W E L C O M E !
The building was a derelict abandoned primary school when we first saw it… but it had a special charm that put a spell on us, we fell in love with it. We took our time to carefully restore it, step by step, taking extra care to preserve the original noble materials, the old classrooms were slowly transformed into five comfy and spacious studios.
Sooner than expected, it started feeling like home, not only for us, but for our guest too.
We aim not to reinvent the concept of the guesthouse, but to readdress its conventions by keeping it fresh, energetic and, above all, human. Work can be a beautiful thing when done with passion, and that’s why we try to pay attention to every detail. The basic things matter the most.
We believe that William Blake was right when he said Life delights in life: cultivating joy attracts more joy.
Y O U R H O S T
(picture by Filipe Lucas Frazão)
Some years ago, in what seemed some kind of temporary delirium, maybe due to the extreme pressure of her career and life in the city, Maria bought an abandoned school building.
The first time she actually set eyes on the school, was 2 weeks after she bought it. The country was in an economic caos, and everyone said it was madness, but it was too late to go back anyway so she could only go forward, so she polished, fixed, refurbished until the building was sparkling with love.
She end up quitting her job, and kept on pouring love into the house, and slowly discovered that… the house, the countryside, the ocean were giving it all back. She discovered that what she had bought, couldn’t be measured in square meters, because what came along with it was much more valuable. It meant love, friendship and freedom.
Obviously deep changes occurred afterwards in her life, but the most important ones are invisible to the eye. Time roles by in a different way in Alentejo, things are not instantaneous, wisdom comes from nature and old people, and you bend your head to the forces of nature. Definitions of luxury change with the growth of your soul…every day one step further.