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Our Story

How it all began

Inspired by the wonderful nature, Lugar da Pedra Alta was built on top of one of the hundreds of giant stones in the central area of ​​Portugal, near Serra da Estrela. For more than a century, everything was transformed to become what it is today.


Take a look and find a little bit more about our history through a collection of text and photos we have to offer.

Our Mission

Back to nature

One of our objectives is to allow nature to thrive, to take a regenerative and organic approach to agriculture, to interfere as little as possible with the environment, to go about it all in an organic way - one that is not harmful to nature.


Find out what motivated us to go on the path of sustainability and healthy living.

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Let's create memories together!

Our Lugar da Pedra Alta is the ideal place for private events, birthday parties, company meetings or simply for unique moments with family or friends. We organize special events in a delightful and intimate environment within our historical dining and living rooms

For reservations and more information, please send us a private message or email to


We have plenty of events waiting for you, so come and check them out!


Find out where to stay!

From an amazing scenery of the forest to a relaxing view of blossoming almond trees, come and discover the five bedrooms we have to offer within our historic home.


Check out the different possibilities we have to offer in the button below!

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Discover how wonderful nature is...

If you want to get to know more about our place and the surroundings this is the section for you! We offer you unique experiences and plenty activities from an outdoor swimming pool, barbeque, sport fields, walks through the orchard to charming and rustic relaxing common spaces inside or outside the home.


Click the button bellow to check out our photo gallery and fill your soul with nature and beauty.



Find the beauty that surrounds us

We are located at the foot of the highest mountain range in Continental Portugal, Serra da Estrela, surrounded by historical villages, nature, culture, gastronomy and many other activities. It's a place for hiking lovers, adventurers, family outings and for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city or from the daily worries.


Check out a few recommendations that we selected for you, the rest we'll let you to discover by yourself!

What we offer:

- 8 bedrooms (max. 17 guests)

- 5 bathrooms (shared)

- 1 dining room

- 2 living rooms

- 2 verandas

- Well equipped kitchen

- 3 fireplaces

- Swimming pool

- Sports field

- Barbecue

- Private events

- Homemade Breakfast (on demand)

- Private parking

- 12ha of forest/orchard etc.

- 2 horses 

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Our Reviews

"We stayed here on the last night of our journey with horses around the Serra da Estrela. Gabriela and Luis are wonderful hosts, and the house and grounds are just breathtaking. And then there is the food! Almost everything is homemade by Gabriela - bread, cakes, jams, juices, almond milk - and all of it absolutely delicious and full of wonderful subtle flavours. I would highly recommend staying here. It was a fantastic experience. We’ll definitely be back!"

Cathleen Leonard,


"Fiquei maravilhado com produçao do sabonetes artesanais e o manuseamento das substâncias e elementos quimicos na produçao dos mesmos. Sem a explicaçao dada pela Gabriela nao poderia ter melhor explicacaor. Teremos todo o gosto de voltar no Outono para contemplar a vinha virgem encarnada e o resto da paisagem"

Antonio Vale,

Lisboa, Portugal

"If you'd like to experience a truly luxurious stay in a gorgeous historic house on a beautiful 12 hectare farm, then we can really recommend Lugar da Pedra Alta."

Sophie Kempin,


"Amazing place to stay and awesome people. Good food, nice house and environment."

Ciprian Mihai,

Bucharest, Romania

"Stayed here for a night after a 4-day trek with horses through the Estrela. Wonderful welcome, great food, perfect room!."

Debra G Delglyn,


"Such a lovely place! Full of history, antiques and wonderful terrain! If you plan a quiet holiday in the countryside, then this is the place! The hosts are incredible and we started the day with a really good homemade breakfast! I truly recommend Lugar da Pedra Alta!"

Serra em Flor,


"I just simply can’t find the proper words to describe how special Lugar da Pedra Alta is… Lugar da Pedra Alta is more than a picturesque Portuguese bed and breakfast in the heart of Serra da Estrela Mountains, it is a magic corner of paradise managed by two one-of-a-kind souls.

Located only 1 hour and 50 minutes far from Porto, Lugar da Pedra Alta is a place where time slows down the pace allowing you to travel back in time, more exactly 150 years ago. The historic house is a private museum where you’ll discover countless unique collectibles, and you’ll need at least one week to discover all of them and their stories. I’ve always dreamed to sleep in a museum and here my dream came true. And I slept as a baby, the silence here is incredible.

Besides the historic mansion with its own private chapel and the breathtaking huge property which includes a private forest and a pool, you’ll meet two wonderful people that will teach you a better way of leaving: simple, authentic, and organic. Best organic breakfast I’ve ever had in my life, the most useful workshops I’ve ever participated in (I’ve learned how to create my own organic beauty products and almond milk), and the warmest hosts who will easily become your friends. If the place was stunning already, Gabriela Mihai and Luis Athayde made it truly special. They are the perfect example that people can sanctify a place with their energy. I left this place as a better version of myself, and I highly recommend it for all digital nomads like myself who need to be in contact with nature. A special place for the soul. Obrigada por tudo Lugar da Pedra Alta!"

Loredana Codau,


"Maravilhada com a casa e o seu conforto embora antiga. Os quartos sao muito acolhedores. Nao se ouve barulho nenhum a nao ser o da natureza. O pequeno almoço foi muito variado e completo. Para além de deixarem algumas coisas para beber e comer durante o dia na cozinha. Como por exemplo chá de ibiscos, café à descrição frutas.  O leite de amêndoa que servem é tambem muito bom. Uma bela alternativa ao de vaca ao qual alguns de nós somos alérgicos. A piscina é muito boa e nao tem demasiado cloro. A temperatura da àgua está optima."


Lisboa, Portugal

"The house is an old Portuguese country house with wooden floors and old furniture. It is surrounded by fields and views on the Serra da Estrela mountains. The rooms and beds are old. I can imagine this is not easy for some people, bur I personally didn’t mind. On the contrary, I like to be surrounded by a feeling of history and authenticity. The terrace is very nice to have breakfast and dinners. The homemade breakfasts are included in the price. There is a great swimming pool and tennis/football/basketball court right next to the house. There are 2 horses, which is always nice for kids. Luis and Gabriela are always nearby for any question we had. They gave us tips on towns and markets to visit. Gabriela also did a soap making workshop, which the kids loved. In the surroundings, we visited two amazingly beautiful nature spots by the river with waterfalls: Poço da Monteira and Praia Fluvial de Loriga. Perfect natural swimming pools. The Serra da Estrela has tons of those ‘Praia Fluvials’, natural beaches. We were a big group, and we had a great time.."

Pieter Stockmans,

Leuven, Belgium

A estadia no Lugar da Pedra Alta foi uma fantástica

Aproveitamos a oportunidade para juntar um grande número de familiares porque não só é uma casa grande mas também porque o espaço em volta é maravilhoso

A casa em si transporta-nos para um passado distante devido às suas características e também como está decorada, é uma quinta bonita, acolhedora

Toda a família adorou a estadia

Também o Luís e a Gaby fizeram parte de uma estadia memorável, pessoas fantásticas e sempre disponíveis para ajudar

O nosso muito obrigada

Família do Mar

Maria J. DoMar,


"O Lugar da Pedra Alta surpreendeu-nos logo à chegada. É uma casa ainda mais bonita, espaçosa e especial do que imaginávamos. A recepção e o pequeno-almoço foram extraordinários. A Gabriela e o Luís têm uma paixão pela hospitalidade que nós partilhamos e que não podemos deixar de recomendar"


Barcelona, Spain

"O ar que se respira é tão bom aqui perto da serra da estrela, cheira a terra, palha, cedro e pinheiro e mistura se com o perfume das rosas e a luz das hortênsias azulada por baixo de um céu estrelado como não podemos contemplar em Lisboa. Tudo é suave e a casa tem uma áurea boa, benévola, guarda com certeza muitas recordações.."

Ana T.

Lisboa, Portugal

"Meu desejado "fim de semana"(quarta e quinta)

Lugar incrível,com pessoas incríveis.

E numa terra encantadora"

Maria Pimentel,

Coimbra, Portugal


Melo, Portugal

+351 966 415 747

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