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Casa de Mateus

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Address: Freguesia de Mateus, Vila Real 5000-291, Portugal
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+351 259 323 121

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Beautiful but crowded

We came in the late afternoon while on a private tour of the region. The gardens are absolutely phenomenal and you could wander for hours. The Castle itself is okay and in a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Stuttgart, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Nice visit, but only worthwhile if you're not going to visit other cities nearby, where you can find better places to visit...not the best value for money experience, but if you have some time to kill...

Thank Pedro C
The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

I was attracted by the reflection of the building and the garden. So we took the long distance bus for 1 hour 45 minutes to Vila Real and took a bus #1 to Mateus and walked for 15 minutes to the palace. There are 2 different tickets, for the garden only and for the garden as well as palace. There... More 

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

As with all this buildings from the past, this one had great character and some of the contents left the visitor truly speechless! However, even though we visited late in the season the gardens where without doubt the star attraction. Just wish that we had been able to see them in their full glory in late spring. We humans are... More 

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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Obviously the palace and gardens have been spectacular at one time, but unfortunately damp, decay and insufficient maintenance have taken a toll. Some faded grandeur remains, but too much of what is on display indoors now is frankly junk, which detracts from the occasional good pieces. The gardens too still have some attraction from well-designed formal beds, but are woefully... More 

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Madera, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Whilst traveling through the DOURO VALLEY we stopped to tour the grounds and see PALACIO DE MATEUS. As a child in the USA, my family drank Mateus wine. I never knew it was a Portuguese company before coming here. The gardens are fabulous, from sculpted hedges to fruit orchards to gorgeous fountains. The centerpiece is the REFLECTION POND that sits... More 

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Parsippany, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The Mateus Palace wine estate dates to the first half of the 18th century. Descendants of the family of Count Vila Real still live here. The Mateus wine is still being produced here. There is a tour of the building beginning with the beautiful grand stairway and into the interior where priceless objects are on display. Then you can walk... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We came in the late afternoon while on a private tour of the region. The gardens are absolutely phenomenal and you could wander for hours. The Castle itself is okay and in a Versailles mode. Definitely worth a look and of historical significance, with several nice looking restaurants in the surrounding area, though we did not stop to eat. The... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The place is beautiful. We were lucky to visit while only few visitors. We could enjoy peacefully the garden

Thank MhLuxembourg
Belleville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Mateus Palace is a stunning baroque building. Richly appointed interior is very impressive. Many furniture and paintings are so beautiful. The gardens are well maintained, very photogenic. This is the most extraordinary country house I have visited.

Thank Jenny201110
Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This house has a lovely garden and the house is very old, with history and it is fantastic!Loved it Adorei os jardins e a casa é também muito bonita, com muita história e bastante antiga

Thank Teresa M

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