Quinta do Ouro

Braga area

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Accommodation

Main House
  • Ground floor: Dining room with French doors to covered terrace.  Games room (pool table) with French doors to covered terrace.  Cloakroom.  Kitchen (oven, dishwasher).  Laundry room (washing machine).
  • First floor:  Secondary dining room.  Kitchenette (microwave, slim line dishwasher).  Cloakroom.  Sitting room (TV, DVD, CD, WiFi, fireplace).  Landing with three sets of French doors to covered veranda.  Two double bedrooms (A/C) with en suite shower room.  Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom.  Central heating throughout the house.
Annexe
  • Ground floor (accessed externally from the garden):  Poolside room incorporating separate showers, WCs and changing facilities.
  • First floor:  Two twin bedrooms (A/C) with en suite bathroom.  Central heating.  
  • Outside: Terraced grounds of lawns, flowerbeds, covered and open terraces.  Gated pool area with lawns and terraces.  Poolside shower. Barbecue.
  • Private swimming pool with infinity edge and full width Roman steps (15m x 5m)

Stately, elegant, and displaying the ornate carvings and stonework that were such a feature of properties of its era, the beautiful Manor House of Quinta do Ouro forms an impressive and imposing landmark in the local village of Travassos.

Owned for many generations by the family of goldsmiths whose craft has been carried out for centuries in a number of workshops throughout the village, this lovingly maintained residence and its spacious grounds invite guests to experience life in one of the region’s noble homes.  

From a private courtyard, flanked by stone walls, vines and mature foliage, a stone staircase sweeps proudly up to a pillared veranda which provides access to the upper floor of the house where three en suite bedrooms and a smart sitting room featuring an exquisite carved wood floor and ceiling look onto the village through stylishly tall windows. To the rear, a dining area is conveniently adjoined by a small kitchenette whilst downstairs on the ground floor the main kitchen lies beyond the formal dining room and is equipped in a practical style to cater for large groups.

In the heart of the village, just 200m from the local grocery store and cafe, it is unusual to find a property with such extensive grounds as those that accompany this smart home. Yet within the stone walls and pretty foliage that encircle the boundary of Quinta do Ouro you will discover colourful flowerbeds, paved patios, traditional water features and terraced lawns. Conveniently gated for added security, the swimming pool area is overlooked by a charming stone annexe offering additional accommodation in two further en suite bedrooms, each of which are lined with wall-to-wall windows that bathe the rooms in light and provide views onto the garden and pool.

When you can prise yourself away from this delightful village retreat, the picturesque scenery of the surrounding area offers much to discover. Drive just 30 minutes north to explore the forests, lakes, waterfalls and rocky ridges of the spectacular alpine National Park of Peneda-Gerês, head 7.5km east for shopping and dinners out in Póvoa de Lanhoso or enjoy a day out on the sandy coastline of the Costa Verde, which is just an hour away by car.

Parties paying the rate for up to 6 guests will have use of the main house only.
Since the bedrooms in the main house all have double beds an additional folding can be provided if required, although the maximum capacity must not be exceeded.

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Great Things to Do Near Quinta do Ouro

Head to the Parque de Lazer do Pontão

Here, you can enjoy a range of water sports and the nearby café provides the perfect place to relax and take in lovely views of the lake.

Visit the Museu do Ouro

This museum dedicated to Portuguese goldsmithery actually belongs to the owners of the house. Visits are available by appointment and the owners would be delighted to arrange this for you.

Get adventurous!

One of the largest Adventure Parks in Europe (Diver Lanhoso) is very close to Quinta do Ouro. There's mountain biking, paintball, floating bridges, target shooting, water activities, paragliding and much much more. Fun for children and great excercise for adults too!

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.

Citania de Briteiros

One of the most impressive archeological sites in the country lies between Braga and Guimarães, 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.

Barcelos Market

Make sure you visit the Thursday market in Barcelos, one of the largest in Europe. There are stalls which sell everything, food, ducks and rabbits, clothes, pottery and handicrafts. You will not come away without bagging a bargain!

Visit the charming fortress town of Valença...

...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.

Head to the coast for the day...

...and discover the beautifully unspoilt beaches that stretch north and south of Viana do Castelo.

Visit Guimarães, 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 Guimarães was once home to royalty. Situated a short drive south-west of the house, it is well worth a trip.

National Park of Peneda-Geres

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.

Visit the famous Majestic Café

Visit Porto and call into the beautiful, historic Majestic Café, in Rua de Santa Caterina, one of the best and busiest shopping streets in the city. Decorated in neo-baroque style, with lots of shimmering glass, it is well worth a visit and is open from breakfast throughout the day.

And whilst you're in Porto...

...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

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.

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.

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.

Witness a miracle!

The little town of Moure, 15kms north of Braga, has witnessed two miracles. On May 18th 1996 at 7pm, the shadow of the top half of Christ appeared in the church and it happened again on the same date in 1997 & 1998! On another occasion, the head of Christ wearing thorns appeared on a communion wafer. It may be a trick of the light, but the church has become a minor pilgrimage centre ever since.

Barcelos pottery

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. And of course you may be tempted to take home one of the famous Barcelos cockerels!

Bike around Braga

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.

Take a wine tour

Pay a visit to one of the wine Quintas in the area and see how the local Vinho Verde is made and more importantly, try some samples!

Nearby

Towns

Travassos 3 mins
Povoa do Lanhoso 15 mins
Braga 35 mins
Guimarães 35 mins
Ponte de Lima 60 mins
Viana do Castelo 75 mins

Beaches

Praia da Apúlia 60 mins
Esposende 60 mins
Povoa de Varzim 65 mins
Praia da Âncora 80 mins
Afife 90 mins

Airports

Porto 70 mins
Vigo 95 mins
Santiago de Compostela 160 mins
Times are approximate

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