The farm has been family-owned for over 120 years and since 2014 Joana and Aníbal have been loving hosts who have created a paradise for their guests here - a sustainable refuge for people and animals.
The two have restored all the existing buildings and turned the former stables into beautiful rooms for their guests. The peacock couple Paco and Marisol like it here just as much as Zico, the friendly horse, the goats, chickens and dogs. Each of the different sized rooms has its own design and atmosphere. The rooms are decorated in earth tones and equipped with natural, local materials. There are those with a large reading corner or rather small and cozy ones and the yurt with a private outdoor area - depending on the size of the group and preferences.
The property is picturesquely situated between the mountains, vineyards and the river Douro. Almost everything that comes on the table here grows in the large fruit and vegetable garden. One should take the opportunity and take a seat at the communal table during the regular dinner evenings. Aníbal's Argentinian roots can be explored at so-called "Asado Argentino" evenings, where Argentine gaucho techniques for preparing meat and vegetables are demonstrated. Joana prefers vegetarian food and is responsible for all of the planting on the farm.
There are also film screenings in the open air - completely relaxed with sheets and a projector - and music evenings together around the campfire. The small pool has a great view of the setting sun. The farm used to belong to the family of Alberto Pimentel, one of the most famous Portuguese writers, who found inspiration for some of his books here.
ArchitectureThe buildings have been restored keeping the traditional stone houses with wooden ceilings. The yurt is built entirely according to ecological criteria - the lighting is provided by solar cells, there is a dry toilet and the shower is under a tree.
FoodMost of what is offered for breakfast or dinner is homemade: cakes, fruit, vegetables, juices, jams and muesli. The oil comes from the olive trees and the wine also grows on site. The production is seasonal and certified organic and accounts for about 90% of the menu. Of course, the food waste goes to the animals.
EnvironmentThere are solar lights, motion sensors to control outdoor lights, timers for water heating, smart faucets, solar panels for water heating, waste sorting, recycling and composting. Only ecological cleaning agents are used.
From Porto you drive about 1 hour to Souselo (59 km). It takes about 2 hours to drive from Coimbra (146 km) and about 3.5 hours (338 km) from Lisbon. The exact address can be found on the website.
The company Transdev offers the possibility to get from Porto to Souselo by public transport. Select the "Tâmega e Sousa" region and "Souselo" as the destination.
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