Another fabulous holiday in the very special Casa Rosada. This was my third visit and already I am checking my diary to work out when I can return.
Casa Rosada is an unexpected find in the small town of Castro Marim. Behind the traditional shuttered and wrought iron panelled doors of this beautiful rose-coloured house hides a secret oasis…a stylish manor decorated throughout with subtlety and care. Delicate colours with the occasional splash in just the right place!
All the bedrooms have their own style and are well kitted out. My personal favourite is the en suite. As well as a fabulous shower it has the most luxurious deep bath I have ever had the pleasure of soaking in. The rooms are big and airy and are always made up with fresh crisp white linen…nothing like it for a comfortable sleep!
The focus of this house however lies in the kitchen and the garden. The garden is full of surprises. At first glance you don’t see its secrets but as you investigate, you come across little pockets of calm, each with its own character. The palm-shaded courtyard is where I was served a delightful breakfast of honeyed yoghurt and fresh fruit, followed by hot buttered toast with homemade jams and marmalades. At the top of the garden is another beautiful place to sit … a natural gazebo draped in coloured muslins and overgrown with delicately coloured bougainvillea. In the evening this is a beautiful spot for a lantern-lit dinner. Just outside the gazebo is a mosaic terrace where you can soak up a bit of sun on a relaxing lounger. There are many such spots dotted around the garden, shaded and sunny, where you can sit and relax.
For good food look no further than Casa Rosada. You won’t find better in the region than Rupert’s home-cooked cuisine. A chef in his past life Rupert has a fantastic repertoire of delicious food and continually comes up with new exciting recipes to delight. The vegetable garden, lovingly tended by Andrew, provides a lot of the ingredients so everything is very fresh. If you get the opportunity ask Rupert to show you his recipe book…. it is a fantastic collection collated by himself and clearly a labour of love.
This house provides everything required for a relaxing holiday and the owners Rupert and Andrew are superb hosts.
- Also Known As:
- Casa Rosada Portugal/Castro Marim, Algarve