Holiday Rentals in North Portugal - Casas da Cabreira

Quinta de Penas

Restored farmstead with 4 comfortable cottages

• sleeps  4 or 6 • shared pool
• bedrooms  2 or 3 • lovely landscaped garden
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Quinta de Penas

Layout and amenities

  • Casa das Azeitonas / Casa da Colmeia
    Ground floor: 2 Twin bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom.
    First floor (accessible from the courtyard): Spacious living room. Fully fitted kitchen.
    Heating: Central heating.
    Amenities: TV with DVD-player, dishwasher, micro-wave oven, toaster. This two houses do not have air conditioning.
  • Casa do Forno
    Ground floor: Fully fitted kitchen with table seating 4 and access to the private garden. Living room with couch/bed. 2 Bedrooms, 1 twin and 1 double, each with en-suite bathroom. The twin room is accessible through the private garden.
    Heating: Central heating.
    Amenities: TV with DVD-player, dishwasher, micro-wave oven, toaster, airco.
  • Casa da Borboleta
    Ground floor: Spacious, well equipped kitchen. Dining room. Bathroom. Living room. Private patio with barbecue at the back.
    First floor: 3 Bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom, 1 with bunk beds and more double bedroom. Shared bathroom. Reading room.
    Heating: Central heating, with a woodburning stove in the living room.
    Amenities: TV with DVD-player, dishwasher, micro-wave oven, toaster, airco.
  • General
    Swimming pool (12 x 6 x 0.50–1.70m) with sun loungers, large garden, laundry service, barbecue, cot (at request), foldaway single bed (at request), games room with: wifi Internet, table tennis and mini-football.

House and surroundings

Quinta de Penas is a former farm, standing up the valley of the Rio Cávado, in an area that is known for its good quality vinho verde. The quinta itself also used to grow grapes.

The farmhouse, working house, barns and stables are sitting around an attractive inner courtyard, and are carefully restored. The property now consists of 4 houses: Casa das Azeitonas, Casa da Colmeia, Casa do Forno and Casa da Borboleta, plus a few outbuildings.

Through the courtyard you come into the large, landscaped garden with a lawn, some ancient orange and olive trees and the swimming pool with sun terrace. There is ample room for anyone to play, soak up the sun or read a book in a shady tranquil spot.

Casa das Azeitonas and Casa da Colmeia, named after the olives and the honey the quinta used to be famous for, are very similar in size and layout. Both sleep 4 people, and have their entrance from the partly with passiflora covered courtyard. The bedrooms are on the ground floor and in the summer nice and cool because of the thick granite walls. The large living / dining room is on the first floor, as is the kitchen. The light and airy, yet comfortable furnishings are in pleasant contrast with the robust architecture.

Casa do Forno is very spacious for just 2 or 4 people. It is named after the original stone breadoven in the kitchen. The entrance is also in the partly with passiflora covered courtyard. This house has a private garden and patio at the back, where you can have your breakfast or enjoy a glass of wine in the late afternoon sun.

Casa da Borboleta, the former main house, is the largest of the four. It offers every amenity and ample space for 6 people. The furnishings are a tasteful mix of modern and antique.

The quinta is in Geraz do Minho, a part of the municipality of Póvoa de Lanhoso. In the centre of Póvoa (± 6 kms) are shops, restaurants, banks, a post office and a weekly market. The most important place of interest is the 12th century castle.
At walking distance is a restaurant that produces good, local food, and in the neighbouring village of São João de Rei you will find O Victor, a restaurant famous for its bacalhau and vitela assada.
The distance to the city of Braga is 17 km, to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) 25 km, and to the Portuguese National Park Peneda-Gerês also about 25 km.