Marvao is the kind of place that even hardened travellers would warm to. The views over the vast tumbling valleys beyond are utterly stunning. If you stay here (which we did in January 2013), and not fussy about the room being basic - for city folks - but perfectly adequate, you would be rewarded with not just the views all laid out in front of you from the verandah which runs alongside the property, but also a warm and friendly welcome, ample healthy breakfast, a beautiful homely environment, and great conversations with the manageress Cristina - all at a very reasonable price. Ask for Cristina's permission to light the fire (it was very cold when we were there), sit down and sit back on the comfy sofa, and wind the evening away with a bottle of Alentejo wine which you cannot possibly go wrong with (whatever your choose from a local shop). If there are two of you and no other guest using the sitting room, it could easily be one of the most romantic things to do in life. Do read up on the amazing history of Marvao - there is a great coffee table book lying around. When we were there, the fog came and went several times in the course of one evening. And when it was there, and venturing out to the verandah, with the wind howling away and blasting onto the face, it was like living in a dream, far, far away from it all. Thank you Cristina for such a wonderful experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The distinctive Casa da Arvore in Marvao is indeed a family home where you can enjoy all the comfort it exists and sustains a really interesting story. This house has been theater in the early twentieth century and was rebuilt in 1951 to be a boys' school on the ground floor. On the first floor was the dwelling house of the teacher. The teacher placed this school Freedom Gomes Esteves, mother of the owners of the house, taught here until the construction of the new school in 1968, opposite the square. You can also point out that the name of this house is due to a centuries-old tree existed in the square in front of the facade of the house, which was later withdrawn. However, another curious fact about the house is clearly the names of the five bedrooms it exists be inspired by the many leaves of the trees scattered along the Serra de Sao Mamede, including Lime Tree, chestnut, elm, poplar and walnut that can be sighted the magnificent balcony this house undoubtedly having from one of the best Marvao views. ... more less
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