The beautiful Portuguese countryside is the place to visit for some relaxing sunshine and lots of historic exploring, lush mountains, meandering rivers and hilltop villages aplenty. The perfect hideaway in these parts is the charming guest house at Quinta de Freixieiro Country House.
Quinta de Freixieiro country house is located in the beautiful northern Portuguese countryside. The estate is 15 minutes by car from the famous medieval town of Guimarães (the European Capital of Culture in 2012), 25 minutes from Braga (the European Capital of Youth in 2013) and 35 minutes from the wonderful town of Porto. There is much to explore in the Minho region as well as the towns; the beautiful beaches of the northern coast beckon and active pursuits are popular here, including surfing, kitesurfing, bodyboarding and windsurfing, or you can simply stroll along the sands. There are several renowned local golf courses and of course, don’t miss the wines! – learn about the process of winemaking at the estate itself; from harvesting to bottling and selling, as well as a wine tasting accompanied by the excellent gastronomy.
Style & Character
The history behind the house is inspiring; the very first records date back to 1720, when it was part of the Convent of St. Clare of Amarante, eventually, it came to be owned by the same family who run it today, it’s been in the family for four generations now. The estate encompasses a farm that has supported the local village of Guardizela during hard times with both food and shelter and in the late 1970’s the famous Vinho Verde wine was first produced; since then the estates wines have been extremely successful, earning several high-profile awards. The house itself was lovingly refurbished in 2001 with rooms restored, gardens recovered and the entire property given back its past splendour. The gardens are quite unique and are romantic and almost mystical, the house has a distinct charm and relaxed grandeur with individual, funky pieces sitting perfectly amongst the antiques.
Service & Facilities
The huge country house includes six suites, an attic, a yoga studio, two living rooms, a dining room and a vast kitchen capable of catering for everyone that visits. Outdoors in the gardens, you’ll find a delightful salt water, infinity swimming pool, set just in the perfect spot for a refreshing dip after a lovely day exploring the local area. A glass of wine out on the terrace is a must as the sun sets over the vineyards. The service is warm, personal and very welcoming; the tradition the house has for caring for and treasuring its guests very much lives on today. They also run workshops throughout the year; pick from cookery, dance, yoga, music, creative writing, health or wine.
The suites all offer something a little special; most are bright and airy with large windows and French doors. Depending on your requirements and budget, you can opt for the cosy Office’s Room, the wonderful Old Room with a balcony which overlooks the vines, the Romantic Room with direct access to the garden perfect for late night strolls or, my personal favourite, the Charming Suite with an amazing attic room and quirky, country décor.
Food & Drink
You can enjoy a delicious breakfast courtesy of your hosts. For dinners, you must sample the delicious homemade, vegetarian feasts served here, there are several local restaurants too and they’ll happily furnish you with recommendations.
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