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 Dá Licença in a nutshell?
Dá Licença is an almost monastic retreat in Portugal’s Alentejo region that’s set on a 300-acre former olive grove. We’ve transformed it into an Arts and Crafts-influenced guesthouse that offers breathtaking views across the surrounding eco-reserve.
What’s your background + what was your inspiration to open Dá Licença?
Vitor has spent many years working in the arts and fashion industries, including several years at Hermès. For the last 20 years, Franck ran an art gallery in Paris specialising in Scandinavian Jugendstil and anthroposophical design. Our combined backgrounds inspired the creation of Dá Licença and its evolution into the property seen today.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Dá Licença?
An elegant, authentic and timeless address where the entire team is focused on delivering a personalised service to make the guests feel at home.
And how would you describe the interior design/architecture?
The existing structures were transformed into a modern retreat featuring clean lines and discrete volumes, without effacing the traditional character of the estate. Its rural environment and the region’s cultural values were sublimed into a sophisticated way of living. Elements of anthroposophical design and Scandinavian Jugendstil reinforce the perception of the elements’ organic beauty.
To you personally, what is so special about Dá Licença?
The perfect symbiosis of nature and the beauty of crafts. The silence. It’s a surprisingly romantic environment.
Is Dá Licença best suited for couples, families, groups?
Dá Licença is a place for couples looking for a romantic escape. We are an adults-only guesthouse.