CASA DO ALTO
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Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Casa do Alto is an old renovated stone farmhouse which is nestled in the hillside of the Cavado river valley.
It also has a large secluded private swimming pool with a magnificent view over the orchard which includes a wide variety of fruit trees such as orange, lemon, tangerine, kaki, apple, pear, fig, cherry, kiwi, grapes, apricot, peach, plum and many others.
Other points of interest are the two complete outdoor kitchens with barbecue, one by the poolside and the other next to a large stone table in the shade of an oak. The latter also includes a log oven.
Exquisite views from all sides and a part of the old Roman road into Braga is right on the back doorstep. The stone “eira” (or patio where they used to dry cereals) is one of the largest in the Minho area (484 m2) and many memorable events have taken place within this large area.
The perfect quiet place to stay as a base to tour around this area of Portugal or just chill out and relax within the grounds of the property itself (1 hectare) either in the surrounding garden, which includes a small wooded area with oaks, cork oaks, sweet chestnuts amongst many other varieties of trees.
Two totally independent apartments for rental:
Ground floor Apartment (2 -8 persons)
Top floor Apartment (2 -10 persons)
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Esposende 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Porto International Airport 50 km, Nearest railway: Braga 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||4 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
Northern Portugal region
There is so much to see around the Minho region (whose coastal area is known as Costa Verde or The Green Coast) and, as Casa do Alto is in the center of this region it is an ideal base for this area of the country.
The climate is mild (average minima 6 C in January and average maxima 28 C in July) and it is a transition climate from Mediterranean, Atlantic and Continental. For this reason almost everything grows in this region.
Casa do Alto is a large stone house (750 m2) in a farm (1 hectare) situated on top of a hill and it is within 6 km of the city centre of the historical, bustling city of Braga (3rd city in PT) and 50 km from the city of Porto (2nd city in PT). There is a bus service available from Oporto International Airport into Braga city bus station. Road and rail links are also excellent (A3, A7 and A11 motorways).
There are exquisite views from all sides of Casa do Alto. A part of the old Roman road into Braga is right on the back doorstep. The stone “eira” (or patio where they used to dry cereals) is one of the largest in the Minho area (484 m2) and many memorable events have taken place within this large area.
The archaeological site of Citânia de Briteiros, dating from Celtic and Roman times is close to Casa do Alto (15 km) and the superb natural scenic Peneda/ Gerês National Park is also easy to reach from Casa do Alto (30 km).
The seaside resorts of Povoa de Varzim (with a casino)/ Vila do Conde and Esposende/ Ofir are about 20 minute's drive away and there is a riverside beach within 5 minutes' drive from the property on the river Cavado.
Braga is the nearest big city to Casa do Alto and is an exciting city with many historical sites to visit, such as the oldest Cathedral in Portugal. Excellent local and international gastronomy can be enjoyed in the many restaurants available in and around Braga, served with a wide range of the exquisite wines which Portugal is renowned for.
In the outskirts of Braga there is a “touristic triangle” composed by the three famous sanctuaries of “Bom Jesus”, “Sameiro” and “Stª Marta” each on top of its own hill, and these are well worth a visit.
Modern day Braga has a long and rich history. It was known as Bracari under the Celts (iron age) and Bracara Augusta under the Romans (founded in 20 BC). In Roman times it was capital of the administrative area Conventus bracarensis, the south western area of the Roman province of Gallaecia. It has always been the most important religious centre in Portugal and its old seminaries educated the missionaries that took European culture and religion to the four corners of the World since the 15th Century. The Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of the Portuguese Catholic University, the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory and the University of Minho are all located in Braga. These are centers of high learning with outstanding research in many areas ranging from philosophy to nano-science, biotechnology, life sciences and computer & information technologies.
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