Casas Caiadas Open House is a home that combines discreet and minimal architecture with the authenticity of the Alentejo region.
How would you describe Comporta Villa in a nutshell?
Comporta Villa is an architecturally designed house that was conceived for families looking to enjoy their holidays with all the comforts of home.
What is the story behind Comporta Villa, what was your inspiration to create it?
We began this dream in 2017 when we first saw the plot and our son was very little. Four years and two more children later, the five of us now spend dinners marvelling at the beauty of the sunset and the Serra da Arrábida coastline.
How would you describe the atmosphere, the architecture and the interior design?
Designed by Portuguese architect João Pedro Falcão de Campos, the villa features panoramic windows and modern, minimalist interiors. On one side, large glass windows open onto a suspended terrace that overlooks the rural fields. Here you can enjoy spectacular ocean sunsets and extended views all the way to the Serra da Arrábida coastline.
On the other side, nestled between the villa and pine-fringed sand dunes, is a totally private, heated swimming pool. It is surrounded by a decked terrace where you can chill out and dine alfresco.
This design villa has been conceived for small families, with all of the windows and doors featuring child-safe locks. It has three suites, plus a mezzanine level where an extra guest can stay. From the bathtub of the master suite, you can enjoy the wonderful sunsets that Comporta is famous for after a “tough” day at the beach! All of the bedrooms have access to the suspended terrace while the dining room opens both ways, connecting to the pool deck and the suspended terrace.
As well as extensive use of Riga wood, other stylish design features include Spanish chairs and J39 dining chairs from Fredericia, an extra soft sofa from Living Divani and lighting from Davide Groppi and Flos. The kitchen is fully equipped with Miele and Smeg appliances while the beds and filmmaker chairs are designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira. A special local touch is the honesty bar’s “wine and olive oil selection” featuring produce from the Douro and Alentejo regions.
The property is suitable for vacation rentals all year round and is equipped with central heating/air conditioning, ceiling fans in the bedrooms and underfloor heating in the bathrooms. There is also a feature fireplace in the living room.
To you personally, what is so special about Comporta Villa?
Comporta is a charming village in the Alentejo region of Portugal that is increasingly sought after by those who want a vacation where relaxation is a high priority. With its magnificent landscapes, miles and miles of white sandy beaches, pine forests and bird-filled rice fields, Comporta is praised for its slow living.
What do you particularly like about this part of the Alentejo?
When driving through the countryside, you rattle along gravel and dirt roads that run over dry, cork tree-studded hills, with many showing their freshly peeled bark, bright as a tangerine. The air is hot and still. You pass by small farms with neat vegetable gardens and watermelons as big as pillows that spill from beneath green vines. It feels as though you are deep in the Portuguese interior and transported to another time. But just a few miles away and visible from the occasional peak is the vivid blue of the Atlantic Ocean.
As you head towards the sea, the car is soon twisting along dust-covered tracks, with the ocean coming nearer until it dominates your view. When you cut the engine, you can hear the roar of the waves thundering onto the beach below. On foot, you wind through canyons of colourful sandstone – gold, orange and cream – before emerging onto an uninhabited white beach that extends for miles in either direction. Ancient rocks appearing like weatherworn cathedrals stand guard above the pristine shore. It’s hard to believe we are so close to Lisbon and even closer to the buzz of Comporta.