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Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Casa do Alto is an old renovated stone farmhouse which is nestled in the hillside of the Cavado river valley in the Minho region. It is 6 km from Braga. It has 3 independent self contained floors, two of which (the upper and the ground floor) are available for rental. All the apartments have cable/satellite TV and internet access through Wi Fi.

The top floor apartment (179 m2) 6-10 persons: The top floor apartment can be reached by it's own outside stairway. There is a large veranda overlooking the garden and an outside stone table. It also has a beautiful view of the Cavado valley.

It includes 2 suites each composed of a bedroom with en suite bathroom and private sitting area with cable TV and sofa bed.

There is a living/dining/library area with a kitchenette and fireplace (67 m2) with a spacious dining table, sofas and cable TV. The library can easily be converted into a third bedroom with a large double sofa bed and its own full bathroom with jacuzzi (10 m2) .

The kitchenette includes cooking facilities (fridge/freezer, microwave, electric grill, electric hob, electric kettle).

The Ground Floor Apartment (4 to 6 persons): is a comfortable and spacious apartment (over 113 m2) on the ground floor of Casa do Alto with view to the Cavado valley. The apartment is attached to the main house but has a separate entrance and patio.

This apartment has 1 bedroom with 2 single beds and one double bedroom + double sofa bed and can comfortably accommodate 4 – 6 persons.

It has 2 bathrooms: 1 full bathroom + 1 bathroom composed of sauna/turkish/ shower/ massage and wash basin.

It has a large living dining area with fireplace and a Kitchenette/bar with cooking facilities.

The property has a large, secluded private swimming pool (15 m x 7.5 m) with a magnificent view overlooking the orchard.

There is a washing machine and tumble dryer which may be used by all the guests. They are in the laundry area situated in the garage.

Guests may also use the outdoor barbecue area. There is ample parking space within the property.

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Size Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Esposende 30 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Porto Francisco Sa Carneiro 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
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 Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Costa Verde 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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