Nature, no TV, next to a small creek and all the peace and tranquillity in the world. Discover the fauna and flora, freshen up in the clear waters of Laboreiro river and settle in this little piece of paradise.
In the heart of Gerês, this is the perfect place to ”turn off” everyday life and recharge your batteries. The village of Castro Laboreiro is just a mere 800 meters away so you will not want for anything, whether it’s the fantastic gastronomy and organic products, the road and mountain trails, the rich culture or just to buy something you forgot!
An old cocoa mill, rustic decoration, open-space configuration, electric and wood-based heater, a comfy couch, a small library and a beautiful bedroom… You will be charmed by this intimate and genuine nook and the wonderful experience.
A chocolate factory from the last century rehabilitated whilst maintaining the original and typical architecture of the region; with rustic decoration and open-spaced configuration with a electric or wood-based heater. Enjoy the little kitchen packed with all the tools you need to prepare a meal, plus there´s fire grill outside. Sit by the creek, enjoy a good book and have a drink at sunset…
Moinhos’ story is directly linked with the cocoa industry. They were chosen by the Castro Loboreiro’s chocolate factory (”Carabel”) to produce their wonderful products. To this day we are yet to find out what motivated Domingos António Alves, founder of the company, to produce these tasty chocolates. However we can state that such action helped Castro Laboreiro gain notoriety throughout the region.
After his death, the sons Abílio and Germano carried out his father´s endeavours improving the business through direct sales in their store and travelling to nearby fairs and town markets in order to increase liquidity and promote the brand.
The year was 1920 and the brothers were selling their products in a fair created in honour of Nossa Senhora da Peneda. A lady from a nearby town (Melgaço) made her way towards the brother´s stand to buy the chocolates that she loved so much in order to offer them as gifts to her family members. Unfortunately the brothers were sold out and didn’t have enough chocolates for the woman to buy. Germano, being the gentleman that he was, vowed to bring the chocolates himself directly to her home once he and his brother were done producing the next batch. The gesture was regarded in such high esteem by the woman that a relationship grew and they ended up marrying on the 25th of December, that same year.
Moinhos do Poço Verde came into action, in 1946, when the increasingly high cost of coal was costing the brother’s company too much money and, since electricity wasn’t easily available at the time in Castro Laboreiro, the solution was to resort to hydric energy. Despite some difficulties in transporting the raw materials to the location, Moinhos do Poço Verde were, from that day, the main location for cocoa extraction, production and transformation for the Carabel company. There are still some elements today that report to those days such as the millstones used to grind the cocoa beans and the waterpaths beneath the buildings used to power the mill.