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“Living like a monk” 4 of 5 stars
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Mosteiro de Sao Cristovao de Lafoes
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Rua do Mosteiro | S. Cristovao de Lafoes, Sao Cristovao de Lafoes 3660-280, Portugal   |  
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Povoa de Varzim, Portugal
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“Living like a monk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Living like a monk but with XXI century amenities.
An extraordinary well restored monastery, in the middle of a forest of oak trees. Excellent rooms (2 inside the monastery, the rest in the in the outside courtyard.
Swimming pool with a wood deck where you can linger - reading or just daydreaming.

You can also linger in the breakfast room - really cosy, you feel at home. It has a magnificent window over the woods & pool.

The owners (a family from Oporto) are really nice and make you feel really welcome.

If you are looking for peace & quiet - this is the right place.

If you like to do some sightseeing, you are in a very central place (close to Viseu, Aveiro and the motorway between Oporto & Lisbon).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

Charming place to relax in the middle of a mixture of nature, history and religious experience.
My husband and I stayed for just 2 nights and it was raining all the time but there was a magnificent window all along the wall in the living room with a great view to the woods, cosy by the fire. Somehow it allowed us to take some time off, visit the monastery and fell it. We had it all just for us for we were the only guests so we had the chance of going back in time and imagine century by century how it must have been like in the past. We updated our Portuguese and religious history also by reading some books. We didn,t get to meet the owners but the two housekeepers made sure nothing was missing.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

The Mosteiro de Sao Cristovao is a destination in itself. We were living in Portugal at the time we went there, and were looking for an out of the way place to stay. As I understand it, the Portuguese government sold this amazing monastery, in ruins, to a Portuguese family from Porto. Over many years, the monastery was painstakingly restored. When the owners reached retirement age, and their children were adults, it became apparent that the upkeep of this beautiful place was more than any of the second generation could carry. So the idea of rural tourism was born. The former stables were turned into guest rooms, renovated to an extremely high standard, and that is where we stayed.

The owners were in residence the weekend we were there, and they were extremely helpful. They gave us recommendations for a good dinner and made reservations in town for us. They left the fire going in the fireplace upon our return, where we enjoyed a nice glass of port.

In the morning,after a terrific breakfast served by two long-time staff, the owners gave us a lengthy and very private tour of the monastery itself (which had been their private quarters). It was amazing.

I would recommend this place for people looking for an off the beaten path destination, maybe a good detour between Lisbon and Porto, but it was, for us a wonderful weekend. the area around the monastery is beautiful, and there are many places for walks to waterfalls/rivers/babbling brooks. This is one of my favorite Portugal memories!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Luanda, Angola
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

Mosteiro lindíssimo recuperado classificado como turismo de habitação.

Peçam os quartos no mosteiro, não nas antigas cavalariça - que apesar de boas, aconselho os quartos no mosteiro pela vivacidade da experiência.

Unidade gerida pelos proprietários - simpáticos e disponíveis. Fazem uma breve visita guiada ao mosteiro. Convidaram-nos para um brinde ao ano novo.

Recomendável para uma estadia de 3 a 4 dias, envolvente tranquila e bons restaurantes a 5 min de carro.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

I agree with some of the reviews: The service was practically nonexistent. Nowbody to be found to have towels on the pool which anyway we have to leave when a bunch of kids, family of the owners -and I agree with e-64: most unprofessional- came in screaming.

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2010

The Mosteiro is truly exquisite. Abundant breakfast. We were travelling with friends and four kids and stayed at the annex house which is superbly furnished and immaculate. The surroundings are beautiful and peaceful. The Monastery itself is a gem.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2009

We stayed here for 2 nights in the suite which has also has a small kitchen.
When we arrived it took a while before somebody showed up. It turned out that the owners were not there (away in the Algarve) and the caretaker/maid only speaks Portuguese. More surprising was the large amount of children in the swimmimg pool. This turned out to be her children and their friends, not very professional.
After that things turned out to be mostly positive. The rooms are comfortable with satellite tv and an amazing view down the river gorge. The place has been very well restored and there are lot of comfortable chairs surrounding the small swimming pool.
Best of all is a hike down the gorge to the river pool which was totally empty when we went there.
Breakfast is good although it lacked the personal touch (it is self service).

Overall a place to recommend, the only minor note is that because the owners were not there the staff lacked direction.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua do Mosteiro | S. Cristovao de Lafoes, Sao Cristovao de Lafoes 3660-280, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Viseu District > Sao Cristovao de Lafoes
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Sao Cristovao de Lafoes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mosteiro de Sao Cristovao de Lafoes 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The buildings of the former Monastery of São Cristóvão de Lafões date from the end of the 17th century, but its foundation goes back to the 12th century. It was carefully renovated, the monastic character of spaces and ambiance was preserved and modern comfort installed. The Monastery offers, besides the area of the owners, the following facilities: one suite T1 (with double room, bathroom and living room with a double sofa-bed and kitchenette);a T2 house, Casa dos Conversos, (one double room and one twin room,two bathrooms, one ensuite, dinner and living room with fireplace, kitchen and a small living room with double sofa-bed)connect by a pateo to the lawn and swimming pool area; 5 double and twin rooms with ensuite bathroom (two of them located on the main building). A breakfast and living rooms, a room for games and a small bar at the reception are also at the disposition of the guests. The Monastery is surrounded by a wood, a moutain river marking its limits. In the picturesque stream there is a natural swimming pool with small waterfalls, swimming and diving is possible. There are many opportunities for hiking either in the Monastery wood or in the mountains surrouding the place. There is a golf course at 18 km distance and a SPA of S. Pedro do Sul (10 km). The rich regional gastronomy is a further incentive for visitors. Monuments, medieval buildings and baroque churches all easy to reach by car. ... more   less 
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