Based on TripAdviser reviews, we changed our plans and reservations a few weeks before leaving so that we could spend one night at Quinta do Scoto before going into Lisbon and dropping off the car. We definitely made the right decision, but wish we had taken the time to revise the last part of our trip and used this incredible B&B as a base for exploring Lisbon and the surrounding region. If we were able to do it again, we would have stayed at least three nights, rather than one, and commuted into Lisbon by train and kept the car for trips to Sintra and other places of interest in the surrounding countryside. As it was, we could hardly enjoy the comforts, hospitality, and ambience of Quinta do Scoto; without doubt the best B&B we have ever encountered in almost 40 years of European travel. (Why can’t the British do this at home is our question?)
From our first contact about possibly booking, Penny and Tony exceeded our expectations in every way. Never has a B&B proprietor invited us in for a drink on first arriving or placed a welcome bottle of wine in our room. And these were just two of the many small touches that made for a wonderful stay. The facilities at the complex are incredible, and while October is not the month to use the pool or bar-b-que, in warmer months the place has all the aspects of a small resort rather than a B&B. All that is missing is the sand and ocean, which really is not that far away. Our room, the Sr Miguel Suite, was huge, probably larger than our living room at home. The bath was stocked with everything one could possibly need, including a separate bath and shower. The bedroom was tastefully appointed and gave a couple a choice between double beds with either a hard or soft mattress, incredible. Huge glass doors opened out onto the yard and pool, making one wish it was summer.
The property has been lovingly restored, and this is particularly noticeable in the manor house with the woodwork and beautiful tiles. Penny and Tony are only too happy to answer questions about the restoration, and we had wonderful conversations before dinner and at breakfast. The amount and variety of food at breakfast was almost embarrassing, and what we were able to sample (calories be damned) was delicious. Without question, this is one of the most interesting and impressive places we have ever encountered. There was absolutely nothing to complain about, unless you think Tony and Penny are too nice, or the room is too big, or you ate too much at breakfast. Oh, I guess you could say it’s a bit difficult to find, but we managed with their directions.
In short, one night simply couldn’t do justice to the pleasures of staying at Quinta do Scoto. Our advice is to contact Penny and Tony early in your planning and allow them to help you plot out an itinerary for Lisbon and environs using the B&B as a base. You will not regret it.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.