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“Lovely and well kept place.”
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Yavanna
Reviewed 28 June 2011

Me and my family stayed here for 14 days in the beginning of june. We were 6 kids (3-14 years) and 6 grown-ups.
We brought 3 cars, which all fit on the parking ground infront of the houses. The rooms were all nice and clean, and well kept. The bathrooms kept an excellent standard. The garden is huge, and has lots of room for the kids to play around on.
The pool area is perhaps the best part of this place, a delicious salt-water pool (no Chlorine) that is also kept very clean.
The hosts lives in a 3. house on the premises, and are all very nice people. Without getting intrusive in any way, they look after you and make sure everything is OK. Beeing english, they were very easy to communicate with, at least for us scandinavians.

If I am going back to northern portugal, I wouldn't hesitate to use this facility again!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

We stayed at Yavanna in the beautiful month of May. Besides the weather being perfect, the view from the garden was lovely and green, The place was very peaceful and neat. Our hosts, Mark and Eunice, were genuinely welcoming and gave us many tips for activities around. And so we also did a kayak trip in Tui which was lovely. We had plenty of room in our house and the surrounding was nice and quiet. We regret we couldn't enjoy the pottery workshop and hope to come back one day to learn the skills from Eunice. The only dilemma we had was whether to visit the numerous places in the surrounding nature or stay at home the whole day at Yavanna to be nourished by the peace and relaxing atmosphere.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

It is so peaceful by the pool, the sound of faint bleating goats and bird song lulling you into a blissful sleep. The surroundings are beautiful and there is lots to do. Me, I just wanted to relax and visit the amazing beaches and swim in the stunning pool and visit the local towns for a coffee and simple cheap food-lovely. It fulfilled all my ideas of a relaxing short break.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank louis028
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

I've just had my second holiday at Yavanna and I can't wait to go back again. As soon as you enter the gates of the property you're in a different world - Eunice and Mark have created an oasis. The gardens are lush and beautiful with hammocks strung between orange trees in shady spots, or sun loungers by the divine salt water pool overlooking vines and pine forests on the hills opposite. I have stayed in both houses and found the quality very high, with simple but stunning bedrooms, pure cotton bedlinen and luxurious beds. The food was locally sourced, with some of it grown by Eunice, and absolutely delicious. If you can tear yourself away from Yavannah, which is hard, there are lovely freshwater and sea beaches nearby as well as bars, cafes and fantastic tapas restaurants overlooking the sea in Spain. Fabulous place for a holiday.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank PatriceTheRow
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

Our family had a brilliant stay in Casa Gabriel at Yavannah. The house itself was perfect: clean, well equipped and beautifully decorated. The facilities at Yavannah are also great, there are lots of places to sit outside and eat, hammocks to relax in and a table tennis table. The pool in particular is amazing! The surrounding area is beautiful; the property is close to beaches and some lovely towns. We had a really good stay here and would love to return. We really recommend it!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Thank nick_p123
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Reviewed 6 June 2011

Eunice has created a really lovely space and it is beautifully kept - inside and out - .

We spent a pottery week in the studio, very inspiring and everybody was rearing to go - only taking time out for loads of gorgeous food and local wine.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank annalydford
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

"Yes, Yavanna is stunningly beautiful, peaceful and an incredibly comfortable place to stay. All the reviews are spot on. I went there in 2008 with my family and couldn't wait to go back to sample the pottery course Eunice runs each year. She is a talented ceramicist and also a brilliant teacher. All the people on the course got on like a house on fire and were able to work at their own pace. Under Eunice's expert tuition we created some wonderful pieces. The studio is a beautifully light, large space with plenty of room for us all (9 in all) and excellent equipment. I was so hooked that I signed up to go the next year too.
Great fun, wonderful food, sun shining - a terrific way to spend a creative week."

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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Thank sarje
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Additional Information about Yavanna

Address: Rua da Insua 188 | Fontoura, Fontoura, Valenca 4930-250, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Viana do Castelo District > Valenca > Fontoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Fontoura
Price Range: £97 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yavanna is made up of two 300 year old granite farmhouses set in the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Our two charming villas provide accommodation for groups up to 6 in each. We also have a further two extra double bedrooms for large groups. Large salt water pool and beautiful grounds/garden. Near to magnificant mountains, beaches and rivers. Spain only 10 minutes away. Whether you are looking for rest and recuperation or getting to know one of the most unspoilt parts of Portugal, Yavanna can supply everything you need! ... more   less 

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