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Casa No Tempo - Manuel Aires Mateus

9th Oct 2014

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Known as Casa No Tempo, the renovated building is the second holiday home completed by Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus [Aires Mateus] for João Rodrigues and Andreia Revez following Cabanas No Rio, a pair of reconstructed fishing huts installed in Grândola last year.

Once Rodrigues' grandfathers farmhouse, Casa No Tempo has been in the family for years. Now a beautiful rural retreat in Portugal's Alentejo region, João and Andreia have restored the site with peace, tranquillity and style so to create a four-bedroom home and subsequently pass onto future generations. 

"Casa No Tempo has been in the family for many years," said João Rodrigues."It was my grandfather's home and so something that we will look after until the next generation. Being aware of his vision we tried to aim higher, connecting the past with the coming future, leaving out the marks of time, in search for a peaceful and timeless place," they added.

Their main concern was that the house be at one with nature and the vastness of the environment thus the all-white exterior free of any embellishments and a huge, minimal arch that frames the entrance. Illuminating the interiors with natural light, several windows are aided by the presence of considerable openings between the rooms and mirrors propped against walls.

All floors within are paved with local, rustic clay blocks that can be heated in winter and cooly contrast with all-white walls throughout. With beautiful white marble surfaces and smooth wood cabinetry, the kitchen is minimalist  yet effective and open to the dining area that sits in front of a huge window overlooking the 400 sq mt swimming pool.

The separate lounge is near luminous with white sofas and a stunning corner fireplace. The simple plan of the home further includes four spacious suites with a mixture of local furniture and contemporary pieces including Davide Groppi lights and Living Divani furniture. The walk-in showers and toilets feature hand-crafted tiles and Lefroy & Brooks taps.

Outside, a sunken swimming pool is akin to the topography of a beach. A third structure is also under construction as we type – a walled garden that Aires Mateus predicts will be "labyrinth-like".

"The garden will display a palette of visual and sensory experiences, combining and juxtaposing elements to guide visitors through the paths," he said.

From swimming in the pool, cycling in the grounds, fishing in the dams and horse riding, guests have the option to totally chill out or relish activity.

Set amongst 400 hectares of cork groves, pastures, wildflower fields and lakes, Casa No Tempo is located near the village of Montemor-o-Novo and  a short drive to UNESCO world heritage site and city Évora. Alentejo highly regarded as the unspoilt Portugal, well known for its unique and peaceful landscape with its vast golden plains, olive trees and oak trees.