Casa Sintra is an architect-designed villa surrounded by pine trees located only a few minutes from the beautiful beaches and near the UNESCO-listed Portuguese town of Sintra.
How would you describe Outpost in a nutshell?
Outpost is a historic property in a unique location, perched atop cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and just a 40 minutes’ drive from Lisbon.
What was the inspiration/story behind Outpost?
It started as soon as I saw the property. From that moment, everything was very clear and moved quickly. I’d actually been looking for a place for myself and loved this area of coastline. But the house was far too big for just me. I realised there were no real boutique hotels in the area, so that’s how the idea developed to create holiday apartments.
The house was built by a famous Portuguese architect, Raul Lino, who’d been responsible for rediscovering the romanticism of the Sintra castles. He was the architect behind many of the castles built between the 1920s and 1950s, as well as constructing a holiday house for himself just 200 metres down the cliff from where we are. A wealthy family commissioned this house as their estate in the 1940s and had lived there ever since.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Outpost and what do you love about it?
I think the location of Outpost is central to its atmosphere, as it’s located atop a cliff that directly overlooks the sea. You have a front-row seat for everything nature offers - storms, wind and sunshine - so the changing weather is quite amazing. It never feels the same from one day to the next - the colour of the ocean is always changing and the sunsets always look different.
Inside, we’ve tried to change as little as possible to make each of the apartments functional while upgrading them to the feel of a holiday house. Initially, they featured dark colours dating from the 1940s, so we made the colours lighter and added windows to give the house a summery feel while also respecting the heritage of the architecture.
How long do you recommend guests stay?
I’ve had guests stay anywhere from one day to four weeks. The first guest that arrived after I opened had only booked in for one night but the next morning asked if they could stay for the rest of their vacation, which was two weeks. But I would recommend at least a couple of days, as that gives you time to experience the house and the changes in light and weather that make it so special.