Casas Caiadas is a beautiful B&B with 5 bedrooms surrounded by waterways and a luscious landscape, located in the fascinating Alentejo region, about 1 hour from Lisbon.
How would you describe Villa Extramuros in a nutshell?
Villa Extramuros is one of only a few modern small boutique hotels in Portugal, and maybe also Europe, with contemporary architecture as well as a cool spirit and design on the inside which is also surrounded by beautiful nature on the outside. It’s a place where you can feel like you’re at home but with the services of a small hotel.
What was your inspiration to open a small hotel in Portugal?
We wanted space, sun, and a place where it was possible to build a contemporary house in the middle of nature. The Alentejo is one of the last wild regions in Europe where you have kilometers and kilometers of nature and wilderness. The landscape here is just beautiful.
We completely fell in love with Portugal and we love to share our discoveries of local products with our holiday guests. The Alentejo has so much to offer – often guests will see things in the house that they like and we are always happy to let them know where they can find a certain kind of blanket, carpet, wine etc. We consider our role sharing with guests what we like about the region and this house.
How would you describe the architecture and style of Villa Extramuros?
The architecture of Villa Extramuros is minimalist and was inspired by the masters of the 20th century. However, our intention was also to reproduce very traditional characteristics of houses from the Mediterranean, so we let our architect recreate a modern interpretation of a Roman villa with a courtyard and different patios.
As for the interior design of the hotel, it is a mix of furniture and art that we have collected over the past 20 years with pieces from the last decade, but also pieces from the last century mixed with very contemporary pieces. And we are always adding new discoveries. It would be pretentious to say there is a particular style, though – it is our own mix that we created based on our taste.
What has been the biggest reward to you personally since you opened Villa Extramuros?
One of the best rewards is that we have holiday guests who return. The second would be all the nice discussions we have with many of our guests. They come to feel like friends. We never had expected such good relationships with our guests.