Alentejo Villa is managed by Maria and João, the owners.
400 - 500/night
Suitable for 6-12 people

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Alentejo Villa - Alentejo Villa, in Alentejo, Portugal
— Maria and João: “The quietness of the space, the view, the freedom that you feel. We’re close to Lisbon but you feel far away from everything. You can relax, read and cook. It’s like you’re in another place and time.”
Interview By:

— How would you describe Alentejo Villa in a nutshell?

Maria and João: “Alentejo Villa is a luxury vacation rental in a very old house which has been in our family for three generations. It’s very traditional in the sense that it follows the typical architecture of the Alentejo like the very thick walls that keep the house cool in summer. But through our renovations we brought in some contemporary features to create a very casual and cozy atmosphere.”
Alentejo Villa - Alentejo Villa, in Alentejo, Portugal
— Alentejo Villa

— What was your inspiration to renovate the villa and rent it out to vacation guests?

Maria and João: “It was our passion for the Alentejo way of life. Alentejo is a region where the pace of time is different, and where you get a feeling of space that you don’t find in a city like Lisbon. We have very fond memories of our childhood spending summer vacations in the Alentejo region, so we wanted to create a space where people would feel the same way.”
Villa garden - Alentejo Villa, in Alentejo, Portugal
— Villa garden

— Please tell us a bit more about the villa rental.

Maria and João: “My great grandfather had originally bought the property, but more recently, the majority of the land was sold except for this piece that my mother wanted to keep in the family and now we take care of it. The land has four and a half acres and the house was used by the farm workers back then. At the bottom of the property there is a large water tank where the wool from the lambs on the property was washed.

Very characteristic of the villa is that it has four chimneys; two are used as fireplaces for the kitchen, but the other two have been converted to showers, so the light comes from the top.

It was difficult to combine the traditional with the modern, but I think we’ve created a nice balance. It’s simple, clean, with straight lines.

We tried to keep a lot of things local, from nearby markets which we combine with things like Scandinavian lights and chairs, or a with a table that a designer friend designed for us.”
 - Alentejo Villa, in Alentejo, Portugal

— Please tell us about the villa’s rooms and facilities.

Maria and João: “We have four bedrooms at the villa. Three of them are in different colours. One is black, another is green-blue like water, and the other is rose. All the rooms have doors to the outside terrace surrounding the house.

Then there is a mezzanine with a bathroom, mainly for kids. There are four beds but there is enough room to sleep six children.

Each room is simple. My sister Marta is an artist and I was fortunate to get hold of some interesting paintings of hers. That gives the house a sense of us.

The living space has access to an open kitchen, both of which have very high ceilings. Those rooms open up to a wooden deck where you can have breakfast and view the cork forest and the pool below.”
Pool and view from the villa - Alentejo Villa, in Alentejo, Portugal
— Pool and view from the villa

— What services do you offer as part of the vacation rental?

Maria and João: “We can provide breakfast and daily cleaning on request and we have bikes for the guests to tour around in. But mostly it’s a self-catering vacation rental. It’s much more for each guest to design what they want to do. And we are just a call away to help them design their perfect stay.”
Pool area - Alentejo Villa, in Alentejo, Portugal
— Pool area

— What makes this villa rental so special?

Maria and João: “The quietness of the space, the view, the freedom that you feel here in Alentejo. We’re very close to Lisbon, but you feel far away from everything. You can relax, read and cook. It’s like you’re in another place and time.

We tried to design the proper context where people could do whatever they felt like doing that requires peace of mind. You can relax by the pool in the shade reading or you can visit many nearby villages and castles.

The villa sits on a plateau looking down, so it gives you a sense of the horizon over the top of the trees. It’s a great place to watch the sun set.”
 - Alentejo Villa, in Alentejo, Portugal
 
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