Past and present in the vineyards of Melgaço

Clérigo House, Melgaço, Portugal
Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 6
  • from € 145 nt
Be a part of an ongoing story

Watching the vineyard terraces by the river four kilometres from the center of Melgaço village, two houses stand side by side like siblings with contrasting traits. They are the Melgaço Alvarhino houses, born of a vintner’s dream of breathing new life into a land with two centuries of heritage and earth entwined with the vines of Alvarhino. 

Clérigo House is the elder of the two, with its long history and walls of  “minho” stone quarried from the region. It was named in homage to the cleric who inherited the rustic property in 1861 the way his ancestors had in their time. Clérigo was once a simple farmhouse, then lived a second life proudly turning the region’s Alvarhino grapes to wine. It has a friendly charm about it, almost propped against the stony walls of a wine terrace, with ivy crawling up its sides and bordered with a humble patch of grass where seats are put out for you to enjoy the sun. Inside, it is intimate and warm and surprisingly modern, its concrete floors and wood-panelled walls reminding us that it has found its place in the twenty first century.

Description

Perched on a stone-lined terrace beside her sophisticated sister Vigotas House, Clérigo House stands taller but is in fact the more petite of the two. Spread over two stories, this intimate house draws everyone together on its ground floor, arranged around a fully equipped kitchenette, dining area, and living area with a wood burning oven, views framed by generous glass doors leading into the garden.

The bedrooms are found on the second floor, one with a king bed and the other with a queen, both with their own en suite bathrooms and views on the green below. A combination of mid-century modern and clean Scandinavian lines creates a lovely contrast with the rustic roots of this restored farmhouse.  

A bit of a national treasure, in 2017 the Melgaço Alvarinho houses were awarded the national prize in Urban Rehabilitation for tourism, and Best Tourist Resort by the Building Awards in Portugal.

Additional features

The neighbouring wine cellar, or adega as it is called here, is just out the door, offering a sensory discovery of the region’s riches and history. There will be wine tastings of course, but workshops and private reservations of the space are also possible.

When you are ready for a wander, set yourself on the trail leading into the vines, branches bowing with grapes in season. A stone’s throw away is a pool to cool yourself in on the dog days of summer, discretely tucked into an existing terrace. 

Clérigo house is furnished with air-conditioning for the warmer months, televisions in the bedrooms and the living room, free WiFi throughout, and a parking space for your car. The sofa in the living room folds out into a double bed for larger parties.

Around

Melgaço, the northernmost municipality of Portugal, is a historical gem. The river Minho that you can hear streaming by marks the border with neighbouring Spain. Fertile ground and a special microclimate has made Melgaço the home of Vino Verde Alvarhino, a bright white wine of citrusy color and relatively high alcoholic proof considered outstanding among its peers. The Penedas-Gerês national park lies 20 minutes to the south. It is known for its ancient Roman road studded with milestones, bridges full of legends and mystery, and picturesque villages set within lush flora and fauna. 

Location

Melgaço, Portugal. Nearest airports: Portugal – Porto Airport (153 Kms) Spain – Vigo Airport – 51,9 Kms)

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  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • Melgaço Alvarinho, Clérigo House, Portugal | vacation home rentals

Clérigo House

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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Bedrooms2 bedrooms
Bed Type1 160x200cm double bed, 1 150x200 double bed
KitchenFully equipped kitchenette
Bathrooms1 en suite bathroom with shower, 1 en suite bathroom with bathtub, 1 service bathroom on ground floor (without shower or bath)
Accommodate6 guests
InternetWiFi throughout
Pet friendlySorry, no pets allowed
RatesStandard rates €145 per night. Rates change during special seasons: Festa do Alvarinho (175 €), Easter (175 €), July (€ 150), August (€ 175, 3 nights minimum), Christmas and New Year's Eve (€ 175)
Minimum Stay2 nights, except for special periods
ViewVineyard terrace views
Notes

Check-in from 16:00 pm, check-out until 11:00 am

No security deposit required. 

Enjoy 5% discount from table price if you book at least 7 nights.

Cancellation policy:

The booking is valid upon payment of 50% of total value. Payment must be made by bank transfer within 3 business days after the reservation is placed. If payment is not made within this period the reservation expires.

Cancellation/No-show:

The advance payment will be refundable if cancellation is made 14 days before check-in.

No refund of payments made for cancellation made within 14 days of check-in or no-show on the reserved dates.

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