Casa de Mateus
Casa de Mateus
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9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
The Casa de Mateus, finished in 1744, is a magical place. A time machine which allows us to travel through the last five hundred years of the History of Portugal, Europe and the World. A point in the universe where people, ideas, documents and works of art from many latitudes come together. Together, they make up a collection that we invite you to share. Past the short path leading down from the entrance gate, the visitor finds a unique landscape: the façades of the House and Chapel, doubled by the water mirror and framed by a lush natural park. The interior, marked by a succession of rooms, from the Great Hall to the domestic wings, passing through the Library, the Religious Museum and the more social wing, to the south, displays a particularly expressive collection. The Gardens, living bodies that have been constantly reconstituted over the centuries, establish a rare unity with the House, creating a remarkable game of concealment and revelation.
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  • H.F. Callaghan
    Cabramurra, Australia225 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive photograph
    Lovely looking palace from the outside. We took half a dozen photos and left. They don’t even know or care about they’re product. I asked about the other mateus wine products ie brute and dry and they never heard of them. The bloke at the door couldn’t care less when I asked he a question. Run down, untidy and needs a lot of work. You’d think they would reinvest back into it’s up keep. The pools are dirty and the yards unkept. Should be getting a lower rating but we took a couple of good shots.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Tab H
    19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Casa de Mateus for something other than vineyard visits
    For a good diversion from the vineyards, consider visiting the 18th-century Casa de Mateus. Located just a scenic 40-minute drive from Pinhao. This manor is one of the most beautiful examples of Italian Baroque period architecture in Portugal. It is surrounded by gardens. Tickets for the palace and gardens allow you to walk the gardens on your own. Guides meet in the courtyard to introduce the house before being led through several large rooms ending in the impressive library. Many of these rooms have ornately decorated ceilings and trimmings. The rooms have periodic pieces of furniture or different forms of art. For an extra fee, you can go into the chapel attached to the manor. For those of a certain older age, the name Mateus may bring back memories of your earliest bottles of mediocre inexpensive wine while growing up. This is the same Mateus as seen on the label. The family sold their name to the winery which at one point accounted for 40% of the Portuguese wine exported.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • EC13091
    Ellicott City, Maryland1,248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fine house with fine original furniture
    This Casa de Mateus is a gem, worthy of a detour. In so many old houses, the furniture is not original and the family no longer lives there. Here, the 15th and 16th generations of the family inhabit part of the house, while the fine public rooms are available for a guided tour. We started in the gardens, which were magnificent. The cedar tunnel is unique, but other gardens were the best we have seen in Iberia. At the appointed hour we met our enthusiastic guide, who presented an excellent tour in colloquial English. We were impressed by the centuries-old furniture and fine decorations. The library was lovely and unique, and the bedrooms fine. The chapel, not included in the house tour, is apparently very humid, so many of the fine items from there are in display in the house. We spent about 1 1/2 hours total including the tour. Definitely go if you at all nearby.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • WaltonSmiffs
    Wakefield, United Kingdom650 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    We paid for the full guided tour which included the chapel and an audio guide for the gardens. Tour guide was excellent and the house very interesting with some particularly interesting artefacts including originals of Camoes' The Lusíads. Highly recommended.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Catherinejulia
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent. Recommended.
    Had to terrific afternoon at Villa Real. Guide was excellent and it was so interesting to witness the place which holds such great history with the Matus rosé bottle picture. The gardens were lovely to stroll around. Highly recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
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Natalie L
Caribbean57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
About 10% of Trip Advisor reviewers give Casa de Mateus a poor/terrible rating. Unfortunately, our family's visit goes into this category. This place gave us the worst treatment in all of Portugal and we have been in the country for 2.5 weeks. As objectively as I can, this place does not merit any special effort to get there. There are many more beautiful palaces and estates in Portugal that are much better maintained. We should not have driven the 1.5 hours to get there. Maybe if you are visiting family in Vila Real & you don't mind paying the 39 euros for a family of four (kids are 6.50 euros, in most of the country kids under 12 are free). For us, it was much worse than just that. We drove into the property and were scolded by a male staff member who implied we purposefully skipped the ticket office. On going back, the ticket booth is to the right of the gate, but if you are driving in, it's not easy to see it. We honestly didn't see it. The ticket lady was so catty and rude to us and said it was our fault that her male colleague shouted at her. The interior of the property is plain and not inspiring. During the tour, a woman who spoke only Portuguese (not the guide) told my son to get off the carpet and when he didn't move immediately she pushed him off! We left then. I guess this experience wouldn't happen to most people. But the staff at Casa de Mateus are capable of treating their guests that poorly.

Written January 9, 2020
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Raquel M
Lisbon, Portugal2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Oh, what a mistake it was not having read the reviews first - 20€ per person for visiting half a house and a mediocre orchard is definitely not worth it.

The house is nice, but the tours are very rushed (the library which had a more interesting set of documents was done in not even 3 minutes, so no time to see anything). Half of the house is off limits as the family still lives there. The guide only explains one or two objects per room, not being able to give further details when asked about paintings, for example. Other than this, nothing too amazing to see, and definitely not for the price they ask. On top of this, they don’t even include wine tasting which is not even produced by them.

This is one case where you should take the reviews into consideration and spare yourself from this very overpriced visit. Go to Versailles instead and you will still be left with change.

Overall, really not worth it.

P.S. - Plus it’s funny that they decided to make this place a “foundation”, is it for them to be exempt from paying taxes from these lovely prices? ;)
Written September 22, 2021
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Celia J
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Only visited the gardens at the end of December. Even though one couldn’t expect much from a garden in the winter my disappointment is about its ludicrous price to view it (£10 euros) and the lack of parking facilities in such a huge space and considering the price charged to visit it. My mum has mobility issues and there were no allowances for people like her. Pathetic!
I just wished that part of the ticket to visit the gardens could be used to pay better wages to the gardeners. I doubt it. It’s just a rip off place where self-entitled noble families keep up their old habits of exploiting others.
Written February 3, 2023
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WaltonSmiffs
Wakefield, UK650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We paid for the full guided tour which included the chapel and an audio guide for the gardens. Tour guide was excellent and the house very interesting with some particularly interesting artefacts including originals of Camoes' The Lusíads. Highly recommended.
Written October 24, 2023
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Jane L
76 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is one very expensive photo. Not worth the entrance ticket. To access second floor was guided and a 2 hour wait. The gardens and building felt run down. Staff at front entrance very friendly. At 24 euros for a 15 minute visit at best we certainly had the ripped off feeling. Adjusted price of 5 euro would be more palitable
Written April 12, 2023
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Margaret W
Spain19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The palacio de Mateus was a hidden gem in the Portuguese countryside. Parking outside in the nearby streets was easy and we were just in time for a guided tour in English at 11am. The visit was relatively short but very informative and there are some amazing artefacts in the house. Afterwards we visited the gardens which were full of wonderful roses, ripe grapes and a beautiful flowering trees originally from Brazil (Portuguese colony) which the gardener told me were cut back hard in the winter and then flowered again each summer. For me the €10 was worth it for the gardens alone.
Written September 3, 2021
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK556 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Mateus Rose was one of the few wines readily available to the average Brit in the 1960.s when I first started to drink wine. Its distinctive shaped bottle with its view of the house were iconic and it was a throwback to enter the grounds and see the house and lake spread out as on the label. Having negotiated some quite steep steps we wereshown into the house which was a bit gloomydue to the need to protect some of the mauscripts and paintings from direst sunlight. Also our guide was not particularly fluent in English and struggled with questions . However the house as a whole was worth seeing even though quite a lot of it was out of bounds.
Written May 18, 2022
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Tab H
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
For a good diversion from the vineyards, consider visiting the 18th-century Casa de Mateus. Located just a scenic 40-minute drive from Pinhao. This manor is one of the most beautiful examples of Italian Baroque period architecture in Portugal. It is surrounded by gardens.
Tickets for the palace and gardens allow you to walk the gardens on your own. Guides meet in the courtyard to introduce the house before being led through several large rooms ending in the impressive library.

Many of these rooms have ornately decorated ceilings and trimmings. The rooms have periodic pieces of furniture or different forms of art. For an extra fee, you can go into the chapel attached to the manor.

For those of a certain older age, the name Mateus may bring back memories of your earliest bottles of mediocre inexpensive wine while growing up. This is the same Mateus as seen on the label. The family sold their name to the winery which at one point accounted for 40% of the Portuguese wine exported.
Written September 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

EC13091
Ellicott City, MD1,248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This Casa de Mateus is a gem, worthy of a detour. In so many old houses, the furniture is not original and the family no longer lives there. Here, the 15th and 16th generations of the family inhabit part of the house, while the fine public rooms are available for a guided tour. We started in the gardens, which were magnificent. The cedar tunnel is unique, but other gardens were the best we have seen in Iberia. At the appointed hour we met our enthusiastic guide, who presented an excellent tour in colloquial English. We were impressed by the centuries-old furniture and fine decorations. The library was lovely and unique, and the bedrooms fine. The chapel, not included in the house tour, is apparently very humid, so many of the fine items from there are in display in the house. We spent about 1 1/2 hours total including the tour. Definitely go if you at all nearby.
Written October 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK2,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Fabulous palace, and we were lucky to have a great guide who took us round the whole palace pointing out and explaining many features that we would otherwise have missed.
Lovely lake at the entrance and great gardens to wander around.
Amazingly, Mateus Rose has never been made here!
Written November 23, 2022
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