Layout and amenities
- Quinta de Fundevila I (Casa do Penedo)
Ground floor: Main entrance. Living room with TV. 2 Twin bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom.
First floor (to be reached from the inside and outside): Fully fitted kitchen. Dining room. 2 Double bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom. Veranda with table-set and an in-wall barbeque.
Heating: Central heating, with an open fireplace in the dining room.
Amenities: TV, dvd player, dishwasher, washing machine (in outbuilding), barbecue, cot (at request).
- General (shared with Fundevila II and III)
Swimming pool, garden, parking, Internet connection, private beach, canoes.
House and surroundings
Quinta de Fundevila is situated on the edge of the village of Pandoses, its grounds bordering on the reservoir of Caniçada. Along a cobbled lane (about 150 metres) you walk down to a small private beach, where you can swim, laze away the day or take a canoe onto the lake.
At the quinta are 3 tastefully restored stone farmhouses:
- Fundevila I, called Casa do Penedo
- Fundevila II, called Casa da Eira (more →)
- Fundevila III, called Casa Mãe (more →).
Casa do Penedo is named after the boulder the house was built against. The original granite part forms a surprising contrast with the glass façade and the stairwell in the centre. The whole offers ample space and lots of comfort for 8 people. There are lovely views over the quinta and the lake from the living room and the patio at the front.
Outside the high season the villa can also be rented with 3 bedrooms (max. 6 people). In this case the 4th room remains closed.
Around the 3 houses is a large, well-kept garden with orange and lemon trees, and the pool and adjoining sun deck surrounded by a lawn. The rest of the grounds are still in their original state, small terraced fields sloping down to the lake.
The lake - 700 hectares - offers plenty of opportunities for watersports; you can hire canoes, jet skis and pedalos, and you can learn how to waterski.
Not far from Pandoses, at the “crossroads” of the reservoir, starts the national park Peneda-Gerês. You can find an information centre in the spa villages of Caldas do Gerês, where they provide information on flora and fauna of the park, archeological finds (among which the roman road that once lead from the city of Braga to Rome), walking routes, etc.
In the village of Parada de Bouro (2.5 km) are some small shops, cafés and a simple restaurant. There are more shops and supermarkets in nearby Vieira do Minho (8 km), and also banks, the post office, a health care center and a weekly market. The best restaurant is about 6 km away, in the historic pousada of Sta. Maria do Bouro.
The distance to Braga is about 30 km, and to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) 40 km.