About the property
- Cabin645 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Restored 2 bedroom cottage with living room, kitchen, bathroom and terrace
Casa da Fonte got its name from the spring beside it, where the local women still wash their clothes. This cosy and comfortable cottage has an area of 60m2 divided into three floors. It has two bedrooms with a total of 4 single beds and 3 extra beds (2mx65cm). The kitchen is modern, stylish and well equipped. The bathroom has a heated towel rack and an excellent shower. The cosy living room has a pellet run fireplace connected to radiators which keep the house warm and dry in the winter. There is a spacious terrace with barbecue and eating area, where you can have your evening meal, watching the surrounding fields and houses, and the shepherds bringing their sheep back home for the night. The bells of the cattle compete with the church bells that ring to the tune of 'Ave Maria'. Here you can find the soul of Portugal.
Food and Restaurants: The village of Mazes has no grocery store of its own, but you can find one in neighbouring Lalim, which is 15 min away by car. There you can also buy the delicious ham from the local smokery, and excellent cheeses from the area. Another 10 min by car and you can visit the 'Caves da Morganheira' one of Portugal's leading producers of sparkling wine, or,in another direction, Lamego, which has a lot of restaurants with excellent local dishes, such as wild boar, black pork and of course 'bacalhau' (dried cod). Lamego is of great historical interest, starting with a 7th century chapel, built with the remains of a Roman temple, going through its Arabic fortress, narrow medieval streets, and famous huge staircase leading up to the beautiful church of 'Nossa Senhora dos Remédios'.
Places of interest: If you walk up the mountain from Mazes (or drive 3 min) you get to Anta, a fascinating abandoned village, which takes you back a 1000 or perhaps even 2000 years. Many houses are in ruins, but you can still see how people lived. You can walk around in this stunning panoramic landscape and make your own discoveries of anthropomorphic graves and megalithic altars. Don't walk alone up here after dark, however, since there are wolves and plenty of wild boar.
Other places of historic interest are the medieval villages of Ucanha and Salzedas (half an hour from Mazes), the archaeological site of the monastery of São João de Tarouca - among many other places. You will enjoy a boat trip up or down the river Douro from the nearby town of peso da Régua, or a day tour which takes you round the main sites of the Cistercian order and the Templarians, which dominated politics in Portugal for hundreds of years.
Sports activities: The whole area is excellent for hiking and mountain biking. In the Serra de Santa Helena (municipality of Tarouca, 30 min away) you will find facilities for practising paragliding, mountain climbing, canoeing, shooting and fishing (on the river Varosa). At a bigger distance (1,5 hours by car) you have one of Portugal's main sites for paragliding, namely in Linhares da Beira.
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- May 25, 2018
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We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Mazes. A fascinating village and a great cottage; very well equipped and comfortable. Marvellous opportunities for walking and relaxing. A trip to Porto is a must, but use the motorways as there are so many bends on the roads it takes ages getting anywhere. Other than that, take your time and enjoy the local towns and villages.
So glad you enjoyed it!
Unique, quaint stone cottage
Our experience was fantastic. The caretaker, Sandra, was very gracious and helpful settling us in and she spoke great English. The location in village feels like living in another time and world. The locals are very friendly. The cottage is well equipped, lacking nothing. Thouroughly recommended. Thank you.
Beautiful cottage in a charming village the only problem was we didn't stay long enough.
So pleased you liked it. Hopefully you can come back some time!
Absolutely beautiful very unique cottage
We had a lovely time in Mazes. The cottage is fantastic- I had never seen anything quite like it. Super well equipped and very modern kitchen. Comfortable furnishings. Tiny little village with all kinds of interesting things to see like a neighbourhood hand laundry tub right outside the door and goat herds coming down the street
Cool cabin, cool village
We had the most wonderful stay in this stone cottage in Mazes. We arrived in the evening when it was close to dark, and had no trouble finding the house. We had not brought provisions, but managed to find enough to put together a simple meal from the small shop/café at the bottom of the hill.
The house was well equipped, cozy with classy touches (no wifi - but you really don't want it there). Plenty of space for the four of us - two adults and two older kids, with room for more. And the location was perfect for watching village life while sipping morning coffee. We stayed here and used it as a base for exploring the Rio Douro and Lamego. But our favorite part of our stay was a hike that we stumbled upon to some old mill houses and stream. We had no idea where it would lead, but decided to follow the hiking sign a short way down the hill (we followed the sign to molhino, and were happy to learn first hand what a molhino is!).
Can't speak highly enough of this house. Definitely worth going out of your way to stay there.
The room is located in a traditional rustic village, yet with all modern amenities.
The village is so peaceful and far from pollution that you can see the milky ways at night.
The landlord is very agreeable and her local housekeeper is very diligent and would go extra miles to help us.
Would definitely recommend it to anyone who would get away from the worldly life in the city.
The only challenge to get there seems to be the hilly Portugal motorway and the narrow and slopy roads in the village. But you should definitely be fine if driving there before it gets dark. And hey, good things never come easy in life, do they?
The cottage is located in the ancient village of Mazes, where people live and work much in the same way as 500 years ago. It is near historic Lamego, first capital of Portugal, in the Douro region, famous for its wine production and stunning panoramic landscape, as well as its rich cultural heritage. Take a boat ride up the river towards Spain, visit Foz Coa with its prehistoric rock paintings. Discover the trails left by Celts, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs, and help solve the mysteries of medieval symbols left by the Cistercians and Templarians. If you are looking for adventure, there is paragliding and mountain climbing, cycling, canoeing, hunting and fishing - all within 25 min by car. From the village of Mazes you can walk up to Anta - an abandoned village of Celtic origin- or to the old mills, where you can bathe under the waterfalls. There are plenty of festivals in the summer, and the Carnival in nearby Lazarim is famous . This is Portugal at its most genuine.