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.
What is the story behind Monte da Bela Raposa, what was your inspiration to create it?
We have been in Portugal for a long time and previously had a B&B in Sintra. It wasn’t strictly a hotel but more of a home away from away, and that was working very well. In Sintra, many of our guests became friends.
But for family reasons and due to the climate in Sintra changing, we sold this property and decided to move to Alentejo where we have more space (60 hectares) and a small lake. We wanted to continue a B&B-style of accommodation but a little more sophisticated.
Everything was built from scratch, with the help of an architect. My husband was an artist and I was an interior designer, so we have a lot of relationships with artists. In addition to a studio, we host masterclasses and cultural programs.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Monte da Bela Raposa?
It’s one word — harmony. I was inspired by my travels and drew on my experiences as an interior designer to ensure that things were practical and worked well. It’s refined. There is attention to the colours and space, and everything is high-quality, from the beds to the sheets.
Monte da Bela Raposa is like a big country house — it provides the space to feel free and at home. A previous guest said he felt it was an extraordinary place, somewhere he could rest but also work and refresh his brain.
To you personally, what is so special about Monte da Bela Raposa?
The location, the decoration and the atmosphere. Monte da Bela Raposa is for people who appreciate nature and being in a calm environment. Everyone is always surprised that they can work at the property and feel as though they are in another world, then drive 10 minutes in the car and be in the “real world”.
What is your policy regarding children?
Babies are no problem and I have cots available. But with young children, parents need to be responsible, particularly around the swimming pool. While I don’t have a lot of toys for children, there are plenty of things to see and do in the area. It’s another world for children to explore and they won’t get lost.