Casa de São Lourenço is a 5-star hotel with the sensation of being in a comfortable, cosy home with a restaurant, spa, and heated indoor and outdoor pools.
How would you describe Casa das Penhas Douradas in a nutshell?
It’s a home — a comfortable and familiar place to be, with a very cosy hotelier service.
What was the inspiration or story behind Casa das Penhas Douradas?
I worked for many years as a lawyer in Lisbon and at the age of 40, I decided that when I turned 50, I would do something different. I really love the mountains and particularly Serra da Estrela Natural Park. At first, it was just a place I would go with friends. But I soon realised that it was possible to make a life change and create a small hotel.
Casa das Penhas Douradas forms part of what was the first Portuguese mountain resort, which was built as a place for treating lung diseases and tuberculosis. It’s a tiny and very beautiful place with chalets from the 19th century and a mixture of architectural styles. I discovered this old chalet that was almost in ruins and rebuilt it as Casa das Penhas Douradas.
Please describe the atmosphere of Casa das Penhas Douradas.
It’s cosy and comfortable, with a beautiful fireplace and the sense of being at home. It’s ideal for families and hikers who want to explore Serra da Estrela Natural Park.