We had one of our best holidays ever at Monte do Sapeiro, in part because of the stunning surroundings and also because our hosts were absolutely lovely and exceptionally hospitable.
Monte do Sapeiro is a little ranch-style B&B on a hillside about 10 minutes' drive from Carrapateira. It's gorgeously decorated in an artisanal style, down to the very last detail.
The two guest rooms have an uninterrupted view over a lush, unspoilt valley. Each room has floor-to-ceiling glass doors onto this view, and a little patio / lawn area with a pair of deck chairs. What's particularly wonderful about this setup is that it's so open yet totally private: you won't get anybody walking past your window - not even the guests in the other room - and the valley is virtually empty. The place is pretty remote so it's incredibly quiet at night and you can see a skyful of stars!
The B&B is unusual in that its dining room (a beautifully converted outbuilding that was used for brewing schnapps in days gone by) also has a kitchen for communal use, so you can do a bit of self-catering if you wanted to. The kitchen is very well-equipped and the whole building is utterly charming, with homemade jams and local crafts displayed on shelves (available to buy), cookies in jars, books, an armchair, an iPod dock, a Nespresso machine and an honesty bar. There is also a lovely terrace where you can eat al fresco.
Our hosts were so helpful and friendly, and nothing seemed too much trouble for them. They made our stay, which was for my boyfriend's 40th birthday, very special and memorable indeed. Thank you so much, we can't wait to visit again one day!
The two rooms are virtually identical, so it won't matter which one you're allocated.
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