The BBC gave the countryside hotel Casa de Casal de Loivos the accolade of having one of the 6 best views in the world. This praise is merited for the panoramic view over the Douro valley from the hilltop where the house stands is simply stunning and all rooms open out to the terrace to take full advantage of it. So impressive is the sight that it is almost easy to forget that the house itself is a beautiful historic place in its own right, full of family heirlooms such as the intriguing vitrines showcasing the owners’ great grandmother's clothes, or that guests will be spoilt to the full by the extremely courteous and professional staff. Built in the 17th century it has been in the hands of Manuel Pimentel's family since 1733.
Having suffered many years of decay and neglect he set about restoring it in 1991 with much energy. Changes include turning the stables and cellars into the sitting room and five elegant bedrooms, all of which enjoy those glorious views. There is also an adjoining honeymoon suite, which affords greater privacy. Despite the many attractive features of the house, what will stick in the mind will always be those views.
We have stayed at this place 11 years ago and came back to enjoy this relaxing atmosphere high over the river. Although the food in the evening is not the highest standard in Portugal, it is still nice to sit together with people from very different countries and talk over dinner and a glass of wine. We were welcomed by a very pleasant and service minded lady, who made sure we were good looked after during our stay
by Pilar Hoyuela
Date of stay 28/04/2019
Maravilloso lugar y excelente atención, la terraza mirando al Douro es un lugar mágico. Volveremos.
Special place with outstanding view
Date of stay 21/09/2018
Very warm welcome, outstanding view, good food, small room and bed
by Michele Russell
Date of stay 13/07/2018
We drove from Porto through stunning valleys of terraced vineyards. We arrived at the tiny village of Casal de Loivos. After taking a while to locate our hotel that looked unassuming from the outside we were speechless when we saw the view we would enjoy for the next 3 days. Breathtaking is an understatement. The rooms are basic but the impression must be gained from including all the fascinating elements of such a nostalgic house. We had a great meal on our first night. We also did a wine tour with the fantastic Paulo from Douro First. It was an incredible day. Very special. The staff at the hotel were very helpful and friendly- making our stay so much better.
Date of stay 28/05/2018
Beautiful and very interesting house, very well appointed with lovely furnishings. Very relaxing and welcoming. Amazing position overlooking the Douro valley. Lovely terrace and swimming pool. Dinner and breakfast were excellent - home cooking in traditional style. We were very well looked after and made to feel at home.
Access and parking a bit challenging!
A special and memorable place.
Date of stay 22/09/2017
The staff were very professional, courteous and friendly. We had booked a room in the annex, but as there had been a mistake in our booking we had a room in the main house instead. The staff were extremely apologetic for the error and were very generous in offering compensation. Thank you for your good will.
A 'family' dinner with the other guests was a novel, but delightful experience. The 3 course menu offered quiche and salad for entre; roast veal and vegetables for the main course, and a sumptuous gateau for desert followed by coffee or tea. The food was plentiful and delicious. We also had a bottle of the boutique house wine with our meal and a vintage glass of port to finish. Yes, it was expensive, but for us it was a special treat, in a very special place: delicious food, excellent wine, lively conversation made for a memorable evening.
Of course the location is superb with magnificent views over the Duoro valley.
Irene, Peter and Andrew Taylor
Date of stay 12/08/2017
Very nice location with good and friendly service. Parking is a bit difficult close to the house.
Review of our Stay
Date of stay 13/04/2017
The place was just perfect for us. Great location. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The space was just stunning and the views were magnificent. The host gave us great recommendations and was very helpful with all small details. We were very happy with our stay!
Date of stay 08/07/2016
Wir waren mit der Unterkunft sehr zufrieden. Die Mitarbeiterinnen vor Ort sind sehr nett und engagiert.
Leider ist das Frühstück, im Vergleich zu preislich ähnlichen Unterkünften sehr mager. So gab es in 6 Tagen immer Toast, Marmelade, ein Stück Kuchen, Milch, Kaffee oder Tee, 100 ml Saft, Obst und Joghurt nach Verfügbarkeit, eine Sorte Käse und Wurst. Es war damit sehr eintönig. Hier sollte doch ein Umdenken statt finden..