Being on a business trip, my company had booked this hotel, I had been expecting the usual chain hotel but was surprised and delighted by the Casa de Mogofores and its surrounding town and countryside. I arrived earlier than planned and spent one night in the main house, a beautiful, airy, high ceilinged room with en suite facilities, fresh cut flowers from the garden in the room was an especially nice touch. for the next two nights of my stay I was in one of the self contained apartments within in the extensive grounds of the house, this was equally comfortable and with more beautiful flowers again. Although the apartment had self catering facilities I took a traditional continental breakfast in the main house, beautifully presented each day.
I stay in many hotels in the course of my work and rarely review them, but Casa de Mogofores is something special. Explore the house and gardens, for me being from the UK and finding trees in the grounds laden with vivid yellow lemons was a thrilling novelty. Catch the local village early evening for beautiful vistas and charming local architecture.
I chose to go out for dinner, so for restaurants, cross over the the railway near the church and walk ten minutes along the R. Certima to the busy N1 highway, turn right for Restaurante Pompeu (3mins) or my favourites, turn left for Restaurante Regional or Restaurante O Ze ( 5 mins near BP station) look out for the local speciality, Suckling Pig (Leitão) which is delicious. There are two or three local bars near the hotel but I didn't try these.
The peaceful Casa de Mogofores would be an ideal stopping point for a relaxing touring holiday, ideal maybe for writers, painters, photographers and generally sensitive folk !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de Mogofores, is a manor house from the XIX Century, is related to the Agricultural development of the Bairrada region and with the creation of the Thermal spa of Cúria. The owners produce the Campolargo Wines and they had carefully restored and decorated the house, to welcome the guests. This house plenty of charm is an ideal place to discovery the Region, and visit the Curia Spas, to taste the gastronomy and wines, to play golf, to relax and profit their landscapes. ... more less