Layout and amenities
Ground floor: Entrance. Spacious living/dining room with large open fireplace. Well equipped open kitchen with gas cooker, electric oven and exit to the garden and the lower level. Bedroom with double bed and access to the garden. Bathroom.
Downstairs (accessible from the exterior): Utility room with washing machine.
Heating: Underfloor heating, with an open fireplace in the living room.
Amenities: Private swimming pool, TV with dvd-player, wi-fi Internet, airco in the bedroom, garden, micro-wave oven, washing machine, barbecue, cot (at request), private parking.
House and surroundings
Casal do Gato was built on the remnants of a small stone farmhouse. Traditional materials were used, like the granite corner stones and the terracotta tiles, all in good taste with the modern conveniences, light and space. Thus a very pleasant holiday cottage for 2 people was created.
From the living room and the bedroom you walk into the garden and to the swimming pool with adjoining patio, where you have lots of privacy. At the far end of the patio, which is overgrown by kiwi plants, is a stone dining table and the barbecue.
From the pool area and the two balconies at the front of the house there is a wonderful view, that on a clear day reaches as far as the Serra do Marão, behind which the river Douro flows.
The grounds of the property, more than 2 acres, consist mainly of meadows bordered by trees and high climbing vines. In the surrounding area, a valley with a clear stream called Rio Peio, you can walk along old lanes, through farmlands, corn fields and meadows, and orchards with olive and orange trees.
The nearest small town is Cabeceiras de Basto (about 6 km away). There you will find all kinds of shops, restaurants, pastelarias, banks, the post office, a pharmacy, a large weekly market, etc. Nearby in Gondarém, at walking distance, there is a café and a small shop with groceries and daily fresh bread.
The distance to the city of Braga is 50 km, and to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) 40 km.