This magnificent 1000-acres estate, embroidered by olive and cherry trees, close to the city of Bragança, is an outstanding example of a manor house built in the 17th and 18th centuries. It belongs to the Pessanha family, descendants of Manuel Pessanha, a Portuguese teacher who specialised in navigation, during the kingdom of D. Dinis.
A sense of history, culture and tradition, as well as elegant hospitality maybe experienced within the house itself and in its welcoming private chapel, evidencing a richly golden carved wooden altar painted in blue, red and white, where images of Saint António, Saint Francisco and Saint Caetano can be identified.
This historic 17th century manor house offers the chance to participate in traditional farming and to use the hunting area of the estate. The atmosphere is one of ultimate tranquillity and the house offers a high standard of comfort and service. Within the neighbouring area of Barragem do Azibo and the Montesinho Natural Park, picturesque villages offer a wide variety of leisure activities and interesting discoveries of a wonderful natural scenery.
Close to the city of Bragança, this historic 17th century house offers the chance to participate in traditional farming and to use the hunting area of the estate. The 1000-acres estate has olive and cherry trees, a chapel and swimming pool. The atmosphere is one of ultimate tranquillity and the house offers a high standard of comfort and service.
In Solares de Portugal The art of good living , Edições INAPA, 2007
The Manor House, dating back from the end of the 17th Century has always belonged to the Pessanha Family. The private chapel has a richly golden carved wooden altar painted in blue, red and white, where images of Saint António, Saint Francisco and Saint Caetano can be identified.
The surname Pessanha has Genoese origin and dates back to 1262. The portuguese king D. Dinis charged Vicente Ennes Cesar and João Paço de S.Lourenço, who were living in Avignon, to choose someone able to help the portuguese in the art of navigation. The Genoese Manuel Pessanha was chosen and came to Portugal. He was appointed Admiral of the kingdom fleet and army by D. Dinis.
The Pessanha family was established in Viseu at the Saint Cipriano farm by the end of the 16th century. The Vilhegas of Viseu has an ancestor D. Fernando Vilhegas, married to Brites da Costa. Dona Isabel do Amaral, his great-grand daughter and JúlioVilhegas do Amaral daughter, married Miguel Pessanha Castelo Branco.
Two soons were born from this marriage, Júlio, who became Lord of the Viseu House, and Francisco Pessanha, who followed the career of arms.
A few years later, after the restauration, Francisco ran away to Nozelos a small village close toArcas, for political reasons. He was sheltered and be friended by tha Sá Morais of Arcas, a noble and rich who wanted him to marry his daughter.
Thus began the "Transmontano" branch of Pessanha family.