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In the center of Borba, a white town in the Portuguese Alentejo, Casa Do Terreiro Do Poço is located, a former 18th century manor mansion converted in 2009 into a delicious rural hotel. Its current owners, Joâo and Rita, are two lovers of decoration and antique furniture. Under their baton they have not only restored the old house but have expanded the complex to achieve what it is today: a network of houses and pavilions joined by stairs and balconies. The ground floor with cobbled patio dates back to the 17th century and today houses the wine cellar, oil stores, kitchens and staff accommodation.
The main house has eight rooms decorated in classic style and in which the frescoes that emulate those of the Palace of Vila Viçosa stand out, the impressive residence of the Dukes of Bragança, who were the last kings of Portugal.
During the 19th century, the main house was enlarged by acquiring an adjoining building, from the same period, thus adding four more rooms spread over the first floor. These have been decorated with furniture and exotic objects that transfer us by magic to Asia or Africa. On the ground floor, several pavilions overlook a patio with solarium and pool. In this area, another room will be added in July with wheelchair ramps, braille signs or alert messages for guests with limited mobility or some sensory disability. And surely these will not be the last improvements made!
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ADDRESS: The Casa Do Terreiro do Poço is on Largo dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra Street, 12. Borba, Évora (Portugal). Phone reservations: 351 917 256 077. www.casadoterreirodopoco.com
ROOMS: The rural hotel has 13 rooms, including doubles and suites, with full bathroom, spread over different buildings. At the end of July a new one will be added, designed for people with reduced mobility or with disabilities. The price of the double room ranges from € 75-110 per night, including breakfast.
In the same street of the hotel, also called the Antique Shops, you can visit numerous antique stores including the one that Rita herself owns and owns the hotel.Borba locality
The town of Borba is known for its excellent Denomination of Origin wines, so it is a must to take a walk through Adega, the town cooperative, where you can buy the best wines in the area.
Only ten minutes from the hotel is the Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa and 45 km away, the beautiful city of Évora.
The hotel has a bicycle service in case you want to walk around the town on two wheels or sign up for their confectionery or furniture restoration workshops.Outdoor patio
Recently, the old manor house has been extended with an adjoining building. This extra space has an outdoor patio surrounded by olive trees and a solarium with outdoor shower to relax.Porch
The new area of the hotel has four more rooms and rooms on the ground floor. One of them is this chill out space located on the porch, with sofas and armchairs that invite conversation.Wooden furniture
The hotel has 7 suites and 6 double rooms with bathroom included. The so-called kitchen has a generous bed consisting of two joined pieces, wooden furniture and multiple gastronomic references.Built-in fireplace
Next to the fireplace embedded in a brick wall, the marquetry cupboard stands out. Inside they proudly display pieces of household goods and different ceramic objects typical of the area, which the owners have been gathering and recovering with great care.Headboard
The soul of the old kitchen is still alive, although now converted into an original room that recalls a time of casseroles, scales and coal fire. Recovered old doors make a splendid headboard, while an old oven serves as a bedside table.Pavilion
The pavilion dedicated to the events area includes a large meeting room. In it, an elongated table surrounded by chairs serves to celebrate fun cooking and baking workshops. A scale and small appliances testify.