Balugães is a village located on the border of the districts of Viana do Castelo, Barcelos and Ponte do Lima. At its origin is an important citadel erected on Mount Caramona, dated to the Iron Age. The town went down to the fertile plain of the Valley of Neiva, starting around the parish church, built in the twelfth century, the urban development of the parish. Its toponym originates in Balugães or balugões, a kind of buskins, indicating that the land made many Balugas or high boots with laces.
Balugães retained some traces of a distant rurality, which now emerges as a result of the recognition of some of the values that inspired our countryside for centuries, and are part of the foundational matrix Portugal.
Quinta da Cancela was the residence of a notary, surnamed Ponce de Leon, of Spanish origin, descendant of the Count of Toulouse, having been the last representative of this house. He is buried in the chapel of St. Benedict, at the entrance of the main arc.
The earliest reference to the property dates back from the seventeenth century. Also “Water Quingustos”, which supplies the farm, find references to their use rights in documents dated the eighteenth century.
Since the eighteenth century that the farm belongs to the same family. With the collaboration of architects Jorge Cavaleiro (Casa da Eira) and Paulo Costa (Casa do Caminho de Santiago), the current owners have made recovering this space a memory exercise, to meet the traces of time: calmly, detail, taste and passion. Every corner, every stone, every tree has a story to tell.
The intervention emphasizes the predominance of traditional construction techniques – brought to perfection by the manufacturer, Nuno Sobreiro – and respect for customs and traditions of the house Cancela, resulting in an integrated environment, discreet and welcoming environment.