Casa de Santo António is in Britiande (a small town 5 km from Lamego in the district of Viseu), at the crossroads of the Douro and Távora-Varosa Demarcated Regions.
It enjoys a privileged situation and from here you can set out to discover the magnificent scenery of the Alto Douro Vinhateiro – the world’s first Demarcated Region, created by the Marquis of Pombal on 10 September 1756; and classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 14 December 2001.
The estate is mainly planted with fruit trees (almond, cherry, apple, walnut and pear) in addition to chestnut trees. The property’s extensive gardens are also embellished with other flora: artichokes, lavender, oak, cedar, ash, wisteria, jasmine, liquidambar, lime and other species.
The manor house, with a 16th century façade, served as a place of retreat for the Franciscan friars of the Convent of Santo António de Ferreirim and was part of the eight entailed properties in Britiande. Part of the estate of Casa de Santo António de Britiande is the chapel, dated 1680, with the arms of the Miranda, Homem and Morgados de Britiande families, a Renaissance retable, walls lined in 17th century tiles and the ceiling in polychrome wood caissons.
In 1991, when we decided to adapt the house for tourism we engaged the architect, Alfredo Resende. The Gardens were designed by Teresa Marques, landscape architect.