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Casa das Obras
Ranked #2 of 11 Manteigas B&B and Inns
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Reviewed June 12, 2010

This place has an immediate “wow” factor. As previous reviewers have noted, it's a 3-400 year old stone manor house.. The outside walls are a meter thick; the windows were built with recessed shutters; there is a stone staircase, a full-sized pool table, a cavern-like bar with a fridge you can use to chill your beer or keep fruit fresh, and antiques all around you.

What's more, the owners and staff have made this wonderful old building into a really excellent guest house. You get the run of the place, including the swimming pool and the private garden. You get a really good breakfast buffet, beautifully presented. You eat at a communal table, set in the former family dining room. This is all great fun.

Our room was big, spotlessly clean, and had a great bathroom with a powerful shower. There's no air conditioning, but we had hot days, and the house stayed cool. I doubt that lack of aircon would ever be an issue here.

One very minor issue was that the house's free wifi network cannot penetrate the thick stone walls, so you need to go up to the breakfast room to get on line. Even there it's a bit erratic, and the broadband connection was also prone to collapse during our stay. Something to do with the general remoteness of Manteigas,maybe?

The house is a short, steep walk up from the main streets of the village. Arriving by car you'll find that it's well signposted, but be prepared for a very steep final 10 meters!

I would think that Casa das Obras is pretty near unique in its combination of a jaw-dropping building with great service and a realistic price. It also has a good write-up in the Lonely Planet and is therefore one of the few such places that hasn't let its standards slip.

You really must stay here if you are thinking of spending time anywhere near Manteigas; Casa das Obras will not disappoint.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank grey.dave
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

This place was everything I'd hoped for and more. It's located in a huge old manor house in the middle of town, and every effort has been made to preserve the look and feel of what it once was. All the furniture is genuine, the art (lots of it religious,) the creaky bowed wooden floors... fantastic. We didn't see any other guests the whole time we were there, so it was like we had the whole thing to ourselves. Really made us feel like we were living the lives of nobility!

Definitely ask for the upstairs suite -- amazing views out over the valley, and very light. Some of the doubles on the ground floor looked a little dark.

Breakfast was extensive and fantastic, served in the old dining room.

Best part of all was the household dog, Beiras, a Portuguese mountain dog that is massive and very very sweet. Make sure to say hi to him -- he lives in the gated garden opposite the hotel!

We had dinner at a restaurant down the street that the owner recommended, which is in back of a little bar. It didn't look like much, but had amazing food and excellent views of the sunset. Make sure you go there!

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank zedque
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Reviewed May 13, 2010

We spent a week travelling around Portugal and staying in different hotels - and this was my favourite by far! The building is stunning, and has been carefully restored to retain its history. The bedrooms were big, the beds very comfortable and the lounge with it's fireplace and the games room were a bonus! I cannot fault this hotel - I loved every aspect of it, and highly recommend anyone visiting this region to stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Chami08
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

This is the most beautiful guesthouse. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
It has been lovingly restored and kept...there is a real sense of history to the place. The proprietors are friendly and showed us round before we decided to book in (the decision was made as soon as we stepped through the door). The bed was the most comfortable that we slept on in our whole tour of Portugal.
The breakfast was wonderful and the table setting was so beautiful I took a photo of it.
It's also remarkably good value for money.
There are some great drives/walks/landscape on the doorstop.
If you are in that region.....stay there!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank jaammy
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Reviewed May 22, 2009

Old e beautiful furniture every where. Everything very clean. Very nicely decorated bedroom. There's a personal touch. Marvellous regional food breakfast. It is not a formal hotel, there are no team waiters. Be care with big suitcase.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank asampaio
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Reviewed August 5, 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rua Teles de Vasconcelos, Manteigas 6260-185, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Guarda District > Manteigas
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Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Manteigas
Price Range: $75 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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