Layout and amenities
Ground floor: Hall. Fully fitted kitchen with dining area. Living room and adjacent drawing room, both with access the patio. Dining room.
2 Bedrooms, one double with ensuite bathroom, and one twin. Bathroom.
Downstairs: 3 Double bedrooms, 2 of which with ensuite shower room. Bathroom. Laundry.
Heating: Central heating, with an open fireplace in the living room and in the kitchen.
Amenities: Private swimming pool, wifi-Internet, pool house, ping pong-table and pool-table, TV, cd player, dvd player, dishwasher, microwave oven, toaster, coffee machine, washing machine, tumble dryer, cot (at request), mountain bikes, barbecue, private parking.
House and surroundings
Casal dos Zimbros, which got its name from the junipers in the garden, is located just outside the village of Cortiços, in the central part of the province of Trás-os-Montes. For those wanting to explore the fascinating and unspoilt North-East of Portugal, this is the ideal spot!
The old fortified city of Bragança, the vast nature reserve of Montesinho, the imposing crevice of the Douro river that forms the border with Spain, the provincial capital Vila Real with the Mateus palace, all these and many other places of interest are within easy reach due to the recent improvements of the road net.
The house has been renovated with comfortable and traditional furnishings, offering a tasteful mix of antique and new. That’s why, for instance, you will find modern equipment in the kitchen, next to the old fireplace where ham and sausages were smoked.
A large, mature garden surrounds the house, with plenty of space for children to play. The pool area provides privacy and lovely views over the valley. Next to the swimming pool is a games room with table tennis.
Casal dos Zimbros has 5 bedrooms, each for 2 people. You can decide how many rooms (3, 4 or 5) you want to use. The remaining bedrooms will be closed and not be let out to others, so you will always have the exclusive use of the rest of the house, the garden and the swimming pool!
At walking distance, in Cortiços, are a couple of cafés and a small shop with groceries and bread. In the nearby village of Romeu (4 km) is an excellent restaurant.
The nearest town (10 km) is Macedo de Cavaleiros, where you will find shops, restaurants, the post office etc.
Mirandela (20 km) offers a wider choice, being famous for its specialities like cured ham and other cold meats, sheep cheese, honey, almonds and the finest olive oil.
The beautiful reservoir of Azibo (20 km, 400 hectares) provides canoeing and swimming, and in its vicinity are several marked walks.
The beautiful golf course at Vidago (75 km) was re-opened in 2010. It has been completely renovated and extended to 18 holes.