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Quinta da Póvoa -
Serra do Socorro
Casal Barbas
2565-771 Turcifal
Torres Vedras
Portugal

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Wednesday, 30 May 2007

 

Quintas da Póvoa e Vale do Corvo.

These two beautiful eighteenth century farmhouses are surrounded by centuries old trees. The farmland itself is dedicated to high quality horticulture and fruit-growing

Quinta Vale do Corvo
Quinta do Vale do Corvo
 

During the first French invasion of Portugal from 1807-1808, the Quintas da Póvoa and Vale Corvo, both served as strategic shelter for the Portuguese Royal Volunteer resistance.

Quinta da Póvoa, situated at the foot of Monte Socorro (Wellington´s Eagle’s Nest), served as headquarters for  Wellington´s second in command,  General Sir Brent Spencer and his staff during the winter of 1810-11, at the time of the Lines of Torres Vedras. The property has always belonged to the original owners until the present day, the Barros e Vasconcellos. They have preserved and maintained this historic heritage including antique arms and military curios from 200 years ago, and perhaps more importantly, the 18th century interior frescoes. Recently a set of historic iron gates has been restored and fitted to the main entrance.

Quinta da Póvoa
Quinta da Póvoa
 

Today at the Quintas, it's possible to listen to interesting stories about the Peninsular War, and in the evocative atmosphere of the original interiors, to imagine the British officers who lived here, under the traditional hospitality of their hosts.

You can see more of the wonderful countryside around the quintas in the Picture Gallery

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 September 2008 )
 
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