The entail of Pindela reaches contemporaneity with four centuries of heritage accumulation and family expansion, emerging in the 1800s as a small political and cultural center. The Liberalism advent brought the family mobilization alongside D. Miguel and against the constitutionalist wave, a movement supported by nobles and morgados of Entre Douro E Minho (MACHADO, 1999, p. 93). As a result, the 11th morgado, Vicente Machado de Melo Pinheiro, marked his presence in the ranks of the traditionalist party and in movements in support of D. João VI. Due to the direct influence of D. Miguel, Vicente Machado de Melo Pinheiro was even granted with the Ordem Militar da Torre e Espada. Some years later and within an anticabralista context, his successor, João Machado Pinheiro, continued to embrace the Miguelista cause and in 1846 joined the cartista party in a new attempt to put D. Miguel on the throne. The attempt failed but not the family mobilization for the preservation of their morgadio rights and, five years later, in 1851, Pinheiro declared his support for the Duke of Saldanha government of Regeneração, maintaining a public career until 1888. At the turn of the 20th century, the House of Pindela flourished as an active cultural center, with “evenings of philosophy and ideas criticism”, gathering names such as Camilo Castelo Branco, Eça de Queiroz, Ramalho Ortigão and Oliveira Martins (MACHADO, 1999, p. 112). The administrators of Pindela declared themselves as part of a romantic generation of assiduous presence at literary soirées.
Throughout its six hundred years, the House of Pindela and its administrators have been both spectators and actors of the national history, both in the political and in the cultural context, as above mentioned. From the beginning, the lineage kept a close cooperation with the Crown, as noted by Felgueiras Gaio in his declaration that Pinheiros from Barcelos were “the most respectable branch for the much that enlarged and allied to the most illustrious families of the kingdom and the court” (GAIO, v. XXIV, 1940, p. 9). The estate of Pindela is now partially converted in rural tourism and in 2012 was considered a monument of public interest given the “aesthetic and technical value of the good, to the architectural and landscape design” (Diário da República, Portaria n.º 740-DG/2012).