A resolutely contemporary house inspired by nature,
overlooking the ocean and the lagoon in Comporta
Grandola Alentejo PT

Property owners’ take the floor

Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?

The region of Alentejo maritime combines two exceptional characteristics: the first is forests of maritime pines and cork oaks which remain untouched by any urbanisation or tourist developments, the second is easy access as it is just one hour from Lisbon airport by car. The sunny climate and agriculture turned mainly into forests and olive trees have helped to preserve the region's authentic character with small fishing villages separated by long sandy beaches. We found the calm and proximity to nature that we were looking for.

What can you offer people staying with you ?

The house is six kilometres from the village of Melides, which can be seen below the hill, eight kilometres from the beaches of Aberta Nova and fifteen minutes from the fashionable beaches of Carvalhal/Comporta. The wooded slopes covered with pines or cork oaks tumble continuously down to the village and offer a virtually unobstructed view of the sea. The neighbouring houses are quite far apart and only seasonal agricultural work disturbs the peace in the area from time to time. The infinity pool is located below the house with an elevated wooden deck in the shade of pine trees. Cots and sunbeds are scattered around the various patios and outdoor terraces. The house is very well equipped, the kitchen includes two ovens (and a steamer), two refrigerators and cutlery and dishes for eight people.

What specific architectural features does your building have ?

To live in Portugal is to live with the sun. The intense heat of the summer makes it necessary to split days in two and rest when it is at its strongest. The centuries-old architecture of the region generally consists of simple volumes with thick walls and few openings. These houses (known as "monte") are traditionally built on the top of a hill and each of them had a specific function whether that took place in the living space, or outside with seasonal and harvest agricultural functions. Manuel Aires Mateus, one of the great Portuguese contemporary architects, was inspired to create a straightforward holiday home where one could easily reach the outside from the inside. In the heart of seven hectares of pine trees, olive trees and cork oaks, the outside of the house gives little of the distribution of space away. On closer inspection, however, it becomes apparent that the consistently thick walls are discontinued and delineate spaces in the open air. Each house has two patios, one facing the hill and its vegetation to the east and another overlooking the sea and the setting sun to the west. The houses and roofs were designed in raw, grey concrete and the contemporary and minimalist design gives them a natural feel that fits perfectly with the very natural and wooded landscape of the hill. On each patio, the geometric openings are expertly executed and direct the gaze to a part of the landscape as an invitation to admire it. The interiors of the houses were left simple and completely white to enhance the volumes overlooking the sky and the countryside. The property features several terraces and an infinity pool with direct views of the ocean and the Melides Lagoon.

Places you would personally recommend

The lagoon, a ribbon of sand and a nature reserve, is perfect for those who love nature and silence. It stretches for tens of kilometres without any constructions. Just walk one hundred metres away from the parasols to find yourself alone in the world. The experience can also be enjoyed on horseback or by bike.

What is its history ?

The story of the house began when we visited the region in 2011. We stayed in a holiday house designed by Manuel Aires Mateus and we loved the volumes and light. We contacted him when we bought the land the following year while Comporta was still a fairly confidential destination, known only to people who owned a house and their friends. The house was built in eighteen months and was ready to be lived in by early 2015.

Our opinion

Each house tells a story. This one begins with a hill surrounded by fresh sea air scented with pines, endless sunlight and wide-open spaces that almost make you forget the rest of the world. The terraces of Comporta are made up of four buildings, the raw concrete merges into the exceptional surroundings and pays tribute to its beauty. Resolutely contemporary in form and spirit, the ensemble is something of a secret temple where air and warmth, silence and sounds, shadow and light coexist and work together to celebrate the beauty of nature down to the smallest details. Away from the world, this property tempts you to take a closer look. The only thing left to do is give in.

Prices

between 4000 € and 8000 € / week

Réf 384490

Open from 1st January to 31st December

Accommodation capacity

8 4 3 2 5

The main house includes a living room, a kitchen, a master bedroom and three smaller guest rooms for friends. Each of the four double rooms has a private bathroom, a small dressing room and air conditioning which doubles up as a heater in the winter. Only one of the rooms is equipped with two single beds.

Facilities and amenities
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Wireless Internet connection
  • Satellite television
  • air-conditioning
  • washing machine
  • heating
  • swimming pool 18mx7m
  • Baby bed
  • Daily cleaning service available on request
  • Dishwasher
  • fireplace

Languages spoken

English

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