Voted Best 2010 Rural B&B out of 8500 properties internationally, Casa Alta Royal Lodge, an hour and a half from Lisbon, is located within the precincts of the atmospheric Castle of Ourém, a small medieval village high above the rich Ourem Valley. The castle, itself, is a charming ruin, and still fun to explore. There is a single ring road with the walls of the castle and Casa Alta is nearest the castle itself (hence its name), and shares the castle's panoramic views.
Casa Alta was built in the I2th Century for Kings, Queens, and Saints. The royal tradition continues today in the stately elegance, its gilt and velvets, and charming atmosphere of a bygone age. This is expressed in many antiques, tapestries, paintings, ceramics, silver, and decorative tile works at Casa Alta. Casa Alta comes with a cook/housemaid.
Deluxe towels, draped beds, and embroidered sheets, down pillows (a rarity in Portugal) and fluffy duvets add to the caressing touch of luxury. You can imagine being Princess Catherine of Braganza, who stayed at Casa Alta with her court the night before she sailed to England to become the Queen Consort to King Charles II, except that it will be more comfortable!
Outside, double doors open onto an ancient rock terrace overlooking the breathtaking Ourém Valley. Here lunches and dinners and afternoon teas are laid out. Surrounded by Hydrangea, Cosmos, delphinium, marguerites and gladioli from the upper terrace it is only a few steps to the pool, secluded seating groups, sunning beds, and a rose arbor.
A cleaning woman will assist you in housekeeping duties. For an extra charge she can be contracted to cook. If you enjoy cooking yourself, you will be shown where everything is in our fully stocked kitchen. Bedding and towels will be changed regularly. (Towels every other day and bedding, normally, every third or fourth day.
The house and gardens are so quiet and peaceful, it is hard to pry yourself away. However once done, there are many marvelous things to see in the area. To the west is the nearby International Shrine of Fatima that draws 6 million people a year, plus the magnificent royal monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça and the charming fishing village of Nazaré. To the north is Porto and the famous River Douro and port wine country, the famous university town of Coimbra and it legendary library, and to the north are the gigantic specimen woods of the Hunting Palace of Bussaco, now a hotel and restaurant serving wild game. To the east is the last Templar Castle (Tomar) and the fairytale Almoural Castle. There are also nearby Roman Ruins. To the south is the romatic city of castles and royal palaces in Sintra, and of course, the capital city of Lisbon, rich in many sights. Casa Alta is centrally located to tour the best sights that Portugal has to offer.
Whether you are staying a month or passing through, Casa Alta Royal Lodge is one of the great little gems of Portugal.
Prices quoted are the suggested donations to the “Castelos de Portugal Casa Alta” non-profit Association and include the estimated standard service costs and yearly membership dues for members and their guests staying at Casa Alta in accordance with the Bylaws.
Keywords: Portuguese Estate, Lodge, House, Pool Gardens, Charm, Elegance, views, privacy, antiques, historical, chapel, on-site security.
I am a Catholic Priest and originally started Casa Alta as a retreat house serving discerning pilgrims to Fatima. Now, Casa Alta Royal Lodge is available for the first time to the general public as a luxury B&B or as vacation house rental, and I am very happy that more people can experience and appreciate this very special place.
I was born and brought up in a large family in the Santa Clara Valley (California) where my family were pioneers in the dried fruit industry. I have always enjoyed horticulture, and I get a great deal of pleasure working in the garden. I preside over a perfect little jewel, in and outside of the house, and my aim is to provide the warmth, comfort and elegance that one so often seeks and rarely finds in a rental. I very much enjoy the company of diverse groups and peoples, and I am involved in many Portuguese organizations. I can't wait to share this precious find with you and welcome you as friends. Casa Alta welcomes people of all faiths or none
Location! Location! Location! Casa Alta Royal Lodge is centrally located to visit many of the great must-see sites of Portugal: the royal Monastery of Batalha, the royal Monastery of Alcobaça, the charming walled city of Obidos, the last castle and convento of the Knights Templar, the spectacular escavations of the nearby Roman Ruins, the amazing forest of Bussaco and former royal hunting lodge, now a fascinating hotel,the fishing village and resort of Nazaré, the ancient university town of Coimbra, and of course the world famous religious shrine of Fatima, just 12 minutes away. We even have dinosaur prints a short distance away! The location of Casa Alta itself, high above the Ourém Valley in the Medieval walled village of the Castle of Ourém with its cobblestoned streets, charm, and breathtaking views, is enough as a destination of its own!
Casa Alta Royal Lodge is not for everybody. You will not find large shopping malls, video arcades, or night clubs nearby. It is for the desciminating traveler who seeks charm in an elegant surrounding, who appreciates beautiful views, peace, privacy, and tranquility, as well as history and inspiring sites within easy touring visits. It is for the person who likes to come home to a crackling fire in his/her room, tea from a silver service in the garden, genial drinks in the manor's salon, elegant lunches and candelight dinners, with attentive uniformed staff anticipating needs and desires. And at last, a comfortable bed awaits with hand-ironed quality linens, down pillows and duvets and decorated throughout in the English-style manor house tradition.