ORIGIN

In 1945 our grandparents built a house in Sítio dos Lameirinhos, the western slope of Serra da Gardunha that leads down to the River Zêzere, at the end of the village of Barroca. The house and the farm had a housing and commercial purpose. Family life took place on the top floor of the house. On the ground floor, a huge wood oven supplied the bakery where butter, eggs, milk, fruit and other fresh products from the farm were also sold. A large pine forest supplied the firewood for the oven. Halfway down the hill there is a mine, whose waters go downhill through the lameirinhos to the house, located at the bottom.

A little further, the vegetable gardens near the streams and the wood over the river provided local seasonal products and corn for the bread, that was dried in the attic of the house and then crushed in a watermill on the river.

The big garage for the pickup trucks of the company “Transportes do Zêzere”, owned by our Grandfather, was used as a cinema room whenever travelling cinematographs stopped at Barroca.

All these memories are present in the house, restored by us. The continuous sound of water accompanies us all through the stay, reassuring and evoking the history of the Farm.

Meaning of lameiro: wet land where pastures grow.

The refurbishment project was done by José Adrião Arquiitectos.

www.joseadriao.com

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BARROCA

The Countryside Experience

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COUNTRY HOUSE

The structure of the house remained as it always was. The infrastructure was changed and the roof replaced for greater thermal comfort. The bakery, which is now closed for almost fifty years, is today a comfortable living room with walls of schist, a recreational and convivial space. The oven was kept as a fireplace but it is still possible to make bread. On the first floor, five of the six rooms have private bathrooms. Another living room, quieter, with luminous windows to the courtyards, invites us to reading. The upstairs patio is covered by vines until wintertime and its shadow invites us to stay. It leads to the pine forest and the fruit trees, one of which is a huge fig tree that provides shade all year round and figs in July.

On hot days the small tank on the courtyard is ideal to refresh.

The lower courtyard, more intimate, marked by the fountain and a cypress, gives access to the road and the village of Barroca, on the right bank of the River Zêzere, which source is nearby in the mountains of Serra da Estrela. From there you can go to several river pools nearby. You can also take walks through the mountain and along the river and streams, through the tracks of the Great Route of the Zêzere, on foot or by bike.

BOOK HERE

The house was transformed in Bed & Breakfast, contains 5 Suites and 1 bedroom with bathroom nearby, and is available for reservations from 60€ per bedroom, per night.

The house itself com be reserved for groups up to a maximum of 12 people, if all bedrooms are available.

Breakfast is included for all reservations.

LOW SEASON – from September to April

HIGH SEASON – from May to August

All fields are required
WHAT TO DO
  • GREAT ROUTE OF THE ZÊZERE

    GREAT ROUTE OF THE ZÊZERE

    The Great Route of Zêzere (Grande Rota do Zêzere) is a pedestrian/MTB trail that follows the Zêzere River throughout its length (370 km), from its source in Covão d’Ametade (Serra da Estrela) until it joins the Tagus in Constância.

  • THE SCHIST VILLAGES

    THE SCHIST VILLAGES

    The Schist Villages Network is situated in the centre of Portugal, in the area that lies between Castelo Branco and Coimbra. The region is formed by schist mountains, surrounded and crossed by a good road network.

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  • Barroca

    Barroca

    The oldest part of Barroca is located along a small hill, flanked by two deep waterlines, forming a set that is perpendicular to the course of the Zêzere, to which it is adjacent. At Casa Grande, an old mansion from the XVIII century, operates today the Development Centre for the Schist Villages. In Barroca, there is still a rural atmosphere, guided by the agricultural cycles.

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  • Lavacolhos RIVER BEACH

    Lavacolhos RIVER BEACH

    The beach is a 15 minutes’ drive from the house.

  • Janeiro de Cima RIVER BEACH

    Janeiro de Cima RIVER BEACH

    The beach is a 15 minutes’ drive from the house.

  • Barroca

    Barroca's River

    Barroca sits at the southern hillside of Zêzere river.
    Zêzere river springs at Serra da Estrela, at an altitude of 1900 m, near Manteigas, at a place called Cântaro Magro.
    The river runs along 214 Km through Beira’s territory and converges with Tagus River in Constância.

  • ROCK ART

    ROCK ART

    In 2003 rock carvings were discovered on the bed of the River Zêzere.
    It is a 20 minutes’ walk from the house.
    The carvings are only visible from May to September.

  • Serra da Estrela

    Serra da Estrela

    Serra da Estrela is a 30 minutes’ drive from Barroca, therefore it’s an excellent opportunity to spend a day there.

  • WHERE TO EAT

    WHERE TO EAT

    BARROCA

    Restaurante Esplanada

    Five minutes’ walk from the House.

    The restaurant closes early. You might want to call to make a reservation.

    Closed on Saturdays.

    00351 275 647 407

     

    JANEIRO DE CIMA

    Restaurante Fiado

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Estrada Nacional 238 Lameirinhos nº1, 6230-137 Barroca – Portugal
Phone: +351 91 628 55 93 |  Email: info@lameirinhos.com  |  GPS: 40.105567, -7.717875