Casa do Alto is a very large house (750m2) which is located in a 10,000 m² property which includes a large swimming pool (15 x 7.5 m) and 2 outdoor kitchens with barbecue. It is divided into 3 totally separate apartments.
This listing is for the top floor apartment (180 m2 + balcony 7,3 m2): with 2 large suites (each with double bedroom + living room with double sofa bed + full en siute bathroom); 1 additional full bathroom with Jacuzzi; 1 living room with dining area, kitchenette and library. The library can easily be converted into a 3rd bedroom with a large king size sofa bed using screens. Folding beds are available on demand.
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Adaúfe is a small village but has all the necessary amenities (pharmacy, health center, analyst (blood, urine, etc.), ATM, gas station, hairdresser, supermarket, cafes, bakery, butcher, etc.). It also has 2 large shopping centers 5 km away, and Braga (3rd Portuguese city) is about 5 km from Casa do Alto. Porto International Airport is only 50 minutes away.
You will need a car to get around, but there is a frequent bus service to Braga and local taxis are also available. Casa do Alto has plenty of parking space.
Casa do Alto is an old renovated stone country house, on a farm, which is nestled in the hillside of the Cavado River Valley. This is not far from the campus of the University of Minho. It has exquisite views from all sides and part of the ancient Roman road to Braga is right at the back gate. The "eira" in stone (or patio where cereals dried) is one of the largest in the Minho region (484 m2) and many memorable events have taken place there.
Casa do Alto is he perfect place to stay as a base to visit this region of Portugal or just relax in the property itself (1 hectare) either in the garden or in the wooded area with oaks, cork oaks, sweet chestnuts among many other varieties of trees. It has 2 outdoor kitchens with barbecue and a large secluded private pool with a magnificent view of the orchard which includes a wide variety of fruit trees such as orange, lemon, mandarin, khaki, apple, pear, fig, cherry, kiwi, grapes, apricot, peach, plum and many others.
There is so much to see around the Minho region and as Casa do Alto is almost in the center of this area, it is an ideal base for this part of the country. Braga (3rd largest city in Portugal), is the largest city near Casa do Alto (5 km), and is an exciting city with many historical sites to visit, such as the oldest cathedral in Portugal. An excellent local and international gastronomy can be enjoyed in the many restaurants available in and around Braga, with a wide range of exquisite wines of which Portugal is renowned.
There is also a "tourist triangle" consisting of the three famous sanctuaries of "Bom Jesus", "Sameiro" and "Stª Marta" which are worth a visit.
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