Layout and amenities
Ground floor: Living/dining room with TV and open fireplace. Fully fitted kitchen. Toilet.
First floor: 2 bedrooms ( 1 double and 1 twin), each with ensuite shower room. Both bedrooms have a door to the terrace.
Heating: Central heating, with an open fireplace in the living room.
Amenities: Private pool, wifi-Internet, TV, dvd-player, washing machine, barbecue, cot (at request), garden, private parking.
House and surroundings
Casa das Eiras is situated in the well preserved village of Carreira. This former farmhouse is restored to a comfortable cottage for four people. It borders a small common where in the old days sheep were gathered, ready to be put out to pasture in the mountains by the shepherd - in turn one of the owners.
Surrounding the cottage is a large garden. At the front the former eira (threshing floor) forms a large terrace and at the other side is a patio with a stone table and benches and a barbecue. A metal staircase leads down to the pool area.
The vicinity is just as beautiful for walking as the nearby Serra da Cabreira. From the cottage you walk directly into the fields and hills.
The owner of Casa das Eiras has a piece of land (which is not inhabited) on the bank of a small lake in the valley, about 6 km from the house. Guests are welcome to use it to swim or have a picnic.
The nearest town is Póvoa de Lanhoso (12 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). In Sobradelo - 3 km from the village - is a café and a small shop with groceries. The baker has his daily round in Carreira itself.
The distance to the centre of Braga is about 30 km, to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) 23 km, and to the impressive national park Peneda-Gerês plus the lake Caniçada 30 km.