Casa das Penhas Douradas is a home — a comfortable and familiar place to be, with a very cosy hotelier service.
How would you describe Casa de São Lourenço in a nutshell?
Casa de São Lourenço is a 5-star hotel but with the sensation of being in a comfortable, cosy home.
What was the inspiration or story behind Casa de São Lourenço?
It was originally one of the first Portuguese pousadas that the government built in the 1940s. The idea was to show the world how beautiful Portugal was at a time when the country was a little bit closed off due to the dictatorship of Salazar.
A few years ago, the government decided to sell some of the smaller pousadas. So I bought one and had one of Portugal’s most renowned designers of the 20th century, Maria Keil, do the interior decorations. We recovered some of the existing furniture and mixed them with contemporary Portuguese designs and beautiful wool fabric from Burel.
Please describe the atmosphere of Casa de São Lourenço.
It’s cosy, comfortable and contemplative, with a beautiful fireplace and amazing views over the glacial valley of Zêzere. The ambiance is more formal than its sister property, Casa das Penhas Douradas, which is just a few kilometres away.