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In the middle of this hilly countryside shaped by centuries of culture and livestock, the grassland and surrounding hills stretch for miles before your eyes. The earth is rough yet generous with those who respect it. The houses, now devoted to holidays, have retained their solid stone and wooden frames from their agricultural past. The raw materials are magnified by recent renovations which skillfully combine rusticity and modern comfort. Whether with family or a group of friends, the Quinta do Rapozinho offers an immersion in nature. It is the perfect setting for happy reunions amongst the houses or around the swimming pool, all the while maintaining a sense of privacy.
This farm has been in our family for over a hundred and twenty years. Opening it up to tourists is opportunity to safeguard this historical heritage and to bring life and perpetuate the rural sector.
Our houses are mainly built of granite stone, it is widely used throughout the region and known for its resistance. The ceilings are made of raw wood as well as the structures of the roofs which were originally covered with simple tiles, and sometimes simply with iron or zinc panels. An original bread oven has been kept in one of the houses.
All our houses are historically linked to the economic activities of the region such as agriculture and more particularly the cultivation of corn and breeding of cows. Some of the houses once belonged to agricultural workers when entire families would work on the farm. Others were hay barns or sheds for cows and other farm animals. They also served as agricultural storage sheds.
We offer what we believe to be three of the most precious goods there are these days: time, space and silence. We truly enjoy hosting our guests and our services go far beyond simple accommodation. We help them reconnect with nature and experience great adventures. We are ideally located for exploring northern Portugal, from Porto to Guimarães, Braga, the Douro vineyards, the Peneda-Gerês national park and much more.
The Serra National da Peneda-Gerês, which covers some 72,000 ha, is the only Portuguese national park. Walking and hiking enthusiasts have more than 380km of signposted routes at their disposal and the 39 surrounding trails lead to short walks or hikes lasting several days. The park is excellent for bird watching, with iconic species such as the golden eagle. At Casa da Lã, located in the former primary school of Bucos, a group of local women do live demonstrations of various wool working techniques. The levada de Moinhos de Rei is a hike suitable for all ages. You will come across several windmills - some of which are still operating - built during the reign of D. Dinis (1279-1325). The museu das Terras Bastos is installed in the old Arco de Baúlh train station, a building from the Estado Novo period, embellished with the characteristic azulejo panels of the time. Soajo with its famous and traditional granaries (espigueiros) also offers one of the most remarkable landscapes of Alto Minho. Finally, for dining, we recommend the Tasca Picão, an isolated restaurant over 1000 meters above sea level. It is run by the Picão couple, farmers and breeders of the Barrosã cow breed (DOP, “Appellation d'origine protégée" [Protected Designation of Origin]).
450 € - 1700 € per week
The property consists of six guest houses: Casa da Fecha, Casa dos Palheiros, Casa do Compadre, Casa de Cocenda, Casa do Palheiro and Casa dos Toneis. With a total of thirteen bedrooms and eleven bathrooms, the property can accommodate a total of thirty people.