|This beautifully restored
manor house dating from the seventeenth century is situated in a private
wine producing Quinta on the outskirts of the small town of Fafe in the
Minho region of Northern Portugal.
Built from local granite, Casa das Paredes is an excellent example of a manor house of this period, and is furnished with antiques and fine paintings which add to the ambiance of the house.
Approximately ten kilometres to the southwest is the historic town of Guimaraes. Known as ’ the cradle of the nation’, it is the birthplace of the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques. He was born in the impressive tenth century castle, and established the first Portuguese court here in the twelfth century. The historic centre of Guimaraes was considered World Heritage by UNESCO.
The town has some wonderful Medieval buildings: The Paco dos Duques, once the residence of the royal house of Braganca, and the impressive church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira.
To the west of Fafe is the
religious capital of Portugal, Braga, with many fine churches and monuments
of note. It has a vibrant cafe culture and plenty of restaurants to suit
all tastes and pockets.
Portugal’s only National Park, Peneda Geres, is situated to the north of Casa das Paredes. This walker’s paradise is an undiscovered wilderness of stark granite mountains, crystal streams, and verdant forests.
The beautiful Queimadela dam, ideal for walkers, is situated only a kew kms from Casa das Paredes.
The house is centrally heated and has eight bedrooms, some with private balconies or verandas and two 1 bedroom cottages with kitchenette.
The ground floor has two
double bedrooms, one with ensuite shower room and one with ensuite bathroom, one twin bedded room with ensuite shower room and one single room with ensuite shower room.
There is a comfortably furnished sitting room with open fire, television and games table.
On the first floor there are three double bedrooms and one twin bedroom all with ensuite bathrooms.
Off the hallway there is
a music room with piano. Next to this room is the guests’ dining room where
breakfast is served.
The former wine cellar has been converted into a games room with a Portuguese pool table, table tennis, games table and table football.
The property has a 2 kms jogging or cycling track. Bicycles are available for the use of guests.
Outside there are patios with comfortable seating where one can relax with a glass of locally produced Vinho Verde wine. A short stroll through the fragrant gardens with playground and small woodland leads to the swimming pool which is shared with the guests of the two small self catering cottages in the grounds.
Casa das Paredes offers a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings.
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