Villa Extramuros is a strikingly beautiful contemporary guesthouse located in the Alentejo, one of the last wild regions in Europe with kilometers and kilometers of nature and wilderness.
The quiet, the view, the freedom. We’re close to Lisbon but you feel far away from everything. You can relax, read and cook. It’s like you’re in another place and time.
Alentejo Villa is all about being in a peaceful setting amidst the beautiful sounds of nature.
You'll be in a beautiful, unspoiled part of Alentejo, surrounded by vineyards, olive and cork trees.
Don’t miss a visit the beautiful town of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Make sure to visit some of the excellent local wineries, it's becoming one of the top wine regions.
There is so much to see and do in the Alentejo, but you will, however, need a car to move around.
How would you describe Alentejo Villa in a nutshell?
Alentejo Villa is a luxury vacation rental in a house from 1939 which has been in our family for three generations. It’s very traditional in the sense that it follows the typical architecture of the Alentejo like the very thick walls that keep the house cool in summer. But through our renovations we brought in some contemporary features to create a very casual and cozy atmosphere.
What was your inspiration to renovate the villa and rent it out to vacation guests?
It was our passion for the Alentejo way of life. Alentejo is a region where the pace of time is different, and where you get a feeling of space that you don’t find in a city like Lisbon. We have very fond memories of our childhood spending summer vacations in the Alentejo region, so we wanted to create a space where people would feel the same way.
Please tell us a bit more about the villa rental.
My great grandfather had originally bought the property, but more recently, the majority of the land was sold except for this piece that my mother wanted to keep in the family and now we take care of it. The land has four and a half acres and the house was used by the farm workers back then. At the bottom of the property there is a large water tank where the wool from the lambs on the property was washed.\n\nVery characteristic of the villa is that it has four chimneys; two are used as fireplaces for the kitchen, but the other two have been converted to showers, so the light comes from the top. \n\nIt was difficult to combine the traditional with the modern, but I think we’ve created a nice balance. It’s simple, clean, with straight lines.\n\nWe tried to keep a lot of things local, from nearby markets which we combine with things like Scandinavian lights and chairs, or a with a table that a designer friend designed for us.
What’s so special about the whole experience of staying at Alentejo Villa?
Having good meals with wine at the end of the day in a peaceful setting, watching the sun set and listening to the beautiful sounds of nature. It’s all about paying attention to the stars, the landscape, the birds, the forest — noticing the details.\n\nWe have a vegetable garden for guests to pick their own herbs and vegetables depending on the season. The place provides contact with nature, has a good energy and it makes you feel balanced.
We have four bedrooms at the villa. Three of them are in different colours. One is black, another is green-blue like water, and the other is rose. All the rooms have doors to the outside terrace surrounding the house.
Then there is a mezzanine with 6 beds mainly for kids and a bathroom outside,.
Each room is simple. My sister Marta is an artist and I was fortunate to get hold of some interesting paintings of hers. That gives the house a sense of us.
The living space has access to an open kitchen, both of which have very high ceilings. Those rooms open up to a wooden deck where you can have breakfast and view the cork forest and the pool below.
We can provide daily cleaning on request and we have bikes for the guests to tour around in. But mostly it’s a self-catering vacation rental. It’s much more for each guest to design what they want to do. And we are just a call away to help them design their perfect stay.
The quietness of the space, the view, the freedom that you feel here in Alentejo. We’re very close to Lisbon, but you feel far away from everything. You can relax, read and cook. It’s like you’re in another place and time.
We tried to design the proper context where people could do whatever they felt like doing that requires peace of mind. You can relax by the pool in the shade reading or you can visit many nearby villages and castles.
The villa sits on a plateau looking down, so it gives you a sense of the horizon over the top of the trees. It’s a great place to watch the sun set.
Évora is definitely a highlight. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located within a castle and there are many interesting museums, medieval streets, small shops and some very good restaurants.
The Saturday morning market in Estremoz is also a must-see. It’s very authentic and a beautiful place to spend the morning.
And then there’s the wine. Alentejo is becoming one of the best wine regions in the world. There are wineries all around us and you can visit them and have wine tastings as well, which is a great experience!
There are a lot of little villages and castles within five kilometers from the villa. The closest is Estremoz which is very well known for the white marble and there are a lot of artisans still working with marble. There is also a beautiful castle, some very good restaurants and a scaled down solar system where you can walk around and see the different planets and get a feel for how far they are from one another.
Marvao in the North is also just beautiful! It is one of Portugal’s most spectacular fortified villages. Borba is another small village with wineries and small antique shops. Monsaraz, an hour from here, on a hill by the great Alqueva dam, the largest artificial lake in Europe, is also a must see.
And there is another big lake about 40 mins away for swimming or kayaking, as well as hills you can walk or bike up that offer beautiful views. The area has so much to offer.
The villa is located 5km from the beautiful small town of Estremoz. The landscape here is very well preserved and unspoiled. There are olive trees, cork trees, as well as lots of vineyards. The pace of the region is completely different. It makes for a good quality of life and an alternative to mass tourism. Most of the local villages are still preserved and you don’t see many houses – it’s just nature, which is hard to find nowadays.
Going south west from here towards Comporta, about a two hours drive, there’s the Portuguese Atlantic coast with very nice beaches. We are an hour and a half from Lisbon to one side and only about half an hour from Spain, making it an easy day trip.
Besides Summer (July & August), Spring (May & June) and Autumn (September & October) are very pleasant seasons to visit Estremoz and Alentejo. Because of it's mild temperatures, it is ideal for hiking, biking, riding horses and visit the region and the good wineries nearby.
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