We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Yavanna - Idyllic Chill-Out Villa with Large Pool

141 reviews
Overview
Reviews
Amenities
Availability
Map
Overview
3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
Minimum stay varies
Holiday Rental House
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 d...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. More
House Rules
Bathrooms
About the Owner
Sofia L
Languages spoken:Portuguese, English, Spanish
Response Rate:83%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2011
Write a reviewReviews (141)

1 - 5 of 141 reviews

Reviewed 24 July 2018

Yavanna was a bit hard to locate, but well worth the effort. The apartment was spacious with a traditional and tasteful interior. The garden was great, and the swimming pool was amazing. We could easily have given it top score, had it not been for...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Steinar B
Sofia L, VR Owner at Yavanna - Idyllic Chill-Out Villa with Large Pool, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Hi Steinar, thank you very much for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Yavanna! Just wished that you had told us that you were having issues with the WiFi, we would probably have been able to help with you with...More

Reviewed 24 July 2018

We had a wonderful stay at Yavanna. The setting is beautiful and secluded. The garden was huge and had many quiet spots to be alone in and a big lawn for the kids to run around on. Sofia and Gustav were wonderful hosts; welcoming and...More

Date of stay: July 2018
1  Thank hannahlore86
Sofia L, VR Owner at Yavanna - Idyllic Chill-Out Villa with Large Pool, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Hi Hannah, Thank you so much for the great review! We absolutely loved having you, your family and friends at Yavanna. You are more than welcome to come back. All the best! Sofia

See more reviews
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Great place to stay, Great couple running the place. Sofia and Gustaf, they will help you in all things.We phoned for help to get to there place,and they came over to meet us in there car.When we arrived at there house,Gustaf took us to a...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank ianc4342
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is a beautiful property with 3 renovated farmhouses nestled in the countryside in northern Portugal. It is ideal for families, groups, retreats, couples. There is a lot to do on the property-- gardens, large lawn, saltwater pool, volleyball/other games, or just relax in a...More

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank Eric M
Reviewed 18 September 2017

The location is amazing, with very confortable"parfumed" rooms. The pool has such a beautiful view on the garden in bloom, which is like a little paradise where we were allowed to pick up fruits and vegetables, play ping-pong and volley ball, or simply make a...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank gaellehernandez29
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Ask
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Private Garden
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Corporate Bookings
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Blender
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Balcony
Mountain Views
Ping Pong Table
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Terrace
Fireplace
See more amenities
Is this holiday rental clean?YesNoUnsure
Availability
October 2019
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
November 2019
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
December 2019
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
January 2020
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
February 2020
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
March 2020
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
View all months
See more rates and fees
Map
+
About the neighbourhood
Yavanna lies in the Minho region in the north-west corner of Portugal only a few miles from the border with the province of Galicia, in Spain, and its village, Fontoura, lies on the Pilgrim's way, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Small houses and farms are dotted around the lush green rural landscape, surrounded by small fields and grapevines, connected by granite tracks. Beautiful rivers flow into this region from Spain. The river Lima has the historical and beautiful towns of Ponte de Barca, Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo on its banks. The nearby Minho has interesting old monuments along its banks including the fortified town of Valenca do Minho, which is only 3 miles from Yavanna. Safe lifeguard patrolled swimming and fishing in the Minho is only 10 minutes from Yavanna. The so...
More
About this property
How do I know if the property is available?
How can I contact the owner?
How will the owner contact me?
What if I don't hear back from the owner?
How do I pay?
Do you own a holiday rental? List it here.
Extra income
Earn money by renting out your home. With no up-front fees and no contract, you keep more for yourself.
Easy to manage
Confirm bookings in one click and track everything from enquiry to check-out – even while you're on the go.
Trusted by travellers
With millions of reviews and protected online payments, TripAdvisor helps travellers book your home with confidence.
Set up your free listing
#FKN2223748515