Manteigas is in a beautiful high setting in the mountains and is an excellent base for hiking. The town itself is rather simple with limited facilities - but good enough for all that.
Casa das Obras is an ancient noble family house and has been in the same family for generations. It is beautifully and comprehensively furnished with all manner of family heirlooms, old pictures and furniture. There is a big games room with pool and chess and a large sitting room with a log fire heating the room and the hot water.
We had a good sized bedroom and a very comforatble bed. The bathroom was a little cramped and the fittings, while not as old as the house, looked as if they had served at least one generation. Still, bathtubs will last for ever!
The one drawback we found was the limited quantity of hot water, so on a chilly March morning there was enough to shave with but not enough to shower or use the bath tub. That said, the previous evening we both were able to have warm showers.
The lady in charge - I guess the owner or her daughter - was the perfect hostess, providing us with cookies and tea on arrival as well as a bowl of sugared figs and otherwise ensuring we had everything we needed.
We were the only people staying there at the time but even so, the breakfast was excellent and with a large choice. It was served at just about the largest table I have ever dined at, with room for seating around 20 people. I would highly recomment Casa das Obras.
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