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If you are looking for a FABULOUS hotel on the silver coast in Portugal, look no further!

Encosta das Freiras, situated in Casal das Freiras, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, is a gem of a place.

Peaceful, fairly remote - Caldas do Rainha is the nearest town, about 30 mins drive away - fantastic hosts, Zé and Fernanda will make you welcome the moment you ring the bell to be let in! Their lovely dog, Tiko barks to welcome you.

Derek and I stayed here for 14 wonderful nights from July 20th until August 3rd. We were combining a holiday with my son's wedding.

Encosta das Frieras is renowned for hosting weddings, conferences, parties and business meetings. Take a look at the fabulous photos on the Encosta website.



Encosta pool


We were staying in room 7, situated on the ground floor and leading out to a courtyard  the lovely swimming pool. Tastefully decorated with the added touch of rose petals on the big fluffy white towels. Soft towelling bathrobes are provided, as are toiletries and bottled water.



Meals are taken in the bright airy breakfast room. Cereals, toast, freshly baked bread, cold meats, preserves, fresh orange juice and coffee, yogurts, fresh fruit, even cakes. If you require an evening meal, this can be arranged.

Zé and Fernanda invite you to make their home YOUR home for the duration of the stay and their facilities in their private accommodation can be shared. There is a pool table on the first floor, free internet usage and cable tv should you wish to stay in the cool for a while.


 Teeko made sure he welcomed us whenever we walked past him, he even wanted to snuggle up when I was checking my emails! Such a lovely, friendly, excellent guard dog!!



The glorious gardens are a joy to walk around. One contains a lake complete with frogs and fish. It is SO quiet, you can hear the frogs hopping on and off the pond plants. You have to be quick to actually SEE them!!


André, who is working at the hotel until he goes to university in September could not have been more attentive. Nothing was too much trouble, he spoke very good english and saw to our every need. On the day of my son's wedding, he is seen photographed above with Fernanda and me. All the staff at Encosta das Freiras are happy smiling people and obviously enjoy working here.


Photograph copyright Encosta das Frieras

The room which hosts the weddings etc is fabulous! Circular white tables decorated with white linen tablecloths, superb furnishings, wall paintings and many artefacts are a sight to behold.


There is nothing negative to say about this hotel. If you are going to this part of Portugal and want peace and tranquility, this is the hotel for you. We were delighted to have our photos taken with Fernanda and Zé and feel we are the best of friends after only knowing this lovely couple for a fortnight. 

All photographs are my own apart from the one copyrighted Encosta das Frerias.

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