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Burel Factory & Mountain Hotels

LARGER THAN LIFE LOOMS TURN RAW WOOL INTO MULTIPURPOSE DESIGNS, BRINGING HISTORY ALIVE

Experience the unique mountain culture of Portugal’s tallest Serra da Estrela (starry) mountain range through the Burel Factory and its two mountain hotels. These emblematic structures have become contemporary icons of design, hospitality and sustainability.

Learn about the production, history and uses of Portugal’s unique Burel wool on a guided tour through this working wool factory’s modern and vintage hand-operated looms and colorful mounds of wool bobbins.    

Just up the hill from the factory you can immerse yourself in pure mountain air between granite boulders and mystical pine forests through 4-star Casa das Penhas Dourada Expedition Design Hotel and 5-star Casa de São Lourenço Luxury Panoramic Hotel, a refurbished manor house overlooking the Zêzere Glacier Valley.

AMENITIES

Hiking
Hotel
Restaurant
Guided Tours

FEATURED TEXTILES

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PEOPLE LOVE BUREL!

“Genuine, intimate and creative - a hotel gem in Portugal's Serra de Estrela mountains, next to hiking trails through fascinating granite boulders of all sizes and shapes. I would go back there in a heart beat!”
- Kay B., Napa, CA

GET INSPIRED FOR A VISIT TO BUREL FACTORY AND ITS MOUNTAIN HOTELS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the BUREL FACTORY most known for?

Clothing, slippers, placemats, flower vases, backpacks, blankets and other fashion, architecture and home decor textile made of 100% natural wool that’s not only comfortable, but also fire- and water-resistant and a great thermal and acoustic insulator!

Are reservations required for the FACTORY VISIT?

Yes. There are two tours a day, one at 11am and one at 4pm.

How hard is it to get there?

It’s a long and winding, but well-maintained and beautiful road up from Quinta da Taboadella (1 hr 30 min), Douro Valley or Porto (both 2 hr 30 min).

Is the FACTORY AND itS MOUntAIN HOTELS family friendly?

Yes, the whole family will love safely meandering up close between working machines in the presence of a friendly guide and perusing the gift shop’s clothes and toys for all ages.

What type of accommodations do the hotels have?

Both hotels feature quaint and relaxed common spaces, majestic views, unique architecture and design details (including Burel wool decorations), charmingly-decorated rooms, highly-trained and friendly staff and impressive dining experiences. Many comfortable nooks and fireplaces beg you to curl up with a book and/or glass of an impressive Portuguese wine selection.

These are more than hotels, but experiences abound with panoramic hiking trail itineraries, pools, saunas, massages, full breakfast spreads of local products, free history and nature walking tours and communal cocktail hours.

Are there other activities or places to visit near the FacTOry?

You can drive through the scenic Zézere Glacier Valley up to Torre, mainland Portugal’s highest peak; hike around Val do Rocim ending with a refreshing dip in its pristine glacier lake; visit Seia’s mountain cheese and charcuterie shops and the Natural Museum of Hydroelectricity.

Have more questions? Reach out directly to Quinta do Tedo to learn more.

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