Layout and amenities
First floor: Main entrance, Large dining room. Well-equipped kitchen with hob, oven, dishwasher and washing machine. Living room with dining area, TV, open fireplace. Old kitchen, with access to the veranda and garden, in use as extra sitting room.
4 Bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed, and 3 smaller bedrooms; one single and two double. Two shared shower rooms, both with toilet and shower.
Ground floor: Spacious second living room with exit to the garden and a childrens play room.
Heating: Open fireplace in the living room; electric heaters in the bedrooms.
Amenities: Private swimming pool, TV, wi-fi Internet, micro-wave oven, dishwasher, washing machine, barbecue, cot (at request).
House and surroundings
Casa da Torre, named after the tower next to the house, is an 18th-century Manor House on the outskirts of the village of Abadim (municipality of Cabeceiras de Basto).
Inside and out, the House has retained its authentic appearance. The stylish dining room and bedrooms are furnished with original and lovingly restored furniture. On the ground floor, partly underground, is a large second living room and a games room. A nice detail in the living room is the lagar (stone wine press), which was formerly used for pressing grapes by feet, and then with a press to squeeze. Between the house and the old tower is a spacious, partially covered courtyard, where you can enjoy your breakfast and barbecue to have nice dinners outside.
On the other side of the house is the veranda and lovely garden with the swimming pool. Due to the garden being elevated and completely enclosed, it offers complete privacy. From the veranda you have nice views over the fields and the mountains behind.
Opposite the house is a small pasture, and the former eira (threshing floor), which can be used as a terrace. There is also a large espigueiro (a granite granary), mainly used to dry corn. The road that runs along the house is only for the few local traffic.
The village, now part of the municipality of Abadim, Cabeceiras de Basto, was in the middle ages independently.
It had its own council, justice administration and a prison which was located in a tower. Around this tower some houses were built in later centuries, including the 18th-century Casa da Torre.
About three kilometers away from the house, you can visit, in a forest area, the ancient water mills, “Moinhos de Rei”, built by order of King D. Dinis. Here you can make beautiful walks and also find lovely picnic areas.
The nearest river beaches are; Praia Fluvial River Ranha(3.5 km) on the road to Cabeceiras do Basto, and that of the Barragem do Ural (4.5 km) in the Serra da Cabreira.
The distance to Cabeceiras de Basto is ± 5 km. There you will find all kinds of shops, cafes and restaurants, banks, a post office and a large weekly market. In Abadim is a cafe and a small shop selling food and beverages.
The distance to the center of Braga is about 60 km, and to Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage) 45 km.
- The minimum stay in the high season is 1 week, in the rest of the year 4 days.
- The day price, for each extra day after the 1st week = week price divided by 7.
- Cleaning is included, once per week starting 2nd week.
- Possibly 8th person sofa bed in the living room € 10/day.
- Pets are allowed (at request).
- Indoors smoking is not allowed.
- Prices include: see page Terms and conditions.
To book this house or for further enquiries, please use the enquiry form below.
Alternatively you can contact us at:
Telephone: (+351) 934 825 227
Information on the way we work:
To book one of our properties simply send us an e-mail with the following details:
- Your full name, address and mobile telephone number;
- The name of the property of your choice;
- The period (date of arrival and date of departure);
- The number of people (adults and children, plus ages of the children);
- The number of rooms (if applicable);
- Additional information, such as the use of a cot.
We will send you thereupon by e-mail a confirmation with directions for payment. At request we will send you a written confirmation by mail as well.
Payments can be made in Euros by an international bank transfer. You can also pay through Paypal, in which case we will make a 2% charge as a contribution to the costs incurred.
As soon as we receive your down payment, we will send you a confirmation by e-mail, including detailed directions to the property.
As soon as we receive the balance of the payment, we will send you a confirmation by e-mail. In this message we will ask you to let us know – not later than 2 days in advance – the time of arrival, so we or the owner can be on time to welcome you and hand over the keys.
In some cases, depending on the property, we will also send practical information and tourist information on the house and its surroundings. Like the directions, this information is a simple html file (Internet page), that can be viewed or printed with any webbrowser such as Internet Explorer or FireFox.
The day of your arrival
On the day of your arrival we or the owner will be at the property at the time you agreed upon. If you expect to arrive later, for instance because your flight is delayed, please let us know as soon as possible.
If we ourselves cannot be at the property on the day or time of your arrival, we will try to come by one of the following days. Of course you won’t need to stay in, waiting for us, so if we don’t meet and you do have questions, don’t hesitate to call us.
Information on shops , restaurants, sight seeing…
For all our properties detailed information is available on shops, restaurants, wine, sight seeing, but also on hospitals, pharmacies, banks, etc. In some cases you will find the information in the house, in other cases we will send it to you together with the confirmation of the payment of the balance.
Afterwards: your opinion?
It is your holiday, so we won’t bother you with a long questionnaire. But we would greatly appreciate if you could send us an e-mail afterwards, telling us what you thought of the organization and the property.