Flattered are modern and stylish holiday apartments in Tomar and are located at the heart of the city, one step away from the Nabão River with a privileged view over the Convent of Christ.
How would you describe Villa Pedra in a nutshell?
Villa Pedra is one of Portugal’s big secrets. It was once a private village that for the past 80 years had been left without any inhabitants and was all in ruins. It has since then been restored to a quiet holiday paradise with 12 holiday homes and a hotel-type service, and is located in the mountains in the middle of nowhere but with a beautiful view. We are right in nature and there is absolutely no traffic. The houses’ architecture is around 400 years old but has modern comforts.
What was your inspiration to renovate the village and open a small hotel?
I have traveled a lot and visited many places but no matter where I was, there was always something missing. My intention was to open a small hotel that would offer my home’s comforts. We thought of being in a place that is like a home away from home, quiet and peaceful. I had searched in the south of France, Bali, Bora Bora, just everywhere, and there was always something wrong with the place, either location or architecture. So, when we came across this place, we knew it was exactly what we had been looking for.
Please tell us about the interior design of Villa Pedra.
My partner is an architect, so we considered a mix of furniture, but nothing new except for the kitchens, the beds and the best and most comfortable Portuguese linen. The tapestries are from Persia, Afghanistan or Morocco and the furniture in the houses is either all from different time periods, such as the 17th to 20th centuries as well as Swedish or Danish pieces from the 1970s.
The atmosphere in the village and in the individual houses is very relaxing. Each house has a private garden, some even with organic vegetables, herbs and fruits. Even when we are fully booked, you will still feel like you have the village all to yourself. The vegetation and reconstructed walls provide great privacy for each house.
To you personally, what’s been the biggest reward since you opened Villa Pedra to holiday guests?
We have many people who come from all over the world who after their first visit keep coming back. They are always sending their friends because they like it so much. Seeing how well Villa Pedra is received and recommended to our guests’ friends and family members is a wonderful experience that I am very grateful for.