Fantastic opportunity to purchase a unique property, in a privileged location, with fantastic views of the village of Montalegre with the Castle in the background. House of the “Garden Villages” project in the Montalegre municipality of the Internal Colonization Board for the Barroso wastelands built in the late 1940s.
The choice of locations for these planned villages followed some important criteria: receive sunlight throughout the day; being sheltered from the winds of the Larouco mountain range (from the N-NW quadrant); be close to access to neighboring villages and main roads; have firm ground at shallow depth. Casais da Veiga: It is located about 2.5 km from the county seat and was conceived as a set of 22 couples.
These buildings, arranged with SE-NW orientation, are sloping towards the center of the lot, comprising a small access to the slightly curved main path, which allows the formation of a small patio in front of the SW facade. The standard house design, applicable to all the villages concerned, is the result of an interpretation of the characteristics of the traditional barroso house, so that, in accordance with the regional tradition, the residential component and the premises associated with agricultural activity were in same building.
The house consists of two floors, on the ground floor there is the kitchen, a bedroom and a pantry, and on the second only two bedrooms. The agricultural dependencies contemplated are a stable, a nitreira and its pit, two silos and a pigsty. The whole is articulated by an interior courtyard, which through the kitchen gives access to housing and agricultural dependencies.
This was the description made at that time: «The kitchen, with a bedroom and a pantry next door, is the main part of the house and family meeting point. A large fireplace and a good chimney, with one wall to the mouth of an outdoor oven, complete it. Two windows give you good lighting, and a third, a kind of skylight. Next to the kitchen and near the entrance door on the left, a sentinel will be built. The second floor consists of two bedrooms, with access by stairs that, from the kitchen, ends in an interior balcony. Rooms are bright and ventilated by windows »
- Country: Portugal, Portuguese Republic
- Province / State: Vila Real
- City / Town: Montalegre