The Quinta do Cruzeiro house, also known as Casa dos Silvas – the name of the family that lived here for several generations – was once part of a larger agrarian structure, composed of dispersed “casais” (rural property), who served to support the owners and staff. Of this agrarian structure only the land adjacent to the house remains today.
The house includes a wine cellar, a alembic, a warehouse of implements, a storehouse of oil and wine, a storehouse or a meat pantry, a potato storehouse, a pig’s corral house, a donkey’s corral house, a chicken and rabbit yard, The “tulhão” – complex of the floor, canastros and storage building and accommodation of temporary workers -, a mill and olive oil press.
There is also a hydraulic mill for sawing wood, a flax mill and a small booth to produce electricity by taking advantage of the movement of the water.
By going through the different spaces you can get to know some aspects of the social life of the house and work in the farm and in the village of Covas do Barroso.
July and August:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 17h30
Group bookings (all year) by phone (+351) 276 410 200
The house is located in the village of Covas do Barroso 20 km (29 minutes by car) from Boticas county seat, route R311 (direction Salto) and M519.
Source: Quinta do Cruzeiro / Photography: TR