Layout and amenities
Ground floor (accessible through the patio): Living room with, among others, TV, card table, sofa bed for 1. Shower room.
Between levels: Fully fitted kitchen with dining table.
First floor: Entrance. 2 Bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin), each with ensuite shower room. Veranda.
Heating: Airco (hot and cold).
Amenities: Private pool (saltwater), TV, wi-fi Internet, washing machine, dishwasher, hair dryer, barbecue, cot & highchair (at request), 5 bicycles, garden, private parking.
House and surroundings
Casa de Baúlhe is a former tentant farmhouse on a small wine estate situated on the edge of the village of Arco de Baúlhe. The house is recently converted and furnished in very good taste. Together with the pleasant inner yard and the swimming pool it makes an ideal holiday accommodation for 4 or 5 people.
In between the cottage and the main house (the owners are there only for the weekends) is a beautiful landscaped garden that the guests are free to use. Fresh vegetables and fruit are available in the kitchen garden.
The vineyards, that yield a sparkling light vinho verde, end at a small stream which offers nice places to swim. At walking distance, just a little further downstream, is a sunbathing field on the river bank and a bar with meals and drinks during the summer months.
Not far from the cottage is the terminal of the former Tâmega narrow gauge railway line. It has been more than 20 years since the trains halted there, the station has been converted into a local museum with one of the last steam engines and several carriages on show. The track is transformed into a 40 km bicycle and foot path, a beautiful route along vineyards, old stations, woodland and bridges.
You can also enjoy nature and walk to your heart’s content in the Alvão nature park.
In Arco de Baúlhe are several shops, pastelarias and restaurants. More choice is to be found in Cabeceiras de Basto (6 km), there is also a supermarket, a health care centre, and a large weekly market.
The distance to the centre of Braga is about 60 km, to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) 40 km, and to the impressive national park Peneda-Gerês plus the lake Caniçada 45 km.