We stayed at Casa Rosada for 8 nights in September 2013.
It is set in a quiet street in a quiet town. From the outside it is a beautiful old Portuguese house that has been tastefully restored. From the start to the finish, we were made to feel like part of the family by mine hosts, Andrew & Rupert. We had decided to "do something different" from our usual holidays and stay here this September and in truth I was a bit apprehensive as I don't really do B&B... however any fears or reservations were unfounded, the owners are creating something quite special here, so let me tell you more.
The room we had was large & spacious with a small balcony overlooking the street outside. The bathroom was also huge and decorated to a high standard with a generously sized bath and a powerful rain shower. Crisp fresh bed linen, soft pillows and a good matrass made for a sound nights sleep. The garden outside where we had breakfast (and sometimes dinner) was a haven of peace with fragrances of rosemary and lemon geranium, we enjoyed green tea, coffee, homemade yogurt with honey & granola and hot toast with homemade preserves each morning there, glorious.
There are a couple of good restaurants a short drive away, and I've reviewed them on trip advisor, but if you can, have a meal in Casa Rosada, cooked by Rupert. We ate in on 3 occasions and were never disappointed, I have attached a few pictures of the sort of food we ate... superb! Just a selection of dishes we had were seared tuna loin (cooked on a salt stone), wind-dried tuna (texture like Iberico ham, in a tuna), red mullet with saffron potato & baby leeks and a tapa with tomato, almond and anchovy, served with a cold manzanilla and a sublime lemon geranium flavoured pannacota served with homemade limoncello (made with home grown lemons from the garden). On one night we had planned to go out but were too chilled, so we joined Rupert & Andrew for a simple bowl of pasta (did I say simple?), pasta beautifully flavoured with rosemary, garlic, tomato and anchovy... let me rephrase.. a great bowl of pasta.
In former lives Andrew & Rupert worked as creative / artistic directors in the publishing world. Rupert also has a background in food. This combination of life experience shines through in what they do. They have a lovely friendly dog (Poppy) and a timid rescue cat, so you do have to accept this, I hardly saw the cat, and I wanted to steal Poppy!
If you have ever fancied something more intimate & inclusive than a hotel, I can whole-heartedly recommend Casa Rosada.
- Also Known As:
- Casa Rosada Portugal/Castro Marim, Algarve