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 Les Terrasses de Comporta in a nutshell?
The house is the perfect holiday rental to enjoy the wonderful nature and weather of the Alentejo coast with sand beaches stretching over 60 km, just one hour south of Lisbon, Portugal.
The house is located on the edge of a small chain of hills covered with pine, oak and olive trees. Set in relative isolation, it sits above the village of Melides 5 km away. The lack of neighbouring houses allows for unobstructed views of the ocean, which are particularly magnificent at sunset.
What was your inspiration to offer this house as a holiday rental?
We completed the construction of the holiday house in early 2015 after having spent 2 years in Portugal to supervise its construction and work closely with the architect Manuel Aires Mateus. Our goal was to have an easy-to-run summer house and be able to enjoy it with friends and family in a way that everyone has its privacy and independence. The layout and design of the holiday house reflect this objective.
We discovered Comporta during recent holidays and really fell in love with the authenticity of the Alentejo region, the quiet way of living and the beauty and calm of the light and nature of the area.
Yet, Comporta is becoming more and more attractive to creative people, with new design boutiques and restaurants opening. The area attracts a lot of media coverage by travel or art of living magazines always eager to discover the ‘hidden secrets of the Alentejo’.
How would you describe the architecture and interior design of the house?
Manuel Aires Mateus has won multiple awards and is one of Portugal’s most lauded contemporary architects. He drew design inspiration from the traditional Portuguese houses of Alentejo, which have been combined with a contemporary and minimalist style.
The interior of our holiday rental is painted in chalk white and has a mixture of modern and vintage furniture.
Each of the buildings is made from benched concrete, and has sea views. They also have access to the eastern patio, overlooking the gardens and an orchard of olive trees, orange and lemon trees and oak trees.
The 3 bungalows are independent and benefit from their own private patios facing west and beautiful ocean views. The main house is the communal house with its dining and living spaces. All houses are air conditioned/heated and the main house also has a fireplace.
To you personally, what is so special about the whole experience of renting this beach house in the Alentejo?
It is the ideal retreat to relax and enjoy a quiet stay in harmony with nature. Yet it is just 15 mins away from alluring beaches, the fashionable Comporta/ Carvalhal area and very accessible from Lisbon, just 8 km away from the motorway to Lisbon.
What do you particularly like about this part of the Alentejo?
The Alentejo has always been very rural and remains protected from housing developments that have deteriorated many coastlines in southern Europe.
This part of the Alentejo is covered with wide forests of pine trees, oak trees for the production of cork for which Portugal is the world leader. It is one of the few areas in Europe, which has remained protected from excessive construction.