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.
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