Solar dos Carvalhos
"Majesty Abounds in this Completely-Restored, 18th-Century Manor Home." - Reviewed by Sofia
SOFIA PERFECT PICK – “I am always impressed by the uniqueness and authenticity of these typical old manor houses, which are part of our cultural identity in Portugal. I love their traditional balconies, terraces and guillotine windows with wooden shutters. But I especially admire their time-honoured stone benches – called “namoradeiras” – that sit beneath the windows.”
The first impression inspired by this house as you enter is “WOW”! Its impressive double central, stone staircase takes you to a beautiful balcony with an endless view of the countryside and access to the suites on the first level. You just know that Solar dos Carvalhos is about to deliver some special memories for you and your companions.
This typical 16th-century Portuguese manor house commanding 70 hectares of farmland was totally restored in 2015 with traditional materials. Having remained in the same family for five generations, its recent renovations give Solar dos Carvalhos a new lease of life. Besides updating its exquisite interiors, the home has maintained all its traditional characteristics, history and charm.
Guests will certainly enjoy the outside spaces as much as its interiors. A lovely private swimming pool on a manicured lawn surrounded by oak trees provides views of the countryside. Meanwhile, an old granite irrigation tank has been transformed into a picturesque natural pool that is shallow enough for children to play in or for guests to cool off in the water.
Besides the home’s elegance and comfort, one of the highlights of choosing Solar dos Carvalhos for your Portuguese escape is its location. You’ll be surprised to find the countryside so close to the city. You get a feeling of being within the heart of nature yet only a few minutes from the attractions of the town.
Just 1.5km from the centre of Castelo Branco in the Beira Baixa region, it won’t take long for you to discover that this area of Portugal is one of the most charming and unique. Take time to visit the medieval castle in Castelo Branco, fall in love with the traditional embroidered quilts and sample the local cheese or attend a cheese-making workshop.