This house was built in the end of the Nineteenth century by a doctor who had just returned from the ancient portuguese colony of São tomé e Príncipe after the death of his lover.
With him, he brought exotic african wood from São Tomé by boat such as Sapele, jackfruit tree and afzelia, which he used to to build the ceilings, the reflets and the wall panellings. The floor was made with pine and cedar wood originally from the highlands of Bussaco.
The house was built in an architectural nineteenth century eclectic style with neogothic influences, expressed in elements like pointed archs and turrets. It also recalls to the colonial architectural style typical from manorial houses from São Tomé.
He went on to living in this house for the next years, with only the memory of his lover engraved in the wood of the house and three palm trees planted on the front of the house.
Old people of the place say he was known as the African who lived in the House of the Two Towers.
After his death, the remaining family kept his house and later one of the heirs, an engineer in the Viana de Castelo shipyards in the 1950s restored the whole house, maintaining it’s structure and style.
In 1974, the house was bought by an aristocratic couple (she was philosophy PhD and he was Vet) who hired a well renowned portuguese architect, Moreira Lopes from Oporto, already deceased, to restore the house and big construction works were made, but always maintaining its original style.
The architect has equipped the house with a modern kitchen and modern bathrooms, Among other technical updates.
On the horse stables where transformed in a party room to held big parties and balls, the party room has everything necessary to prepare parties.
The mainhouse used to hold exhibits mainly of art and sculpture and mostly religious art. Of those exhibits there is still a small museum of fossils, shells and minerals that were offered to the owner of the house by the Marquis of Graciosa.This collection was originally in his palace, The Palace of Graciosa in Anadia.
The couple raised their family, hosted parties and received many important guests until the owner passed away in 2007 surrounded by his maids, 5 years after the death of his wife.
The local government considers the house and his domains local heritage.