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Quinta da Palmeira - Country House Retreat - Hotel in Beira

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Rua Principal 36, 3305-050 Cerdeira (AGN), Beira
Central Portugal, Portugal

Jack Brouns

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+351 911 017 455(landline)

Shady spots in the garden, a pool overlooked by tall palms, a bar nook stocked with drinks… beauty and comfort in the Serra do Açor

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Rare to find this level of personal attention and sophistication in such a remote corner of Portugal – a treat for nature lovers and sybarites. Nestled between two villages, the big white quinta was discovered by Dutch-born Jack Brouns, who fell in love with the house, the climate and the area (two natural parks within five miles). An extensive renovation took place, traditional features were preserved and new areas blended in seamlessly. The dining room, with warm yellow walls and aubergine upholstery, opens onto a veranda from which you can observe village life. The sitting room, leading to a terrace, is equally elegant; the staircase is distinguished by a modern stained-glass window. Some bedrooms are in separate buildings while upstairs are four large, light, airy suites with an elegant modern aesthetic: beige wool carpets on pale wood floors, great big beautiful beds, and bathrooms with waffle robes. All suites have several windows for stunning mountain views. The nearest restaurant is miles away but you'll be happy to eat in: the food is delicious, locally sourced and accompanied by some excellent wines.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Local points of interest from Jack Brouns:

Local points of interest from
Jack Brouns:

  • Surrounded by orange trees and olive groves, with the peaks of the Serra do Açor and the Serra da Estrela just beyond, Quinta da Palmeira makes its home in a region famous for gastronomy and open-air parties.
  • For many travelers it´s the perfect stopover between Portugal’s main coastal cities, which is an great opportunity to settle a couple days into the laid-back countryside lifestyle.
  • Nature is close at hand. The woods are sprinkled with waterfall-fed pools, the rivers good for swimming and canoeing, and the mountains suited to bikers and hikers of all skill levels.
  • The historic city of Pióadão is nearby, too, with its famous stone houses forming a picturesque jumble on the hillside.
  • Closer by, the hotel’s pool sparkles in that particularly sparkly way that pools under the bright southern European sunlight tend to do.
  • Waterfalls in protected landscape Fraga da Pena; Hiking in protected landscape area in Mata da Magaraça, visit the Palace and the National Forest of the Serra do Bussaco; Visit in Coimbra one of the oldest university libraries of Europe.
Points of interest

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"We spent two nights here as part of a road trip from UK to the Algarve. Although we have visited Portugal many times we had never visited Central Portugal and hadn't realised how lovely it was. Jack and his wife have created a very special place at Quinta de Palmeira. The interiors are stylish, modern and comfortable but retain the traditional charm. The pool, gardens and terrace provide delightful places to relax. We enjoyed two fabulous dinners cooked expertly by Jack's wife and Jack, himself, was on hand to offer advice on trips to see the surrounding countryside. Fabulous! "

Jill - Romsey, United Kingdom

September 2016
"Fabulous hotel, its unfortnate that timing meant that we could not send long enough to enjoy the pool area. Room was very comfortable and roomy with all the facilities we needed. Dinner and breakfast were both perfect with excellent food. Service was courteous but not intrusive' Lovely building and a great part of portugal, Will definitely stay longer next time!"


September 2015

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  • 6 Suites for 2
  • , 1 Single
  • , 1 Apartment for 4
Price:(i) 76 to186 per night

Singles €76. Dinner, B&B €12-€28 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €39 per person per night.

Booking info:


Breakfast €11.50. Dinner €27.50.




Rua Principal 36, 3305-050 Cerdeira (AGN), Beira

B&B 6 Suites, each sleeping 2
Price: (i) 132 to 146 per night
B&B 1 Single room
Price: (i) 76 to 76 per night
B&B 1 Apartment, sleeping 4
Price: (i) 186 to 186 per night

Jack Brouns

Visit website Check availability

+351 911 017 455(landline)