The apartment has 3 large bedrooms - two doubles, one with twin beds. Two bathrooms (showers).
The sitting room/kitchen is large and well equipped - with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, coffee machines. The sitting room has leather sofas,a dining area with long wooden table (seating), bookshelves, satellite TV (with British and Portuguese channels), DVDs, games etc. It has double doors opening onto the patio and BBQ area.
The sitting room is cool in the summer as it has thick stone walls and retains the heat in the summer - it also enjoys diesel central heating and a wood burner. Logs are provided to guests for free.
The house in set in the midst of a vineyard, making red and white wine. Guests arrive to a bottle of the house wine as well as a bite (or two) to eat - coffee and 'pastéis de nata' are always on offer! For those arriving late, there is a local 'taverna' down the road and it is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Alternatively, Virginia might muster up dinner for guests arriving late...
The patio area has a table/ chairs for 6 people and is next to the BBQ. Above the patio there is a wooden pergola with wisteria and jasmine.
There is a table tennis table next to the house and it can be used by everyone.
The farmhouse is a safe haven, half way up a mountainside but with good access and only 10 mins from Braga, 5 from Taipas and 20 from Guimarães. The property is gated, with a remote control to get through the wrought iron gates.
The owners have 2 friendly dogs - a Golden Retriever and a Labrador. Also, a black cat called Lucky. The chickens, geese and ducks live in an orange grove, a short distance from the main house.
There are various water features - two tanks with spring water from mines coming through mountain conduits, carved out of the ground centuries ago.
The owners built a pool and annexe (the Pool House) in 2017, on a terrace below the house - the Pool House can be rented throughout the year but the apartment can only be rented from 1 November to 30 April.
Fruit trees have been planted 20 years ago and guests are welcome to help themselves to whatever fruit is in season - oranges, lemons, kiwis in the winter, plums, figs, pomegranates, passion fruit, apples in the summer/autumn.
Towels are provided for inside and out.
Behind the house there are very pleasant walks through the forest - arriving at Sameiro or Bom Jesus, for the more energetic.
Most people just like to sit around, have cups of tea, sip the vinho verde from the area, read a book and listen to the church bells. There is lots to do and see in the area and Virginia sends guests a list of ideas before their arrival. She and the family live at the farmhouse so are at hand should guests require any advice or recommendations - where to eat or top places to visit, local markets or festivals happening in the vicinity. Guests are very welcome to join Virginia or José for a cup of tea or glass of wine. The best way of finding out about an area is to talk to the locals - and we have been living here for 20 years!