Casa Luna, our home in North Portugal, near the river Minho and the border with Spain, is open to receive guests and visitors. It can sleep 6-10 persons and offers comfort, relaxation and adventure in beautiful natural surroundings. We can also host special events, family reunions, team building exercises, workshops and classes.
We renovated the traditional farmhouse using local stone, wood, straw, clay and lime, all of which combine to make it a natural, warm and healthy ambient. It stands on south-facing, terraced land in the village of Troporiz, in a lush valley at the confluence of the rivers Gadanha and Minho. You can find more information and pictures of Casa Luna on our website,
The house is surrounded by 4,000 square meters of terraces with fruit trees, gardens and flowers. The upper terraces contain a separate living space with a glamping tent (in the summer), outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, a dining area, washing facilities and composting toilet. The property also includes some land and watermills on the banks of the river Gadanha.
The house is spacious and comfortable, with lots of natural light; there are 3 double bedrooms on the first floor (one of them en suite) with additional sleeping space downstairs in the living room and the mezzanine areas. The ground floor consists of two spacious rooms that can be used for meetings, socialising or simply relaxing with a book or a film. This space can also host workshops, social events, sports, games or yoga.
Casa Luna has 3 bathrooms and a large, open-plan kitchen with an adjacent larder / utility room. Guests can use all the equipment and facilities, wood burning stove or barbeque, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, microwave oven, mixer, juicer and bread maker.
The property is currently being looked after by our wonderful custodians, Phil and Diana. They live in a separate building on the land, speak English and Portuguese and are happy to help with any requests or information. They are willing to cook meals for our guests at a small additional price.
Casa Luna is a great base for exploring two different countries and cultures, and widely varied landscapes - from mountains (the Peneda Geres is 30 minutes' drive east) to the Atlantic ocean (beaches on both the Spanish and Portuguese side, 30 minutes' drive west). Further away and equidistant from Casa Luna, are the cultural centres - and transport hubs - of Porto and Santiago de Compostela.
The house itself is located in a tranquil valley, with the sounds of birds and the river from below, and views over gentle forested slopes all the way to the river Minho. The two rivers couldn’t be more different: one is shaded and narrow, flanked by dense wild forests, vineyards and watermills; the other wide and sunny, with tranquil beaches and bathing areas.
Casa Luna’s riverbank is a magical area of moss and trees engulfing the stone ruins of three watermills, and – at the end of the water channel - a natural swimming pool with deep, green waters, a cave mouth, picnic area and diving rocks.
A short walk along the main road will take you to the Minho and the Ecopista, a cycling and walking/jogging path that follows the river and covers the 17 km to Valença. Bikes are available to rent at Casa Luna.
The Minho region abounds in lovely swimming spots on the rivers Mouro, Vez, Gadanha (in Portugal) or Tea (in Spain). You could try boating and kayaking, using the equipment we keep at the house or engaging a local kayaking/adventure company for instruction.
You can visit picturesque small towns on the Spanish and Portuguese sides of the Minho, visit castles, fortresses and ancient quintas, sample the local cuisine or join the celebration of numerous Saints’ days, market days and local fairs. The local town of Monção, 5 minutes' drive from Casa Luna, is full of delightful shops, cafes and restaurants, riverside parks, a cinema and library, an exceptional spa and swimming pool.
The Atlantic coast with fine sand beaches and resorts (either Portuguese or Spanish) is 30-40 minutes away. The world-renowned Cies islands off the Galician coast can be reached by boat from Vigo, making for a pleasant day trip. If you prefer hiking, the Peneda-Geres national park, one of Portugal's largest natural reserves, lies just about 30 minutes to the East. This entire area is completely unspoiled by development of any kind and there are many ways to explore and enjoy it.
Even without all the local attractions, Casa Luna can be a perfect place to relax and unwind; you could try your hand at making pizza or bread in the clay oven, or light up the grill for a feast of sardines and other culinary delights. Shops and supplies – including the famous vinho verde that defines the region - can be accessed by foot (10 minutes' walk), bicycle or car.
You will find more details and pictures of the house and surrounding attractions on our website.
CAUTION: The stairs in and around Casa Luna are wide and stable, however not all have bannisters. Please use care and caution when you make your way around the property.
The land surrounding Casa Luna consists of multiple stone terraces, with native vegetation. As such, caution is required when walking or running around, in order to prevent accidents and injuries.
Children especially need to be supervised when they play around Casa Luna - pay attention to uneven ground, trees, stone hidden by vegetation, insects, equipment such as the tent, trampoline, etc.