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  • Hotel Hotel Parador Casa da Ínsua Penalva do Castelo

    Located in Penalva do Castelo, Casa da Ínsua is a baroque style manor-house, built during the 18th century by order of Luís de Albuquerque de Mello Pereira e Cáceres, Governor and General-Captain of Cuibá and Mato Grosso, in Brazil. In 2009, this building underwent renovation works and it became a five-star country house hotel, which was awarded the Prémio Requalificação de Projecto Privado (Private Project Renovation Prize) by the Turismo de Portugal (Portuguese Tourism). The belongings of the Albuquerque still remain in the home, including tribal weapons and handcrafted fishing and hunting tools that Luís de Albuquerque brought from Brazil. The house interiors, as it can be seen on the Núcleo Museológico da Casa da Ínsua (the Museum area of the hotel), and the gardens, listed at the IPPAR (public institute tasked with the conservation, preservation, and inventory of the Portuguese architectural heritage) tell us the History both of the region and the country. The guests will have the opportunity to join tours of breath-taking beauty and cultural interest. The magnificent gardens have a great variety of species, some of which are centenary, and are included in the exclusive “Rota das Camélias”. Walking through the gardens is not the only outdoor activity you can enjoy. You can also spend the morning with a shepherd, watch closely watch closely the cheese and jam handmade making process, participate in the Farm activities such as working in the vegetable garden or picking up fruit, as well as enjoy walking throughout the green fields, and the outdoor swimming pool during the hotter season. Moreover, you can as well join the grape harvest, which is one of the special features of the Hotel Casa da Ínsua. Perfect for those you search a quieter place outsider the city, the Hotel Casa da Ínsua Stands out for its unparalleled ambiance, and its historic charming present in the most surprising details. In order to stress this identity, each room has a name associated with the manor house’s history. Besides the careful wine selection, which includes the best wine from the centennial Dão Protected designation of origin, and the Casa da Ínsua wine, Casa da Ínsua Restaurant offers you a la carte service, chef’s suggestions or theme menus, with local or international dishes. more

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