Casa das Penhas Douradas Design Hotel

Manteigas, Beira
+351 275 981045
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A gorgeous, restorative place high up in the clear air of the Serra da Estrela with its mountains, lakes and huge boulders


18 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

The Experience

This is the sort of place everybody should come to if they need a rest. You’re 1,500m high so the air is clean and fresh, the views are dizzyingly good and there are plenty of spaces inside and out for just sitting and gazing at beauty. You’re also looked after very well: hot or cold flannels to freshen up with as you walk through the door, a library full of books, a wood-burner when it’s cold, a serene pool with floor to ceiling windows and a spa.

Food is thoughtful and of its region: goat’s and sheep’s cheeses, trout and kid, chestnuts, pumpkins and lots of wild mushrooms foraged from the Alto Mondego woods. Bread and cakes are homebaked, afternoon tea is served, a cocktail and nibbles are on the house and taken before dinner in the sitting room.

You can walk or bike different trails for weeks – some easy, some challenging. Ask for a picnic to take with you and discover rivers with beaches, a huge lake nearby for kayaking, swimming and vulture spotting, spectacular sunsets and even better star gazing. 

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We think you'll love

  • Being in such a beautiful place, inside and out
  • Having a rest - either inside or by the pool
  • The gorgeous food at every meal
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You should know

  • The hotel is on a few different levels
  • You can't walk to anything else
  • It's not for those looking for a wild time


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch €20. Dinner €30. Wine included. Packed lunch €10. Restaurant 13km.


Nightly price
from €90
Singles €75-€120.
8 Doubles
From €90
9 Twins
From €90
1 Suite for 2
From €180



An unbelievably beautiful spot high up in the mountains. The air is squeaky clean, the hotel is designed well, the staff are truly good (impeccably trained but utterly unpretentious) and the food is delicious. Grand walking, heavenly views, birdlife (I saw three black vultures circling) swimming in the lake, stunning suns rising and setting. Come here for a total detox from city life.

Nicola, Bristol

Fabulous stay in an amazing location. Stayed there with our 2 boys (13 and 9) and were all delighted with hotel, staff, amenities, afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast. Decoration is cosy and comfortable. Rooms are very nice and have all you need. The pool has impressive view over the surrounding landscape. Massage is incredible. Staff is helpful, nice, discrete and professional. Food and drinks are excellent. We did not have time for visiting the Burel factory but dropped in the shop and bought some beautiful and warm blankets. We also visited and bought more in Lisboa and Porto shop. 10/10!

Frederic & Karlé, Biarritz

We have just spend a luxurious 5 nights at this wonderful fresh hotel high in the mountains. Sparkling clean, modern and refreshing. Innovative cuisine for dinner, lovely wines, and excellent service throroughout. Suggest they put a few more photos on the Sawdays site!


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The neighbourhood

You are in a huge National Park - Portugal's first 'mountain resort'. You'll find many old wooden skis and much history of the area in the hotel - it's fascinating. Rivers, lakes, mountains, pine forests, boulders, wildlife, snow in winter, comfortable sun in summer - there's always a bit of a breeze this high up. You should also make a visit to the Burel factory nearby, the brain child of the owner.


João Tomás

João Tomas is a legend. He has breathed new life into a village with an abandoned Burel factory, securing funding, restoring the old workings and giving people their skilled jobs back. The hotel is full of plenty of examples of beautifully-designed things that wouldn't normally be created from this material - orginally made for shepherd's to keep them dry in the rain. He is passionate about this area of Portugal and his hotel.