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Cooking classes with our chefs are available by reservation. They are followed by a tasting. They are practical workshops to better understand Portuguese cuisine.
The Rosa et Al Townhouse is much more than a town house for travellers and foodies. It almost single-handedly embodies the soul of Porto, qualified in the 19th century by King Pedro IV the "Mui Nobre, Semper Leal and Invicta" (noble, invincible and loyal). Discreetly added to the urban fabric of a district that is both calm and lively, it gives little away at first sight, only revealing the beautiful simplicity of its traditional structure. As with true nobility, the beauty is on the inside. The rooms seamlessly come together around a beautiful staircase that is naturally lit by the sky. The property's simplicity is the result of a skilfully designed layout and a well chosen harmony of designer furniture. Both respectful of its past and infused with modernity, the Rosa et Al Townhouse reflects the character its city, proud and now vibrant with cultural and artistic innovations.
My sister and I were born just south of Porto and raised in a nearby village. During our childhood and especially during our time at university, Porto became our daily environment and we finally began living here a few years later. Our passion for travel partly inspired us to create the Bed & Brunch Collection.
The building is located between the old and new city of Porto. It is a 19th century wooden townhouse set in a traditional narrow lot with a street entrance and a private back garden. The house has four floors and a facade on the street covered with ornate, yellow azulejos. Two cast iron balconies punctuate the second and third floors. During the restoration work, we removed everything that was not original and highlighted the traditional elements. The original flooring, the claw-foot bathtubs and the balconies overlooking the garden and various parts of the city have been preserved. The suites have exposed wooden beams and the ceilings are decorated with antique decorative mouldings. The lucky suite, located at the bottom of the garden, has its own private patio with plants and aromatic flowers at the back. It is a pavilion in natural stone and wood with large French windows and access to the garden. The architectural project of the Rosa et Al Townhouse was led by architect Emanuel de Sousa and was awarded the Respect for Architecture 2012 Porto award by Ordem dos Arquitectos.
The building features in the first plans for the city of Porto dating back to the early 1800s. It served as a storage and office space to Portuguese publisher, Civilização, until the mid-nineties. It was then abandoned for nearly fifteen years. Nevertheless, there are sure to be many "unofficial" stories yet to be discovered in conversations with our oldest neighbours.
We offer tailor-made exclusive services whilst maintaining the spirit of an anonymous house in the city. The Rosa et Al Townhouse has a café, a restaurant, a concept store, an aromatic vegetable garden and outdoor patios. Our chef creates a tailor-made gastronomic journey, ranging from the traditional cuisine of northern Portugal, through to Mediterranean, Iberian flavours and textures that merge with colonial and international tastes to form cleverly prepared dishes made from fresh, local and organic products. The Rosa et Al Townhouse also offers "Workeatshop", weekly cooking classes with our chefs, followed by a tasting dinner. The concept store offers a range of Portuguese design objects, local food products and our very own range of gourmet products. We also have an in-room spa service with massages and treatments. The house is decorated with designer, vintage, modern and contemporary furniture and objects, including works by Charles and Ray Eames, Jean Prouvé, Hans Wegner and many others. Finally, the library, lit by a zenithal skylight has a wide range of books for our guests to choose from.
We are near to Rua de Miguel Bombarda, where there are many art galleries and vintage and designer shops. We are very close to the Teatro Carlos Alberto which is integrated into the National Theatre of Porto. Casa da Música, designed by Rem Koolhaas, is a concert hall with a programme of international music. The Douro Valley is a must for discovering the production of Port wine. We strongly recommend an architectural tour of the city to discover the work of architects from the famous "School of Porto". It was opened in the fifties by founding figures such as Fernando Tavora and Alvaro Siza Vieira (and later Eduardo Souto de Moura) to oppose the archaisms of Salazar's totalitarian regime . These last two were winners of Porto's Pritzker Prize, in 1992 and 2011 respectively. The month of June is alive with popular street festivals - on 24 June there is a religious and pagan festival which celebrates both the summer solstice and São João do Porto. We would also recommend a visit to Guimarães, the old town and former capital of the country is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.