Layout and amenities
Ground floor: Semi-covered courtyard. Toilet. Laundry room. Large games room with table tennis.
First floor:Living room. Large kitchen with dining area. Toilet.
3 Bedrooms: 1 double and 1 twin with ensuite shower room and 1 double with ensuite bathroom.
Heating: Central heating with an open fireplace in the kitchen.
Amenities: Private swimming pool, wifi Internet, TV, dvd player, dishwasher, barbecue, cot (at request), oven, microwave oven, coffee machine, washing machine, mountain-bikes.
House and surroundings
Casa de José – “the house of Mr. José” – stands at the edge of the old village of Bucos. Its origins are a former village farm, and during the renovation old and modern were cleverly matched.
The cosy, semi-covered courtyard is one of the pleasant surprises. Here you can find stillness and coolness on a hot summer day, or in the event of a less beautiful day still have the outdoor feeling. From the courtyard granite stairs lead up to the ample living quarters.
The paved road along the house ends a few hundred metres further on near a stream, and becomes a dirt road only in use by the locals (more cows than cars!).
Bucos is a lovely preserved village in the foothills of the Serra da Cabreira. It is not hard to imagine life as it was for hundreds of years. The rural surroundings and the comfortable accommodation makes this an excellent spot for nature lovers and those who are looking for peace and quiet, and also a very good starting point for walks and car trips.
The nearest small town is Cabeceiras de Basto (about 10 km away). There you will find all kinds of shops, restaurants, pastelarias, banks, the post office, a pharmacy, a large weekly market, etc.
The distance to the reservoir of Ermal, featuring a facility for cable waterskiing (called Tele-Ski) is 13 km, and to the lake Caniçada on the border of the Peneda-Gerês national park 30 km.
The distance to the centre of Braga is about 50 km, and to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) 45 km.