Cruz Alba

Melides, Alentejo, Portugal
Architect Manuel Aires Mateus Creates a Striking Homage to Classic Medieval Estates in Melidess

Completed in 2014, this striking home was conceived and designed by architect Manuel Aires Mateus in stunning contrast to the steep and scenic topography of the Alentejo region's Serra de Grandola valley. 

Situated near the small town of Melides on over thirteen acres, the home is a modern homage to traditional medieval Mediterranean estates designed as observation posts that overlook vast agricultural holdings and faraway vistas.

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Designed as one seamless space, the courtyard and terrace are settled into the hillside around a central terrace that functions as a common area accessible from every room. Strongly characterized interiors and exteriors flow seamlessly throughout creating a bright and open modern habitat that is light, airy and dramatically engaging. With three en suite bedrooms and a bunk room that the kids will love, the house is family-friendly and large enough for groups to share. The state-of-the-art kitchen joins with the open-plan dining and living areas overlooking the pool and courtyard and is ideal for entertaining.

Capturing the lovely private views of the natural landscape and the Atlantic beyond creates a sense of tranquillity and meditative calm here. Named one of the Top-10 houses of 2014 by Dezeen and one of the 50 best houses of 2014 by Archdaily Magazine, it's easy to see why.  

 

MELIDES

Located in a rural Serra do Grandola valley, in the traditional Alentejo village of Melides, the house is ideally positioned to enjoy both the countryside and the Atlantic coastal areas of the Alentejo. 

Praia de Melides is a five-mile-long stretch of sand that separates the sea and the lagoon with lots of unspoiled beach access. The house is just a short drive south of the sleepy fishing town of Comporta and the Troia Peninsula and just above Santiago do Cacem the ancient Moorish and later colonial community with quaint cobblestone streets and fortifications. 

Nearby Abela and Alvalade are small Alatejan villages along the river Sado near Santo Andre Lagoon and the long stretches of white sand beaches. The stunning ancient Celtic settlement of Mirobriga is a short drive away and not to be missed. Setubal and Lisbon are just over an hour north.

 

LOCATION

Melides, Portugal. Nearest Airport: Lisbon International Airport (35km)


BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall

 
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Cruz Alba, Melides, Portugal | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Cruz Alba, Melides, Portugal | holiday homes, holiday rentals
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Cruz Alba, Melides, Portugal | holiday homes, holiday rentals
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Cruz Alba, Melides, Portugal | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Cruz Alba, Melides, Portugal | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Cruz Alba, Melides, Portugal | holiday homes, holiday rentals
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Cruz Alba
Melides, Alentejo, Portugal
Geometry in White

No pretense, no artifice, just the stark beauty of space, light and form exist here. When white is your dominant palette, the beauty of visionary architectural design and functional simplicity become an art form. 

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Overview Fully equipped
Kitchen Fully equipped
Pool Yes
Internet Wifi throughout
TV Yes
Washer Yes
Dryer Yes
Free Parking on Premises Yes
Indoor Fireplace Firewood provided in winter
Bedrooms 4
Bed Type 2 King, 1 Queen, 2 Bunkbeds
Kitchen Fully equipped
Bathrooms 4
Accommodates 8
Kid-Friendly Families welcome
Pets-Friendly No pets allowed
Family/Kid Friendly Families welcome
Min. Stay 7 nights
Check-In 4:00 PM
Check-Out 4:00 PM
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit €1000
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes Preferential check-in and check-out until 4 PM (flexibility on request) A host will be present to explain all the house details and will be available by phone to help with any doubt. If any damage to house or furniture is noted on check-out visit, deposit will be demanded for up to 2000 Euros. No smoking in property
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