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“A very special experience”
Review of Casa dos Vargos

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Casa dos Vargos
Ranked #2 of 6 Torres Novas B&B and Inns
Sydney
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8 reviews
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“A very special experience”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Staying with Pilar in her beautiful home was the highlight of our Portugal holiday - a wonderful old family home which forms the heart of its quiet little village, and a perfect base for the amazing old monasteries, castles and hill towns in the area: Tomar, Batalha, Alcobacar, Almourol and much more (national parks, dinosaur footprints....). The recently completed IC9 road puts even the beaches in easy reach. Breakfast on the terrace with home made jams and home grown fruit, followed by a tour of the family chapel before heading out sight seeing armed with great tips from Pilar - heaven. I wish we'd spent a whole week there.

Room Tip: All four rooms are lovely, but the largest are the two at the far end of the corridor.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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St. Helena, California
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

There are so many beautiful Posadas scattered around Portugal inviting you to visit and feel a part of history, but Casa dos Vargos delivers that on a completely different level. An excellent base for exploring the local sites, to stay here is to step back in time.

Generous and knowledgeable proprietress, Pilar Tamagnini, has deep family roots here and is an excellent resource for information on the surrounding area. If you ask her, she will also share her fascinating family history, and be sure to inquire about the phenomenal chapel which is part of the house and still in use by the local community. It offers one of the most beautiful examples of tile work we saw in the country -- a truely hidden treasure.

The stately home is the central feature of the small village that surrounds it, and it's walled courtyard and mature Sycamore trees make for a very peaceful environment. Rooms are ample in size and nicely appointed without being contrived or falsely glamorous. It feels for all the world like a stay in the country estate of an old family friend. Bathrooms are well proportioned and Immaculate, breakfast was ample and the coffee was the best we had in Portugal -- or maybe it was just that sitting on the wide veranda in the summer sun extracting local history from our kind host with a small cat looking for handouts of the delicious local cheese while a very "real" local town woke up around us made for one of the most memorable moments in our trip!

If you are seeking an authentic experience in old Portugal, this is a hidden gem and not to be missed.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely, let them help you determine which best fits your specific needs. And GPS c...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2009

We stayed here for 2 nights with our 2 young children. The place is suitable for people wanting to get away from it all but is also very family friendly. It's very spacious with large bedrooms overlooking a green courtyard.
The place is run by the owner, and it has been in her family for a long time. She has restored it all to its former glory, the common rooms are all very tastefully furnished. She is also a good source for local restaurants and sights. Even though the website is only in Portuguese she does speak English, French and Spanish fluently.

Breakfast on the balcony is very good with fresh orange juice and fresh bread.
All in all we very much enjoyed it and it is a bit of an undiscovered gem

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Casa dos Vargos

Property: Casa dos Vargos
Address: | Vila do Paco, Torres Novas 2350-202, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Santarem District > Torres Novas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Torres Novas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa dos Vargos 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa dos Vargos - An 18th century Manor House B&B with private chapel and clock tower renovated and offering 4 double bedrooms all with ensuite bathroom and central heating. Best located to visit the center of Portugal - Tomar, Fatima, Batalha, Obidos and Coimbra. ... more   less 
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