Voted Best 2010 Rural B&B 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. Centrally located to take in many must-see historic and cultural sights.
Casa Alta was built in the I2th Century as a Royal Lodge for the Kings, Queens, and Saints. The royal tradition continues today in its stately elegance, its antiques, candlelight dinners, and charming atmosphere of a bygone age. Three double rooms all have wood-burning fireplaces, draped beds, antiques, fresh flowers, luxury duvets and linens,
Whether you are staying a month or passing through, Casa Alta Royal Lodge is one of the great little gems of Portugal.
Garden and nearby attractions: 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.
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. The Last Templar Castle is located in nearby Tomar. 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 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.
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.
Father John Guilbert Mariani was born 1947 in Palo Alto, California. His mother, Dame Mary Frances Mariani-Bigler, the former Mary Frances Guilbert, and his late father, Paul Andrew Mariani Jr., brought up seven children. His family were pioneers in the California dried fruit industry, headquartered in the Santa Clara Valley.He now runs Casa Alta Royal Lodge and enjoys welcoming people from all of the world ...people of faith or no faith, it is all interesting.
This was rented first as a retreat house and then opened to the public because so many people wanted to stay because of its beauty, location, and comfort.
People enjoy the elegant interiors, open fireplaces, candlelight dinners, pool, fantastic views and its location high on the walls of the famous Castle of Ourem. People enjoy the inclusion of a daily maid within the price and 24 hour security. Food services are contracted at an additional cost of 30 Euros per person for a three course meal that includes an on-ste ched, table service, cleanup, in a romantic environment with candlelight, flowers, gleaming silver, and fresh white linens. As an added bonus meals include complimentary cocktails before dinner and regional wines at dinner.
People also enjoy the proximity to some of Portugal's most dazzling, historical, cultural, and historical sites within easy driving distance. Excellent cuisine on order, fresh flowers in every room, beautiful linens, down comforters, and pillows (a rarity in Portugal), a gorgeous garden, and many of our personal touches leaves a lasting impression.