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Casa do Visconde de Chanceleiros
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pinhao
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 16, 2014

This three star nobleman's house was the perfect and exceeded all our hopes. We would have loved to stay an extra few days but so enjoyed our two days here. Our room opened out onto our own little patio from which we had a view of the vineyards, the huge swimming pool and all the flowers. Thousands of roses were in bloom, lining the walks, hanging over the patios, and around every area of this lovely house. There are many bedrooms in separate buildings around the grounds, all with a terrace or balcony. There is a squash court, a hot tub, tennis courts, table tennis and two bars where you just make your own drink and sign for it. Our hostess Ursula provided first rate hospitality and the meals were to die for. An additional treat was a decanter of port in our room and that was refilled for the second day. The wines served at dinner were excellent and Ursula described each one. The dining room is glass on three sides providing spectacular views of the mountains and vineyards, made even more so at night with the twinkling lights in the small villages. We could not imagine a more perfect place in which to stay and certainly the perfect ending to a week of hiking. Both Ursula and the manageress, Adelaide, speak English well. If you stay here, do take a peek into the kitchen, beautifully done with blue and white tiles. Julia Child would have loved it. A 45 minute walk or a taxi ride, will take you to the Quinta de la Roas for a port tasting, well worth while. The grapes in this Quinta are trodden by foot. A little farther on, you could have lunch in the village of Pinhao.

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Reviewed June 16, 2014

This house is simply spectacular! Great feeling of being in the same time in a family house and a luxury boutique hotel. Very charming old house, lot of flowers everywhere, beautiful pool, tennis ground... I could say "just like in the pictures", but I saw lots of pictures before getting there and it's even more impressive when you're effectively there! Lovely traditional food for dinner, so tasty and served in generous portions, maybe a little expensive for Portugal but you should try it at least once (and that so comfortable to just have dinner with lovely local wines and don't have to drive back in the Douro hills). Great breakfast: fresh orange juice, fresh bread, homemade jams... if you like strong breakfast there is smoked salmon, ham, prosciutto, cheese, you can also have eggs. Staff is so friendly, nice portuguese women ready to help. Dona Adelaide speaks several languages, she is just very very nice. We were a family group of 8, so I had the opportunity to visit 3 rooms and they were all very well decorated. There is a bottle of Port wine in every room, just help yourself! If perfection is 10, my note would be a 9,5. Only thing missing for perfection: a direct view on the Douro river. Apart from this nothing, just a place in which time stops, a place in which your stay will always be too short, a place I would like to live/work in...

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

This place is amazing! We had a really great time at Casa do Visconde. The two very friendly hostesses made us feel at home from the very moment we stepped in. The house is massive, very charming and benefits from a beautiful garden which includes a large swimming pool (although we have not had a chance to experience it due to the rather unsettled weather). Our room was very large, comfortable and unbelievably quiet at night, we both slept like babies. We decided to have dinner at the house and we did not regret it for a second: the food was home-made with fresh local products and our glasses were never empty (local wines and ports are a total treat). We also enjoyed the friendly atmosphere as guests can sit together at large tables if they want to and we had a great time with the lovely other guests. At breakfast (also very good), we could see how breathtakingly beautiful the views from the veranda on the Douro country were. Our one-night stay felt really too short and Casa do Visconde and the lovely Douro region will definitely be on our minds for future holidays.

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Reviewed May 27, 2014

An old Portugese Nobleman's Manor House beatifully situated overlooking the Douro and the hills beyond - now a delightful hotel, run - gently, quietly, efficiently and with Style by Ursula and Adelaide and their dedicated staff (and of course Molly the bulldog). Have stayed worldwide in "Boutique" hotels but this takes the accolade of the 'Best in Europe' - oozes quality & gentility. Lovely modern open plan split level bedroom suite. Dinner in the spectacular dining room with panoramic views of the surrounding horizons is at 8pm. served as a 'sans menu' four course meal. Ursula personally presents each course with her choice of local wines - aperitif white port; a light fruity white or red wine with the 1st, course - then a well chosen red wine from a local wine-maker. The wines are included in the dinner price; and believe me they are not stinted. You get up from the table with a huge sense of friendly well-being. You may have a port (or two from the free decanter!!) to finish in the withdrawing room on comfy sofas with newly made friends. A wonderful place. Even the taxi driver, Armando, became a friend. Oh yes - have lunch in Casa de Foz just outside Pinhao (owned by Manuel - Adelaide's husband) - and try the 'port cake'. The Portugese make you feel really welcome - we recommend the Hotel.

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Reviewed May 25, 2014

We had a wonderful stay at this hotel, which had been recommended to us by friends who live in Portugal. The place, with its pool and gardens, is beautiful and has spectacular views out over the Douro River valley. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The room was clean, spacious and nicely appointed, with a fireplace and large bathroom. The breakfast and dinner, which we had in the glassed-in porch overlooking the pool and valley beyond, was quite good. Our only regret was that we were not staying longer. We would definitely stay there again.

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Reviewed May 19, 2014

We stayed for two nights at Chanceleiros and wished we could have stayed for longer. We had a fantastic time and never left the hotel for long as the beautiful garden, relaxing pool area and comfortable room were too inviting. We had dinner at the restaurant on both nights and also a light lunch on one of our days. The food was consistently very good and so were the matching wines. Staff were always very friendly and professional. It was a great atmosphere for relaxing and being spoiled. Overall a fantastic place!

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Reviewed May 18, 2014

The Casa is by far the best hotel I have ever stayed in.
Our suite was magnificent. The views and the gardens are wonderful.
Ursula and Adelaide were excellent hosts.
I will definitely return to Chanceleiros.....but for much longer!

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Address: Largo da Fonte, Pinhao 5085-2, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Vila Real District > Pinhao
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Pinhao
Number of rooms: 9
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Casa Do Visconde De Chanceleiros Hotel Pinhao

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