Casa Agrícola da Levada has been in our family since it was founded in 1918, when the current owner’s great grandfather returned home to Vila Real and purchased several tiny farms, after many years as Governor of Inhambane, in Mozambique.
The Main House was completed in 1922 in the style of architect Raul Lino, known for his unique mix of traditional, Art Deco and Arts&Crafts styles and his exquisite staging of buildings into their natural environment.
As was custom in the region, farm workers lived on the grounds. Each family was allocated a plot of land to grow vegetables and rear livestock. This created a self-contained and self-sufficient hamlet, boasting a dozen stone cottages as well as a mill, an olive press, a winery and a distillery.
In time, the city expanded north and part of the land made way for a fire department, a school, tennis courts and easy access lanes to the entire region. The family had to find alternative sources of income and decided to open a rural bed and breakfast in 1992. Since 1999, the granite cottages on the grounds — some of which date back to the 17th Century — have been lovingly restored, enabling us to offer self-catering accommodation.