Casa dos Fernandos

Braga area

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Accommodation

  • Upper floor: Entrance hall. Sitting room with doors to covered terraces. Double bedroom (continental double) with Juliet balcony, doors to terraces, A/C, TV and en suite shower room. Double bedroom with TV, A/C and en suite shower room. Landing. Master double bedroom suite (continental double) with sitting area, dressing room, TV, A/C and en suite shower room.  WiFi.  Heating throughout the house.
  • Lower floor: Kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with doors to covered barbecue terrace. Cloakroom. Living room (TV, DVD, CD) with door to garden.
  • Outside: Spacious grounds of lawns, terraces and extensive orchard of fruit trees. Covered dining terrace with in-built barbecue. Table tennis. Badminton net. Poolside shower. Private parking.
  • Private fenced swimming pool (12m x 6m) with side Roman steps.

Years of painstaking labour and fine attention to detail have been invested in the restoration of this fine 19th Century country home, which sits within extensive grounds of fruit orchards and woodland on the edge of the picturesque village of Pico de Regalados.

The result is a faithful representation of the property’s original style and an exquisite blend of contemporary architecture and traditional features that would make it more than worthy to grace the pages of a stylish homes magazine. Reclaimed windows occupy alcoves within thick walls, adjoined in the bedrooms by the charming stone seats so typical of the era in which the house was first built. Pitched wood ceilings and original stone fireplaces catch the eye and yet at the same time are seamlessly interwoven with features and fittings of the most up-to-date design.

In addition to this quality and elegant design, it is perhaps the delightful feeling of spaciousness that flows throughout the building that creates such a sense of grandeur within this beautiful home. Each room is generously proportioned; all bedrooms are adjoined by their own smart bathroom and in the master suite a wall made entirely of sliding shutters can be opened up so that the wooded garden seems to be incorporated into the room itself.

Outside and to the front of the house is the swimming pool, which sits amidst a lawn and wood decked terrace and looks out across the property’s well stocked orchard garden towards a pleasing rural scene of gently rolling hills. In the other direction, a quintessential church tower of ornate white and grey rises above rooftops and foliage to signal the proximity of the village, the centre of which is just 1km from the house and offers a bank, chemist, supermarket and a range of typical restaurants. The larger town of Vila Verde is a ten minute drive to the south, whilst the lovely dune-backed sands of Esposende and its neighbouring coastal villages are just under an hour away by car.

The bedrooms with continental double beds can be made up as twin beds if required. Please advise at time of booking.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa dos Fernandos

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 and there some pleasant paths to stroll around too.

Have a drink on the terrace of one of the beachfront cafes in Esposende

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

Shop for ceramics

in the colourful Thursday market that is held in Barcelos. This is the largest market in Portugal, and is held every Thursday in a vast open square in the centre of the town. 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.

One for the gardeners to do.....

From May to October, Ponte de Lima hosts the International Garden Festival on the north bank of the river. Every year there is a different theme and entrants are from all over the world. A really pleasant way to spend an afternoon...

Peneda-Geres Park

For peace and tranquility amid beautiful surroundings try to visit the Peneda-Geres National park, the first protected area to be founded in Portugal and the only National Park in the country. Having once been the home of the brown bear and the mountain goat, Peneda-Geres is today one of the last refuges of the great predators, such as the royal eagle.

Lindoso castle

The village of Lindoso near the border with Spain has two claims to fame. One is the castle which is a National Monument and well worth exploring, and the other is its collection of more than 50 'espigueiros', grain stores dating back to the 17th century. Stop off for lunch at the restaurant at the bottom of the hill from the castle.

Go fishing!

Some of the best fishing rivers are in the North of Portugal. The River Cavado is close by or head upstream to Lake Canicada where trout is plentiful. Licences are available from local Town Halls.

Guimarães

Guimarães was the birthplace of the first king, Afonso Henriques, in 1110 and the first capital of the country that was then known as Portucale. Today, the centre of Guimarães retains its sense of history in a labyrinth of attractive, narrow streets that have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. While visiting the town, sample some Tortas de Guimarães (Guimarães' pies) and Toucinho do céu ( bacon from heaven) and some of their meat cake - a kind of bread in a pizza shape served with pork, sardines or other toppings.

Don't miss a trip to the lovely shrine of Bom Jesus

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.

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.

Handicraft shopping In Vila Verde

Nearby Vila Verde is known for the very high quality of its handicrafts, especially pottery and wickerwork. Also, the traditional lover’s handkerchief (lenço de namorado) is made by local women - this is a love token that girls give to their would-be husbands to attract their attention..

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.

Visit the charming fortress town of Valenca

on the banks of the River Minho. 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. Its very popular with Spaniards so to see it at its best stay till early evening when most visitors will have left.

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.

Food lovers take note..

There are plenty of excellent restaurants within a short distance of the house - a great way to sample the local cuisine. And if you fancy a change, there is a Brazilian and Argentian restaurant in Vila Verde too.

Hire a bike

and cycle along the path which runs from Ponte de Lima alongside the Minho to the Bertiandos and S. Pedro de Arcos lagoons. This is a protected wetlands nature reserve with several trails to follow, either by bike or on foot.

Sample the local Vinho Verde wine

particularly the Alvarinho, a style of wine unique to this area. Then stock up with supplies at the wine co-operative in Ponte de Lima. The Adega Cooperativa is in Rua Conde Bertiandos (near the hospital).

Nearby

Towns

Vila Verde 10 mins
Pico de Regalados 15 mins
Ponte de Barca 20 mins
Braga 25 mins

Beaches

Malheira River Beach 10 mins
Praia da Apúlia 45 mins
Esposende 50 mins
Cabedelo 50 mins
Antas 55 mins

Airports

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

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