This is a beautiful hotel, lovingly restored, with stunning gardens. It was like staying in a museum - some of the rooms had original furniture in them, and some of the old kitchen and implements are still there. The staff were a joy and the service very good. The food, accompanied by their own wine, was extremely good and well presented. The only criticism I would make was that the lounge/bar is on the first floor, with no lift, which made getting up to it difficult for my husband on crutches. There was a small area next to the dining room where one could sit for a drink, but it only had one table and 7 chairs, so wasn't ideal if already occupied by other people. They do not have tea & coffee making facilities in the rooms, which is something I miss, but found this to be the case in all the places we stayed in during our holiday in Lisbon and the other places we visited in the north of Portugal. Perhaps something that the hotels could consider introducing??
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa da Insua is an 18th-century baroque manor-house built by Luís de Albuquerque de Mello Pereira e Cáceres, Captain General and Governor of Mato Grosso and Guiabá, Brazil. Today it is a 5-star charm hotel of exceptional characteristics and of important historical heritage. Its architecture, decoration, the objects collected by the family during its trips and its remarkable gardens of Romantic influence are some of the traits that make up its unique personality.The perfect destination for those wanting to relax or work away from the city, the Casa da Insua Hotel, a space of elegance and comfort, exhibits its charm in the most surprising details, including the name of each room, always associated to the Houses' history.All rooms ans apartments with air conditioning, cable TV, Internet, safe and minibar.On top of its careful wine selection, which includes the best wines of the centennial Specified Region of Dão as well as Casa da Ínsua wines, the Casa da Ínsua Restaurant offers à la carte service, chef's recommendations or a theme menu, with national or international delicacies.At the Casa da Ínsua Hotel you may see countless pieces of historical and cultural interest, with proper guidance.Guided tours of the historical compartments of the Casa da Ínsua Hotel and gardens .Casa da Ínsua wine tastings and workshops, led by House oenologists.Grape harvests.Guided tours of Casa da ìnsuas' wine and jam production facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Da Insua Portugal/Penalva Do Castelo