Casa de Sequiade

Braga area

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with feature bread oven and original hearth. Steps up to living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD) with doors to covered terrace.  WiFi.
  • Lower ground floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. All bedrooms have en suite shower room. Secondary sitting room (fireplace,TV, CD) with doors to covered terrace.
  • Three separate suites: Each comprising, Sitting room (TV). Kitchenette (microwave). Shower room. Open tread stairs up to galleried double bedroom with balcony. Air conditioning.
  • Outside: Games room (TV, CD, pool table). Table tennis and table football. Children's play area. Covered barbecue house. Two cloakrooms. Wide lawns. Open and covered terraces. Poolside shower. Private parking. Washing machine.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5.5m) with Roman steps.

The restoration of this fine 18th Century country home has been a true labour of love for its proud owners. Determined to maintain the charming features of the original building whilst at the same time introducing the high degree of comfort that today befits a property of such status, they have achieved a delightful blend of old and new amidst attractive grounds that are equally appealing.

Your entry through the main gates will reveal wide sweeping lawns, attractive stone terraces and a well equipped barbecue area.  Further investigation will uncover an impressive games room providing pool, board games and cards, whilst below on a covered terrace more activities include table tennis and table football. With such a wealth of diversions on your doorstep, you may not wish to wander far and amenities are conveniently close to hand.

The local village of Sequiade in which the property stands has a range of basic shops, including a small supermarket, chemist and café, all of which are within 700m of the house. The nearest restaurant is 3km away, whilst the historic towns of Barcelos and Braga can be reached by way of a 20 and 25 minute drive respectively.

Ideal for large groups or sharing families who may require privacy from time to time, the three bedrooms that form part of the main house are complemented by three self contained suites. Finished to the same high standards as the rest of the accommodation, these flank the other side of a stone terrace and boast charming wood balconies that overlook the pool. Within the principal residence, the smart living room is spacious and thus enables everyone to relax together in comfort.

Flexible changeover days may be possible over certain periods at this house. Please enquire. 
Parties paying the 6 person rate will have use of the main house only.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa de Sequiade

Browse the stalls on market day in Barcelos

You are ideally located for an early morning trip to Barcelos market. This is the largest market in Portugal, and is held every Thursday. The town is the birthplace of the 'Galo de Barcelos', the small cockerel, which is widely represented in traditional ceramic throughout the country and will no doubt be found on one of the stalls.

Unwind...

Spend the days soaking up the sun by the pool, going for walks in the pretty countryside, sipping ice cold drinks in the garden or snoozing in the shade after lunch.

Indulge!

Have dinner cooked for you at home one evening. The owners of Casa da Sequiade are happy to arrange this service for you (payable locally).

Visit the port wine lodges

at Vila Nova de Gaia, just the other side of the Douro river from Porto. There are numerous lodges here, including Taylors, Sandeman's and Grahams.

Visit historic Braga

.....The city that will get to heaven first. The cathedral is the seat of the Primate of all Portugal and his magnificent palace is at the heart of the town. Only a short drive from the house by car, the city has a beautiful centre and is an appealing venue for meals and days out.

Walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims

up the steps of Bom Jesus do Monte, 3kms east of Braga. Set in the woods high above the city, this glorious ornamental stairway of granite is a monumental homage and is the object of devoted pilgrimage, where pentitents climb up the steps on their knees.

Spend a day lazing on the beach

on the long white sands of Ofir, said to be the best beach between Porto and Viana do Castelo. Forests of pine trees form the backdrop to the spectacular dune backed beach.

Have a drink on the terrace of a beachfront cafe in Esposende

a chaming seaside town, popular with the Portuguese and blessed with a lovely dune-backed beach of fine white sand.

Head a little further north up the coast and hire surboards

at the beach of Afife, a favourite haunt for keen surfers.

Spend a day in Ponte de Lima, one of Portugal's oldest towns

Spreading lazily along the tree-line banks of the river Lima, this is a beautiful town, with fine buildings and pretty cobbled squares. Visit on a Monday morning and you may be fortunate enough to witness the local market, which is held on the sandy river beach every other week.

Play golf

at the Axis18 hole course Ponte de Lima.

Go to the opera

in July, when the Ponte de Lima Summer Festival of Opera and Classical Music is held, something that is fast becoming one of Europe's top cultural events. Performances take place in several venues including historic manor houses, local churches and the Teatro Diogo Bernardes, a 19th century theatre in Ponte de Lima.

For fantastic views over the historic port of Viana do Castelo

take the funicular to the church of Santa Luzia. If you do not suffer from vertigo, climb the dome and look out from the very very top.

Set aside a day to visit the World heritage City of Oporto

Visit the Planetarium to plot some of those stars you have been watching. Walk down the steep higgledy-piggledy, tiny streets that tumble down to the river Douro. Cross the iron bridge built by Monsieur Eiffel. Visit the port caves to try that famous drink. Then rest your feet and take the Open Top Tour bus for a fabulous view of all the best landmarks.

Visit the charming fortress town of Valenca

on the border. Drive through the ancient archway that leads the way through the impressive town walls to discover cobbled streets and a delightful range of local shops selling the beautifully embroidered linen and towels for which the town is famous.

Hop on a ferry and visit Spain

Crossings from the pretty riverside town of Caminha to the Spanish town of la Guardia are every hour and the short journey across the water is a fun way to reach this lovely corner of Spain, which boasts some superb beaches and wonderful seafood restaurants.

Visit the old shops in Barcelos

in Rua Antonio Barroso. It is pedestrianised so you can take your time to wander along it and find some old stores that haven't changed in appearance since they were first opened!

Guimaraes

The birthplace of the first king of Portugal. With its impressive medieval monuments, a charming labyrinth of narrow streets and general sense of grandeur, it is not hard to imagine that the attractive town of Guimaraes was once home to royalty. Guimaraes is a half hour drive from Casa de Sequiade.

Citania de Briteiros

One of the most impressive archeological sites in the country lies between Braga and Guimaraes, at Briteiros. It consists of more than 150 foundations for huts, two of which have been rebuilt in the style of the Celtic settlers. There is a network of paved streets, two rows of town walls, a bathhouse and even a public fountain all of which can be easily identified. Built on a hilltop, the site has great views over the surrounding area.

Nearby

Towns

Barcelos 20 mins
Braga 25 mins
Ponte de Lima 30 mins
Guimarães 35 mins
Viana do Castelo 40 mins

Beaches

Praia da Apúlia 25 mins
Esposende 25 mins
Povoa de Varzim 30 mins

Airports

Porto 40 mins
Vigo 70 mins
Santiago de Compostela 125 mins
Coruna 150 mins
Times are approximate

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