Those looking to come face to face with rural customs will find the region of Lamego and the Casa de Santo Antonio de Britiande an excellent choice. It is an unhurried sort of place where tradition still plays an important role in local life. The lovely 17th Casa de Santo Antonio de Britiande, the grandest house of the village of Britiande, is no exception to this rule.
Despite being relatively near to a main road the atmosphere is still one of a rural idyll, encompassed as it is by 11/2 hectares of beautifully kept gardens replete with cherry and pear trees. Indeed, the orchard in full bloom during April/May and September/October is a sight for sore eyes. The grounds also have a swimming pool and patio with a pergola tree where breakfast is served during the summer months.
Antonio and Ana Pinto Ribeiro, the hospitable hosts, do everything possible to make guests as comfortable as possible. The number of rooms has been kept deliberately low in order to maintain authenticity and the personal touch as much as possible. The two studios in the garden with separate access offer great luxury: TV, fridge, minibar and even a microwave.
The adornment certainly helps in this regard, with traditional Portuguese decor and furnishings - such as the panel on one of the walls describing the evolution of the Portuguese Monarchy - being the order of the day. The delightful 17th century chapel, with its tiles and carved wood ceiling, is also an integral part of the house and not to be missed.
Attractions nearby include the pretty town of Lamego, which boasts one of the loveliest Baroque structures in Iberia, if not the whole of Europe – the Shrine to Our Lady of Remédios with its famous staircase.
Our 5 night stay at Casa de San António was the highlight of our trip. It is perfectly situated to explore the Douro Region, and so lovely a place to just stay and relax. Ana Marie was delightful, hospitable, and happy to share her knowledge of the region.
Casa San António is a hotel, and a beautiful historic home. The history, beauty and quiet sophistication of the surroundings and gardens allow one to feel immersed, having a truly authentic experience. Deliciously prepared meals using herbs from the garden and estate wine and olive oil, every detail has been carefully thought through.
This is a hotel for quiet, independent travelers, who care about history, appreciate the details of estate farm to table living, and have respect for the people and culture they are moving through, as there is so much to appreciate, experience and learn here.
This a memorable place to land.
by Linda Kalicki
Date of stay 12/04/2019
My husband and I stayed here on our way to Lisbon. The accommodation was excellent. Everyone went out of there way to make our stay very comfortable. The property is just lovely. Decorated with beautiful Portuguese furnishings with a French flare. The breakfast was fabulous. Full breakfast fresh everything! The croissants were amazing! The location was just perfect right near Lamego but on a quite road not far from the motorway. We would highly recommend this property. Can’t wait to return. Kind Regards, Linda
Date of stay 23/08/2018
Eine sehr charmante Unterkunft mit einem wunderbaren Garten unnd Poolbereich. Das Zimmer und Bad waren sehr geschmackvoll und rustikal gestaltet. Die freundliche Gastgeberin stellte uns darüber hinaus einen schönen Wohnraum zur Verfügung. Sie war sehr großzügig und die Gespräche über Land und Leute waren sehr interessant. Am Pool gibt es eine Küche, die Gäste auch selbst nutzen können - das war sehr entspannend, obwohl es direkt in der Nähe einige Restaurants gab. Die Location ist ruhig und sehr verkehrsgünstig gelegen. Der nahe Autobahnanschluss gibt die Möglichkeit, in kürzester Zeit Ausflugsziele in der Region zu erreichen. Es ist keine so spektakuläre Lage wie bei anderen Unterkünften, aber sehr ansprechend und ruhig.
Date of stay 06/07/2018
This property has a gorgeous garden, pool, and orchard where we picked cherries, raspberries, and more! The house itself dates from the 1600's. Our room was lovely, large, with a great bathroom. The people who work there are so kind, and the breakfast was delicious, fresh, great quality! A very peaceful place to relax with good access to Douro and the surrounding areas.
Lovely and restful
Date of stay 21/06/2018
Lovely place to relax and enjoy the gardens after a trip to the Douro Wine country, only a short drive away.
The hosts and staff were very accommodating and eager to make our stay the best possible.
Date of stay 03/05/2018
This is a most beautiful BnB, it’s truly like being at a fine country estate.The house is set in beautiful gardens, from the moment you drive through the gates you are enchanted. The guest rooms comfortable, warm and spacious with great bathroom facilities. Breakfast in the glassed in dining room is abundant. The hosts are most hospitable and happy to answer your question, provide for your needs and give you suggestions for restaurants, tours, and local history, vino culture in the Douro Valley.
Charming romantic getaway
Date of stay 22/06/2016
My girlfriend and I stayed at the wonderful Casa de Santo Antonio de Britiande for a few days in June while on a road trip through Portugal, stopping in the Douro Valley wine region. I can honestly say that this Bed & Breakfast is probably the most ideal place to stay in Douro, for many reasons. First, location: It is within close driving distance (25 min) to major Quintas like Quinta Nova and Quinta da Pacheca where we could enjoy lovely scenic afternoon wine tastings and romantic dinners and lunches in their restaurants. It is also close to the Six Senses Douro resort which is a nice place to go if you're looking to have an upscale dining experience or scenic drinks. Historic monuments, churches and monasteries are also conveniently close by for visits. The Bed & Breakfast itself is rich with history, as it used to be a monastary and was later converted into an estate that has been in the current owner's family for many generations. The two B&B owners are some of the loveliest people we met on our travels. The married couple is extremely classy with impeccable taste, and they take very good care of the Casa -- it is apparent that they pay close attention to small details. Everything was very clean. The breakfast was lovely, which included: homemade yogurt, fresh raspberries and cherries picked from the Casa's own gardens, eggs, cheese, ham, fresh breads and cereals, and of course coffee. The land and gardens surrounding the Casa is lush and beautifully maintained. The pool looks out onto the Douro mountains and there is a view of a very old, beautiful chapel nearby. It was not crowded at all -- we were essentially the only guests there, which made for a wonderfully intimate experience. Staff is respectful of space and privacy. The only time we would hear a peep from the owners was in the late afternoon when she -- reading our minds -- would come to the pool and offer us a glass of wine and a snack. We highly recommend the Casa de Santo Antonio de Britiande for anyone traveling through the Douro region who seeks and appreciates history, simplicity and authenticity in their travels.
Ein wundervoller Ort voller Herzlichkeit..
Date of stay 22/08/2015
Wir erreichten das sehr schöne Haus nach einer langen Autofahrt und wurden direkt von der Betreiberin, Ana Maria, empfangen. Da wir für den ersten Abend direkt ein Abendessen im Haus gebucht haben, schlug Ana Maria vor, in Ruhe auszupacken und uns dann einen Drink zu servieren.
Das dann folgende Abendessen war sehr lecker und sehr liebevoll angerichtet, es gab die passenden Getränke zu jedem Gang. Ich entschied mich für einen portugiesischen Schaumwein - Raposeira -, mein Mann für ein portugisiesches Bier, das wir allerdings auch aus Deutschland kennen.
Ansonsten ist Haus wunderschön und sehr gemütlich und persönlich eingerichtet. Ana Maria steht einem immer zur Seite und versucht bei allem zu helfen. Man hat das Gefühl, man ist herzlich willkommen. Schön war, dass das Haus nicht ausgebucht war, so hatte man viel Ruhe und der Service war noch besser.
Auch die Anlage nebst Pool ist sehr schön angelegt und sehr gepflegt. Alles in allem ein wunderschöner Ort, an den ich bestimmt noch einmal reisen werde und den ich bedenkenlos weiterempfehlen kann.
Insgesamt Note 1 mit Sternchen :-)
Date of stay 13/09/2014
Eine Quinta , wie man sie sich wünscht: historisch gewachsen, gepflegt, ein Haus mit grossem Ambiente. Ana Maria pflegt ihre Gäste, verwöhnt sie mit einem süperben Frühstück und steht einem mit Rat für alles zur Seite. Der wundervoll gepflegte Garten fasziniert einen vom ersten Moment an und ist ein Bijou, in dem man sich entspannen und ausruhen kann.