Villa Extramuros by
Vora Arquitectura

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Guests can lounge amongst orange trees and a water basin in the secluded courtyard of this dreamy Portuguese guesthouse by Jordi Fornells and Rolf Heinemann of Vora Arquitectura (+ slideshow).

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Above: photograph is by Alexander Gempeler

The communal living rooms of Villa Extramuros open out onto the central courtyard and the dining room has a terrace that faces the surrounding fields and olive trees.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

The five guest suites are located on the first floor and each have their own private terrace, two of which overlook the nearby Arraiolos Castle.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Floors and ceilings inside the building are concrete, while cork lines a selection of exterior walls and surfaces.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Furnishings comprise a mixture of designer pieces and traditional local textiles and objects.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Other attractive guesthouses we've featured include a series of cabins in Mexico and a guesthouse of furniture-filled caves in Sicily.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

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Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Photography is by Adrià Goula, apart from where otherwise stated.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Here's a lengthier description from the hotel owners:


Villa Extramuros

The Villa Extramuros is located in Arriolos, Alentejo, at mid distance between Lisbon and Spain, and very close to Evora, member of World Heritage Cities.

In the heart of a preserved landscape of cork oaks and olive trees, and in a region rich of centuries of History and Culture, we invite you to come and discover a small villa-hotel of contemporary charm, immersed into nature.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Inspired by the traditional design of latin mansions and medieval convents, around a patio, the contemporary architecture of Villa Extramuros reflects the charms of villages in Southern and Mediterranean Europe.

Living spaces are hidden and protected from the outside in order to allow more privacy, but offer luminous views from inside.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Above: photograph is by Alexander Gempeler

Orange- trees, a fountain, sheltered and panoramic terraces, enhance the attractiveness of the building.

The internal fitting of our villa-hotel gathers raw concrete, glass and marble. The ground is of waxed concrete.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

The decoration - carried out by the Parisians owners - is widely composed of pieces of designers from the 1950's to now (from Jean Prouve and Charlotte Perriand, to Marc Newson and Konstantin Grcic, going through Pierre Paulin, Joe Colombo, Jasper Morrison for example).

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

But it also mixes with remarkable pieces of local Alentejan handicraft (carpets, blankets, cork, bowls, tiles, etc). And with the ones of young contemporary photographers such as Edgar Martins or Adriá Goula.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Above: photograph is by Alexander Gempeler

The Villa Extramuros offers 3 standard rooms and 2 superior rooms, all of them with a vast private terrace.

Here too, cork, marble and waxed concrete are the base of a minimalist decoration, leaving the primary to the outside landscape through the windows.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

All rooms are equipped with a large wardrobe, a minibar, a safe, and with air conditioning, satellite TV, iPod dock and Wi-fi access.

Superior rooms benefit from the most spectacular views over the castle or the countryside, from the largest terraces and from specific design furniture and dedicated attentions.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Above: photograph is by Alexander Gempeler

The bathrooms are spacious, arranged with rain showers in Estemoz marble and heating floor.

Natural lighting from the roof and indirect lighting with LED provide a smooth atmosphere.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

Above all the Villa Extramuros invites you to cool down far from the stress of the city.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

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But you can anyway choose to practice many activities:

- our infinite 15m long swimming pool, perfect for swimmers, surrounded by a large terrace with sun-beds among olive trees. There is also a small pool for children.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

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- the park, of 5 hectares of olive trees and oaks, where you can walk, run, nap, read, exercise, watch birds and other animals, or even have a picnic.

Villa Extramuros by Vora Arquitectura

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- Diverse sports, wellness or cultural activities can be organised for you on site or nearby, such as massage, gym with a personal trainer, visits to wineries and farms cross country bicycle rides, horse and carriage rides and boat trips and aquatic sports.

  • Bhavnesh

    The internal courtyard and dissolved corner openings, instantly reminds me of Le Corbusier Villa Savoye – which of course, is no bad thing : )

    • http://roberttromp.com Robert Tromp

      While the Villa Savoya almost seems to float above the landscape, especially when seen from the garden, this building looks heavy from every angle and it rests firmly on the ground.

      The same contrast is to be found in the interior spaces: open floor plans with pilotis vs enclosed spaces divided by load bearing walls. Comparing the inner courtyard is near impossible for Villa Savoye doesn’t have any – or you should want to compare it with the spacious first floor terrace.

      Mind you, while Le Corbusier easily could have opted for “dissolved corner openings”, he specifically chose fenêtres en longueur instead.

      I do think it a very well executed design – I particularly like the courtyard and its upper floor gallery – but I’d have to look very hard in order to find any echoes of the cinq points de l’architecture moderne for which of course the Villa Savoya is a prime example.

  • alex

    Cork soffits! *takes note*

  • shahd

    A very nice integration of the indoor and outdoor that brings guests of the place a special experience beside the exterior views of the nature around the site.