Cantinho do Cantador
Cantinho do Cantador
The Cantinho do Cantador is a unit of Rural Tourism accommodation, a Country House, dedicated to the exploration and animation offer based on Nature Tourism and Geotourism, with associated logistic conditions for the practice of sports: fishing , mountain biking, hiking and availability of local products, to purchase or consume on the premises.
The Cantinho do Cantador house, located in Carvalho, in the Riba de Mouro parish, municipality of Monção, has a history dating back over 200 years. Constructed in stone with thick walls and loveseats inside the windows has received, of course, over the years, some maintenance and arrangement works.
Since its construction, done by hand, stone by stone, as was the custom at that time, this house was the birthplace of many and large families. The most obvious records point to its proprietary penultimate, mother of 9, named Maria Rodrigues, nicknamed “Maria Gralheira”, married to Manuel Augusto Gil, with nickname “Cantador” for enjoy singing for friends in the few parties that at the time, took place in the village.
Husband and wife, humble farmers, in order to raise their children without having to go hungry, dedicated themselves also to other jobs: he, amateur singer and professional mason, she housewife, baker and wise midwife, helping the birth of children, not only in the place but in the entire parish. Her midwife gift was known all around and to this house resorted many husbands or relatives of the mother, asking for help.
The home shared the “quinteiro” with their neighbors, who had to give way to the usefulness of floor. It was a community space where all the farmers of the place de Carvalho and other places went, first to dry their grain and afterwards to mesh it, by the sound of the traditional parties of the time and the joyful chants of the “Cantador”.
The Cantinho do Cantador was then a meeting point of all that there were drying and threshing their grain. Its owner, Maria Gralheira, received all with a welcoming smile and offered each one a piece of bread she baked, accompanied by a sip of brandy that her husband produced at the time of harvest. During winter, people gathered on the threshing floor to enjoy the sun and conviviality, however, first they passed by the Cantinho do Cantador, located in front, to ask any questions or to demand for some moral or material support.
The courtyard of the Cantinho do Cantador was a meeting place for friends, who together spent the hot summer afternoons in siesta time, or Sunday afternoons, to talk about the issues that affected them or else played cards or other group game. On cold winter nights it was in Cantinho do Cantador that scutching and the spun of flax was made.
Everyone knew that the family of Cantador was a humble but very hospitable family, working, caring and skilled. All resorted to house Corner Cantador to try to solve their problems and all said it was a special house where everyone felt good. The parish of Riba de Mouro always recognize the value of this house and its owners, knowing that there could find some cure for their ills, both physical and spiritual.
Everyone knew that the family of Cantador although humble, was a very hospitable, working, caring and skilled family. All resorted to Cantinho do Cantador to try to solve their problems and all said it was a special house where everyone felt good. The parish of Riba de Mouro always recognized the value of this house and its owners, knowing that there could find some cure for their ills, both physical and spiritual.