Algarve Architectural Silves, Portugal

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Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
  • House
  • 3 BR
  • Sleeps 6
  • from € 850/wk
What we like about this property

Located behind an unassuming facade on a street where only locals live, this is an unexpected gem. A traditional house that’s been completely renovated with the help of renowned architects StudioArte, it is a striking, modern space with vintage furnishings, splashes of local color and a devotion to relaxation. An exceptional vacation home for rent in Portugal, perfect for four to six guests.

Description

This newly renovated home in Silves is a treat for the senses. A modern conversion tucked behind a traditional facade, it’s not only visually striking, but it’s also made for relaxation. Three terraces offer beautiful views across the rooftops, and are great spaces in which to unwind after spending a day exploring the Algarve. 

Enter the property via the traditional timber front door, and you’ll find yourself in a hallway flooded with light and with traditional hydraulic mosaic tiles on the floor, leading to the living room filled with eclectic design pieces. We love the curved wall-mounted bookcase in the living room that dates back to Fifties Czechoslovakia, the Vistosi Murano chandelier made with 36 glass disks in the hallway, and the Jiri Jiroutek black-and-white chest of drawers in the multi-functional room (both from the Sixties).

The house is filled with photographs of the region and local contemporary art, and bold handmade tiles are used liberally. The hallway and living room floors feature Projecto Mosaico tiles from Sintra, the master bathroom, lower level bathroom and the kitchen are lined with ArteVida tiles from Estremoz. These are the only two factories in Portugal that still make hydraulic mosaic tiles.

The living room is a cosy space that leads into the kitchen and the first of three terraces, which has beautiful views across the town. A staircase leads to the open-plan master bedroom/bathroom with its vaulted wooden ceiling and free-standing bath. It, in turn, leads to the top-floor lounge terrace. The place to spend afternoons and watch sunsets, this terrace has a lounge sofa, as well as an outside shower and an outdoor ‘kitchen’ (with sink, refrigerator and washing machine).  

There is an additional double bedroom on the lower level, with a huge bed and large window; and a multi-functional room between the staircases that can serve as an additional bedroom or lounge. On the lower level you will also find the third and largest terrace with sun loungers, mattresses and parasols, as well as another outside shower. There is also a refreshing plunge pool.

This vacation home for rent in Portugal is a great space for up to six guests. So great, in fact, that it was recently featured in A DETAIL #5 by Archiworld Publications, and the coffee table book, Architecture Today, published by Loft Publications. The book celebrates the work of 37 architecture studios around the world that are devoted to housing, including Studio ArTe. A well-deserved honor.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

The house and outdoor areas all have wifi access, the bedrooms have Smart TV, and the living room has internet TV and a Raumfeld sound bar. There is air conditioning, a wood burner and electric floor heating. 

Other amenities include a DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso machine, filter coffee maker, kettle, toaster, juicer, hairdryers, beach towels, bags and umbrellas. Linens and towels are provided. A cot and high chair are available upon request. 

AROUND

The villa is located in the old city center of Silves, which is well known for its Moorish architecture, including a striking castle and cathedral. It’s within walking distance of several great bars and fine eateries, including Marisqueria Rui, one of the best seafood restaurants in the Algarve.

Downtown, with its quaint boutiques, is 200m from the house. The nearest beach is 15km (15-20 minutes by car), and there are 20 golf courses within a 30-minute drive.

LOCATION

Silves, Algarve, Portugal. Nearest airport: Faro (63km).

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring to fall. Discounted rates are offered for winter.

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Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Algarve Architectural, Silves, Portugal | vacation home rentals
Info & Rates
Bedrooms3 bedrooms
Bed Type2 extra large kings, 1 sofa bed that can be made up as double or twin
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms3 bathrooms, all with rain showers, one with waterfall shower and one with a free-standing bath
AccommodateSleeps 6 guests
InternetWifi in indoor and outdoor spaces
Pet friendlyNo pets
RatesFrom €850-€1750 per week. See rates table
Minimum Stay4 nights
ViewRooftops of Silves, with the surrounding hills and river Arade at the horizon. On sunny days, Monchique and Foia, the highest points of the Algarve, can be seen from the highest terrace.
Notes

Check in: 4pm

Check out: 10am

Security deposit: €300 

Cancellation up to 8 weeks before the first day of the booked stay: the deposit amount. Cancellation from 8 weeks before the first day of the booked stay: the full invoice amount.

Rates include: Cleaning and change of linens once a week; final cleaning

Wood for the log burner is available at additional cost.

Rate Table

Minimum stay of 4 nights except July & August when minimum stay is 1 week

  1-2 guests 3-4 guests 5-6 guests
January, February, December, (Excluding Christmas and New Year) €850 €950 €1100
March, November €1000 €1100 €1250
April, May, June, September, October €1150 €1300 €1450
July, August, Christmas & New Year €1400 €1600 €1750

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4 Reviews

  • Andrea Utley, August 11, 2017

    We really enjoyed our stay. Great location and the Casa is beautiful and full of fantastic design details. Very comfortable with wonderful views of Silves.

    Andrea Utley

    Holmfirth, UK

  • Luke Roffe, July 7, 2017

    My wife and I have travelled quite extensively and can say without a doubt that this was the best stay of our lives.

    The property is absolutely stunning, somehow pictures don’t do it justice. Perfectly situated about 15 minutes from most of the best beaches in the Algarve however you get to spend your time away from the crowds in the beautiful quiet town of Silves.

    Without question staying here was the highlight of our trip. The house is very modern and incredibly comfortable. The plunge pool is perfect on a hot day and the terraces offer views that are breathtaking.

    If you have booked a stay here you are very lucky, if you have not you should do so immediately.

    Herman was incredibly helpful throughout the process and always responded back promptly. We ended up having to alter the time of our stay and Herman graciously accommodated us.

    A truly unforgettable experience.

    Luke Roffe

    Southport, United States

  • Alraune Chowdhury, March 2, 2017

    We had a great experience at Algarve Architectural last week, during our 5-night stay in Silves. A short enjoyable drive from Faro airport, the house is centrally located. Parking is also easy to find in front of the house. The neighbourhood is friendly, safe and feels embedded in local culture. We found authentic Portuguese restaurants within walking distance as well as a well stocked grocery store, where we could go get fresh bread and other Portuguese baked delicacies.
    As we arrived, Natalia the house manager, welcomed us, helped us with our bags and gave us a tour of the house. She had warmed the house, filled the pool, turned the lovely lights on in the terraces. She was super friendly and had also bought us some water and breakfast for the next morning as we had asked for. We felt at home immediately. Natalia also gave us some great tips on what to visit in and around town.
    The house is in great order, luxurious and well designed. Every floor is unique, open plan making it spacious, airy and has lots of light, great views and outdoor spaces. There are many elegant design aspects that contribute to the premium experience of staying in the house. We so enjoyed sitting in the terrace in the sun and sipping our morning coffee before exploring the lovely countryside. One of the evenings, we sat outside, under the stars, with our wine and ate fresh grilled fish from one of the restaurants in town. Very relaxing, indeed!
    During our stay, we visited beautiful Monchique mountains, the fabulous beaches of Algarve, the Southwest tip of Europe, and of course the town of Silves. We brought back some beautiful pottery and nearly 1000 photographs of our holiday. We loved our stay so much we booked a longer stay again in the summer!

    Alraune Chowdhury

    Seattle, USA

  • Hans Tjallema, January 26, 2017

    We enjoyed our two-weeks stay in Algarve Architectural very much. The house offers all modern comfort in an authentic surrounding. The open design makes the house feel spacious and luxurious. The house is very well equipped and when extra help was required, the house manager was there to take care of this. Even in January it was possible to enjoy the sunny weather on 1 of three terraces with a nice view over the city.
    The location in Silves is convenient enough to leave our car parked in front of the house and walk to the shops, the nearest supermarket or one of the (excellent) nearby restaurants for a great meal. Based on the available information in the house we also had no trouble in finding one of many golf courses to play a couple of rounds. The neighbors gave us an intimate insight in all-day Portuguese life which added an extra to the experience of celebrating our holiday in this villa instead of a hotel or resort.
    Algarve Architectural offered us everything to enjoy our stay in the Algarve. We are sure to come back soon.

    Hans Tjallema

    The Hague, The Netherlands

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