Largo da Viscondessa do Espinhal 3200-257 Lousã − Portugal
+351 239 990 800
Fax: +351 239 990 801
Palácio da Lousa, the country's first Boutique Hotel, is an emblazoned building of the XVIII century. Formerly Palace of Viscondessa do Espinhal, it is classified as Historical Heritage.
Refurbished into a 4 star hotel, with 46 rooms in total (23 in the palace and 23 in the new wing), it blends the charm of an historical setting with state of the art technology, thus providing the highest level of comfort to all our guests.
A warm welcoming and the attention to detail are the greatest assets that our staff provides. Relax and enjoy an exquisite treatment in a refined and stylish setting.
The restaurant A Viscondessa is, by itself, a unique opportunity to savor the jewels this region has to offer.
Located in Lousa's historical center, renowned entry point of the Schist Villages Route, the Hotel offers a warm atmosphere with stunning views of the Lousa Mountains.
The Hotel surroundings invite you to enjoy nature. You can observe wild game (deers and wild boars) in their natural habitat and visit a set of secular buildings, such as the medieval Arouce Castle, the wells of the Real Neveiro, where ice was stored in the winter to be later on sent to the King's cellar in Lisbon, and the Chapel of our Lady of Sorrows, up on the mountain.
The Lousa Mountains are mandatory when it comes to adventure. Mountain biking and all terrain vehicle fans are always thrilled to find here new paths that will push their skill to the limit. Nostalgically, the Rally of Portugal's fans remember the Lousa's mountains as one the best stages of the competition.
Last but not the least, don't miss out the Aldeias do Xisto (Schist Villages) up on the mountains and the beautifully build XVII century manors spread across the Lousa village.
The Hotel surroundings invite you to enjoy nature. You can observe wild game (deers and wild boars) in their natural habitat and visit a set of secular buildings, such as the medieval Arouce Castle, the wells of the Real Neveiro, where ice was stored in the winter to be later on sent to the King’s cellar in Lisbon, and the Chapel of our Lady of Sorrows, up on the mountain.
The Palácio da Lousã is entirely devoted to provide you with the best stay possible, hence offering you with a wide array of services.
Ideal for those relaxing and calm moments, the pool is where you want to be, enjoying the services of its exclusive bar.
Enjoy an invigorating swim in this watery mirror that prolongs the palace's stairwell.
The several terraces of the gardens become tapestries of restful pleasure or simply natural solariums. At night, the inspired lighting creates a supreme environment.
The ancient Palace Gardens have been renovated, bringing to present its labyrinths and adult trees of rare dimension, coloring the natural spaces in a natural lengthening of the XVIII century building.
You can also choose to relax indoors. In the Game Room, located in the level -1, you will find snooker, darts, table tennis and table football. A place to have fun with your friends. The Game Room is the ideal place for a break between business meetings or simply a rendezvous for an appetizer or cocktail, before or after dinner. Just use the available phone to make your order to the barman.
Children's Room and Playground
The Children's Room is where the playtime happens. Keep the young ones happily occupied while you get a much deserved time-off. Located in the ground floor, it is equipped with several educational tools, among them, board games, books, movies and modern videogame consoles.
The Outdoor Playground privileges the contact with nature. Located in the vast green lawn right below the gardens. It allows the parents to enjoy a sunny day by the pool, while at the same time, keeping an eye on the little ones. Specially designed for them to play safe the Playground was refitted with special pavement.
Meetings and events
The Palácio da Lousã allocates several flexible spaces for your business meeting or presentation, cocktail and other events.
All spaces have natural light, air conditioning and broadband wireless access to the Internet. The Hotel also has computers and printing services at your disposal, allowing your event to be thoroughly organized and successful.
The elegant decoration and quality of the Hotel services make it an ideal venue for any kind of event.
Port and wine tastings;
Workshops of honey, cheese, photography;
Guided walking tours;
Moonlight walking tours;
Stand up paddle;
4 wheels tours;
It’s also possible to organize specific and tailor-made tours on request.
Below you can see the different room types we have to offer, if you mark the ones you like we will be happy to send you a quotation for the dates when you would like to come
Please fill this form for individuals or for groups and you shall receive an answer written by a live person at Palácio da Lousa. This is the only way you can know exactly what room types are available for the dates you want, an the best possible rate, because you are dealing directly with the hotel. Bear in mind that websites set up to give an automatic answer, work with allocated quotas given by the hotel, therefore when it appears there are no rooms available for the date you want, this is not necessarily true. Plus they charge the hotel a commission which is normally around 20% of the room rate
Please fill this form for individuals or for groups and you shall receive an answer written by a live person at Palácio da Lousa. This is the only way you can know exactly what room types are available for the dates you want, an the best possible rate, because you are dealing directly with the hotel. Bear in mind that websites set up to give an automatic answer, work with allocated quotas given by the hotel, therefore when it appears there are no rooms available for the date you want, this is not necessarily true. Plus they charge the hotel a commission which is normally around 20% of the room rate.
From the Highway A1 (Lisboa-Porto): Leave the A1 at the exit 11 (Condeixa/Lousa) and go in the direction of Condeixa. 3 km ahead, enter the IC3 in the direction of Penela/Tomar. Approximately 4 km ahead you will find the junction with the EN342 (Miranda do Corvo/Lousa). Follow it. 26km ahead you will arrive at Lousa. Once inside the town, always follow the signs "Centro" and Hotel". Passing the Matriz Church (immediately recognizable by its bell tower) on your left, go straight ahead 80 meters and you will find the entrance of the Hotel on your right.
From Coimbra: Look for the exit EN17 and go through that road for about 17 km. 20 km ahead, after the exit to Foz de Arouce/Casal do Ermio, go through the N236, following the signs indicating "Lousa". Once inside the town, always follow the signs "Centro" and Hotel". Passing the Matriz Church (immediately recognizable by its bell tower) on your left, go straight ahead 80 meters and you will find the entrance of the Hotel on your right.
The restaurant A Viscondessa is, by itself, a unique opportunity to savor the jewels the region has to offer.
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Every day for Lunch from 12:30 to 15:00 and for Dinner from 19:30 to 22:30
Largo da Viscondessa do Espinhal / 3200-257 Lousã, Portugal
Phone: +351 239 990 800
Enthrall yourself in a charming environment, right on the foothill of the Lousa's mountain, enjoy your day and let us make sure that everything's to your liking. An exclusive and unique environment allied with a glamorous presentation and a team of demanding and experienced professionals makes Palácio da Lousa your number one choice. If it's not then it's because you don't know what we have to offer.
With a wide array of different settings, indoors and outdoors, you can find the space that suits your wedding celebration, from a small gathering of your closest relatives up until a venue with 350 guests. The Magnolia Room allows banquets of up to 70 people, however if you prefer an event with more people, the Camelias Room, by the ancient palace's gardens, allows banquets up to 280 people. At the Magnolia terrace, a beautiful and spacious lawn fits the need to have more guests in the party. So an outdoors tent can be assembled (costs will be charged extra), holding 350 guests.
For the groom and bride reception, the Palace's Noble Halls will be at your entire disposal, infusing the party with a sophisticated and charming atmosphere.
During the entire event the ancient gardens, the pool, the lawn and Palace's patio are ideal places to mingle and perfect as background for the traditional wedding photographs.
If you prefer a intimate and reserved occasion allow us to suggest holding the religious ceremony in the Chapel of Mercy, the oldest building in Lousa dated from 1568, right in front of the Hotel. There is also the Igreja Matriz, 50 meters away from the Hotel, which can hold more guests if the need arises.
With prices starting at €50, including the Hotel's premises rental, you'll have access to: Menu sampling, catering service, table decoration, Palace Superior Room for the honeymooners, special lodging terms for the guests.
A wide array of extras, from total event design, extra decoration, musical entertainment act, Dj's, wedding website and invitation cards to babysitting and children's entertainment ensures that you'll be able to enjoy your day to the fullest knowing that everything is being taken care of.
A Brief History
As we moved forward with the project of transforming the Palace into a charm hotel, we felt it was necessary to tell the story of this house so we could share it with our guests and visitants. Bernardo Salazar Sarmento D’Eça e Alarcão, who was born in Espinhal, professed as a knight in the Order of Christ, Judge of the Alfama Orphans, in Lisbon, Judge (of High Court) of the Supplication House who served in the Relations at Rio de Janeiro and Porto, ordered the building of the palace in the 18th century.
The Palace of Salazares, as it was known at the beginning, replaced old constructions, already existent at place, possessions of the same family who had been living in Lousã and in Espinhal for a long time. The most leading aspect of the house it is not only the fact it is an imponent building of the council and few in the District were similar to it, but it also represents a regional stylistic evolution of the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century. The construction remounts to two epochs:
The low floor and the noble floor are from the end of the 18th century, with square windows with gratings and monograms in the low floor, and in the noble floor the windows alternate according to two models, only different on the top, some are thick and of steep cornice and others are larger and of round cornice. At the beginning of the 19th century, the central gate, in a neoclassic style was teared and elevated a high body, with mansards on the roofs, allying the earlier traditional lines to the new style. On this central body, the composition ending, the pinnacles urn-shaped and the circular shield, give them the unusual character of the D. João VI
The main staircase of the palace, thatopens in symmetrical flights of stairs and divided by landings, and the doors in worked wood, are category models of the same neoclassic style.
The coat of arms is composed of an oval quartered shield and, on this, there is a helmet, and the Arnaut emblem, a passant lion: Quarter 1 – Eça (5 small escutcheons united by a S. Francisco string)
Quarter 2 – Arnaut (6 black lions)
Quarter 3 – Salazar (13 stars of 8 rays)
Quarter 4 – Sarmento (13 “bezantes”)
It is told that, on March 1811, on the Judge (of High Court) Salazar time and on the occasion of the French Invasions, a dinner at the Palace, served to General Ney, in that time a Massena subaltern, which he left in a hurry when he was informed on the defeat of his troops at Foz de Arouce, became famous.
It was then Wellesley, commander of the Anglo Portuguese troops and later the Wellington Duke, who came to finish that dinner at the Palace, in that same night, since he lodge there his Head – Quarters, from where official correspondence, dated 16th March, was expedited.
It is still in the Palace, the bobbins bed in ebony that served of bedstead to the Wellington Duque, during is staying at the Salazares’ Palace.
The Judge (of High Court) Bernardo Salazar Sarmento D’ Eça e Alarcão marries to Theresa Bernarda Vaz Pinto Guedes de Sampayo e Melo and they have four children: José Bernardo, António, Maria da Piedade de Melo Sampayo Salazar (Viscountess of Espinhal) and Francisca.
Maria da Piedade de Melo Sampayo Salazar was born in Lisbon on 21st May 1796; she was already a widow when she was honoured with the Viscountess of Espinhal title on 24th July 1868 by His Majesty El-Rei D. Luís, and past out on her Palace on 17th December 1882.
On 16th April 1843 she married to António Cardoso de Faria Pinto, a bachelor graduated on Canon-law, Law Judge, Nation deputy in several legislatures and Commendator of Order of Christ, who died on 29th October 1861.
The Viscountess of Espinhal always took a generous part on beneficent works for Lousã; she was also a big friend of the poor. Among her last known charity acts, stand out the next ones: she helped financially the construction of School Count Ferreira and she made valious donations which contributed to the construction of the Hospital of Lousã, the construction Chappel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade on the higher rock of Ermidas (a work she wanted to honour with her Patroness, as Maria da Piedade was also her name).
The image of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, made in Braga, was also a donation of the Viscountess of Espinhal. She also contributed for the construction of the New Church, inaugurated by Coimbra’s Bishop Bastos Pina, who proceeded at the solene inauguration on 7th January 1883.
The Viscountess of Espinhal, who inherited all her parents, husband and brothers belongings, was the owner of a great fortune and when she died, without any descents either, she destined that all her belongings in Espinhal should be divided by far relatives while her belongings in Lousã should stay for her numerous godsons.
Aníbal Fernandes Tomáz Pippa, one of the Viscountess of Espinhal godsons, was the third owner of the Palace.
Aníbal Fernandes Tomáz, who also signed like this, was natural of Figueira da Foz and made some studies at Coimbra, which defined his literary work.
He worked as a clerk at Lousã and then he fell in love with the bibliographical science, becoming an authority. He gathered an immense library, with rare and valuable works.
He also organized an abundant archeological and art collection which increased a lot when he inherited the Salazar Palace to where he set with all his family. He drew regularly at the epoch style with a pencil and painted landscapes with oil, with a couloured and reasonable perfection.
He lead the first periodical publication, with redaction and administration at Lousã, the “Portuguese Bibliography Bulletin” (1879/82), wrote the “Bibliographical Letters”, a work about “Ornamental Portuguese ex-Libris” and cooperated on erudite articles to newspapers and magazines, where he usually signed with the initials “F.T.” or with the pseudonym “Amilcar”. He founded the typography and the first newspaper at Lousã “Journal da Louzã”, which he directed from 1885 to 1893.
That year, the Palace was acquired by João Antunes dos Santos, his fourth owner, natural of Louzã, who emigrated to Brazil when he was very young. He was one of the most active and wealthy member of the Lousanense Colony at Santos, in Brazil.
His charity acts were felt at Lousã as well as at Santos, in Brazil, where his supports and helps to the Lousanense migratory chain to Brazil were recognized. When João Antunes dos Santos bought the Palace, in 1893, there were made repair works which led to the disappearance of a series of garrets existent on the roof, that composed the front and which had to be replaced by a platband, due to their large deterioration state.
João Antunes dos Santos, married to D. Ana Augusta da Costa at Louzã and they had three children: João Augusto dos Santos, Pompeu e Emília.
Dr. João Augusto dos Santos was the fifth owner after divisions with his brothers. He was born at Santos, in Brazil, studied at Coimbra where he finished the Law course.
Dr. João Augusto dos Santos was lawyer and Town Hall President of Louzã in the Monarchy time (1909 town-council) as in the Republic time (1924 town-council), he was also Royal Attorney Sub delegate in Aveiro (1903) and manager of the “Journal da Lousã” (1906).
He was very interested on the progress and improvement in Lousã and his action, in the sense of applying the forestry regime to the Lousã Mountain for the integration of a big part of the municipal uncultivated lands in the state forestry services, was remarkable.
In his town-council of 1909, the Sobral wood was planted. In his town-council of 1924 was decided the construction of a new building for the Council Court and then proceeded to the land acquisition, delivering the project to the Architect João de Moura Coutinho Almeida D’Eça, though the construction took a few years to start.
Dr. João Augusto dos Santos died at Louzã in 1928 when we still hoped much of his intelligence, activity and love for Louzã.
He married to Mrs. Maria Emília Cardoso de Magalhães Mexia at Coimbra in 1904. This marriage bread five children: Adalberto, Óscar, Zilda, Jorge Olavo de Magalhães Mexia Santos, e Vasco.
From those, only Jorge Olavo de Magalhães Mexia Santos, who married to Mrs. Mª José de Albergaria Pinto Mascarenhas, had children: Maria Emília, Maria da Graça, João José, António, Carlos e Vasco, still owners of the Palace until 1998. The old owners are descendents from the Arnaut branch, from whom descended the Viscountess of Espinhal.
Some of the descendents from Mr. João Antunes dos Santos are shareholders of the Serra da Lousã S.A. enterprise, actual owner and responsible for the Palace reconversation project into a charm hotel.