Peaceful and romantic
Posted Aug 18, 2013
This lovely hotel is situated in a quiet village, Castelo do Neiva, about 11km from Viana do Castelo. The village is unexceptional but the hotel is a delightfully converted winery and former estate with comfortable rooms, pool, gym, social area with games, TV, and an honesty drinks bar, tennis court, a very pleasant area to sit out under vines, surrounded by open green and paved spaces. Our room was pleasantly decorated in faux antique style if a little chintzy. There are pleasant places to relax outside in fine weather. Qunita is peaceful creating a very romantic setting. The breakfast is fantastic – a wide choice of cooked food, cheeses, breads, pastries, cereals, fruit, and a freshly baked cake every day. Although the advert says ‘meals available on request’, one dinner a week is offered, which at €30 ph without wine compares reasonably well with local restaurants. The food was good with excellent deserts though a main course of salmon was a little ‘safe’ and it would have been good to have had locally caught fish. The host, Fatima, is welcoming and friendly and kindly lent us 2 bikes when she realised we didn’t have our own transport. These enabled us to get to the (really) unspoilt beach along tractor tracks through nearby fields (much more pleasant than the half an hour walk along houses and holiday homes). Without a car though you are dependent on the buses into Viana for connections further afield. In all we had a very enjoyable and relaxing stay here.