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One, Two, Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal (Pools Included)

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One, Two, Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal (Pools Included)

May 26, 2021

Here’s your daily dose of virtual, almost-too-beautiful-to-be-believed design travel: The Addresses lodgings in Portugal’s southern, coastal Algarve region, actually a series of three minimalist guesthouses created by two friends, a wine connoisseur and an art director, and designed by architects. Each house comes ready with a “concierge” for custom local experiences—al fresco massages, boat trips to secluded islands—and stocked with shoppable products: “stylish beach towels, organic soaps, a selection of hand-picked books, locally made olive oil, the famous ‘Flor de Sal de Castro Marim’ (pure salt), and some of our Portuguese wines,” according to the hosts.

Here’s a look around the guesthouses, called, simply, Casa Um, Casa Dois, Casa Três: one, two, three.

Casa Um

One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included Casa Um, on the site of a former shepherds&#8\2\17; farm in the tiny town of Estiramantens, was designed by Atelier Rua. This first guesthouse is a modernist take on typical Algarve architecture, with multiple levels for lounging outside.
Above: Casa Um, on the site of a former shepherds’ farm in the tiny town of Estiramantens, was designed by Atelier Rua. This first guesthouse is a modernist take on typical Algarve architecture, with multiple levels for lounging outside.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included The former farmhouse turned living area, with concrete floors, simple woven mats, and white washed ceilings.
Above: The former farmhouse turned living area, with concrete floors, simple woven mats, and white-washed ceilings.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included A series of archways and steps lead into the living area and kitchen beyond. The sculptural green candleholder at right is an example of traditional Moroccan tamegroute pottery; Julie and I recently became admirers.
Above: A series of archways and steps lead into the living area and kitchen beyond. The sculptural green candleholder at right is an example of traditional Moroccan tamegroute pottery; Julie and I recently became admirers.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included In the kitchen, lattice front cabinetry adds a sense of airiness.
Above: In the kitchen, lattice-front cabinetry adds a sense of airiness.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included Sculptural lines and furniture in the guesthouse dining room, formerly the farm stables.
Above: Sculptural lines and furniture in the guesthouse dining room, formerly the farm stables.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included More tamegroute pottery and other ceramics on display.
Above: More tamegroute pottery and other ceramics on display.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included One of the newly added bedrooms on the lower level features fold out doors and oversized windows looking out at orange trees.
Above: One of the newly added bedrooms on the lower level features fold-out doors and oversized windows looking out at orange trees.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included A twin bedded guest room.
Above: A twin-bedded guest room.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included The pocket sized patio is set in what was once the barn. Note the original bread oven built into the wall.
Above: The pocket-sized patio is set in what was once the barn. Note the original bread oven built into the wall.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included The roof of the lower level bedrooms doubles as a place to lounge in the Portuguese sun or go for a dip.
Above: The roof of the lower-level bedrooms doubles as a place to lounge in the Portuguese sun or go for a dip.

Casa Dois

One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included The most urban feeling of the three locations, Casa Dois is situated in the fishing port of Olhãu in, fittingly, a former fish warehouse, also designed by Atelier Rua.
Above: The most urban-feeling of the three locations, Casa Dois is situated in the fishing port of Olhãu in, fittingly, a former fish warehouse, also designed by Atelier Rua.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included Original archways bring bright light into the living area and the all white kitchen.
Above: Original archways bring bright light into the living area and the all-white kitchen.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included As at all of the properties, the kitchen at Casa Dois comes equipped with an &#8\2\20;honesty bar&#8\2\2\1; stocked with Portuguese wines.
Above: As at all of the properties, the kitchen at Casa Dois comes equipped with an “honesty bar” stocked with Portuguese wines.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included A built in lounge area is fitted with a summery striped cushion.
Above: A built-in lounge area is fitted with a summery striped cushion.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included Though tiny, the private courtyard is airy and bright, plunge pool included.
Above: Though tiny, the private courtyard is airy and bright, plunge pool included.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included One of the two bedrooms, with open book as display.
Above: One of the two bedrooms, with open book as display.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included The roof deck is accessed by a spiral staircase.
Above: The roof deck is accessed by a spiral staircase.

Casa Três (a preview)

One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included The latest of the guesthouses, Casa Três, will be available for rent this summer. Despite the spacious courtyard, orange tree, and pool, it&#8\2\17;s located in the historic city of Vila Real de Santo António, a stone&#8\2\17;s throw—across the Guadiana river—from Spain.
Above: The latest of the guesthouses, Casa Três, will be available for rent this summer. Despite the spacious courtyard, orange tree, and pool, it’s located in the historic city of Vila Real de Santo António, a stone’s throw—across the Guadiana river—from Spain.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included A streamlined kitchen opens directly onto the courtyard for easy meals en plein air.
Above: A streamlined kitchen opens directly onto the courtyard for easy meals en plein air.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included The long living and dining areas are fitted with clean lined furniture.
Above: The long living and dining areas are fitted with clean-lined furniture.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included One of three bedrooms, with a king size bed and plenty of storage.
Above: One of three bedrooms, with a king-size bed and plenty of storage.
One Two Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal Pools Included The ideal spot for dinner.
Above: The ideal spot for dinner.

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