This house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and comprises a traditional space and an annex. The original structure has 3 bedrooms (all with double beds) and 2 bathrooms (with luxury walk-in showers) and the new wing has a large living room with a fireplace. There is also a modern kitchen. A central entrance area connects the two buildings. Outside there are several patios, terraces anda rooftop terrace with views over a nature reserve. The garden has a 15-m pool built into a concrete block and surrounded by lawns.
Contemporary chic. Once an old ruin at the end of a dirt road, this stunning home is nestled among wildflowers and hundreds of olive, almond and cork trees. Designed by award-winning Pedro Domingos architects, it is dominated by strong lines, white walls and concrete. When the sun is out, it casts beautiful geometric shadows on itself like minimalist paintings. Every line is perfectly juxtaposed, and set in a landscape of gnarled olive trees and dry earth. The interior was designed with local handmade furniture, some Danish design and a lot of local handmade blankets and pottery.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
The villa is at the end of a dirt road in a nature reserve, with absolute peace and quiet all around. It is 5 minutes’ drive from Santa Barbara de Nexe, which has supermarkets, grocery stores and restaurants. The best beaches in the Algarve are a 20-minute drive away, there are several world class golf courses 10-15 minutes’ drive away and there is a huge shopping mall with a kids playground, Mar Shopping Algarve, 10 minutes away. The Algarve is known for the Ria Formosa nature reserve, beaches, wine and ceramics, and it is known for being family friendly. Faro airport is 20 minutes away. Car rental is essential. The villa is set in a 2,500 square metre plot within a nature reserve, surrounded by greenery, olive, almond and cork trees.
THINGS TO KNOW
Minimum stay: 7 nights Sunday-Sunday. Except in low season (1st November to 1st March); 3 nights starting any day of the week. Rates include WiFi, meet and greet, and all taxes. Towels, beach towels and sheets are available for €60 per week. Cleaning is charged at €90 per week. Note that the pool is not gated although it is set away from the house. It is south facing but not heated. There are staircases with no stair gates around the property, especially outside – young children may need supervision. The property is recommended for those with children over 5 primarily. Some living room and bedroom doors open directly to an area leading to the pool. Check in from 1600; check out before 11am. Bathrooms have a shower and a tub. There is parking at the property.
WHY KIDS LOVE IT
Children will love the design and set up at this beautiful villa – along with its location. A crib, high chair and kids DVDs are available. Play on the Algarve’s sandy beaches together, relax by the pool and spend your trip exploring pretty towns and nature reserves nearby. There is plenty of space to play, patios and terraces where they can play and read in the sun or in the shade, and a 15-m pool to swim in. There is a huge shopping mall with a children’s playground 10 minutes away by car; a little further away you can find aqua parks open in the summer, Loulé market for local goodies, and Fonte Benemola where you can walk over stepping stones and little bridges past waterfalls and picnic spots on a walk through a nature reserve. Note that there are a number of ungated, unrailed steps throughout; young children will need a careful eye/ assistance.
PERKS FOR THE PARENTS
This minimalist hideaway close to Santa Barbara de Nexe in the Algarve is set at the end of a road lined with gnarled olive, almond and cork trees, and includes a swimming pool, patios and a rooftop terrace. Once a rundown traditional Algarve house, the property has been rebuilt and transformed with modern spaces, seamless flow and large gardens with picture-perfect views. The minimalist interior design, concrete flooring and linear shapes create a beautiful contemporary space. Sunbathe and relax on the rooftop terrace with views of the hills and a nearby nature reserve; spend days at the local sandy beaches, and buy local food from the nearby markets to take home for alfresco dinners on the patio.