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Raising from the Ruins

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If someone was to build a castle today, what would it look like? Like this, perhaps. The Paço De Pombeiro is a sixteenth-century granite manor house in Felgueiras, Portugal, which was recently given a major facelift by architecture team Ezzo. And the great news is… you can stay at it.

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Led by César Machado Moreira, the team rennovated the original building (parts of which had been standing since the early 12th century).

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They also extended the structure out into the landscape and aped the turrets of the original building in the dramatic new building.

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The hotel, owned by the Mello Sampayo family, is situated on 24 acres of farmland, covered in vineyards and the odd ruin.

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The guest capacity has also expanded, and Paco now accommodates 22 people in 10 rooms. These are bracketed by red concrete towers, reminiscent of turrets.

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There’s also a stunning swimming pool, a library and a dog kennel.

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Best of all, it’s surprisingly affordable, with rates starting at 75 euros per night. Including breakfast. RM

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