Casa da Levada

Amarante, Douro
Bed & Breakfast

A true gem - sleep in a small hillside castle, share delicious communal meals, walk or cycle to the beautiful waterfalls nearby...


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The crenellated tower is visible as you wind along the cobbled track into this ancient hilltop village, perched high with mountain views. Levada is really a small castle in a settlement built of rough-hewn, moss-covered granite blocks where people and animals still live cheek-by-jowl; Luis’s family has been here for 300 years and it’s a gem. Rough wooden doors open to reveal a goat, a pair of oxen, the sheaves of corn stacked around a tree trunk to dry: scenes from centuries past. Luis and Maria, she a retired English teacher, are caring hosts with a lively sense of humour. Bedrooms have granite walls, wooden ceilings, beams and sisal floors; the Tower Room has a balcony; the bathroom of the Poet’s Room is reached via a trapdoor in the floor! The sitting room is comfortable, the dining room is barn-like, with an oval table at which everyone eats together: the food’s delicious, the wine and conversation flow. Find bikes, trampoline, a small pool and a river beach here, and beautiful waterfalls nearby. Up the hill, past the water mills, is a bleak hilltop with great boulders and dolmens – amazing.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 3 courses with wine, €25. Restaurants 2-15km.


Nightly price
from €75
Singles €60-€72.
1 Twin
From €75
1 Double
From €75
3 Twins
From €75



The ancient granite walls, the vaulted wooden ceilings and the antique furnitures and paintings dominate the interior of Casa da Levada. You will feel that you have magically travelled back in time. The wonderful outdoor area, "espigueiros" and garden will enchant you with their views surrounded by the mountains at the heart of the beautiful and picturesque hamlet of Travanca do Monte.

Iker, Sawday's inspector

I hope to visit again soon! The home is warm and elegant, with stunning views and beautiful scenery. The village of Travanca is completely charming, and Maria and Luis are generous and intelligent people: the perfect hosts.

Katharine, New york

This recent visit is my 9 th to Casa da Levada. I have been bringing artists to photograph and paint for many years as Plein Air Portugal participants love the home, the village, location, food and especially the Hosts, Maria and Luis Mota. This posada is an artists perfect place from which to create.

Dale, New york

Casa da Levada holds charm, history, hospitality and panoramic views in a warm embrace. Maria and Luis are people people; friendly, knowledgeable and discrete. Their home becomes your center of gravity while visiting Northern Portugal. As an artist who stays annually at the 'Casa' this is my favorite and special place to paint or photograph. Go and be charmed.


Welcoming, comfortable, every detail covered, lovely food, warm and memorable hospitality. Luis gave us wonderful background to the area and the traditions. A lovely area and well worth exploring.


Much to be enthusiastic about and why I have come back 4 times: the Hosts, the home, the hamlet, the charm of the rugged vast scenery, the warmth of Maria and Luis, the hard working and friendly citizens of Travanca...all add to making this place a favorite place to paint and photograph landscape.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Luis & Maria Vasconcelos do Lago Mota

  • Casa Levada is prone to artists. Lately it has been housing Plein Air Painting and Photograph Workshops in the Summer
  • Casa da Levada is the family for more than 300 years
  • In the village there is one only shop where you can find everything from farming tools to food items
  • You're a 20-minute walk from the ancient roman monument , a very complete Dolmen. Explore the mountain and appretiate the womderful view around you.
  • Amarante is 15km away and there you can taste delicious and varied local food and all sort of wonderful wines.