CASA DE MOGOFORES - MOGOFORES, ANADIA
Casa de Mogofores is a manor house from the 19th century related to the agricultural development of the Bairrada region and to the creation of the thermal spa of Cúria. The owners produce the famous Campolargo Wines and they have carefully restored and decorated the house to welcome guests.
Casa de Mogofores provides a restful staying and contact with Portugal's history, as the house biography is linked to this particular period of transition from the monarchy to the republic.
This charming house is an ideal place to discover the region, and visit the Curia Spa, to taste the rich gastronomy and wines, to play golf, to relax and to be surprised by the amazing surrounding landscapes.
Rua Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora, 18 - Mogofores
Built in the 19th century, Casa de Mogofores is closely linked to the agricultural tradition of the Bairrada region which is continued by the owners who produce the famous Campolargo wines. The house has been carefully restored and conveniently located for visiting the thermal spa centre of Curia, play golf or simply relax and savour the local wine and gastronomy.
In Solares de Portugal The art of good living , Edições INAPA, 2007
Casa de Mogofores is strongly connected to Portuguese XIX century history; a period in which political instability sprouted from liberal revolts a new bourgeois elite increasingly influent in public administration and in economic circles.
This background explains the decision of Albano Coutinho, son, to move to Mogofores in 1876, after starting a brilliant career as a political journalist, devoted to the democratic and republican causes and as a well-recognised talented writer. With his peculiar urbanity, Coutinho pursued his fight for republican and regionalist ideals, standing up to the monarchic forces of the region that didn't keep up with the proper movement of his time .
Albano Coutinho was the first Civil Governor of Aveiro after the implementation of the Republic in 1910. He participated in the establishment of the Democratic Centre and of the Directory of the Portuguese Republican Party. Rich landowner, Coutinho dedicated himself to the agricultural development of Bairrada, studying and promoting the study of cultivations and cultures, diseases and treatments and the inhibiting and progressive factors of local husbandry. His private wine cellar was a true experimental centre for new wine making techniques and methods.
We owe him the development of Bairrada agrarian teaching, as he restructured the activity of the Agriculture Development Office in Anadia (seat of Council) and established, thanks to his parliamentary position, a Practical School of Agriculture in that village. A word of praise is due to his contribution as member of the Northern Phylloxera Combat Commission and as head and counsellor of the recently created Agrarian Syndicate.
We owe him as well the decisive effort for the establishment and development of Curia Spa and the Thermal Water Society.
Coutinho's father was the first citizen to have a civilian funeral in Portugal, father and son alike, these men were strong defenders of religious freedom, opposing the existence of official religions. Casa de Mogofores holds architectonic traces that reveal a strong connection to the Masonry movement.
Over the door of the noble floor there is an entaglio engraving with round arms, dated 1867, with the saying "For political liberty, for religious and conscience liberty - Albano Coutinho".
This house was bought, reconstructed and recovered to be the residence of its owners and wishes to open its doors to those who seek to enjoy from the broad relaxing space of its surrounding property, disposing of a set of activities and attractions that can be discovered around the village of Mogofores.
The project of Casa de Mogofores sprouts mainly from this narrative and wishes to provide its clients and guests, together with a restful staying, a contact with Portuguese history, in particular with the period of transition from monarchy to republic.