Portugal’s Best Small Hotels

Portugal’s Best Small Hotels is a curated selection of Portugal’s most authentic, private and intimate properties. The ones where the owner welcomes you personally, introduces you to the estate and vouches to take personal care of you during your stay. Its not about uber luxury or pretentious service, these properties are as down to earth as possible, where you will gain insider and unprecedented access to the territory, the culture and the food of the region where this property is included.

In shades of white and deep-red, in the heart of Serra de São Mamede, you will find the charming Quinta da Dourada. This estate has belonged to the Malato Correia family for over 200 years, and this generation has transformed it into a desirable tourism project. The rustic style and the warm tones that accompany the entire décor perfectly fit this estate into the landscape, giving it genuine features. This House has plenty of nooks and crannies that invite you to relax and enjoy lazing around. The four houses and two rooms have the comfort you need to leave stress and routine far behind. All houses all have names of Saints which protect the Quinta, except for one which is precisely the House of the Unnamed Saint (“Casa do Santo Sem Nome”).
Monte da Fornalha, 7100-033 Estremoz, Portugal
Just a short distance from Borba, Estremoz and Vila Viçosa, in a place called Maria Pia, you will find a seductive retreat: Monte da Fornalha. The estate was reconstructed taking into consideration the original rustic architecture, using local materials and in total harmony with nature. The very inspiring decor, influenced by various styles, makes this place the perfect example of good taste. Its surroundings of olive trees, vineyards and century-old cork trees give it a touch of authenticity. The 7 charming rooms are very spacious and are simply decorated, preserving the rustic architecture of the house. The lounges are another landmark of this unit, displaying perfect harmony through the combination of dark wood tones with the “warm” tones of the Alentejo region.
In plain inner Alentejo, and just 3 kilometres away from Évora we can find a small and charming small hotel called “Casa do Governador”. Located inside a 20 ha property and just 500 meters away from the “Convento de Espinheiro”, the “Casa do Governador” was initially an enfermary and quarentene place for old Convent preasts. Over a century old and with a strong historical legacy, the “Casa do Governador” was, in 2012, the target of a profound remodelling process that originated the 7 welcoming bedrooms. The north wing, of a more traditional decoration and the south wing, brand new with a more contemporary and rustic decoration.
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