The owners of this striking villa in the Algarve have been visiting the region for over two decades and recently decided to undertake the renovation of this former shepherd’s farm, under the guidance of Portuguese architects Atelier Rua.
The result is a minimalist design villa surrounded by beautiful landscaped grounds, with mature orange trees, a stylish pool, and lovely sea views. The typical architecture of the Algarve has been given a delicate but modern makeover, connecting past, present and future.
The original living room has been completely updated but has kept its typical thatched roof and large windows overlooking the inner patio and garden. The former barn which adjoins the living room has been transformed into a patio built around an old bread oven. It’s an intimate space perfect for early morning coffee or evening meals. The stables have been converted into a dining room and cellar.
Bedrooms are decorated in local cubist architectural style, and each has its own bathroom (with walk-in stone showers), patio and hammock – offering perfect seclusion if you’re staying with a larger group.
The homeowners are a creative director and a wine importer, so this villa is not only remarkably stylish but it also has an honesty bar stocked with the best Portuguese wines, which you can sample and pay for at the end of your stay.
And the hospitality doesn’t stop there. The house is part of a new hosting concept where guests receive absolute privacy but with the luxuries of a boutique hotel. When you arrive, for example, you’ll be greeted if wanted at the airport by a flying receptionist, who will be available throughout your stay to set up any services you need – from massages to a personal chef. He also delivers fresh bread every morning, plus other surprises (although there is no bread delivery during the COVID period). If you’d like access to the wine cellar, just let him know.
Located within easy reach of the beaches of the Eastern Algarve, this villa for rent in Portugal is great for groups or families. And, of course, wine lovers.