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Casa de Mateus, Vila Real

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Get a close-up look at the ornate, Baroque mansion at Casa de Mateus, the home of past Portuguese nobility. Inspired by the works of an Italian architect, the Mourao family finished the complex in 1743. Note that the decorative themes on the facades appear consistently throughout the property. You can wander the gardens to get a glimpse of the wealthy and tranquil life of the residents who once lived here. Join a guided tour to view the interior of the villa and learn a bit more about its history. You'll see antique furniture, books, paintings, and other artwork, as well as wooden ceiling carvings and religious pieces in the house's chapel. To go inside, you must take a tour. Using our international travel planner, Vila Real attractions like Casa de Mateus can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places of Vila Real to visit, with a fantastic Baroque architecture solar deserves our full attention, as well as the magnificent language revivalist neo-baroque gardens. A truly inspiring location.
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  • guided in our case in Portuguese. We were "explaining" characteristics of the family and of the mayorazgo over time. Today is home to a foundation. Spectacular gardens and ponds
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  • We were only 2 at the visit of 13 hours. So we had a private tour in French by a passionate guide. Perfectly manicured gardens and magnificent furniture.
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  • Beautiful house and gardens. Used for the label of Mateus Rose apparently. A drink favoured by the Brits in the 1970s. Highlights include chestnut ceilings in the house, the library with beautiful copper plate illustrations and the box hedging in the gardens in the Italianate style.
  • Beautiful house. Entrance too expensive but if you've come this far. The gardens are delightful.
  • Fantastic palace-like house. Beautiful gardens
  • This place is magic... Miracle... Very romantic...
  • Beautiful house and gardens - no photos inside!