Located behind an unassuming facade on a street where only locals live, this is an unexpected gem. A traditional house that’s been completely renovated with the help of renowned architects StudioArte, it is a striking, modern space with vintage furnishings, splashes of local color and a devotion to relaxation. An exceptional vacation home for rent in Portugal, perfect for four to six guests.
Algarve Architectural Silves, Portugaldesigned by StudioArte
This newly renovated home in Silves is a treat for the senses. A modern conversion tucked behind a traditional facade, it’s not only visually striking, but it’s also made for relaxation. Three terraces offer beautiful views across the rooftops, and are great spaces in which to unwind after spending a day exploring the Algarve.
Enter the property via the traditional timber front door, and you’ll find yourself in a hallway flooded with light and with traditional hydraulic mosaic tiles on the floor, leading to the living room filled with eclectic design pieces. We love the curved wall-mounted bookcase in the living room that dates back to Fifties Czechoslovakia, the Vistosi Murano chandelier made with 36 glass disks in the hallway, and the Jiri Jiroutek black-and-white chest of drawers in the multi-functional room (both from the Sixties).
The house is filled with photographs of the region and local contemporary art, and bold handmade tiles are used liberally. The hallway and living room floors feature Projecto Mosaico tiles from Sintra, the master bathroom, lower level bathroom and the kitchen are lined with ArteVida tiles from Estremoz. These are the only two factories in Portugal that still make hydraulic mosaic tiles.
The living room is a cosy space that leads into the kitchen and the first of three terraces, which has beautiful views across the town. A staircase leads to the open-plan master bedroom/bathroom with its vaulted wooden ceiling and free-standing bath. It, in turn, leads to the top-floor lounge terrace. The place to spend afternoons and watch sunsets, this terrace has a lounge sofa, as well as an outside shower and an outdoor ‘kitchen’ (with sink, refrigerator and washing machine).
There is an additional double bedroom on the lower level, with a huge bed and large window; and a multi-functional room between the staircases that can serve as an additional bedroom or lounge. On the lower level you will also find the third and largest terrace with sun loungers, mattresses and parasols, as well as another outside shower. There is also a refreshing plunge pool.
This vacation home for rent in Portugal is a great space for up to six guests. So great, in fact, that it was recently featured in A DETAIL #5 by Archiworld Publications, and the coffee table book, Architecture Today, published by Loft Publications. The book celebrates the work of 37 architecture studios around the world that are devoted to housing, including Studio ArTe. A well-deserved honor.
The house and outdoor areas all have wifi access, the bedrooms have Smart TV, and the living room has internet TV and a Raumfeld sound bar. There is air conditioning, a wood burner and electric floor heating.
Other amenities include a DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso machine, filter coffee maker, kettle, toaster, juicer, hairdryers, beach towels, bags and umbrellas. Linens and towels are provided. A cot and high chair are available upon request.
The villa is located in the old city center of Silves, which is well known for its Moorish architecture, including a striking castle and cathedral. It’s within walking distance of several great bars and fine eateries, including Marisqueria Rui, one of the best seafood restaurants in the Algarve.
Downtown, with its quaint boutiques, is 200m from the house. The nearest beach is 15km (15-20 minutes by car), and there are 20 golf courses within a 30-minute drive.
Silves, Algarve, Portugal. Nearest airport: Faro (63km).
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring to fall. Discounted rates are offered for winter.
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Algarve Architecturalfrom €850/ wk
|$260 x 4||$1,040|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||$500|
|TOTAL (with Deposit)||$1,780|
100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.