own spring water
peace and quiet
Quinta with 2 restored farmhouses and 5 acres of land
House 1 (main house)
A two-storeyed granite farmhouse, totally reconstructed in 2001. Outside measurements are 6x15 metres (excl. the roofed terrace at the west side). Only the outer walls were left standing, everything else was replaced. We did leave the outside appearance as much as possible intact, and used local and traditional materials such as oak beams for the roof and chestnut wood for the doors, windows and blinds.
Ground floor: Utility room (2.80x5.10m) with counter and connections for the washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher. Hallway and stairs to the upper floor. Under-stair cupboard (2.10x0.80m). Bathroom (1.65x3.10m), completely renovated in 2017. Bedroom (3.80x4.00m). Storage room / wine cellar (with own entrance, 4.30x2.70m). Roofed terrace (2.50m wide) over the full length of the west side, under it are 2 brick cubicles for the gas bottles and the gas water heater.
Upper floor: Living room with open kitchen (4.80x7.60m) and entrance to the front. Bedroom (2.80x4.70m). Attic above the bedroom. Roofed balcony / sunroom with large sliding windows (2.80x5.50m).
Gas: For cooking and water heating we use propane in 35 kg bottles, which are delivered at the house.
Water comes from our own spring at the highest level of the property. It is more than enough for our own use and the irrigation of the garden and the vegetable garden. We had it analysed, and its quality is excellent.
Electricity: 230V and day and night rates. A few years ago a transformer was placed in the neighbourhood, since then the mains voltage is quite stable.
Sewage: The house is connected to a two compartment septic tank.
Heating: Our main heating is a wood stove. Firewood is free, our grounds supply more than enough and no permit is required for logging! For additional heating we have an electric storage heater (heating up during the night and releasing the heat throughout the day). This type of heater is also used in the downstairs bedroom. The other bedroom and the bathroom have ordinary electric wall heaters.
Telephone and internet: For both we use mobile connections. Until recently we also had a landline, however we don't need it anymore.
House 2 (guest house)
A two-storeyed granite farmhouse, totally reconstructed in 2013/14. Outside measurements are 9.20x5.30 metres. Only the outer walls were left standing, everything else was replaced. We did leave the outside appearance as much as possible intact, i.e. we only used the existing openings for windows and doors.
Ground floor: Storage room (± 10 m²).
Upper floor: Living/bedroom with open kitchen (26 m²). Bathroom (5 m²). Outside a brick cubicle for the gas water heater and the gas bottle.
Gas: For hot water and the hob we use normal butane bottles, which are delivered at the house.
Water: Via the main house.
Electricity: Via the main house.
Sewage: The house is connected to a separate two compartment septic tank.
Heating: Electric wall heaters.
Garden, vegetable garden, car port
Around the houses we layed out a garden with roses, oleanders, azaleas, camelias and hydrangeas. Of course the big orange tree behind the main house and all the olive trees are still there. For watering the flower beds drip hoses are used. All paving of patios and paths is calçada à portuguesa (granite cobblestones). Next to the main house the former stone pigsty is fitted with a tiled roof, and now used as a shed for storing potting compost, flower pots etc. Near the main house is also a car port with water and electricity connections.
The vegetable garden is a continuation of the garden. Here we grow for instance cherry tomatoes, thornless blackberries, raspberries, courgettes, cardoun and herbs. There are also fruit trees like apple, orange, lemon, tangerine, almond, plum, peach, pear, hazelnut... The water is provided by a tank on a higher level.
The grounds are facing south, south-east; altitude about 500 metres. The largest part consists of terraced and walled fields, to the east and the west flanked by monte (rock).
On the grounds there are oaks, planes, sweet chestnuts (with a large harvest each autumn!), cherry trees, pines, olive trees, and american oaks that we planted on the highest and lowest fields. Only on the monte we left some eucalyptus and a row mimosa.
About 6 km North of Cabeceiras de Basto, Braga district, in the Minho province. Just outside a hamlet but not isolated, with a permanent free and wide view over the valley of the river Peio. Access roads all paved.
The quinta lies in the foothills of the Serra da Cabreira, a beautiful area with excellent possibilities for walking, moutain biking, horse riding and 4WD trips.
At walking distance (1,3 km) there is a praia fluvial, a river beach with picknick tables, a sunbathing field and a bar.
In Cabeceiras are all facilities and services: all kinds of shops including a large supermarket, schools, banks, post office, town hall, health care centre, bus station, restaurants, pastelarias, weekly market, pharmacies, indoor pool, petrol stations, etc.
The distance to the city of Braga is 50 km, to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) 40 km, and to the airport of Porto 100 km.