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