Newsletter Spring 2013
Next 28 Th of May it will be 15 years since we opened. Time went by fast. We never regretted our decision to move to Portugal and start here, at the slopes of the Serra da Estrela, a Boutique Hotel. We feel very grateful to you and all our guests, people we work with and specially our team. Quinta da Geia has become a well- known concept by now in continuous progress.
Of course we feel the consequences of the crisis. But, it is in these difficult times that we feel cherished by our many friends.
|Start off 2013
At the first of January we had many guest savoring our special New Year’s Day lunch. Margarida prepared a festive meal with a pot roast of bore as main course. Carnival was joyful and many guests enjoyed themselves in the snow of the Serra da Estrela.
||CHEESE FESTIVAL - FESTA DO QUEIJO - 09 & 10 MARCH
The people of Oliveira do Hospital celebrate once more the famous Serra da Estrela Cheese. A two days festival is organized. Besides the sampling of the finest country made product such as the cheese, smoked ham, sausages, honey, pastries, and wines and so on, there are many animations including traditional music and sportive events.
Come visit this fair, and stay at Quinta da Geia with a direct 10 % discount on our room rates. In addition, just like many other restaurants in the region a special menu honoring the gastronomical traditions of this region is available.
SPRING PARTY - FRIDAY 22 March – 19:30 hours
Honoring traditions, we celebrate a start of each new season. This time SPRING. We took a peek in our neighbor’s kitchen and let us inspire by their fried calamari and delicious paella, but first we welcome you with a nice drink. Please book your table in advance. The price is € 12.50 per person. Beverages and other consumptions not included.
Walks! Walks! Walks!
Aldeia dos Xistos and the Municipality of Oliveira have set out four intertwined hiking trails in Aldeia das Dez and one cultural route in the ancient surroundings of Oliveira do Hospital. They surely add much value for leisure activities for everyone.
Take a break away from busy city life and come relax at Quinta da Geia.
We have special package rates available for this season: Starting from € 87.00 per person for 2 nights in a standard double room including breakfast and EASTER lunch and for € 120.00 per person you stay 3 nights.
Contact us for more information by telephone or send an e mail.
Discover the best of Portugal while staying in the most charming and comfortable accommodations. You start in Porto where you will be lodged at a comfortable flat located in the historical center from where you can explore this marvelous harbor city. Continue your journey to the very heart of Portugal and stay at Boutique Hotel Quinta da Gaia, a place to relax and enjoy the natural pleasures of life. By now you are tuned into 100 % into holiday mode. Travel to Sentra where you will be welcomed at Quinta da Corvo with its special garden and charming lodges. Sentra is a relish for the eyes and Lisbon will surly cast its charming spell over you. End this perfect holiday in a perfect way in Casa Al Cubo in the Algarve where Sun! Sea! & Fun! Are guaranteed. Contact us for more information ; +238670010 or e- mail : email@example.com
BTL IN LISBON 27 February to 03 March
The Fil in Lisbon will receive another edition of the tourism trade fair: BTL 2013. The Turismo do Centro is the special guest this year and we are proud to join them in our own permanent spot in there stand. Please do visit us at stand D 3 in Pavilion 1 and cease the opportunity to acquire a BTL voucher promotion offering a night and candle lit dinner for 2 persons for only 89 euros with breakfast included.
And while you are in Lisbon we recomend a visit to our friends Dennis and Patrick who own a beauty boutique in one of the most enigmatic streets in Lisbon.
“S K I N L I F E by Dennis & Patrick aims to offer a unique and exclusive collection of perfumes, make-up, skin –and hair care and lifestyle products. A very special collection of carefully selected “beauty brands from all over the world” exclusively for the Portuguese market.
The philosophy behind these so called “niche brands”, is that they often originate from people who are passionate in creating a special product of a high quality and obviously unique in the market. By using the purest and highest standard ingredients they ensure that the products are of an exceptional quality.
Apart from representing these niche brands S K I N L I F E is a leading specialist in reliable and personal beauty advice in the beauty boutique and anywhere else you may need our services. As a team we have years of experience, working for the best perfume houses in the world. Above all we are …… Passionate about Beauty.”
We hope to see you soon !
With warm greetings from the Quinta da Geia Team
Our Hotel Rural and restaurant João Brandão receives constant attention
from the media as you can see in the list below
- VT WONEN -august 1999, a well known Dutch magazine
spend seven pages on the hotel. Especially the photos of Jeroen van
der Spek have impressed their readers
- CASA DECORAÇÃO spend a lot of attention
on the hotel in its issue of October 1999 with plenty of text and photo's
- In the weekend special of the Portuguese regional
newspaper DIÁRIO DAS BEIRAS of 18 February 2000 they wrote an
three paged article about the beginning's of Quinta da Geia, under the
heading Geia, a heavenly name
- In the second weekend of January 2002, the also
in Portugal very popular Big Brother filmed at Quinta da Geia, the films
have been broadcast on television the following three days. Also the
writing press paid lots of attention during this recordings
- At the special edition of a national Portuguese
newspaper the EXPRESSO at the beginning of 2001, Quinta da Geia is regarded
as one of the dreams hotels of central Portugal
- In a local newspaper, the FOLHA DO CENTRO, both
owners are interviewed about their findings about Portugal
- In the May -June edition of CASAS DE PORTUGAL,
is an article of eight pages in which, with the help of text and photos,
is given a complete picture of Quinta da Geia
- On the nineteenth of May 2001 in several newspapers
of northern Holland appears an article about Quinta da Geia under the
heading; An adventure in Portugal
- In the April 2002 edition of EVASÕES,
is a fantastic ten-paged article about Quinta da Geia with marvellous
photographs of Manuel Gomes da Costa under the title; A shelter in the
- In the business magazine IDEIAS & NEGÓCIOS
both owners are interviewed about their reasons to move to Portugal
and start a hotel
- At the national Dutch newspaper ALGEMEEN DAGBLAD
appears on the eighteenth of May 2002 a readers offer under the heading;
As Dutchman among the Portuguese
- At the eleventh of June 2002 the television program
RADAR DE NEGÓCIOS films Quinta da Geia, which will be broadcast
in July 2002
- Also the National Portuguese Television, the RTP
has filmed the hotel which has been broadcast on 3 different times in
the first week of August included in an informative program.
- On 24 th Jannuary 2003 the national weekly paper
" Tal & Qual" placed an article in there extra Tourism
2003 about Quinta da Geia under the heading "mountain vacations
are gaining adepts"
- In the January 2004 number of the Portuguese
mensal magazine " Blue Living " hotel rural Quinta da Geia
appears with photo's, and is mentioned as being an excellent base from
which you can enjoy snow walks.
- On the 17 Th of January 2004 the journalist Cristina
Bastos dedicates a very appraising in her column "em foco"
in the newspaper "O Regional" covering the region of Aveiro,
about Quinta da Geia and its restaurant João Brandão.
- The Portugese monthly Magazine Máxima has
published in her April 2004 issue a page dedicated to the Quinta da
Geia and her surroundings, the Serra do Açor.
- In the February number of the monthly Portuguese magazine Rotas &
Destinos, you can find a six paged article about us under the heading
"the silence of the mountain". With a very descriptive text and the
fantastic photos, the article has created a lyrical impression of our
hotel. "There are people who come from Viseu or Porto to Aldeia das
Dez just to taste the food in the restaurant of the hotel rural Quinta
da Geia, a welcoming XVII century manor house of the Beira region"
- A happy costumer who happens to be also a journalist can be a good
combination as we can see in an article written by reporter RosKoff
from November 2004 in the Portuguese " Jornal dos Reformados" under
the heading " travelling of grown ups"
- In the issue dated 12/04/05 of the regional paper of Arganil "A Comarca
de Arganil" a big article is dedicated to the hotel rural, its owners,
the legendary João Brandão and the regional fame of the restaurant.
Also this article focuses on the enlargement of the hotel, the importance
of investments and local economy.
- One of the most gorgeous reportage about Quinta da Geia has appeared
in the July 2006 edition of the monthly Portuguese magazine Blue Living.
The reportage of 15 pages under the header: days spent with two they
gave a portrait of our hotel, illustrated with amazing pictures made
by Susana Matos Hotel Rural Quinta da Geia; A YIN - YANG hotel. You
take the national route 17 and where the rivers Alva and Alvoco embrace
you climb to Aldeia das Dez, the place where this farm is located. Seven
hectares of lingering green and only 1 reason to stay - the quality Also the restaurant João Brandão received special attention under the
Header each as it is
- n the summer edition of the magazine Travel & Living our rural hotel
and restaurant is mentioned in the list of the best hotels & restaurants.
Under the title: Two men, two dogs and one hotel is given a brief description
why our hotel is part of this list: the magic of Quinta da Geia.
- Also the monthly portugese travel magazine dedicated attention to
Quinta da Geia under in their Agustus 2006 edition under the header
: Bons ares da Serra e Petiscos.