The Vintage House – the hotel in the heart of the Douro recently acquired by The Fladgate Partnership, owners of Taylor’s Port – is just a matter of weeks away from opening its doors, Imbibe can reveal, with an opening date set for 7 March.
The port house acquired the property at the end of October 2015, and has since spent over €1m on renovating, modernising and maintaining the property, increasing its occupancy from 43 to 49 rooms in the process.
The deal also includes substantial land, and Taylor’s plans to extend the existing facilities, adding a further 25 rooms by the start of 2018. Along with an improved restaurant offering and generally higher spec facilities, the intention is to create a high-spec tourist hub from which to explore the Douro.
‘We will offer a new, more rural luxury retreat, like that we offer in the city at its sister hotel, The Yeatman,’ said Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership, which owns Taylor’s, Croft, Fonseca and Krohn ports.
‘We welcome anyone who is interested to discover this beautiful valley whether their interest is food, wine, walking, enjoying life or whatever. We have a program to include access to many local quintas including the brand new visitors’ centre at Quinta da Roêda,’ said Bridge.
Fladgate has already had significant success in the hospitality field with The Yeatman, its five-star hotel in Vila Nova da Gaia, and it’s hoped that the increase in accommodation, along with the impending opening of a new motorway between Porto and Pinhão, cutting journey times to less than two hours, will make the Vintage House similarly popular.