Layout and amenities (house)
Ground floor: Living room with open fireplace and balcony. Dining room. Fully fitted kitchen with dining table.
First floor: 2 Bedrooms; one double and one twin; both with ensuite bathroom.
Outbuilding (near the swimming pool): Shower and toilet. Utility room with washing machine and dryer. Covered patio with barbecue.
Heating: Central heating, with an open fireplace in the living room.
Amenities: Private swimming pool, satellite-TV, wi-fi Internet, cd- and dvd-player, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, cot (at request), barbecue.
House and surroundings
Casa Moinho da Porta, situated alongside a tributary of the Rio Ave, is a former corn and saw mill. Partly concealed by a grove of alder and eucalyptus but still very sunny, the gurgling of water in the background, and no sign of other houses in the vicinity – this is an exceptional property on a unique location.
The old mill is carefully restored and furnished to the highest standards, with the use of original materials like authentic Portuguese roof tiles and 18th century iron lattice from a nearby monastery. The water course along and under the building has been preserved. The result is a splendid combination of ancient and modern, without compromising luxury and comfort. Not surprisingly the property features in portuguese interior design magazines like Casa Claudia and Blue Living !
The house invites you to experience its different atmospheres; at the dining table in the kitchen, in the living room near the open fireplace, on the balcony above the stream, at the table near the open patio doors, behind the desk in front of the bedroom window.
The kitchen leads to a nice shady terrace overlooking the stream. On the patio at the other side of the house, and of course near the swimming pool, you can enjoy the sun almost the entire day.
If you only wish to rent the house, suited for 4 people, the studio may be let out to a third party.
The garden of the house and the pool remain private.
At about 15 metres from the house, visible from the patio behind the kitchen, is a guesthouse for 2 people, called “the studio”. More information →
The nearby village is Taíde, the nearest town is Póvoa de Lanhoso (7 kms, all facilities), with a lively centre, a choice of restaurants and a large weekly market. Worth visiting are the 12th century castle, a restored castro (prehistoric settlement), and the Museu do Ouro (gold filigree).
The city of Braga is 25 km away, Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) 20 km, and the impressive national park Peneda-Gerês about 30 km.