History

Casa de Sezim became the ancestral home of the present family in 1376. The original vellum documents still exist and record that Maria Mendes Serrazinha gave Casa de Sezim to Afonso Martins a descendant of D. João de Freitas a companion of D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. The document states that Casa de Sezim was given to Afonso Martins in recognition of " As boas graças que dele recebeu e espera receber e por crença que lhe fez" - the good works received from him and hope to receive and for his trusting belief.

This beauty of the house is not only in its harmonious lines or the impressive façade of its majestic entrance, as within its walls hang early XIX century panoramic wallpapers, scenes from both of the new and old world, of sufficient rarity to have become a motive of international curiosity in recent years.

Casa de Sezim also offers to visitors, vineyard and winery surveys, where we produce the famous Vinho Verde. The Vinho Verde from Casa de Sezim was also apreciated on Middle Age and there is a 1396 document quoting its high quality.

It is also important to highlight that it sits in the heart of the Minho, the Garden of Portugal, near Guimarães, Portugal´s first capital. The Minho is a region of great natural and artistic beauty as well as being one of both historic and prehistoric interest. Guimarães is linked to Oporto and the Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro airport by motorway. It is within easy reach of the city of Braga - The Brachara Augusta of the Romans - The National Park of Peneda - Gerês and the seaside resorts of Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim, the later served by a modern links golf course.

Opened all the year round to tourists and offers a choice of eight spacious and confortable bedrooms, permits the use of two lounges, one exclusively for tourists and the other used for conferences, meetings and exhibitions.

Our visitors can make use of the swimming pool, tennis court as well as enjoying walks through the surrounding hills in the summer, or simply relax and enjoy a glass of our noted estate bottled wine, but that is another story...

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