Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes continental breakfast
- Riverside retreat set on lush grounds in the historic town of Amarente
- The hotel produces vinho verde wine at its own vineyard, a 15-minute drive away
What To Know
- Set in a 16th-century manor house
- The property can arrange a tour and tasting at its own vineyard
- The outdoor pool is open from June 1 to September 15
- The property is about a 40-minute drive from Porto
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a 16th-century manor on the banks of the Tamega River, Casa da Calcada is a country retreat between Porto and the Douro Valley. Set on lush grounds, the 30-room property has a grand mustard-yellow façade and interiors that combine antiques, classic furnishings and gold-framed oil paintings. The family-owned hotel produces its own wine, including Portugal’s signature vinho verde, which is served at the restaurant alongside Mediterranean dishes. (Private dining is also available.) The elegant guestrooms have a country house feel, but they all feature contemporary bathrooms and most overlook the gardens. Hit the outdoor pool in the summer months or join a tasting tour of the hotel’s vineyard, a 15-minute drive away.
In the Area
Head to Amarente‘s stunning Igreja de Sao Goncalo, a monastery with Renaissance features and panoramas of the Tamega River, which flows through the town. Stroll along to Ponte de Sao Gonçalo, an 18th-century bridge with stunning views toward the distant rapids. After a day of exploring, enjoy a feast at Largo do Paco, a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves contemporary Portuguese cuisine. Farther afield, the vibrant city of Porto is less than an hour’s drive away.
How to Get There
A great welcome with a smiling receptionist and a glass of bubbles. Hotel has many seating areas ...the top deck would be great in the summer. The lower terrace also has superb views, as did our deluxe double room. One of the largest and most comfy beds ever slept in! All staff friendly and attentive. Breakfast was delicious and eggs etc on offer too though we had no room for same after the fruit yoghourts etc on offer . For a relais and chateaux, we found prices very reasonable and would return in an instant.
We had dinner at the restaurant during out stay in Amarante.
We had a large group and shared a number of entrees. The salmon steaks were so tender that they melted in your mouth. The lamb was perfectly prepared and so tender. We had salad and mousse for desert.
The house wine was excellent.
Wonderful place for dinner.
We did not have a chance to enjoy the hotel.
Our room was small, dark, and stuffy. Even with the thermostat turned down the lowest, it was uncomfortable to sleep. The only saving grace was that we could open the window but was noisy. The location was great and easy to get to all the attractions.
Our room was a deluxe double, beautifully furnished in a traditional style with a huge marble bathroom and a wonderful corner balcony with views over the beautiful town of Amarante. The gigantic bed was very comfortable and the room was quiet.
We were looked after very well by the staff who were attentive and friendly. The tasting menu in the Michelin starred restaurant was innovative and delicious and the restaurant staff worked tirelessly to keep everyone happy.
The only niggle I have was the coffee served at breakfast which, surprisingly was undrinkable - however, the espresso I ordered in its place was excellent.
All in all I would thoroughly recommend this hotel if you want to treat yourself to a very special experience.
For a romantic bit far away from the maddening crowd its hard to beat Casa da Calada. It was a little hard to find despite our GPS directions but once there, my oh my. If your fantasies run to having a distant relative who leaves you their palace complete with loads of antiques, this is your kind of place. While the appointments are sumptuous, the necessary facilities are totally up to date. The food is fabulous and the staff among the most thoughtful and accommodating. Can we talk about the view? Superb. I only wish we could have stayed longer. If you are thinking about a destination wedding venue, consider this romantic spot