Moreira Manor - The Hidden Castle

A small Georgian-style castle lays hidden in a Nacogdoches suburb, nestled on five acres of land, surrounded by other charming and unique homes.

Twin gates open to a long drive flanked by a wide-open lawn. The red-brick home is perfectly centered on the front of the property, giving way to open spaces beyond. A simple porch leads to a dark doorway — the only feature of the house without an exact replica on the other side.

Moreira Manor - The Hidden Castle

Samantha Moreira walked down her front porch steps clad in a remarkable red and white designer suit and sparkling, silver knee-high boots. She personifies the classy style that showcases itself in every aspect of her home.

Moreira Manor - The Hidden Castle

“We just knew it was the place,” Samantha said of the home she shares with her husband Sergio. “We saw the house and we were in love automatically. It was built by Jackie and Janice Miller. As a birthday present to her, he built this house.”

Because the home is Georgian-style, both sides of the house are identical, but other than the architectural design, no room is the same. Of the six bedrooms it originally had, only one is a bedroom now. The couple live in the house alone and would rather each room be utilized regularly for the activities they enjoy.

The front door leads to a small foyer, unique because of a large circle insignia on the floor, centered between plush, antique chairs. To the right of the foyer, the living room is a blast of blue accented with complementary colors. To the left is a large dining room with a long, dark wood table.

Moreira Manor - The Hidden Castle

The couple’s living quarters occupy the second floor. The master bedroom is made up of soft natural colors, comfortable for lazy Sunday mornings. Past Samantha’s South American-inspired bathroom and gigantic walk-in shower lies an equally large closet. The walls of the closet are lined with shelves filled with hundreds of shoes. Her clothes fill the back of the space, covered by closet doors.

To the left of the master bedroom is Sergio’s office, bathroom and closet. Each is tastefully decorated with his personal aesthetic. Items from his and his family’s history sit proudly on his clean, modern furniture. The closet provides space for his clothes and a small comfortable nook to relax.

Moreira Manor - The Hidden Castle

The third floor is found by following a spiral staircase to a wool-carpeted landing. The carpet provides an extra layer of soundproofing — necessary because the space is occupied by a small gym and movie theater. The foyer between the two rooms features individual, painted portraits of Samantha and her parents.

Throughout the house, every colored wall highlights a different style of artwork from several of Samantha’s favorite artists. Small details like candy jars, unique decorations, family portraits or candid shots of Samantha, Sergio, and their son, Bernardo, litter the spaces in between.

Moreira Manor - The Hidden Castle

They also have a smaller guest house at the other side of the property where any guest they entertain can stay. It only takes a short golf cart ride to get there.

They’re working on building a resort-style backyard with a pool, two pool houses, a car showroom and a beautiful lawn separating the house from it’s smaller buildings.

Moreira Manor - The Hidden Castle

“I remember opening the door, and I remember visualizing the house exactly as it is right now,” Samantha said. “I walked through and saw it how I wanted it. It was totally different because I gutted this house to the studs.”

Moreira Manor - The Hidden Castle