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“Charming Stone Cottage in Medieval Town” 5 of 5 stars
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A Lagosta Perdida
Rua do Cimo 4 | Aldeia de Montesinho, Braganca 5300-542 , Portugal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Braganca
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“Charming Stone Cottage in Medieval Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

It's like stepping back in time, this really characterful place has been restored lovingly and carefully by the present owners.

The rooms have touches of wooden beams and remnants of old stone walls, and the whole place is charming. Our room was comfortably furnished, with a small seating area, and modern bathroom, equipped with kettle. However, this time of the year (November) is very cold, and our room took a long time to heat up (which wasn't helped by the pilot light on the furnace that kept on blowing out). The mattress, however, was very hard.

We arranged to have dinner here, which was a good decision, since it's a long drive, at night on winding mountain roads, to Braganca. Dinner was served in a cute dining room, with wood stove. Servings were generous, and our meal was delicious. Being winter, we didn't have the opportunity to make use of the outdoor spaces, which included a vine-covered patio and nice views.

Parking was in their garage which was handy, as there is no real parking on the streets. It was a good location from which to explore the surrounding mountain park and other small stone villages.

Very unique, and definitely worth a visit to this magical B&B!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We were originally booked to stay in Lagosta Perdida for just one night, but both the beauty of the Montesinho National Park, the wonderful walks (very well mapped, and described by the Lagosta Perdida) made us stay another night....and in hindsight we should have stayed even longer.

Lagosta Perdida feels like home, and Robert was a great host for us - cooking incredible meals, letting us play with his gorgeous dogs (once we had assured him that we loved them), and gave us great directions for the walks, and even a dog to take with us :)

I would highly recommend this place to anyone. They also have horses and can organise horse trips just down the road in the next town.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We stayed at A Lagosta Perdida for one night on our road trip to Northern Portugal. Its a quirky place. We liked it! The owner, Robert, is an interesting guy and a great host. We had a nice evening meal on the patio covered with grape vines and a lovely breakfast in the morning. It would have been nice to stay longer!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Not only did we love our bedroom which overlooked the pool, ping pong table and hills, we fell in love with the easy to find hiking trails and the absence of bugs on the trail. I'm not one for USB wacking but found ourselves a little more adventurous so wandered off the trails and still eventually found ourselves back to the village population 45.

Meals were all scrumptious and served hot. Our room was surprisingly quiet unlike other hotels and B&Bs. We never heard anyone else except the birds in the morning.

Robert the owner is delightful and will encourage you to play their grand piano, which I nervously obliged to his delight.

If you want some major R&R, this is the place. A covered garage was also a plus.

Room Tip: Ask for the room overlooking the swimming pool on the 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

A Lagosta Perdida is about a 30-40 minute drive from Braganca, situated in the small village of Montesinho (population 45). The inn is in a charming refurbished building. Our room was quite large, as was the bathroom. The bed was very comfortable. The common sitting areas throughout the building were tastefully and comfortably furnished, with a fireplace going in the one room (it was chilly April). The included breakfast offered yogurt, croissant, toast, cereal, juice, coffee, tea. Dinner was extra, and Robert, the host, offered up soup, salad, fish, rice, carrots, dessert, coffee/tea, and a half carafe of wine (there were two of us)-all simply prepared and very good. Robert, Sally and Sean originally are from Great Britain, so there is no language issue for English speakers.
Although there is a small cafe in the village, A Lagosta Perdida is it for dinner, and I would not like to make the drive from Braganca in the dark. The village itself is worth a stroll, and the simple cafe is worth a visit for a glass of wine or beer just for the local charm.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Contrary to other reviewers, we had no trouble finding the "Lost Lobster" - there is an indication on the road from Bragança to Spain which leads you up to the village of Montezinho, and the village itself is so small that you can hardly miss the place. First surprise: there is (huge) garage - something which you would definitely not expect in a tiny village of stone houses, many of them being in a ruined state. Second surprise is once you get in - the common area of house is spacious and there is a lot of light during the day, a grand piano by a fireplace, and just a cozy and warm atmosphere - we immediately felt a bit "at home". Everything inside is stone and wood and the old structure of the building has been well preserved, giving the house a lot of character and charm. There is all the modern comfort you want, although some details were not perfect, probably to a lack of maintenance over winter (many lights not working, and the heating had not been working in our room prior to our arrival - due to the inertia of the thick walls and the not so perfect insulation it never got really warm, especially in the bathroom). This was compensated by all the rest though - we really liked our spacious, tastefully decorated and comfortable room, had great dinners prepared by Robert only for us (we were on our own), very good breakfast as well, and good tips for hiking and other activities which helped us to make the best out of our stay. There are two cats and a couple of dogs, all of them very friendly, and for us they contributed to the cozyness and nice atmosphere of the place, it might not be ideal for someone who hates animals though. Talking of animals: Robert and his family also run a quite nice horse riding center in França, 15minutes down the road towards Bragança, and a stay there may be very interesting for anyone who wants to do horseriding in a personal atmosphere and wonderful scenery. We can only recommend the area - certainly off the beaten track and not a lot of tourist infrastructure, but it would deserve more visitors- and the Lagosta Perdida, probably the best option in and around the natural parc.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Located in tiny village of Montesinho, (only 45 residents), and within half an hour's easy drive through the country, from Braganca. From the outside, there's nothing spectacular about the hotel, but inside, very quaint, well restored, and with very comfortable rooms. The daily rate includes dinner and breakfast, and the owner ( Rob ) is just an amazing cook. Breakfast on the patio, dinner inside or out, depending on weather. There's a small swimming pool, great for cooling off after the heat of the day. Great country hikes in the immediate area, and the Spanish border is within ten minutes drive. Altogether a great experience.

Room Tip: Each of the rooms is different, and ours was on the front, overlooking a narrow village street. No p...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua do Cimo 4 | Aldeia de Montesinho, Braganca 5300-542 , Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Braganca District > Braganca
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Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Braganca
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Number of rooms: 6
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