Secrets Itinerary: Discover Casa de São Lourenço, A Boutique Hotel In The Mountains ♦ Rest comforted by the panorama of the Serra da Estrela mountain range while being cradle by the history that lines the walls. The rooms are all different and truly special. With a decor that opposes the new and the old, concrete and wood, wool and burel, separate rest areas, balconies and access to a private garden. Rooms that praise the landscape, the mountain and all its culture, without giving up comfort and silence. At 1200 meters of altitude. Today, Secrets From Portugal brings you another amazing itinerary, this time of Casa de São Lourenço, a panoramic 5-star hotel overviewing Serra da Estrela. Are you ready to start packing?
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The region of Serra da Estrela was recognized as World Geopark by UNESCO. A “recognition of the geological potential of the territory and its natural and cultural heritage and, as such, a first step towards the sustainable development of the entire region”, seeking to increase the tourist, economic and social potential of the municipalities that are part of the territory and, consequently, increasing the quality of life of the populations, keeping the Serra da Estrela protected and seeking a constant good management of its available resources.
The only five-star hotel in the Serra da Estrela region and the only one with a panoramic view over the Glacier Valley. Conceived in 1940 by the architect Rogério de Azevedo, reborn now with a new life turned into the beauty of the landscape. The hotel has burel as one of the main focus-points, pays homage to Maria Keil’s beautiful artwork in the interior, while providing space to the contemporaneity of Portuguese designers, and introducing the comfort of a Mountain SPA where the pure air of the high-altitude and the beauty of the panorama are fundamental blessings.
A completely panoramic scenery hotel. Conceived in 1940 by Rogério de Azevedo, it is now reborn by the hand of P-06 and Site-Specific architecture ateliers and turned towards the beauty of the landscape, where the panorama, burel wool and the pure air in altitude are key-elements of the stay. With the horizons filled with mountain silhouettes in its grandiosity and simplicity, and granite rocks that dyes the greenery of the cliffs, reinforcing the presence of the origins.
A breathtaking scenery that feels like walking slowly, exploring time at your own pace, discovering winding paths, boulders, cliffs, viewpoints, rivers, lagoons, river beaches, herds and shepherds who have been driving the sheep for hundreds of years. Run the mountains, the plateaus, the valleys, sweep them with the view that extends through the jagged cuttings, unravels the myths of the emblematic places.
Casa de São Lourenço takes us into a discovery of the Portuguese design through its decorative elements continuing the history begun by Maria Keil, 70 years ago. With pieces from Marco Sousa Santos, Vicara, Cestaria de Gonçalo, Olaria de Molelos, Grestel, Nuno Gusmão, Bordallo Pinheiro, Bartolomeu Gusmão, Vanda Guerreiro and Burel Mountain Originals. Unique pieces that are a representation of Portuguese culture, giving sense to each space and each corner.
Burel helps us to tell the story and thickens the mystery of the discovery of details. Its presence is more than evident, being one of the main themes of the hotel: the covered walls with embroidered poetry, the hand-painted panels and the art installations that bring an intimate character and of much comfort, as at the same it cradles us in the history woven by the mountain.
Maria Keil had magic hands and the will to keep creating images. The public notoriety of her work stands out in the illustration, painting, design, photography, tiles, furniture and decoration fields. Between the ’40s and ’50s, Maria Keil felt great appeal for renovating the structural and formal terms of furniture for interiors where she depicted, with great sensibility, clearly modern designs. Roots didn’t disappear but were mixed together with a general frugality and stylization of regionalisms and folklore itself. Many were Maria Keil’s projects, and one of the most remarkable ones were achieved at Pousada de São Lourenço, in Serra da Estrela, now reborn as Casa de São Lourenço – Burel Panorama Hotel.
Have the Mountain insight while relaxing in the purity of the spring water from Serra da Estrela mountains. A heated pool over the Zêzere Glacial Valley, communicating with an outdoor pool… Experience the passage from the indoor pool to the heated outdoor pool, a delightful contrast between the warm water temperature and the freshness of the clean air. Connected to the interior pool, the outdoor pool with heated water ensures you a sense of tranquillity as it is set in a garden with the backdrop of the Zêzere Glacial Valley as a backdrop.
An icon from Serra da Estrela, inaugurated in 1948, Casa de São Lourenço is most likely one of the Portuguese hotels with one of the most interesting views: Serra da Estrela, the Village of Manteigas and the Glacial Valley. The hotel owners are part of a family woven by the Serra da Estrela wool threads. From the wool that is burel. Part of the group Burel Mountain Originals, Casa de São Lourenço continues a sustainable project of valuing Serra da Estrela’s heritage. From the history engraved on the rocks and on the shepherd’s facial features to become one of the main attractions of the most iconic Portuguese mountains. Part of the Burel Mountain Original’s Family, alongside with Burel Factory and Casa das Penhas Douradas, Casa de São Lourenço is the new hotel in Serra da Estrela.
A restaurant with a panoramic view over Serra da Estrela mountain range, the Glacier Valley and the Village of Manteigas. Where the privilege is given to fresh products, the simplicity of the mountain ingredients seasoned with the creativity of the Chef Manuel Figueira, without losing its distinguishable authenticity.