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 Lamarosa in a nutshell?
Casa Lamarosa is an old family house that has been completely renovated in a contemporary and minimalistic architectural style. It has a special attention to design, details and the open relationship between the interior and exterior spaces.
It’s a retreat from everyday urban life that invites a “slow living” and contemplative lifestyle. Casa Lamarosa is also an excellent base for discovering the mid-Tejo and central region of Portugal.
What is the story behind Casa Lamarosa, what was your inspiration to create it?
It’s an old family property where my grandfather and mother were born and raised. When it was passed down to me, it had been abandoned and in ruins for a long time.
When I was a child and spent time with my grandparents, I liked to go to the “quintal” (backyard), as it was called. At that time, the house only served to support the vegetable garden and as a shelter for a small rabbit and chicken farm. I’ve always liked its long, narrow, walled-in backyard setup.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Casa Lamarosa?
Raw and minimalist. Essential and with a strong connection to the outside.
To you personally, what is so special about Casa Lamarosa?
When I visited in 2019 (when the house was still in ruins) my eldest son, who was then 2 years old, was playing in the backyard and I had a vision of happiness. I saw that it could be a great refuge from daily urban life, with the long-walled yard a clear space for children to run and play. Meanwhile, my second son was born and Casa Lamarosa became a place where we loved to spend time.
What’s your policy on children?
Children are welcome but they must be supervised carefully around the pool. We also welcome pets but ask that guests don’t allow them to climb onto the sofas or beds and ensure they clean up any traces of poop in the yard.