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 Casas Caiadas Open House in a nutshell?
Casas Caiadas Open House is a home that combines discreet and minimal architecture with the authenticity of its territory. It’s named Open House due to the fact that the property has five doors that lead onto two pedestrian streets, with the building having a great social dynamic with the village.
What was the inspiration and story behind Casas Caiadas?
After winning a Monocle award in 2016 for our boutique home in Sabugueiro, we wanted to take the next step and do something a bit different. There aren’t so many high-quality accommodation options in the villages of Portugal, so we felt that there was an opportunity there.
This building was for sale and it seduced us – it was discreet and somewhat like a maze, with three shops on the ground floor and an owner’s residence above. We loved its complexity and setting, as well as its history as refugee accommodation at the beginning of the 19th century and as the most famous bakery in the region.
So we bought it and started work on renovating it with the same architect we had collaborated with previously. It was a difficult restoration, taking three years to complete and including a lot of small details.
Please describe the atmosphere of Casas Caiadas Open House.
There’s something magnetic and relaxing about the atmosphere because of the paintings and design pieces we have selected which hold a strong connection to the area. I also think the use of wood (which is a peaceful material) invites tranquility, as do the olive trees and dried flowers.
Is Casas Caiadas Open House best for couples or families?
It works well for both and this is something that I’m proud of in the design. We spent a lot of time accommodating the needs of different types of guests, as well as creating technical areas that would support the services of the house.