About this listing
Dating back from the 18th century, Sestelo manor-house is located in the heart of Minho, the birthplace of Portugal and the land of Vinho Verde (green wine). Located in the county of Cabeceiras de Basto, less than one hour driving from Porto, Sestelo was once the house of a Portuguese nobleman recently restored to include all the comforts of modern life.
Espadeiro cottage, once part of the manor-house old stables, was converted into a cosy duplex for two. The cottage has a double bedroom with panoramic view to the vineyard and mountains, one bathroom with shower, a kitchenette equipped to prepare light meals and a small living room with Cable TV.
All cottages have use of the swimming pool and of the panoramic terrace, overlooking the vineyard, where you can relax with a glass of “Vinho Verde” after exploring the region. The property is surrounded by vineyards, a watermill, the manor-house chapel, olive trees, fresh water fountains and the “Levada”, and old irrigation channel that you can follow until it enters the mountain.
Besides its 40 hectares of farming land and forest, mainly oaks and pine trees, Sestelo is also an active farm where wine and other crops are produced. You may get to meet the farm caretakers that live in the house next to the watermill, harvesting the land and taking care of the estate.
The vineyards, wineries, the fields of corn, the cherry blossoms at the dawn of spring, the ancient watering systems, the daily tasks guided by the seasons, make of this place an image drawn by the force of time and nature.
All cottages are rented with linen and towels as well as towels to use in the swimming pool.
The kitchen is equipped so that you may prepare light meals or have breakfast in the house.
The swimming pool is shared among all guests as is the terrace so if you intend to have your meals outside, take care not to leave dirty dishes or garbage in the area so that others may enjoy the space as well.
The garbage is collected every morning by the house caretaker. Please help us to preserve the environment by recycling your garbage. We have a set of recycling bins next to the cleaning storage to help you with this.
Cleaning service is provided once a week, normally on Fridays or when guests check out. Cleaning utensils are also available in the storage next to the apartment. These are shared among the guests so please return them to their original place after use.
The water used in the houses comes directly from the water springs that feed the property. Please do not drink tap water as it has not been tested for human consumption. You may find potable spring water in the fountain next to the lake.
Most people seek Casa de Sestelo to rest and have a relaxing holiday with their family, so please try to be respectful of other guests and of their space and keep the noise level to a minimum during the night.
Nous avons passé un magnifique séjour de 14 nuits dans ce charmant logement. Très agréable, petit mais bien équipé pour deux personnes, tranquille, accueil et service AAA !! Nous le conseillons aux personnes qui souhaitent décompresser et découvrir la typique campagne du nord du Portugal.
Merci à Maria pour son chaleureux et généreux accueil !
It was a pleasure to stay in Maria's wonderful rural oasis. The cottage was a perfect size for two people, but the welcome baskets that came with it would have fed about six :). Maria is a great host, available and easy to communicate with. Overall, heartly recommendations.
Staying at Maria´s place is great! A lovely cottage at a wonderful and quiet place next to vineyards with its own terrace. It´s a little private space on the wonderful area of Case de Sestelo.
The apartment is clean, well equipped and it´s enough space for two. The adjoining swimming pool can be used by all the guests and is a great place to refresh.
Maria is a very nice host. We didn´t find the meeting point and after a short call she picked us up where we were and guided us to the apartment. She shows you the area and tells you all the things you need to know and even has some recommendations for restaurants and places to visit (you should visit Guimarães, and have a look at the city of the top of Monte da Penha).
The welcome package with handmade cakes (Maria´s mother made them- excellent), fresh fruits, wine of the own vineyard, great cheese, delicate bread and all you need for the first breakfast is the cherry on the cake.
If you plan to relax for a few days you should decide for this great place.
We've had a wonderful stay in Espadeiro Cottage at Casa de Sestelo. Espadeiro is the smallest cottage, but provides a nice and intimate place at the back of the wine farm directly facing the grape fields, with a private terrace and lot's of green vegetation around. The single room cottage with a large (but not so high) vide as a bedroom, was ideal for our small family with a baby, and Maria has been a very friendly and helpful host. The welcome package with fruits, wine from the own farm, fresh cakes and a breakfast for the first morning exceeded our expectations and has been truly enjoyed!
You will extend your stay at this stunning place once you overlook the nature in front of you. We extended our stay since we searched for a beautiful and quite place in the green heart of Portugal and found it at 'our casa' ;-)
Our stay at Casa de Sestelo was fantastic. The cottage is very quiet and private. For some it may be a bit small, but we loved it. The grounds are beautiful and we had fantastic weather so enjoyed relaxing by the pool. Honestly some days you just didn't want to leave! The kitchen could use a few more things and a better hot plate, but I did mention that to Maria so perhaps it's all taken care of. Maria is a fantastic hostess and will make sure you are looked after.
We had some perfect days at this beautiful cottage - it's like being at heaven! It's quiet, in the middle of vine yards, Porto is just an hour by car and the national park is near by. It's a perfect spot for enjoying some relaxed days with having he possibilities to do some day trips.
Maria is such a lovely host - we will definitley come back.
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