Casa Moinho da Porta, situated alongside a tributary of the Rio Ave, is a former corn and saw mill. Partly concealed by a grove of alder and eucalyptus but still very sunny, the gurgling of water in the background, and no sign of other houses in the vicinity - this is a unique cottage in a unique spot.

The old mill is carefully restored and furnished, with the use of original materials like authentic Portuguese roof tiles and 18th century iron lattice from a nearby monastery. The water course along and under the mill has been preserved. The result is a beautiful combination of ancient and modern, without compromising luxury and comfort. Not surprisingly the cottage features in Casa Claudia, a well known portuguese interior design magazine!

 
     
  The cottage invites you to experience its different atmospheres; at the dining table in the kitchen, in the living near the open fireplace, on the balcony above the stream, at the table near the open patio doors, behind the desk in front of the bedroom window.
The kitchen leads to a nice shady terrace overlooking the stream. On the patio at the other side of the house, and of course near the swimming pool, you can enjoy the sun almost the entire day.
     
The nearby village is Taíde, the nearest town is Póvoa de Lanhoso (7 kms, all facilities), with a lively centre and a large weekly market. Worth visiting are the 11th century castle, a recently restored castro (prehistoric settlement), and the Museu do Ouro (gold filigree). The city of Braga is 25 kms away.