Casa das Penhas Douradas Design Hotel


In the Serra da Estrela's mountain playground of trails, lakes and rivers, a stunningly modern small hotel with fire, meals, spa and pool


18 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Snake 1,500m up a winding pass to the ‘first mountain resort in Portugal.’ The surrounding hamlet is 120 years old but the hotel is new: all clean lines, blonde wood and touches of colour in locally made felt rugs and stool covers. Everywhere there are vintage wooden skis set off by funky 50s style lamps. Chalet-style bedrooms, some with balconies, all with stunning views to river valleys, are cool and calming with spotless, state-of-the-art bathrooms. Dinner is a gourmet affair in the gleaming dining room (open for non-residents too) followed by a gentle stroll to a quartz outcrop: you’re in the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and its wooded, boulder-strewn hills; note the Penhas Douradas gleaming golden in the setting sun. João, your ever-helpful host, can point you in the direction of gentle walking trails and challenging hikes, or kayaking round the nearby lake. Return to a library stuffed with books and DVDs, a sitting room with a fireplace to curl up in front of, a delicious spa and a pool with floor-to-ceiling windows. Gulp in the restorative air, wonder at the huge skies – it’s stunning.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
  • 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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