“Smartly refurbished historic house with gardens, a pool and incredibly welcoming hosts, close to Borba's castle-crowned centre”
Rooms are scattered all over the place: some in the garden, some at the front, others in the main house or in the neighbouring converted winery.Owner João dabbles in antiques and has looted his collection to furnish the rooms.
We stayed in the Palm Tree House which, like the Bamboo House, is near the swimming pool with it's own entrance and a shaded terrace. Simple but cute, they both have tiled-slate floors, carved wood bedheads and a wood-burner.
The small 2-storey suites - known as Nana’s House and Rosária's House - are at the front of the house. You enter from the public garden and step into tiny sitting rooms with well-concealed kitchenettes (microwave, hob, fridge).
The Royal Suite is on the first floor at the front - away from the pool terrace. You’ll find a high beamed ceiling, 2 Juliet balconies that open up for views of the courtyard and rooftops, and carved wooden doors from Java.
We were unable to see the main house rooms, nor those in the old winery (a more recently converted neighbouring building), though they promise to be just as warm and welcoming as their counterparts.
Breakfast is served either in the garden pavilion overlooking the pool or in the main house under a vaulted stone roof warmed by a wood-burner. Help yourself to freshly-squeezed orange juice, baskets of French bread, authentic custard tarts, plates of fresh hams and cheese, and eggs if you want them.
Light lunches are available from June to September: toasted sandwiches, cold soups, fresh salads, plates of cheese. For dinner, meals can be ordered in from local restaurants, but we’d suggest you wander into town to soak up the wonderful Portuguese atmosphere. Owners João and Rita can provide a whole list of recommendations.
Children are welcome and will enjoy the swimming pool.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
We'd recommend you opt for the Tower Room which has a double and a twin room and can fit an extra bed or baby cot. All other rooms can fit an extra bed or baby cot.
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking