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Casa da Insua
5.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Penalva do Castelo, Penalva do Castelo 3550-126, Portugal   |  
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“Stunning Hotel & Gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

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??

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  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

This hotel proved a wonderful discovery in a quiet and relatively unknown location north of Viseu. The main building is an 18th century mansion owned by a wealthy family who continue to operate the estate, producing amongst other things their own excellent wine and olive oil. The rooms are of good size, very clean and comfortable with good bathrooms. Service is excellent. The mansion still has all the furnishings and family portraits from the past, which makes for spectacular sitting rooms with pleasing views over the neighboring landscape, and there are beautiful formal gardens to enjoy also. This would be an ideal place to spend a few quiet restorative days. A few negatives that prevent a full five star rating: wi-fi available in the bar area only; coffee at breakfast tasted like instant coffee; and on the night we were there the restaurant offered a fixed "Good Friday" menu featuring bacalhau, which is great if you like cod, unpleasant if you don't.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

We stayed at Casa da Ínsua on ocasion of a wedding in the region. The hotel is located in a 18th century countryside manor in barroque style, build by a local who got rich in Brazil. part of the house is a museum, open to the guests, part id the hotel. Rooms are quiete spacious, the batrhrooms large, very nice, with natural lihght and windows and well equipped. The staff is very nice and helpful, efficient, yet always discrete. we didn't try the restaurant, but the menu looked promising. Breakfast was very nice, with a rather wast choice including 5 types of home made jams. The gardens are lovely, partly French style, partly English style witrh enormous trees.The whole setting is just beutiful and it's really quiet. It's rated 5 star, although there aren't that many facilities, but the quality certainly lives up to that and the prices are far from 5 star level, I've paid more for three star hotels in urban settings. A swimming pool was just being finished now, it shall open by August 2011. There aren't amny sites to visit right around the hotel, but it's perfect to just stay there to relax and also for a visit to Viseu or to the historic villages and castles of Celorico,Linhares, Trancoso, all within 30 -40 min driving from the hotel. We'll be back soon.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

Believe in every good review you will ever read: its all true.
The place is beautifull and the service is very pleasant. A wonderfull weekend.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Casa da Insua

Address: Penalva do Castelo, Penalva do Castelo 3550-126, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Viseu District > Penalva do Castelo
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Penalva do Castelo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Casa da Insua 5*
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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