Located in a perfect hilltop village, nestling under its castle, Casa de Terena was built as the manor house for the Bishop of Terena more than two centuries ago. This gracious house features a marble staircase, vaulted lounge ceiling & panoramic views over the lake & mountains. All ensuite - with breakfast if desired.
Slip into the peace of pure unspoiled Portugal.
Casa De Terena is centuries old - a gracious Manor House, built for the Bishop of Terena, then variously used as the Courthouse and later, the school.
The Casa has 6 fully ensuite bedrooms - all with views either over the lake and mountains beyond, or over the village and the Castle. Guests can book either with breakfast (prepared by our housekeeper) or on a self-catering basis.
PLEASE NOTE THE QUOTED PRICE IS PER DOUBLE ROOM AND NOT FOR THE ENTIRE HOUSE.
A feature of the house is the vaulted-brick ceiling in the formal sitting room which makes for a stunning ambience. The marble slabs of the stairs were 'lifted' (literally! - by the original Bishop when the house was built) from a Roman Temple on the hill facing the Casa across the lake. This is the site of the famous Endovelico temple - originally a Celtic shrine, then rebuilt by the troops of Julius Caesar himself during his Lusitanian campaign, then used by the Moors before falling into disuse under Catholic rule. The lintels and pillars of the Casa's doorways are also pillars taken from this Roman temple and cut to size... pragmatic 17th century building techniques!
So you can enjoy walking up to bed on slabs of marble that were cut by Caesar's men more than 2000 years ago!
You will have full access to the living areas of the house - vaulted formal sitting room with ornamental hearth, reception lounge, breakfast room/bar, fully equipped kitchen and formal dining room with it's wonderful 12-seater antique oak table.
Laundry can be done one request by our housekeeper and charged accordingly.
Casa de Terena is paired with Montes Vicentes - an authentic Alentejo farm estate right on the edge of the village, where you can swim and enjoy typical regional cuisine cooked to order on request, with owner - and our host - Cesar Fontes.
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Cesar is born and bred in the area and will offer walking tours, visits to various artisan food and craft producers in the area, as well as canoeing into the Lucefecit River gorge, mountain biking/cycling, sailing, horse-riding, etc. A highlight is his sunrise walk to our nearby artisan cheese-maker where guests have the opportunity to actually make their own queijo fresco - the typical goats cheese of the region, and then eat it for lunch!
Casa de Terena and Monte Vicentes have one goal - to immerse you in the timeless magic of this secret corner of Europe. You will find a place of utter tranquility, vast blue skies, long hot days and some of the best food anywhere in Europe - and don't be surprised if, having cleaned your plate, you are brought second helpings without asking...
It's simply the Alentejo hospitality at work!
Pets on request.
Check in after 13h00 and before 18h00 please. Check out before 11h00.
Prices quoted are PER ROOM - please be aware of this when requesting multiple rooms.
Honesty bar stocked on request.
The entire house is strictly non-smoking.
Feel free to use the kitchen to prepare snacks and meals, should you wish. We ask only that you are careful with the appliances and other items.
The Casa is our treasured home and is filled with artefacts we've collected in our travels around the world. We love to share these with guests but - in the likely event that we are travelling and you have the place all to yourselves - please respect it and love it the way we do.