Cá na Serra, meaning 'here in the mountains' in Portuguese, is a piece of architectural art embedded in its environment like a cork tree in the Alentejo landscape. It belongs, but in a surprising way you need to discover slowly.
Its edges and sharp corners from the outside give you the perfect insights into the surrounding nature from the inside.
Inside every piece of furniture, fabric or material used is well thought off and blends in or surprises.
The house lies on the highest point of the plot. Walking down, you encounter the infinity pool, which is the houses little brother. Unusually shaped but perfectly placed to give you the most intense swim 'here in the Serra.
The patio of the house, sheltering you from the Alentejo evening winds, is centered where the old house of the plot used to stand. The new house is built around it, as an hommage to the past.
The edgy curves of the house create a dance of shadows and light from sunrise till sunset.
The villa consists of 3 seperate units, starting with the garage that has a rooftop terrace. Following, there is the guest unit with 2 big bedrooms and a bathroom with shower that connects the 2 rooms. Further, there is the main unit with the master bedroom and a large guestroom aka the 'Mediaroom', where a wall to wall daybed is creating room for the whole family to watch a movie projected on the wall. All top notch equipment for streaming available.
The main unit has a very big living room and dining area with a stunning view into the Serra.
The kitchen is created alongside one of the outer walls,overlooking the patio, it is the perfect morning coffee spot.
There is a bathroom with a bath that will make you want to sit in it during the whole day (come and find out why!).
A separate toilet near the kitchen and a pantry for coffee and wine at temperature near the living area, allow the hosts do receive guests for a perfect evening in the Serra. The house is suited for summer and winter season, it can be perfectly cool (airco) in summer or heated up during winter.
Address: Melides, Portugal
Size: 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Beds: 3 Double beds, 1 King size bed
Prices: 750 EUR - 850 EUR / Night
More pricing information:
high season (July, August, September) 850,00 € / night (min. stay of 7 nights)
mid season (Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan) 750,00 € / night (min. stay of 3 nights)
Guarantee: 2.000 € refundable
Although located in the Serra of Melides, the house is very easy accessible via a dust road any car can handle.
The town of Melides is a 5 minutes drive, you'll pass Christian Louboutin's hotel where you can enjoy the restaurant or the bar, or you can go more 'authentic' and drink coffee among the locals at one of the Portuguese cafes.
The town lies 4 km inland from the beach. From here there is a variety of beaches to choose from.
You can choose between the rough waves of the Atlantic or the still water of Melides' lagoon. Or you can go more south to the beaches around Sines,where São Torpes is really known among Surfers.
Further north there are the more mondain beaches of Carvalhal and Comporta, where the finest beach restaurants are waiting to serve you a grilled fish or a cocktail.