We stayed at the Quinta do Monteverde for 4 days in July 2012. The quinta itself is a hidden gem (in the literal meaning of the words; tucked away behind high walls in a small township hit by urban sprawl) with a large and lush garden. The main building and surrounding houses have been wonderfully restored and provides a nice setting for a very relaxing stay.
The kids enjoyed the pool and adjacent tennis court and the garden is large enough to not interfere or disturb other guests. The facilities provided in the cottages proved perfect for our use; we did not cook ourselves but the necessary utensils are present for preparing lunch/sandwiches/tea & coffee/fruit etc., and the kitchen area was cleaned spotless every day. The beds provided in the cottages are a bit to the small side (probably to be expected for Nothern Europeans), and one of the beds is a sofa bed, hence less comfortable. Next time we will settle for an apartment.
Our hosts organised a nice dinner one of the evenings at Quinta do Monteverde. While this may not necessarily be economically favourable - the seaside restaurants in the village are inexpensive compared to more tourist-ridden regions of Portgual, although you have to walk quite a bit from the quinta - we and especially the kids enjoyed the dinner as an example of fine dining with silver cutlery, crystal glasses and fine table cloths etc., yet in a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This manor house was built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Cunha Lobo Barbosa and Sottomayor family just 1 km from the sea. In 1820, the Genoese Judge Luigi Vital Monteverdi married the owner of the estate and the house became to be known as Quinta do Monteverde. The manor house was completely renovated but the interior retains the touch of the seventeen hundreds. Quinta de Monteverde is a walled estate between the hills and the sea and close to the river mouth. In Castelo do Neiva, the sandy beach rolls on and on; sand dunes and unspoilt stretches lend a wonderful sense of isolation to the surroundings. ... more less
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