Feel protective of a unique place: this Small Luxury Hotel is the place where you will be able to find walls more than 600 years old and a modern pool of straight lines with a waterfall and shade of olive trees to drink a cocktail. The permanent exchange of old and new will dictate your stay. The Italian designer furniture, chosen by the architect of the renovation project, help with its rights and timeless lines, to create a space where the decor is minimalist, punctuated only by highly rich heritage elements: Portuguese chests, tapestries of Portalegre and Arraiolos.
This luxury hotel in Crato is an example of the recovery of a Historic building into modern times without losing the monastic feel, calm and peaceful.
Designed by the Portuguese architect Carrilho da Graça, we encounter at this Pousada a group of distinctive buildings, constructed in distant eras, like the gothic castled court, a Manueline gothic church and also convent Renaissance and Mudejar compartments.
The room where you can sit comfortably to read was the ancient refectory of the monastery - the reception is located in the old fireplace and you will notice, on arriving, the firebox which is identifiable. The old wing and the new wing are joined seamlessly inside and clear out. There are numerous places to discover, to climb stairs, windows, cracks and spaces to peek.
At the beginning of the twelfth century the Order of the Hospital was introduced in Portugal, known as the Malta Order. It was created to help the pilgrims on their pilgrimage to the holy land and later was turned into the military order.
A century later the Order's headquarters of Portugal settled itself in Vila do Crato, which later became the head of the prior. Its master was therefore Friar Alvaro Gonçalves (father of Condestável Nuno Álvares Pereira). The building of the Monastery of Flor da Rosa is due to Friar Álvaro. Along the years the Flor da Rosa complex suffered many work campaigns.
The palace area and the zone of the monastery-stronghold were adapted to the Pousada and opened in 1995. Submerge in the history of this monastery essential at the time of Portugal's reconquest from the Moors, who later became the home of D. Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira. The foundation of the monastery, released in the 50's of the 1300, only came to be completed 20 years later. In the twentieth century was made an intervention that allows you to be here today to enjoy this witness to the early history of Portugal: the work of recovery warrior character puzzle, monastic and palatial, in the words of architect Carrilho da Graça that gives a unique atmosphere to stay.
Although now - under the scorching sun or the view of the fields where sheep graze peacefully - seems hard to imagine, this was a high-risk area, hence the defensive nature of much of the building.
Go through the cloister, protected and characterized by the presence of the cross of the Order of Malta, the friars knights and missionaries, and be impressed by the austerity and strength that emanates from these fortified walls.