the name of a home

Casa do Neveiro

In the year 1780, in the reign of King José I, D. Julião Pereira de Castro, chief ice-maker of the Royal Household, ordered the construction of 7 pits for storing and compacting snow, at the top of the Lousã Mountains, at 1100 meters above sea level, and right beside Trevim (the highest point in the mountains).

In order to make gathering and collecting snow easier, small ponds were dug, where the snow would deposit and eventually turn into ice.

This task was done by the people of the nearby settlements of Coentral, Povorais and Pena, who were hired by the day.

The ice collected in winter was sold in the summer months: it was cut into large blocks which were wrapped in straw and loaded onto ox carts.  These would go through winding roads to Constância, where they would be transferred to boats that would take them to Terreiro do Paço, in Lisbon, where they would be sold to the Royal Household as well as to various cafés, including Martinho da Arcada (opened in 1778 under the name "Casa da Neve", lit. "Snow House"), which would turn them into delicious ice cream.

We wanted to honor this rich past, which is why we decided to name this house as a tribute to the ice makers, who worked at the pits for decades, and to all the mountain people who still find in Santo António da Neve a true place of communion and sharing. 


Located right at the entrance of the village, the house is perfectly integrated in the rural environment around it, contributing to the ambiance of Pena.

Casa do Neveiro has, on the ground floor, a bedroom and a bathroom; on the first floor, it has a living room with fireplace, a kitchenette equipped: refrigerator, microwave, sink, electric stove, and other appliances. Besides the fireplace, the house also has several electric heaters.

1 bedroom

Casa do Neveiro has a bedroom with a double bed

Fully equiped kitchnette

The kitchenette is equipped with crockery, appliances such as a microwave/oven, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine and kitchen utensils.

Ecological amenities

Our Amenities are certified vegan and made up of up to 98% natural ingredients

Fireplace and heating

Even on the coldest winter days you can enjoy Casa do Neveiro in comfort

Up to 2 people + baby

Capacity for up to 2 people, with the possibility of adding a baby bed. Casa do Neveiro also has baby accessories such as a toilet seat reducer, a feeding chair and some toys. 

Mountain view

Casa do Neveiro is located right at the entrance to Pena and has views of the mountain and cultivated fields

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