations are nice and comfortable. The view of the mountains from my room was priceless. The owner had recommendations of activities in the area and the best pastry shops.

The location of Yavanna to Spain made it possible for me to also visit some tourist locations in Spain. I will not do this review justice if I do not mention the edible garden. I love oranges and they happen to be in season during my visit.

Overall, from this experience, I will most definitely visit again.

Tip for visitors (and it depends on where you are travelling from), I flew into Vigo, Spain and appreciated the short commute especially since I had to board a morning flight on my return home.

Traveling group: Solo
Your age range 35-49
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HelenCRos...
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“The most perfect holiday, wonderful accommodation and beautiful memories”
Reviewed April 28, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We are a family of five who stayed at Yavanna in April. The accommodation was stunning, the outdoor living feel was so unique. We had the most beautiful garden for our evening BBQs with stunning views. The sitting room with its log burner was so cosy when we wanted to come in. We all enjoyed the pool, the table tennis, and the thoughtful attention to detail that made our stay so comfortable. Sofia and Gustaf were so welcoming and helpful and could not have done more to have made this an exceptional holiday.

The surrounding area is full of things to do. We visited markets and towns and walked into Spain. The beaches at Moledo are amazing for the children and we could have done with a few more days to stay. We will be back!

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Liked best: The pool and gardens
Liked least: The bathroom doors
Traveling group: Young Children
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CristinaB...
Luanda, Angola
1 review
“Fantastic !!”
Reviewed November 5, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

I could find no fault with anything. I highly recommend this property to any one, especially to folks with kids !!!!!

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Liked best: Beautifull garden and pull - fruits & vegetals freshly availble in the garden
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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