Casa Roma Orbacem is a delightful 19th Century farm house, with annexe, which has been lovingly restored to provide comfortable, spacious accommodation, whilst retaining the atmosphere and character of a bygone age.
The house is idyllically located on a hillside in the Ancora Valley on the edge of the charming, rural village of Orbacem. From its very private position, Casa Roma has magnificent views across vine girded fields to wooded hills and mountains in the distance.
There are many beautiful walks from the house and the river Ancora, with its clean clear water, is a short stroll across the fields where there are rock pools suitable for swimming.
The house is approximately 8 kilometers from the coast and there are a number of excellent beaches very close including, at the small coastal fishing town of Vila Praia de Ancora. It has a long, sandy crescent shaped bay and numerous restaurants, many specialising in locally caught fish.
There are 3 excellent golf courses within easy driving distance, there is canoeing and horse riding close by and the local Afife beach is a surfer’s paradise.
The wild, rugged Peneda-Geres National Park which can be explored on foot, horseback or by car, is an hours drive away.
Further afield, there are many interesting places to visit including the historic towns of Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo, Caminha, the fortified border town of Valenca, Braga, Guimaraes and of course, Oporto, the centre of the port wine industry.
Galicia, in neighbouring Spain, is a short car ferry ride away and is 30 minutes drive from the house. Another very pleasant trip is to Bayona, also in Spain.
A feature of Casa Roma is that the living area is on the upper level to take advantage of the magnificent views. There is also outside access from both levels.
Upper floor: A very spacious "L" shaped open plan living area with an arched wood panelled ceiling and exposed stone walls. There are lounge and dining areas totaling 60 square metres.
There is also a spacious, well equipped kitchen with plenty of work surfaces which incorporate a breakfast bar.
Another feature is the massive chestnut beamed open fireplace complete with original bread oven.
Leading off from this area is a roofed veranda, ideal for dining outdoors.
In the converted barn (annexe) immediately adjacent and on this level, there is a double bedroom and shower room.
There is a laundry room on the lower level of the annexe.
Ground floor: Hallway and one double bedroom with full ensuite bathroom and French windows opening onto a private patio/terrace.
Two twin bedrooms and separate bathroom. One bedroom opens onto a lower paved area.
The property is fully equipped with radio, music centre, oven, refrigerator, washing machine and garden furniture.
The swimming pool is in an elevated position and is set in extensive grounds. It sits on a wide terrace, fenced and gated making it safe for children and has a superb views over the valley, fields and vines. The dimensions of the pool are 9,5 by 4.5 metres. There is also a poolside changing room.
An extensive patio area with built-in roofed barbecue, partly shaded by chestnut and olive trees, is ideal for dining al fresco. On a separate upper level is a grassed area with citrus and olive trees graced by an old maize store and threshing stand.
A generous welcome pack is offered, more than enough to provide a starter meal. Also, a hot meal can be delivered to the door if ordered in advance (cost with wine - around 15 €).
The owners are British and live nearby. They have extensive knowledge of the region and are always pleased to offer helpful advice and can also
show the best swimming spots in the nearby river, or lead a walk to give an insight into this beautiful surroundings.