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Casa de Mateus, Vila Real
(3.8/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Beauty site expanded across the knowledge of history, beautiful place to stroll in family or in romance
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  • It's always nice to revisit the House of Matthew. For such reason, last Sunday, accompanied by the family, went back to visit the beautiful House (Palace) and the magnificent gardens. Although the weather didn't help (very cold) the natural beauty remains. Considering the large amount of visitors, especially foreigners, I think it would be common sense improve overall maintenance. For Portuguese citizens the price seems a bit high.
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  • We went there despite the controversial... reviews and enjoyed. Very pretty gardens. Beautiful interiors with a guided visit in french illuminating.
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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!