If you are wanting to escape the grind of the day to day, switch off, tune into yourself again and reintroduce yourself to your partner, there's probably no better place than the slice of heaven that is Casa Rosada. It's a delightful house, set at the foot of the eponymous castle in Castro Marim, run by Rupert and Andrew who will welcome you as if you were long lost relatives - when they have never met you before.
A secluded garden to the rear is the place to meditate, cogitate, sunbathe, rest and recuperate in peace and serenity. It's probably as near to perfect as you could get - nothing pretentious, nothing ostentatious, just deliciously, serenely, lovely.
Then there's the rooms. Simple, unadorned, but comfortable and welcoming. You feel at home straight away. The dining room - that chandelier! The place where you'll experience culinary delights - not just local delicacies (although Rupert is the master of them all), but also regional and international cuisine, produced with flair, local ingredients and a huge dollop of panache (you can't get that in your local supermarket!).
The welcome is extraordinary, but not overpowering. Andrew and Rupert are consummate hosts who put you at your ease and let you relax. They're ready if you need them, but stay out of the way if you simply want your space.
This is an accommodating, welcoming place whose hosts have a wealth of local knowledge - but get them started on their lives before Casa Rosada! Gabrielle and I had a wonderful, gentle, relaxing week with them - and we shall return. We couldn't recommend this place highly enough. Well done chaps!
- Also Known As:
- Casa Rosada Castro Marim, Portugal - Algarve