Layout and amenities
Ground floor: Large hall. Games room with 2 sofa beds, which may also be used as an extra bedroom for 2 children up to 12 years. Shower room.
First floor: Spacious living / dining room with open fireplace. Fully fitted open kitchen. 2 Bedrooms; one double and one twin. Shared bathroom. Veranda.
Heating: Open fireplace in the living room, electric heaters in the bedrooms.
Amenities: Private pool, wi-fi Internet, satellite TV, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave oven, cot (at request), CD player, table tennis, table football, barbecue, 2 mountain bikes, private parking.
House and surroundings
Cunhas is a small village on the Southeast side of the Serra da Cabreira. It overlooks a valley where the rivers Tâmega and Beça form the border between the provinces Minho and Trás-os-Montes.
On the outskirts of the village stands Casa da Cortinha, a beautifully restored farmhouse built frow hewn granite blocks. The somewhat plain outer wall hides a surprising interior. You enter into a vast hall which in the autumn serves as a winery. A wide staircase leads to the upper floor, where the living room, kitchen and 2 bedrooms are situated. What immediately catches the eye is the blue, partly woodburning, partly gasburning cooker. Through the living room you step onto the veranda, where you can enjoy your breakfast in the morning sun as well as a wonderful view over the valley and the Trás-os-Montes highlands beyond.
Next to the house are a large patio, the swimming pool and the garden with a high wall fencing off the street. Near the pool is a small outbuilding with a shower and toilet.
The surrounding area offers ample opportunity for walking; nearby is an old road that leads through the fields down to the Rio Beça. Uphill into the Cabreira mountains is also a fine possibility. Along the river are several beautiful places to swim, for instance at ± 4 km near the bridge on the secondary road to Ribeira de Pena.
Every morning the baker passes the village. There is also a café and a small grocery shop. A wider choice is to be found in the neighbouring village of Moimenta (6 km).
The nearest larger villages are Ribeira de Pena (17 km) and Arco de Baúlhe (19 km), with all kinds of shops, a pharmacy, the post office, restaurants etc.
The distance to the city of Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) is 60 km, and to the city of Chaves with its Roman bridge 55 km.