Villa Pedra are 10 old stone houses turned into beautiful holiday homes with a hotel-like service, a restaurant, individual gardens and the peace and tranquility of rural central Portugal.
How would you describe Casa em Afife in a nutshell?
Casa em Afife is something that wants to be modern and traditional at the same time. It really brings together three things — a connection with the local environment, a traditional, familial atmosphere, and the modern design elements.
What was the inspiration/story behind Casa em Afife?
We’ve had this land and the idea to build for a few years but it was only last year that it became a reality. My husband is the architect and we wanted to create something that didn’t disturb the harmony of the religious space and the existing church on the site, without being submissive either.
The aim was to be discreet while drawing some inspiration from the church (for example, the gold finish on the window shutters that open towards the church). But we also wanted to create a warm, family home through the wooden interior elements while retaining a simple, modern design.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Casa em Afife and what do you love about it?
I love the calm village atmosphere of Afife and have been coming here since I was a child, so it always brings back good memories. I think it’s one of the most amazing places in Portugal and somewhere that you can explore without a car if you wish, or you can grab a car to tour the region.
I love that the house is practical and functional, without being “over-designed”, and it is within walking distance of everything you need — great restaurants, an ATM and the train station. I also think the swimming pool is quite special as you can enjoy being in the water without having to go right in.
Casa em Afife is meant to be a place where people feel good, and that’s what makes it so special.