Quinta do Paco Hotel is an eighteenth century manor house with private chapel situated about three kilometers from the centre of Vila Real.
Two important events in the towns history are that it was the home town of Diogo Cao. He was a famous Portuguese Navigator and was the first European to reach the mouth of the River Congo in 1482.
About 400 years later, Vila Real became the first town in Portugal to install electricity.
The Palace of Mateus, one of the best known country manor houses in Portugal is approximately 1 kilometer away.
This house was built in the eighteenth century and is lived in by the Earl of Vila Real. The picture is known world wide since it appears on every bottle of Mateus Rose wine. The palace and its magnificent gardens are open to the public.
Quinta do Paco Hotel has a total of thirty six bedrooms which includes a deluxe room and a suite.
All the bedrooms are air conditioned and have private bathroom, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, hair dryer and private veranda or terrace.
Many of the rooms have the traditional Portuguese furniture of the period in which the house was built.
The restaurant serves traditional cuisine of the region and there is a bar providing a restful area for a drink.
Outdoor, there is a swimming pool, two tennis courts, mini golf, children's playground and a jogging track.
Opportunity should be taken to use the narrow gauge train from Vila Real down to the Douro river at Regua and then possibly continuing up this interesting river by train or boat.
Quinta do Paco Hotel has conference facilities for up to 500 people with sophisticated audio-visual equipment, and private parking.
Oporto is located about one and a half hours drive with almost the whole journey being by modern road.