Situated in the renowned Vinho Verde wine region, above the majestic River Douro, this magnificent manor house dating back to 1720 is set in a 40-hectare estate with beautiful landscaped gardens, vineyards, orchards, a cork forest and even a chapel!

With amazing views all around, this is a true ancestral home and each of the very comfortable en-suite rooms in the main house is individually decorated and furnished with family antiques and paintings. The owners still make their deliciously refreshing fruity white wine "Cazas Novas".

The immaculate grounds house a large swimming pool, tennis court and games room, with a pergola giving stunning views of the Douro, where you can take breakfast. Every detail has been thought of!

To top this, you will be wonderfully welcomed and looked after by Ma Fernanda and staff; breakfasts are delectable and other meals (to order) offer traditional regional dishes, made with love and care, using locally sourced produce.

You certainly could not find a better base in this fantastic region!

Accommodation

In the main house there are six individually decorated double bedrooms – one with a double bed, the rest with two queen/single beds. Four of the rooms are on the ground floor with French doors onto a covered porch and garden, with garden furniture for each room. Two of the rooms are on the first floor where there is a shared balcony off the dining room.

All of the rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques and have excellent quality bed linen. Cosy and comfortable bathrooms with electric towel rails.

One apartment with more modern furniture, sleeping four in an out building near the pool, with separate entrance – two bedrooms (two twins), one bathroom, large sitting room with T.V. and kitchenette.

All rooms have en-suite bathrooms. 

N.B. There are also two self-catering properties on the estate, sleeping six and eight.

Hotel Features

Outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers. You can rent a pool towel if you don't have your own.
Tennis court.
Sand pit for volley ball.
Games room with table tennis and table- football.
Bicycles, free of charge.
Beautiful gardens and grounds with orange grove, extensive vineyards and cork forest.
Lovely sitting room downstairs and dining room upstairs.
Chapel.
WIFI
Reception area.
Laundry service.
Daily cleaning of rooms.
Massage service.
Wine and gift shop.
Parking in the grounds.

 

Restaurant

A delicious continental breakfast is served in the dining room on the first floor of the main house, on the balcony, in your room, or at the viewpoint looking over the Douro (additional cost for this service). Freshly baked bread and pastries, homemade jams, fresh fruit juice, cheese and ham – all locally sourced or homemade. Breakfast is served between 9.00 and 11.00 am.

Lunch and dinner on request (must be ordered within 5 – 24 hours in advance). There is a printed menu with all the dishes on offer – typical regional specialities included. When the house is fully occupied a menu of the day will be offered. Apartment guests may eat in the main dining room or in the apartment.

A good selection of wines from the region, including the Quinta's own vinho verde wine, Cazas Novas, are available too.

Ma Fernanda is an unbeatable cook, using the very best of ingredients, many organic. Well worth sampling her fare!

There is a list of recommended local restaurants at the house. Some are within a ten minute drive of the Quinta in Santa Marinha do Zezere and Resende.
 

Dining

Resaurant / dining room for guests only

Accessibility

Room(s) adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Parking space adapted for guests with reduced mobility

Sta. Marinha do Zézere, Portugal

Thirty kilometres south east of the picturesque riverside town of Amarante and twenty kilometres west of Peso da Regua, capital of port wine country, Santa Marinha do Zezere, in the Western Douro, sits above the majestic River Douro, surrounded by vineyards on all sides, in stunningly beautiful countryside – the cherry blossom in the spring is dazzling. 

The village has a supermarket, a chemist's, a health clinic, several bars and a restaurant. At nearby Resende with the Monastery of Carquere, there are two more restaurants as well as other facilities, including a tourist office. 

Further afield, Amarante and Peso de Regua have a good choice of restaurants and all facilities. Down on the river nearby at Ermida, there's a train station, possibilities for fishing and watersports, and walks by the river. There are boat trips from Peso de Regua and you are perfectly based for exploring the many wineries in this region.

  • Walking around the 40 hectare estate, through the vineyards and cork forest with amazing views all around.
  • Boat trips on The River Douro one or two hours or a day – just up to you!
  • Water sports at one kilometre at Erminda on the River Douro.
  • Car or train trip to Peso da Regua, the capital of port wine country, and ride the Corgo railway line to Vila Real.
  • Take the beautifully restored steam train from Regua up river to Pinhao. Runs from June to October 0n Sats, Suns and Weds depending on month.
  • Sample the Quinta's own vinho verde wine " Cazas Novas"and visit other wineries in the area – Quinta do Vallado or Quinta da Pacheca, to name a couple.
  • Visit the charming town of Amarante on the River Tamega, hometown of Sao Gancalo, Portugal’s St. Valentine.
  • Visit the handsome town of Lamego and climb the astonishing baroque stairway up to the church of Sehora de Remedios and try their local tipple “raposeira”, fragant sparkling wine. Take a pleasant walk down from Lamego to the Capela de Sao Pedro in the hamlet of Balsemao – built in the 6th century by the Visigoths – older than Portugal itself!
  • Don’t miss a visit to the grand 18th century Palacio de Mateus, famously depicted on bottles of Mateus Rose near Vila Real.
  • Have a day out at the Parque Natural do Alvao, north of Vila Real, one of Portugal’s best kept secrets with its remarkable variety of flora and fauna. 1
  • Visit the Monastery of Carquere at nearby Resende and the Douro Museum at Regua. 1
  • Enjoy the region’s wonderful gastronomy at family run “adegas”(taverna) and haute cuisine establishments.