Uxío Novoneyra’s house was always open to the visits of friends, neighbours and even strangers who wanted to get to know the natural environment and admire the poet’s home. Today, as the headquarters of this Foundation and as a living museum, it continues to be a centre for meetings, reflection and cultural revitalisation in the Courel mountain range that Novoneyra built throughout his life. We work to take care of the many corners of history that the house hides and to keep on studying what it was and what it is, in order to maintain the virtues of this unique place.
Uxío Novoneyra was born on 19th January 1930 in the family house in Parada do Courel, built by his great-grandfather during the third Carlist War (1872-1876). The building is a farmhouse with a great heritage value that highlights the rural life of the eastern mountain range dedicated to extensive livestock farming combined with subsistence agriculture.
The Casa do Crego or Casa da Fonte, as it is still called by the locals, consists of a house to live in that revolves around a courtyard, surrounded by annexed houses (an old wine cellar, carpentry, forge and barn) and an orchard that opens onto the forest.
The poet Uxío Novoneyra lived most of his life in the family home, first with his parents, Manuela Neira and José Novo, and then, from 1973, with his wife Elba Rey and their three children, Branca, Uxío and Arturo. In 1983 he moved to Santiago de Compostela.
The house was always open to the visits of friends such as the painters Reimundo and Antón Patiño or the poets Manuel María and María Mariño; some of them stayed as guests for long periods, such as the poet Carlos Oroza and his partner Carmen Latorre. Many friends and admirers visited the poet in his house in Parada do Courel.
Currently the house of Uxío Novoneyra is a Historic House Museum, headquarters of the Uxío Novoneyra Foundation, dedicated to spreading the legacy of the poet through a programme of guided tours and various cultural activities related to his figure and work linked to his natural space of reference.