The only sound to reach our room at Casa das Torres is the early-evening braying of a donkey, and the rustle of wind in trees outside our door. Our companions: complete quiet and a stunning sunset framed by mountains separating Ponte de Lima from the Atlantic coast.
Casa das Torres is a privately-owned stately manor house, and has been in the Malheiro family for centuries. Orchards and vineyards cover the slope and valley floor below, and roses bloom along the drive. One of the first three historical houses in the Solares de Portugal network, Casa das Torres has a rich history.
The house, with its massive--and handsomely carved--granite supports, staircase and door frames, dates from 1751. There are three guest rooms with en suite bathrooms, and two apartments in a cottage alongside the main house. Guest rooms, and breakfast and living salons are built into spaces originally used for making wine, and storing grain, vegetables and firewood. Rooms are furnished with sturdy antiques, and although there is wi-fi, meter-thick walls mean it works best on the first-floor portico.
Those granite walls also keep rooms cool in the intense heat of summers here, and a swimming pool and garden dining are also warm-weather options for guests at the house, a ten-minute drive out of town.
The house receives guests from spring through autumn, and the owners are happy to tell family stories, and to provide information for sightseeing in the region.