In June 2020, at the height of the pandemic, a unique form of tourism was born in Cadaval, less than an hour from Lisbon. Bagos de Vilar is the brainchild of Maria Mackay Pereira, who decided to restore the old Vine and Wine Institute in Cadaval and turn it into an unusual place to stay: old wine vats. “Come sleep where wine has slept,” is one of the sayings at Bagos de Vilar. Beds are suspended in the air, which adds a particular feeling to the already unusual atmosphere.
Bagos de Vilar is located in the parish of Vilar, in the municipality of Cadaval, about 80 kilometers from Lisbon. With room service, terrace in each bungalow, garden and pool, amenities and private bathroom, breakfast included, comfort is guaranteed.
Its history, the perfect decoration and the details that are starting to attract the attention of visitors. Positive reviews have started to appear on the different booking platforms.
Mackay Pereira’s previous experience in the tourism sector, combined with the desire to invest in sustainability, allowed her to recover a space that had been abandoned for years, creating something useful and beautiful and allowing their guests a “unique and special” experience associated with a minimalist concept and the tranquility of nature: people sleeping where the wine has already slept.
Each tank or vat of wine from the old vineyard and wine institute was given the name of a Portuguese wine variety, as a way of paying tribute to the West region. There were transformed into either a Bungalow room, or one of the Bagos.
To book, there are 14 rooms available, between Standard Bungalows and Superior Bungalows. There are Bungalows for couples, for families, and for groups. Besides breakfast and swimming pool, the tourism offers massage service, Wi-Fi internet, both outside and in all rooms, and parking. It is also pet friendly.
Mackay Pereira is especially grateful towards the municipality, without whose help the project would not have been possible. Room prices start at 70€ per night.