Casa das Penhas Douradas – Burel Mountain Hotel**** is a charming hotel located at 1500 meters of altitude, in the Natural Park of Serra da Estrela, with a unique mountain landscape framing.
The hotel has 17 rooms and 1 suite, all with panoramic views and an intimate atmosphere of great comfort. Coated with birch wood, with large windows and balconies offering a panoramic view over the mountains of Serra da Estrela. The decoration is made in warm, welcoming tones, and features pieces by Nordic and Portuguese artists. Wool is one of the main elements, with the burel coating some pieces of furniture such as sofas, puffs, armchairs and some walls. There are also fireplaces, a vast library that can be transformed into a multimedia meeting room, a movie projector and a Ski museum. The restaurant is also panoramic. Its signature gastronomy has transformed the mountain flavors to ensure an innovative touch through the use of local ingredients that comes with the seasons. Casa das Penhas Douradas also has a SPA with several treatment rooms, a Vichy shower and a relaxation room where tea is served in silence. In this scenario there is also a heated indoor pool with panoramic views, a hydromassage and a sauna. There are more than 250km of marked and unmarked trekking paths, and mountain biking trails to discover unexplored places, peaks, valleys, historic and mountain villages, a unique and diverse heritage that is well worth to explore.
The hotel was born in 2010, in Penhas Douradas, the first mountain resort in Portugal, conceived by doctor Sousa Martins, following the Scientific Expedition of 1881 by Sociedade de Geographia de Lisboa to Serra da Estrela, which considered it the healthiest place in Portugal. 130 years later, Casa das Penhas Douradas returns to the concept of the expedition that revealed this unexplored place.
Casa das Penhas Douradas was the first hotel of the Burel Mountain Hotels and, together with the Casa de São Lourenço – Burel Panorama Hotel *****, reinforce the hospitality of the region, in a concept of “Houses that are Hotels”. The hotels are joined by a century-old wool mill, the Burel Factory, which is also owned by the hotels, and part of the vast list of activities of the two units.