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.
How would you describe Casa Azimute in a nutshell?
Views, comfort and time — Casa Azimute is a place where time passes slowly. Where you don’t have to rush or do anything at all.
What was the inspiration/story behind Casa Azimute?
The idea for having a place in Portugal came about following my first trip to the country when I was 16. It’s stayed with me ever since and during a visit to Portugal back in 2012, we travelled throughout the country — north to south — and eventually ended in Alentejo.
During the trip, we were inspired by other places and realised that the contemporary style we loved could work in Portugal. So we decided that if we found a property in Alentejo with beautiful views, we would take the plunge. From that moment on, everything happened very quickly.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Casa Azimute and what do you love about it?
Casa Azimute is contemporary and minimalistic but still warm, which was extremely important to us. We wanted people to feel at home but also appreciate that a lot of thought had gone into the architecture and interior design. In creating the casa, we also wanted to retain something of the original property so guests could feel the story behind it and, in a way, bring new life to it.
The location of the casa is on the direct line between the two castles of Estremoz and Evora in a region that’s still authentic. Wherever you are, there are always views and a connection with nature, with the sun’s orientation and weather constantly changing the casa’s appearance.
How long do you recommend guests stay?
I would recommend staying at least three nights, as guests who visit for only two nights always say they wish they’d been able to stay longer. But a week is really perfect as you have for some culture, maybe some wine tasting, as well as spend a day beside the pool or just relaxing at the casa.
Is it suitable for families, couples or both?
We do accept children but we haven’t specifically catered to them. So in that sense, it’s more suited to couples and a place to relax, rest and enjoy the silence. But that being said, we have a swimming pool and 28 acres where kids can roam free and find their own entertainment.