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Water Lodge

Minho, Portugal

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Na-Bé Lavender Lodge

Suitable for children of all ages

Pets welcome

Kids can choose to sleep inside the lodge in a double canopied sofa-bed or in double tipi pitched outside (no taller than 160 cm) - linen provided

Pick your own oranges for a nutritious breakfast at this lavender farm lodge for two


The enchanting Lavender Lodge & Spa was dreamt up by lively Belgian couple, Joëlle and Dirk, and is set on a lavender farm over four heavenly levels. Amid the purple hues and at the foot of the estate, all guests are welcome to take a dip in the inviting spring-fed pool. About 15 meters from the pool, you'll find your canvas cocoon, The Water Lodge. At the heart of the lodge is a king-size canopy bed, handcrafted, along with the rest of the furnishings, by the owners using natural materials. Fold out the sofa to make a magical tent for little ones to sleep in or pitch a whimsical tipi just outside for your more adventurous Cherokees. A little further up the lavender fields, there is a facilities lodge where you'll have your private bathroom with hot shower and loo.

Nearing the hilltop, set amongst vines and a vegetable garden, you’ll spot the breakfast terrace, where a complimentary spread is served up every morning. You can even pick your own oranges for an extra healthy start! Finally, at the summit, you’ll find Dirk cooking up delicious local dishes, from his speciality canapés to 4-course gourmet dinners. You'll also discover a spa here, where Joëlle is often busy preparing homemade treatments. 

The tiny cobbled lanes of nearby villages are dotted with cantinas offering traditional dishes washed down with Minho’s mouth-watering 'green' wine. Each far-from-sleepy village is often abuzz with colourful folklore festivals and pilgrimages and offers its own traditions, delicacies and handmade crafts. The region is famous for its bubbling streams, clean beaches, breathtaking views, and green mountains - go hiking in the National Park Peneda-Geres, grab a GPS or rent a bike from the Lavender Lodge and head out on an exclusive self-guided tour. 


The important stuff

  • Check in is from 3pm
  • Check out is before 11am
  • Please be careful around pool as it has no safety barriers
  • Sleeping arrangements

Extra space available

Space for 1 pet from €25 per pet per stay Please let the owners know more about what kind of pet and their behaviour etc.

Space for 2 children from €10 per child per night sleeping inside on double sofa-bed or in tipi pitched outside - linen provided

Space for 1 baby no charge. Please bring your own travel cot

Kids & Pets

Kids can choose to sleep inside the lodge in a double canopied sofa-bed or in double tipi pitched outside (no taller than 160 cm) - linen provided


  • There are no cooking facilities but there is a dinner option four times a week.
  • There are no fridges but refreshing drinks can be bought at the bar. If refrigeration is needed for storing medication, the owner can store this in their personal refrigerator.


  • Private shower and loo.

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • No heating
  • Solar power lighting
  • Plug sockets in bathroom
  • All bed linen and towels provided


  • Selection of games in the common room.

Getting there

Rua de Souto 150, 4980-258 Ponte da Barca

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By train

The nearest train station is Braga, around 30 km away

By bus

The nearest station is Ponte de Barcais, 8 km away

By airport transfer

Transfers can be arranged from the Aiport but Guests are strongly recommended to rent a car as public transport is irregular. 

By car

There is parking about 50 metres away. Follow directions to Ponte de Barca (the nearest village). Once you are here, you will take the N101 direction Braga. Once on the N101 you will take the first right (there is a sign that says Nogueira and Mosteiro de Crasto) keep following that road up the mountain until you see the Mosteiro ( Monastry) de Crasto, pass the Mosteiro on your left and you will see the cemetery on the right. Go past the cemetery then take the first road on your right, Rua de Pegadinha. Follow that road, keep following until you reach a t-junction, then go left (still on Rua de Pegadinha). Take the first left , this is Rua de Souto and follow the road right to the end. 

Food & Drink

You can have a four course gourmet dinner, cooked by owner Dirk, at the Lavender Lodge's restaurant four nights a week (Sat, Mon, Wed, Fri) - just make reservations beforehand! Dietary requirements can be accommodated if the owner is given plenty of notice and extra supplies can be arranged on request. 

The owners know lots of great places to eat and will happily recommend them to you according to your plans.

There are several supermarkets in Ponte de Barca, around a 10 minute drive away.


At Na-Be

There is a gorgeous natural swimming pool sitting within the lavender garden for guests to use.

You can head over to the Na-Be Lavendar Lodge Spa for a selection of treatments such as massages, herbal packs and wraps, hydrotherapy, all of which are done with home prepared products straight from the lavender flowers and herbs of the garden. Joelle would be happy to set up a DIY wellness day for you on request, where you will learn to make natural cosmetic and indulge in home spa treatments, for an extra charge. 

In September, you can turn your hand to lavender harvesting from the Lodge's lavender farm. 

Places to visit

There are many pretty and interesting little villages nearby, each with its own traditions, festivities and handmade crafts. There are pilgrimages and colourful folklore festivals throughout the year where you can dine on traditional dishes and sample Minho's famous green wine. 

Outdoor and Active

The region is famous for its refreshingly clean rivers and streams, extensive and clean beaches, breathtaking views, green mountains and endless fields so there's lots of opportunities for adventure and extreme sports. Go hiking in the National Park Peneda-Geres, grab a GPS or rent a bike from the Lavender Lodge and head out on an exclusive self guided tour. 

Courses & classes

7 Day Add-On packs which can be arranged beforehand with the owners - please discuss prices and arrangements with Joelle and Dirk. 

Walking package: walks in the national park guided with GPS 

Culinary and walking package: learn and experience the typical Portuguese dishes and wines

Spa natural cosmetics DIY :learn to make natural spa and body products  (great for hen parties in a 3 day version)

Meet your hosts

Joëlle, Dirk and Adèle (their little girl who is the perfect  mix of them both):

"We're a very adventurous couple, with a passion for travelling and nature, always living each day to the fullest.  After finishing our studies, we left for Hawaii, the island of spa and wellness.  Joëlle studied massage and wellness at SpaLuna and Dirk specialised in building windsurfing boards.  We then worked for a couple of years in a very nice hotel in the French Alps where Dirk became interested in cooking. Out of our love of massage, travel and cooking, the idea for Na-Be Lodge and Spa was born and we chose to open it in our favourite Portuguese town, Minho, with its lovlely coastline and great nature reserve."

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Our guests say...

Na-Be is set in an incredibly peaceful location in the hills about an hours drive from Porto airport. My partner and I live in London and it was so lovely to sleep with sounds of nature and wake up to the chorus of birds! Joelle and Dirk have created a magical place to stay. The accommodation is the perfect combination of comfortable and rustic with handcrafted four poster beds, comfortable sheets and pillows (I'm quite fussy and they got it right) and stunning views. I also loved the pool, they have a natural filtration system using plants and salts (I think), which means no chlorine. The local area is quiet, there are some small towns nearby that are very pretty and nice to have meals out and walk around exploring. There are also some nice walks near the property which my partner and I enjoyed. Joelle also can let you know about local hikes. Joelle also offers massages in a room with beautiful panoramic view - I had a massage at the end of our holiday and it was lovely, really regretted not having more while I was there! Dirk also cooks impressive three course dinners a few nights a week - not to be missed out on!!



we had a blissful 4 nights here, it is super relaxed. Clean mountain air and incredible views. Joelle and Dirk are very friendly but unobtrusive hosts, around just as much as you need them to be and full of ideas of things to do in the local area. The pool is wonderful, we spend a couple of days not moving from Na Be. The smell of the lavender was heavenly and most importantly keeps the mozzies away! All the facilities are clean and well maintained and the breakfast was enough to keep us going almost until dinner. We went walking a lot, got lost, chatted to locals and swam in mountain rivers - all in all a magical trip.



We had a brilliant stay with Dirk and Joelle in this wonderful place. They have obviously taken much of their experiences in Hawaii and at a top end ski chalet in the French alps and put this into their new venture.



Excellent hosts who went out of their way to help us make the most of our short two night stay. The first night accommodating us for an excellent 3 course homemade meal (at late notice) and advising / booking activities for the time we were there. Facilities were of the highest standard and kept spotless, really enjoyed the pool! Joelle and Dirk provided the perfect balance of being available to help but remained unobtrusive, making it a very relaxing and peaceful stay, in a beautiful location.



This place is brand new to our collection so doesn't have any guest feedback yet, but we're sure you'll love it. Book a stay and be the first to write a glowing review! 


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1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.