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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

casa um, on the site of a former shepherds&#8\2\17; farm in the tiny town o 9
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.
the former farmhouse turned living area, with concrete floors, simple woven mat 10
Above: The former farmhouse turned living area, with concrete floors, simple woven mats, and white-washed ceilings.
a series of archways and steps lead into the living area and kitchen beyond. th 11
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.
in the kitchen, lattice front cabinetry adds a sense of airiness. 12
Above: In the kitchen, lattice-front cabinetry adds a sense of airiness.
sculptural lines and furniture in the guesthouse dining room, formerly the farm 13
Above: Sculptural lines and furniture in the guesthouse dining room, formerly the farm stables.
more tamegroute pottery and other ceramics on display. 14
Above: More tamegroute pottery and other ceramics on display.
one of the newly added bedrooms on the lower level features fold out doors and  15
Above: One of the newly added bedrooms on the lower level features fold-out doors and oversized windows looking out at orange trees.
a twin bedded guest room. 16
Above: A twin-bedded guest room.
the pocket sized patio is set in what was once the barn. note the original brea 17
Above: The pocket-sized patio is set in what was once the barn. Note the original bread oven built into the wall.
the roof of the lower level bedrooms doubles as a place to lounge in the portug 18
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

the most urban feeling of the three locations, casa dois is situated in the fis 19
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.
original archways bring bright light into the living area and the all white kit 20
Above: Original archways bring bright light into the living area and the all-white kitchen.
as at all of the properties, the kitchen at casa dois comes equipped with an &a 21
Above: As at all of the properties, the kitchen at Casa Dois comes equipped with an “honesty bar” stocked with Portuguese wines.
a built in lounge area is fitted with a summery striped cushion. 22
Above: A built-in lounge area is fitted with a summery striped cushion.
though tiny, the private courtyard is airy and bright, plunge pool included. 23
Above: Though tiny, the private courtyard is airy and bright, plunge pool included.
one of the two bedrooms, with open book as display. 24
Above: One of the two bedrooms, with open book as display.
the roof deck is accessed by a spiral staircase. 25
Above: The roof deck is accessed by a spiral staircase.

Casa Três (a preview)

the latest of the guesthouses, casa três, will be available for rent this summ 26
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.
a streamlined kitchen opens directly onto the courtyard for easy meals en plein 27
Above: A streamlined kitchen opens directly onto the courtyard for easy meals en plein air.
the long living and dining areas are fitted with clean lined furniture. 28
Above: The long living and dining areas are fitted with clean-lined furniture.
one of three bedrooms, with a king size bed and plenty of storage. 29
Above: One of three bedrooms, with a king-size bed and plenty of storage.
the ideal spot for dinner. 30
Above: The ideal spot for dinner.

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