Architect: Manuel Aires Mateus
Grandola House, Melides, Portugal
From approx £3,400
Designed by Manuel Aires Mateus, and completed in 2015, this house is located on the edge of a small chain of hills. Set in relative isolation, it sits above the village of Melides and the lack of neighbouring houses allows for unobstructed views of the ocean, which are particularly magnificent at sunset.
Manuel Aires Mateus has won multiple awards and is one of Portugal’s most lauded contemporary architects. He drew design inspiration from the traditional Portuguese houses of Alentejo, which have been combined with a contemporary and minimalist style. The interior is painted in chalk white and has a mixture of modern and vintage furniture.
The house is within a large park but is easily accessible, being less than 300m away from the road linking Melides to Grandola. The closest beach of Aberta Nova is ten minutes away by car and the beaches of Carvalhal/Comporta are a 20 minute drive away.
The house consists of four separate buildings: three contain double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and external patios covered with natural canes. The final structure, the ‘main house’, contains the living space and kitchen as well as another double bedroom and an en suite bathroom.
Each of the buildings is made from benched concrete, and has sea views. They also have access to the eastern patio, overlooking the gardens and orchard of olive trees, orange and lemon trees and oak trees. The buildings are air conditioned and can be heated in winter.
The kitchen is fully equipped with Miele appliances and is well prepared for cooking for more than ten people.
The house is six kilometres away from Melides, a traditional Portuguese village on the Alentejo coast, which has become a popular destination for visitors seeking nature and authenticity. It has attracted many famous designers and artists due to its culture and restaurants.
Grandola, a larger town, is 8 km away and is convenient for food shopping. It also provides train access to the Algarve. Lisbon is approximately one hour away by car.
The beach stretches over 50 km from the Troia resort in the north to Sines in the south. Along the wide stretch of white and gold sand, there are guarded beaches with lifeguards throughout the summer as well as beach restaurants offering locally caught fresh fish.
Golf courses in Troia, horse riding, cycling and fishing are available throughout the year.
Further afield is Alcacer do Sal, Evora or Montemor, old towns that maintain their traditional influence from the Moorish period and offer plenty of opportunities to discover the quietness and tranquillity of the way of living in Alentejo.
The property is a one hour drive from Lisbon airport. Take A12 south towards Algarve over the Vasco de Gama Bridge, then take the A2 up to Grandola. At the motorway exit, take the road going to Sines (IC33) up to the third exit (Grandola/Melides).
Train from Lisbon to Grandola from Lisbon Entrecampo station or Appolonia: trains to Algarve, second stop after Setubal.
Jan-May €4,000 per week
Jun €6,000 per week
Oct-Dec €4,000 per week
Minimum one week stay Jun-Sep, or three nights Oct-May
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