Your one of a kind, fully furnished holiday home (including television, wireless internet access and air conditioning) in an idyllic setting. The house itself is made up of four ample bedrooms (1 with suite), two bathrooms, a kitchen with a breath-taking view and an inviting living room, which will be rented to a maximum of six guests. The property also features 25 acres of vineyard, stables (home to 3 happy horses) as well a solar-panelled heated pool that overlooks the enticing Nossa Senhora da Graça Mountain. For nature and/or sport enthusiasts, one can enjoy the ecopath found just outside the estate, which makes possible a long bike ride into the natural wonders of the region. In case one would prefer a different or complementary form of transport, there is the possibility of renting a car.
There is much to be said about the region in which the property lies. The North of Portugal reflects a historical and cultural heritage of great value and is also characterized by its natural beauty. Britelo, a ‘hidden’ parish of Celorico de Basto (area: 181.10 km2, population: 19,767 inhabitants), is one of the Terras de Basto (Lands of Basto), a mountainous area that also includes Cabeceiras de Basto, Mondim de Basto and Ribeira da Pena, all connected by the Tâmega River.
In the area one can explore architectural heritage (e.g. Roman bridge and ruins near Mondim de Basto), wildlife natural parks (e.g. Alvão National Park, mountainous area of about 8000 hectares with unique geological features, situated within Marão Mountain, between the Muas and the Arnal villages, where one can find the phenomenal Fisgas de Ermelo – the Ôlo River water fall), the regional fauna (e.g. wild Garrano horses and Iberian wolfs) and flora (e.g. large natural diversity of heather, as well as oak and chestnut groves), as well as traditional festivals (e.g. in honour of S. Miguel in Cabeceiras de Basto, S. Tiago in Celorico and Mondim de Basto and Senhora da Guia in Ribeira da Pena) and craftwork (leather clogs, embroidery, flax and wool spinning and weaving – of which the burel blankets and covers are a prime example – are featured at markets such as AgroBasto during the S. Miguel festival in Cabeceiras de Basto, Feira da Terra in Mondim de Basto and Feira do Artesanato e da Gastronomia in Celorico de Basto).
For food-lovers, the region offers many delights: in terms of cuisine, try the typical dishes such as Posta Maronesa, Milhos and Lagareiro Cod; find delicacies like moist pão-de-ló (pão-de-ló húmido) – a special rendition of sponge cake – galhofas and cavacas and don’t forget to indulge in other regional specialities (e.g. green wine, wood-oven baked bread, sheep cheese).
If you are looking for local cafes/restaurants, you have at their disposal various establishments such as the following:
•Sal & Brasa - Take-Away Barbecue, close to the Municipal Market in Celorico de Basto
•Pizzeria Plaza - provides hot bread, pastry and pizza and can be found in the allotment of Ribeira (in front of Celorico de Basto City Hall)
•Sabores da Quinta - located in Molares, this restaurant prides itself in specialties such as: Sabores da Quinta cod dish and duck rice.
•Casa da Caínha - Regional Cuisine in the historic city center of Mondim de Basto