Layout and amenities
Ground floor: Bedroom with double bed. Large bathroom.
First floor (can be reached either from the veranda or through the house): Spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Well-equipped open kitchen.
Heating: Wood-burning stove in the living room; electric heaters in the bathroom and the bedroom.
Amenities: Private swimming pool, TV, dvd- and cd-player, wireless Internet (near the main house), toaster, washing machine, barbecue, cot (at request), private parking.
Guest room in the main house: Double bed, ensuite bathroom, private entrance.
House and surroundings
In the beautiful old village of Casares you will find the Quintal da Avó (“grandmother’s vegetable garden”). It used to be a small farm. The granite built haybarn, now called Casa Pequena, is converted into a very nice and comfortable holiday cottage for 2 people.
During the restauration the authentic elements were preserved wherever possible. The thick walls keep the interior, especially the bedroom downstairs, pleasantly cool in the summer.
In front of the cottage is a patio with a stone table and benches, offering a lovely view on the mountains across. The light of the setting sun on the slopes, strewn with big boulders, is often magnificent.
Next to the house is the large landscaped garden with a private swimming pool and sun deck. In between the garden and the parking place is an original canastro, an elongated stone barn on legs.
The main house is used by the owners, a retired dutch couple. When they are at home they will not use the pool and the garden, these are exclusively for you! However, if you wish, they will gladly advise on sight seeing, restaurants, wine producers, walks in the vicinity, etc.
In the main house an extra double guest room is available. It has its own separate entrance, and it can only be rented along with Casa Pequena, so you can enjoy the whole or a part of your stay with 4 people rather than 2.
The nearest town is Cabeceiras de Basto (10 km). There you will find all kinds of shops, restaurants, banks, the post office, a pharmacy, etc. At walking distance, on the edge of the village, is a café with a shop where you can buy groceries, and a simple restaurant. The baker passes by each morning.
The distance to the city of Braga is about 40 km, to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) 35 km, and to the Peneda-Gerês national park 30 km.