Layout and amenities
Ground floor: Living room with TV. Games room.
First floor: Living room with open fireplace. Breakfast room and kitchenette. 3 Double bedrooms; each with ensuite bathroom, TV and air conditioning. Large veranda.
Ground floor: Shower and toilets.
First floor: 2 bedrooms, one with 2 double beds and one with 2 single beds, and both with ensuite bathroom, TV and air conditioning.
Heating: Central heating.
Amenities: Swimming pool (fenced for toddlers), large garden, TV, games room, washing machine, private parking, cot (at request).
House and surroundings
Casa de Alfena is situated in Travassos, a traditional gold filigree workshop-village. For centuries families have been making jewelry and even today several workshops remain active. The manor house stands next to one of those workshops, which was converted into a small but fine museum. Here you'll find tools and beautiful examples of the art of goldsmithery, meticulously collected by the owner.
The main house has been tastefully redecorated, preserving many ancient details, especially in the kitchen and the adjoining breakfast room. There are two living rooms, one without TV, where you can enjoy a quiet conversation or read a book, and three double rooms with private bathroom. On the ground floor a games room with billiard.
The first floor of the former granary has been converted into two twin rooms, each with ensuite bathroom and overlooking the gardens. On the ground floor there are toilets and showers for those using the swimming pool.
Behind the main house is a beautifully laid-out garden, with spacious lawns and shady trees, and a large patio next to the swimming pool.
In Travassos is e café and a small grocery shop. The nearest town is Póvoa de Lanhoso (8 km, all facilities), with a lively centre, a choice of restaurants and a large weekly market. Worth visiting are the 12th century castle, and a restored castro (prehistoric settlement).
The city of Braga and the National park Peneda-Gerês are about 25 kms away, the distance to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) is 20 km.