O Cancedo has two buildings housing the different work spaces of an old tannery. One of them was dedicated to “Muiño da Casca” A place where a mule drove a heavy stone wheel to grind oak bark which produced the tannins used used to tan the skin. Today this wheel is part of our reception room.
In the other building was the actual tannery, outside “the pilos” are large stone tanks where the skins were cleaned and washed. Inside the building are the three tanks that were used for the tanning process and in the upper room the skins were dried.
When we bought the place in 2010, both buildings were in ruins and the whole property covered with ferns and brambles. The appearance was of total abandonment. In the last five years we have cleaned the land by hand and started a small holding using deep bed 4 season crop rotation processes as well as more traditional open bed cultivation. We have fruit trees planted and a fruit cage for berry bushes in place.
Finally in the summer of 2015 we started the renovation of the Muina da Casca. Landscaping continues and we have plans to improve the second building and to introduce chickens and ducks.