This legendary Palace was built for the last King of Portugal in 1885, converted into a deluxe hotel in 1917, and is nowadays one of the most beautiful and historic hotels in the world.
Here you will enjoy the unique experience of staying in a veritable royal palace surrounded by formal gardens in the center of the magnificent woods, formed by 250 acres of centuries old walled ‘Bos Sacrum´planted by the ecologically minded Order of the Barefoot Carmelites in the 17th century, as a holy hermitage dedicated to withdrawal and uplift.
Listed in the '1000 Places to See Before You Die´, the romantic castle, envisioned as a neo-gothic fantasy by Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, King Consort of Portugal and cousin of Albert, Queen Victoria's husband and Prince Consort of the United Kingdom, and built by his grandson King Charles I of Portugal, with its overwhelming eclectic architecture - a flury of excesses, a hotchpotch of styles - of stone carving, pinnacles, turrets, gargoyles, twists, pillars, arches, tiles, marble and nautical references and echoes of the Tower of Belém in Lisbon, is truly one of a kind.
The inner palatial setting, enhanced by the presence of many of the original sumptuous antique furnishings, by a remarkable collection of masterpieces by notable Portuguese artists, by the impressive stairway with its vaulted ceiling and its Homeric window, or by the best collection of "azulejos", glazed tiles, from the 19th century, depicting scenes from Portugal’s colorful maritime history and from the “Battle of Bussaco”, in 1810, that heralded the Duke of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon’s army, leads to a successful marriage with its sumptuous natural surroundings.
The hotel host over the years to monarchs and heads of state from all over the world, to actors and authors, refugees, honeymooners, its guest list being a who's who of royalty, politicians and film stars.
The overall experience awakes lasting impressions of perfection, where each visit is only surpassed by the next one. The best example of a truly grand historic hotel and an absolute pure romantic escape. Welcome!
One double or two twin beds. Decorated with antique and original furniture. Premium Portuguese linens. View of surrounding forest.
One double or two twin beds. Large room and/or garden view. Decorated with antique and original furniture. Premium Portuguese linens.
Double bed. Living room with breathtaking views of gardens and forest.
Queen’s suite with king bed. Art deco decorated with original furniture. Private marble bathroom, double sinks.
Queen bed. Classic decoration with original and antique furniture. Living area with private balcony and views of the formal gardens and lush forest. Private marble bathroom, double sinks.
The character and the grandeur of the luxurious living room, the elegance of the intimate dining room with the fine royal porcelain, the charming and cosy dressing room, the original 1928 bathroom with a beautiful deep bathtub and exquisite rare marble, and the most romantic sleeping room with the magnificent large private terrace offering the most fascinating views over the formal garden and the enchanted woods, are perfectly unique in the world. This delightful and unparalleled setting for a most exclusive honeymoon or for an unforgettable romantic getaway, is undoubtedly one of the top art-de-vivre experiences to accomplish in Portugal.
For being a historical rather than a deluxe experience, enhancing the extraordinary beauty, charm and magic of this very special place, not all the rooms are renovated to modern comforts, nor are they all designed to be. Comfort travelers should be forewarned that some of the rooms are preserved in their historic state, so, while some compromises are made, much of the current amenities and features are of an earlier time. But do not let this distract you from the extraordinary beauty, charm and magic of Bussaco. Sometimes you might appreciate not being in a modern hotel!
All 60 rooms and suites with turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau or Art Déco, or classical Portuguese D. Maria or D. José furnishings, satellite TV, direct-dial telephone, private marble or tile bathrooms with deep bathtubs, French bidet, and hair dryer, 220 V, some with air-conditioning and mini-bar. Some rooms also provide breathtaking views over the formal garden and the lush forest.
Be a guest at the Palace of the Portuguese Kings, an authentic royal fairy tale castle in an enchanted forest. The Bussaco Palace has all the features of the dreamer’s “romantic palace” - set in the heart of the glorious Bussaco National Park, high on a hill, and resplendent in its decorative Manueline-Gothic architecture.
Free Wi-Fi in public areas, breakfast buffet served in the restaurant, room service, concierge, parking, boutique, safes and laundry. Baby-sitting, limousine and helicopter service available upon request. Free use of the recreational facilities of nearby Curia Palace, including exclusive spa experience, with glass enclosed indoor heated pool, and exterior 1934 former Olympic size Art Déco pool (15 Kms).
This enchanted forest, high on a hill, and renowned by arborists worldwide, includes species of rare flora collected all over the world by the Portuguese Navigators. Its walking paths, chapels, belvederes, stations-of-the-Cross and Monastery of the Holly Cross still exemplify the rarefied atmosphere of serenity and peace of a very special place.
While staying at the Palace inside the Bussaco forest, you have the chance of a establishing a close and direct contact with the surrounding nature, as there are several tracks along the forest to explore - You can ask for a map of the forest at the reception and spend 2-3 hours of unforgettable walking there, if not the entire day, with picnics being prepared at the hotel for such an incredible Bussaco Forest discovery.
A strenuous walk up to the Cruz Alta (The High Cross) on top of the big hill allows you to look at the life size terra cotta figures of the Stations of the Cross, on the way up. Here the monks would stop to pray and contemplate on their way to the top of the hill. At the Cruz Alta you can take in the spectacular view to the south and west including a seat at the place from which the Iron Duke directed his victorious troops.
Also history is strongly present, with the Carmelite "Holy Cross “Convent and the Military Museum, dedicated to the Peninsular War, and particularly to Napoleon- Wellington battle that took place at Bussaco back in 1810, and that heralded one of the Duke of Wellington's major victories. At the convent you can still visit the cork lined room where Wellington slept the night before the battle, as in those days the tiny monastery was the only safe place to stay in these surroundings.
The Holy Cross Convent is adjacent to the west wing of the Bussaco Palace and built by the Barefoot Carmelites in 1628. At the entrance you may appreciate the typical mosaics of Bussaco – decoration on façades and murals with geometric forms of mosaic in white, black and red stones (quartz, basalt and ferruginous remains), which demonstrate the austere aesthetic concern of the monks, in the cloister a beautiful collection of glazed tiles and altars of the 17th century, and also the narrow cells insulated from the winter cold and the summer heat by cork. In the Sacristy, the remarkable painting of an Our Lady of Milk, painted by Josefa d’Óbidos (Josefa d’Ayala) in 1644 and in the main body of the church, expressive busts of Mary Magdalena with tear-reddened eyes and Saint Peter shamefaced, and of an Our Lady of Conception, Patron Virgin of Portugal in an 18th century Italian style. You can admire an impressive Nativity scene by Machado de Castro, and also the remaining sacred art collection and historical curiosities allusive to Duke of Wellington’s overnight stay the day before the Battle of Bussaco in 1810 – at the outside, in the middle of the road, you can find Wellington’s olive-tree, under which Wellington took his stand with the officers of his staff.
The Bussaco Military Museum evokes the Battle of Bussaco, held in September 27th, 1810, and the Peninsular War, with an emphasizing the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte.
At its inside, along cannon balls piled up in tidy little heaps, there is a collection of fire arms, riffles, pistols and cannons, sabers and swords used in the Battle of Bussaco, as well as dummies dressed up with uniforms of the French and Anglo-Portuguese soldiers of 1810. You will find porcelain soldiers by the Sacavém and Vista Alegre factories, military miniatures and curiosities, like medals, decorations and flags of the époque, but also fine and curious printings and paintings depicting the Peninsular War and the life of Bonaparte. This museum was opened to the public on September 27th, 1910, one hundred years to the day after the famous battle. Adjacent to the museum, you may visit the small chapel of Our Lady of Victory with its holy figures that escorted the Anglo-Portuguese army during the battle against Massena’s army.
The exclusiveness of its meeting rooms and services make Bussaco Palace Hotel the perfect scene for hosting Banquets, Meetings, Conferences, Presentations, Training courses, Team Building, and Incentives in an environment of deep concentration and relaxation, where each event is a unique and unforgettable experience.
Bussaco Palace, a true fairy tale castle in the enchanted forest, is the ultimate and most romantic setting on earth for any wedding, from a weekend celebration to a midweek getaway or a Sunday afternoon gathering.
A royal palace atop a sacred hill overlooking mountains giant trees and formal gardens, Bussaco Palace offers exquisite cuisine and époque guest accommodation, along with 25 acres of woodlands and terraced lawns.
The inner palatial setting is as overwhelming as gracious. All conspire to create an atmosphere that is at once intimate and grand.
Enjoy Bussaco Palace as your own private castle for a weekend of festivities, from the prenuptial party, to the wedding dinner, to the farewell brunch. Chef Dionísio Ferreira will craft unique menus for every event. With attention to each detail and incomparable service from the first tasting through the departure of the last guest, Bussaco’s dedicated staff will create the extraordinary wedding you envision.
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The Bussaco Palace is located in the heart of the Bussaco National Park, a natural woodland reserve of 125 acres right in the mountain range of t Bussaco, Portugal, north of Coimbra, a truly spectacular and serene landscape of rare trees and exotic plants of exquisite beauty.
You can conveniently access Bussaco from Oporto or Lisbon by taking exit 9 of the A1 highway at Mealhada (Km 209) and following road EN-234 in direction of Viseu, turning to the left 1 km after having passed Luso and following the existing signs. Arriving from east, from Viseu or Guarda, the best way is getting the EN-234 direction southwest.
The site is close to many points of wide cultural, gastronomic and historic interest - the "leitão" (suckling pig) restaurants of the IC1 (6 kms), the Bairrada Wine Route with the old wine cellars and great wine museums, the renowned university town of Coimbra with its medieval centre and museums (25 kms), Conimbriga Roman ruins (37 kms), the historic interior city of Viseu (70 kms), the Cathedral of Batalha, the Monastery of Alcobaça and the Sanctuary of Fátima (100 kms), the Atlantic beaches of Mira (40 kms) Aveiro, the Portuguese “Venice”(40 kms), Figueira da Foz (50 kms) with its Casino, and the Douro Valley (110 kms).
International airports: Lisbon (200 kms), Oporto (100 kms).
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