Casa Olhão is a design home in the heart of Olhão that feels like it’s your own space. It features a few modern luxuries and hasn’t been over-designed, ensuring it’s comfortable and can be enjoyed.
How would you describe Casa Lagoa in a nutshell?
Casa Lagoa is an urban farmhouse on the main street of Lagoa just a short drive from the beautiful beaches of the Algarve.
What was the inspiration and story behind Casa Lagoa?
Lagoa was established as a small town at the centre of an agricultural area and many large properties were built as urban farmhouses or for storage. Casa Lagoa has a prime location on the main street and was owned by a single family for more than a century.
When we bought the property, it was originally intended as my private residence. Some friends asked if they could stay when I wasn’t there and due to its central location on the Algarve, they thought renting it out would be a fantastic idea.
How would you describe the interior design and atmosphere of Casa Lagoa?
Casa Lagoa is quite minimalistic, both inside and out. It’s a typical Algarve farmhouse in many ways and a bit formal at the same time. As we designed it as a private house, it has a personal touch and combines paintings we selected with chandeliers from the old owners. When you enter the house, it’s like a time journey — I would describe it as bohemian-vintage but still very Portuguese.
Something that was important to us was that the house was very comfortable, so there’s central heating and a fireplace. It’s a “no-worry” home and feels quite luxurious because of the finishes.
To you personally, what makes the house so special?
What we hear back from guests is that its village setting is what makes it so special, without being at all noisy. You can live the Portuguese lifestyle but still have privacy. I’ve often described it as a “monastery of silence” — once you are in the house and open the doors to the garden, you just see nature and experience calmness.