Convento Do Espinheiro Heritage Hotel & Spa
Convento Do Espinheiro Heritage Hotel & Spa
1 Convento do Espinheiro
tel:- +351 266 788 200
fax:- +351 266 788 229
web address:- www.luxurycollection.com/evora
Convento Do Espinheiro Heritage Hotel & Spa :-
Venue type - Hotel
Venue type - Sporting Venue
Venue type - Historical Building
Venue type - Civic Hall
Venue type - Church
Number of function rooms available for weddings: 6
Function room names and capacities: The Convento do Espinheiro, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa is the ideal place to host your next meeting or special event as it features various types of facilities:
D. Vasco Meeting Room
Our largest meeting room (3770 sq. ft.), ideal for wedding receptions, for example, can accommodate up to 250 people and offers state-of-the-art facilities, modern technology and natural daylight.
S. Jersnimo Meeting Room
A modern conference room (1400 sq. ft.), with natural daylight, featuring high-technology equipment. Can accommodate up to 110 people.
A large room that may be divided into 3 separate zones, the largest of which holds up to 150 people and offers natural daylight.
St* Maria / Frei Carlos / Biblioteca Meeing Rooms
3 different boardrooms situated on the first floor of the convent, featuring a classic decoration. Each of them can seat up to a maximum of 16 people in boardroom style.
Guests rooms available: 92
Honeymoon suite available: 6
Garden suitable for marquees: Yes
Choice of wedding breakfast menus - Yes
Alcohol License - Yes
Entertainment Available - Yes
Dedicated wedding planner available - Yes
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies - Yes
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted - Yes
Dance Floor - Yes
Evening Reception Facilities - Yes
Car Parking Facilities - Yes
Ideal Honeymoon Venue
Tables chairs linens and tableware included
Wedding services provided: Religious wedding in Hotel church, considered a national monument, where important nobles have outlined the history of Portugal
.Unforgettable spaces for Civil Ceremonies.
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: The convent is surrounded by 8 hectares of beautiful gardens, making it the perfect setting to enjoy the relaxing Alentejo countryside.
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: Yes
Local picturesque areas suitable for wedding photography: Yes
Venue special features: Outdoor Pools. Situated on the west side of the hotel, facing the city of Ivora, is the large outdoor pool, surrounded by a beautiful wooden sundeck. Beside it is the smaller, children4s pool.
Tennis and Paddle Court. Tennis and paddle rackets are available at reception for guests who choose to use the courts situated on the hotel grounds.
Healthclub. Featuring natural daylight and a pleasurable view of the outdoor swimming pool and the olive grove, the hotel gymnasium is equipped with the latest technology of the Technogym brand.
Indoor Pool. Also featuring natural daylight, this heated indoor pool offers a view of the gardens and outdoor pool.
Jacuzzi / Sauna / Turkish Bath
Children s Playground and Mini club
Venue History: The origins of the Convento do Espinheiro are connected to a legend that tells of an apparition of the Virgin Mary above a thorn-bush (= espinheiro) around the year 1400. In 1412, an oratory was built in honour of Our Lady and finally in 1458, during the reign of King Afonso V, and due to increasing pilgrimage, a church and convent were built and settled by monks of the Order of St. Jersnimo, who stayed here until 1835.
During the 15th and 16th century, this convent was frequently visited by the Portuguese monarchs such as King John II (who held court here in 1481), King Manuel I, King Afonso V and King Sebastico, who, when in Ivora, stayed at the convent, invited by the monks.
In 1999, the firm SPPTH, Ltd, owned by the Camacho family, bought the Convento do Espinheiro, with the intention of creating the first 5-star hotel in a region with enormous touristic potential.
On June 3rd, 2005, after 2 years of reconstruction, the Convento do Espinheiro, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, one of the only two Luxury Collection hotels in Portugal, was inaugurated in all its splendour. Just 2kms away from the city of Ivora, the hotel is surrounded by 8 hectares of beautiful gardens and its interior has been luxuriously decorated, maintaining the character of old times. The actual convent features 17 rooms and 6 suites, whereas the new wing features 36 garden view rooms. In September 2008, 33 new rooms were inaugurated, thus totalising 92 rooms.
Perfectly combining the old and the new, the hotel offers a Gastronomic Restaurant located in the former wine-cellar and a Piano Bar in what used to be the old kitchen used by the monks. An area for wine tasting and the savouring of regional dishes has been created in the old gothic water deposit and numerous meeting and event facilities are perfect for the celebration of different types of business meetings or celebrations. The church, with its valuable golden engravings and ancient hand painted Portuguese tiles has been carefully restored. Here, mass is celebrated once a month and weddings and christenings may be held.
Immersed in history, the Convento do Espinheiro offers a peaceful and inspiring atmosphere, ideal for a relaxed stay.
Honeymoon vacations local attractions: Destination Alentejo
The Alentejo is an extensive region covering almost a third of Portugal. The boundary to the north is the River Tagus (Tejo) and to the south the hills of the Algarve. In the east, it shares a frontier with Spain and in the west it opens on to the Atlantic Ocean. Essentially rural and sparsely populated, it offers a landscape that is uncommonly well conserved. Its scenic beauty and the abundance and quality of the heritage found in its archaeology, its monuments, its architecture and its gastronomy make it an exceptional place for the kind if discovery provided by nature and cultural tourism.
The character of the Alentejo requires you to leave the highways and favour secondary roads which offer the best means of enjoying a landscape made up of cork oak woodland, wheat fields, vineyards and olive grooves and to make contact with a people that are friendly and hospitable by nature.
Dominating the Alentejo plain lies Ivora, city of an outstanding beauty, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since 1986. It is a treasure with much to offer, not only historically and culturally- there are about 300 monuments and churches to visit but also in terms of gastronomy. Here, one may discover the genuine flavours of the Alentejo given the enormous variety of restaurants, located in a city embraced by fortress walls, lined by medieval streets and squares and filled with historic memories.
Outside the city, there are plenty of leisure activities to choose from. One may enjoy the tasting of regional products, such as wine, cheese and olive-oil, or choose a pleasurable horse-ride, a day of hunting, a Kart-race at the Ivora kartodrome, or even select a variety of adventure sports. For a more relaxed day, why not visit some of the beautiful Alentejo towns and cities, not very far from Ivora, such as Monsaraz, Arraiolos, Estremoz, Borba and Vila Vigosa.
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