Architect Alvaro Leite Siza's Cascade Effect

Tolo House, Cerva, Portugal
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • House
  • 3 BR
  • Sleeps 5
  • from € 398 nt
Brutalism Meets Nature On Its Own Terms

Unfolding down a rocky slope in undulating geometric forms, this holiday home for rent in Portugal makes a bold modern statement in an otherwise natural context.

Designed by Portuguese architect Alvaro Leite Siza (son of the Pritzker Prize winning architect of the same name), the home is an intoxicating installation of Brutalist concrete firmly anchored to the mountain, with staggered, Escher-like levels of exterior and interior stairs that connect the spaces, artfully revealing the house as they ascend and descend.

Incorporating the home’s steep rugged terrain, Siza embraced the challenging characteristics of the site, crafting a cascading effect of space, light, and interconnectedness.

It’s continuum filters through the forest into living spaces that naturally rise and fall into a home where the earth acts as a catalyst, cooling it on three sides from the sun, and playing a starring role in its design.

Description

Facing south in an unlikely spot among the steep, rugged terrain in Cerva, this holiday home in Portugal is skillfully integrated into its formidable site. 

Portuguese architect Alvaro Leite Siza placed the home at the center of the lot in a linear position to maintain a strong presence and preserve the continuity and pre-existing natural terrain.

The fragmentation of spaces was necessary to transform the home into a composition of modest, interconnected spaces that make sense of the whole.

The main living space is placed at the center, with a fireside lounge, a fully equipped kitchen and dining space and warm wood accents that break up the coolness of the concrete. The stairs repeat throughout the interiors connecting the spaces with borderless slats. There are three bedrooms that can sleep up to five guests and a minimalist, neutral selection of furnishings that quietly complement the spaces. The outdoor terraces correspond to the roof lines of the various levels and there are pedestrian paths that link them together. Each room has its own patio space. 

The outdoor terraces adapt to the terrain, with direct links to the gardens, and a plunge pool at the center with fountains that cascade down, naturally unifying the house and its environment.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Welcome brunch, kitchen and bath amenities, private parking.  

AROUND

Just fifty minutes inland from Porto, the rural area around the town of Cerva, is dotted with charming villages among the green landscapes and rivers.  An hour from Portugal’s third largest city of Braga, the city is well known as a place of legendary traditions and festivals including the elaborate Semana Santa.  Its elegant historic center is closed to vehicles, offering a great opportunity to wander its maze of narrow lanes and explore the Baroque architecture and plazas lined with great cafes and shops. 

The UNESCO city of Guimarães is under and hours drive from the property and is similarly beautiful and historic with a picturesque medieval center and the thousand year old castle and the massive 15th century palace perched opposite the town. Once the capital of Portugal it was named the European Capital of Culture in 2012. Just over an hour north is the stunning Peneda-Geres National Park and World Heritage Biosphere. A vast expanse of wilderness, its Portugal’s only national park with multiple entrance points leading up to the Spanish border. Closer to the house is the Alvao National Park with beautiful forested land and trekking routes.

LOCATION

Cerva, Portugal. Nearest Airport: Francisco Sá Carneiro Porto Airport (100km)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round

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  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
  • Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings

Tolo House

from 398 to 798 / nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info
Bedrooms3 Bedrooms
Bed Type2 Doubles, 1 Single
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms2 Bathrooms
Accommodate5 Guests
InternetUnplugged for pure relaxation
Kid FriendlyNot suitable for children under 15 yrs
Pet friendlyNo
ViewMountain and countryside views
Rates
Tax6% for total rate
Sec. Deposit€300
Check-In3pm
Check-Out11am
Cancellation100% refundable if canceled up to 15 days from check in date
50% refundable if canceled up to 5 days from check in date
From that date no amount will be refunded.
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Min Stay
January - MayJan 2May 31€3982 nights
June - SeptemberJun 1Sep 30€4982 nights
October - DecemberOct 1Dec 30€3982 nights
December 31Dec 31Jan 1€7982 nights
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Reviews

2 Reviews

  • Dave, October 20, 2019

    This is possibly one of the most exciting houses I have visited in many years and it was a great pleasure to stay there with my family in June 2019. From an architectural and location point of view it is very inspiring. The hosts, Adriano and Isabel were absolutely amazing. They love this house and want you too as well. We had an unforgettable few days in Tolo House and hope to return. 

    Dave

    Dublin, Ireland

  • peter, October 2, 2019

    My friends and I were lucky enough to stay at Tolohouse and I must say it was a fantastic experience.
    Tolohouse is a masterpiece of engineering and architecture !
    The exterior is stunning with unobstructed mountain views but when we entered the house we felt we arrived to a very special place. The light and volume is the work of a visionary master of architecture.
    The decoration is design and all the details were thought to give the feeling of purity, elegance and minimalism.
    Waking up in a pure white design setting and listening to the birds singing was superb …. I have no words to describe the feeling.
    The hosts Isabel and Adriano are very friendly and always available.
    So, i have to thank to the beautiful, and charming Isabel for the wonderful food upon our arrival and the divine Portuguese wine and to Adriano for being such a cool guy.!
    We were treated like friends and we will return, that’s for sure !!

    peter

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