Layout and amenities
First floor (all on the same level): Hall. Spacious living room with card table. Large veranda. Fully fitted kitchen with dining area and access to the outside stairs. Utility room with washing machine.
4 bedrooms (3 double and 1 twin), each with ensuite bathroom.
Ground floor: is not rented or inhabited.
Heating: Central heating, with an open fireplace in the living room.
Amenities: Private swimming pool, TV, wi-fi Internet, dishwasher, microwave oven, washing machine, barbecue, cot (at request), private parking.
House and surroundings
Casa de Pichoses is a recently built villa, at short distance from the reservoir of Caniçada. The house is very comfortable and tastefully furbished. The living room gives from two sides access to the wide, L-shaped veranda, that offers you a splendid view over the swimming pool and the lake, and ample opportunity to enjoy the long summer evenings.
Surrounding the pool is a lovely garden, which is ideally situated for sunbathing. To the left are a few small, terraced meadows, nearly all day in the shade of high trees.
The lake (almost 700 hectares) is at the border of the Serra da Cabreira and the Serra do Gerês on the North side. For those who seek recreation by or on the water, alternating with visits to the impressive Portuguese national park Peneda-Gerês, this is an ideal place. Not far from the villa you can rent canoes, jet skis, pedaloes and motor boats. You can also learn to waterski.
From the nearby village of Rio Caldo there are two roads leading into the national park; one goes via the village and sanctuary of São Bento, the other leads to the spa of Caldas do Gerês, where you find an information centre. They provide information on the 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.
At walking distance, along the road that passes below the grounds of the villa, you will find several restaurants, cafés and shops. In Sta. Maria do Bouro (± 8 km in the direction of Amares) are more shops, a weekly market and an excellent restaurant in the historic pousada.
The distance to Braga and to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) is about 40 kms.