Casa do Lagar

Braga area

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  • Ground floor: Spacious open plan sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, billiard table, wood burning stove) incorporating designated sleeping area (single bed). Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave). Laundry room (washing machine). Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and patio doors to poolside terrace.  WiFi.  Central heating (payable locally).
  • Lower ground floor: (accessed via open tread stairs from sleeping area) Bathroom.
  • Outside: Mature gardens of lawns and flowerbeds. Open and covered terraces. In-built barbecue. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (8m x 4.5m) with corner steps

Exuding charm, character and a stylish interior design, this former olive press has been imaginatively converted and extended over the years to create a striking home that successfully incorporates a host of eye-catching features, home comforts and a pleasing sense of spaciousness within its traditional stone walls.

Perfect for a couple or small family, it sits privately within an extensive garden of gently rolling lawns, colourful shrubs and ancient olive trees in the local village of Porto d'Ave, just 5.5km from the town of Povoa de Lanhoso with its picturesque castle and Romanesque church.  Whilst the local village amenities including the shop, café and restaurant are just a short walk away, these enclosed grounds provide an ideal retreat, their many lawned areas and poolside terraces made private by the lush foliage of mature trees.

The interior is equally inviting, welcoming you into an impressive open plan room, topped with a high pitched ceiling of wooden beams and surrounded on all sides by thick stone walls that bear witness to the property's rustic origins. In the centre, elegant sofas surround a wood-burning stove; on a slightly raised level is a charming dining area whilst off to one side a single bedroom is ingeniously hidden behind a wall and ornate screen.  The spacious master bedroom, made bright and airy by the wide patio windows that connect it to the poolside terrace, is housed within a newer wing at the back.

With local amenities available within the village, you may not feel the need to venture far, although the shops and restaurants of Povoa de Lanhoso are just a ten minute drive away. Some 10km further on lies the historic city of Braga, whilst the sweeping sandy beaches of the blissfully unspoilt Costa Verde can be reached in under an hour.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa do Lagar

Take the little funicular railway to the to the pilgrim church of Bom Jesus do Monte...

5 km east of Braga. The stairway leading up to it is impressive and still regularly used by penitents who climb up on their knees. From the top there are fantastic views of the Penedes Geres park in one direction and over Braga and the coast in the other. Take a picnic, or wander through the woods and delightful gardens which surround the site.

Browse the stalls of the largest market in Portugal, held on Thursdays in Barcelos...

There are stalls which sell everything; food, clothes, pottery and handicrafts and of course, the famous ceramic Galo de Barcelos, the colourful chicken for which the city is famous.

Head to the coast for the day and discover the beautiful beaches stretching to the north and south of Viana do Castelo..

Most have great amenities and places for lunch or dinner. Moledo and Esposende are two of our favourites. Don't forget the suntan lotion!

Visit attractive 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. Situated a short drive south-west of the house, it is well worth a trip.

Pop into Porto for a day of sightseeing, shopping and eating...

Cross the iron bridge built by Monseiur Eifel, visit the port caves to sample to famous drink, see the sights from an open top bus and people watch from a restaurant terrace. You could catch the train to avoid parking in the city.

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

This chaming seaside town, popular with the Portuguese and blessed with a lovely dune-backed beach of fine white sand has much to offer and explore.

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.

Experience the fantastic views over the historic port of Viana do Castelo...

Take the funicular to the church of Santa Luzia, climb the dome and look out from the very very top.

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.

In July, enjoy a performance at the Ponte de Lima Festival of Opera and Classical Music...

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. This is fast becoming one of Europe's top cultural events.

Get adventurous! One of the largest adventure parks in Europe is very close to Casa do Lagar...

There's mountain biking, painball, floating bridges, target shooting, water activities, paragliding and much much more. Fun for children and great excercise for adults too!

Visit the wonderful, natural landscapes of the Peneda-Geres National Park which has an abundance of things to discover...

There are dozens of hiking opportunities in this magnificent park - everything from short strolls to long treks. You will be surrounded by fresh air, and a wide diversity of landscape and wildlife. Entry is free and lots of information on activities and maps are available from the visitors centres and main park office in Braga.

Head for Rio Caldo for windsurfing or water skiing...

This picturesque reservoir is just 30 minutes drive from Casa do Lagar. If you don't fancy watersports why not just take a stroll around the water and enjoy the views.

Go fishing along some of the best fishing rivers in the North of Portugal...

With the River Cavado close by to the north and the River Lima just to the south you're to have a catch! Licences are available from local Town Halls.

Visit the Artesan Centre in Barcelos if only to see the outstanding collection of witty and sophisticated ceramics..

Produced by the descendents of Rosa Ramalho, 'the grandmother' of Portuguese ceramics. You may be tempted to take home one of the famous Barcelos cockerels!

Pay a visit to one of the wine Quintas in the area and see how the local Vinho Verde is made.

Of course, you must try some samples too..

There's plenty to see and do in the beautiful old city of Braga, Portugal's 3rd largest city after Lisbon and Porto..

A good way to get around is to hire a bike - visit 'Go by Bike' in Rua de Sao Marcos, near the central plaza. Or if you prefer take one of the Yellow Bus Tours around the town to see the best sights.

Visit Citania de Briteiros, an impressive archaeological site on a hilltop with great views over the surrounding area...

Situated 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.

For an interesting glimpse of how Portuguese nobles lived in the 17th and 18th centuries, visit this museum in the Palace of Biscainhos...

You can look around the chapel, stables bedrooms and kitchen and then explore the lovely gardens.



Povoa do Lanhoso 10 mins
Guimarães 28 mins
Braga 30 mins
Ponte de Lima 59 mins
Viana do Castelo 65 mins
Porto 67 mins


Rola River Beach 5 mins
Da Barca 30 mins
Praia da Apúlia 50 mins
Esposende 60 mins


Porto 40 mins
Vigo 60 mins
Santiago de Compostela 120 mins
Coruna 150 mins
Times are approximate

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