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“Old mansion house in Douro valley close to Porto”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa de Mateus

Casa de Mateus
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Vila Real
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Old mansion house in Douro valley close to Porto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

We were on a trip in the Douro valley travelling from Porto for a day.
The guide took us to this old mansion which is beautiful.
There is a small charge and you can visit the gardens alone or the house and gardens. We were near the end of the day so only visited the gardens. But I heard people saying the house was worth a visit.
The house is beautiful from the outside - very ornate and large.
There is a small gift shop which has excellent value wines and jams etc. Also a small café with good ice cream when it is hot.
The gardens are lovely and go down to the river. There are box hedges with ornate patterns and other plants in the middle - quite spectacular as the blossom was out in May.
Definitely worth a visit.
And I did ask the question - is this the home of Mateus Rose wine - no.

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“Mateus well worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Told this was a must see and that was correct. Very hard to find. We probably rely too much on GPS which just cow,d not find it. Also Thomas COOK guide book indicated it was in Villa Real rather than the nearby village of Mateus. It is expensive by local standards (not worth the 6euro parking fee!) but the rest is worth it. The gardens a re amazing.

Visited April 2013
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“A glimpse into the lives of local gentry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

This is a beautiful house filled with original furniture and meticulously kept. We were given a tour even though when we arrived the tour was not happening for another hour. We were the only ones there. The gardens are fabulous and this is well worth a visit.

Visited March 2013
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“Was good in the old times but not now”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

My opinion is a bit partial and personal because I visited long ago this magnificent house and gardens. I think nowadays you pay a lot to visit and does not worth it!

Visited March 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Enjoy the tour and the gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

We took an tour in English and had a great guide. In October during the week the place was empty. The gardens were lovely. It was fun to see the castle on the Mateus wine lable.

Visited October 2012
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