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Cecilia Zino

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english, portuguese, swedish

Recuperated old stone house in rural village of traditional Portuguese style

2 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Lamego holiday cabin

a one bedroom mini cottage which has all you need for your comfort.

The cottage has two rooms divided into 2 floors. The ground floor used to be for the cattle, but is now a sitting room with a small kitchenette (with an electric hob, a sink and a fridge) and bathroom with a shower.

Upstairs is a bedroom with two large bunk beds, 2 normal single beds and a space for hanging clothes. The walls are all in natural wood, and 2 salamanders make it

very easy to heat up.

  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Cecilia Zino (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english, portuguese, swedish

About Cecilia Zino

I was born in Stockholm in 1954, but have lived for the last 30 years in Madeira, Portugal. My husband is British, and we both never tire of holidays in Northern Portugal, where there is always something new to discover in terms of places of natural beauty and historical or ethnological interest.

Why Cecilia Zino chose Viseu Region

We first came across the villages of Anta and Mazes in the beginning of the 1990s,

and the experience changed our lives for ever. We had never before come across a place where you could imagine yourself to be in the 6th century AD, both by the looks of the houses, the methods of agriculture and by the way people dressed. We were blown over and full of zeal to preserve this fantastic place. Since then we

have bought some of the old houses and recuperated them to be as cosy and comfortable as we ever could. Our idea was to create employment for the people of the village, so as to keep it alive. So far however, the younger people tend to go abroad to find work, so the unique scenes of the shepherds with their flocks of sheep and goats will eventually disappear.

It has been an uphill struggle also with the authorities. We strived to have the place

declared as national heritage, but so far without success - and the wind turbines which now surround Anta, are an example of this failure.

Our sincere advice is: Come and enjoy this place while it still exists, because one day it will be gone for ever! And if you buy local produce while you are here, you will also be helping to preserve this unique village!

What makes this cabin unique

Peace, beauty and authenticity - a place to be yourself and to meet a people who are themselves with no pretences; a friendly and welcoming people, who are generous despite their frugal living.

Do you like donkeys and goats? This is the place for you! Do you like pre historic remains? This is where you can discover them - ancient graves, dolmens, ruins…

Do you like swimming under waterfalls? It's cold, but you can do it here. Do you like hiking? These hills are perfect! Do you like photography and painting? You can't get better motifs than these! Do you like wine and cheese and smoked ham and sausages? The wines of the Douro are excellent, and so is the local food.


2 traveller reviews

Recuperated old stone house in rural village of traditional Portuguese style
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

Casinha de Pedra em Mazes

  • 5 of 5

Pequena casa de pedra restaurada com muito gosto e imaginação, no meio de uma aldeia típica onde as actividades tradicionais estão bem presentes (pastoreio, agricultura).

A casa é pequena mas muito bem aproveitada e confortável, mesmo com tempo frio, graças às duas salamandras existentes. A cozinha é minúscula mas suficiente para prepara algumas refeições. Os quartos com revestimento a madeira, são extremamente acolhedores. O ambiente é romântico e intimista. Tem a vantagem de não ter televisão nem internet o que estimula os serões de conversa.

Apesar de pequena a casa é muito luminosa desde que se abram as persianas das janelas do telhado e as janelas para a rua.

Bons passeios pela região com bastantes pontos de interessa (incluindo a anta de Mazes).

Na aldeia há dois pequenos cafés e, pelo menos, uma mercearia (que eu tenha visto).

Gostei imenso da estadia e repetirei se tiver oportunidade. Parabéns à proprietária pelo bom gosto e soluções decorativas encontradas.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Obrigada! Nós gostamos tanto da aldeia e das pessoas que vivem lá. Ficamos contentes que outras pessoas também apreciem essa vida simples que conseguimos viver em Mazes.
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Dépaysement garanti !

  • 3 of 5

Petite maison en pierre située dans un village authentique.

Espace réduit et pas très lumineux mais très bien configuré.

Balades possibles à proximité sans prendre la voiture.

Accès commerces à 20 minutes environ.

La communication en français avec le propriétaire reste très limitée.

Bonne impression générale.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ça alors!:) J'étais la meilleure á l'école en Français! En 1970….. et par écrit je me débrouille encore!
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Nearest Airport
154 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
12 Kilometres
Car: recommended

It is situated in an area where the Portuguese nation started, and where there are visible remains even from times that preceded the nation. From Roman bridges to the church of São Pedro de Balsemão (7th century), from Arabic fortresses (Lamego)to monasteries where the templarians left their marks (Salzedas and São João de Tarouca), from mysterious hermitages (Castro Daire and São Pedro das Aguias) to splendid cathedrals and churches (Lamego) - there is so much to discover. Do not miss Anta, the abandoned village just up the road (20-30min walk), Ucanha (30 min drive) and Salzedas with its new museum in the cloisters.


Rates & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$58

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Lamego, Portugal

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 30 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • On the bottom floor there is a good bathroom, all in inbox. It has a well functioning shower, a loo, a bidet, a sink and an extractor .
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • There is one bedroom on the upper floor. It has 2 normal sized beds beside each other and two extra large bunk beds. There is a wardrobe and drawers for your clothes and a salamander to ensure that you don't feel cold during the night.
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing