Cream painted house with a red roof as well as two wooden doors and two wooden windows in front of other houses
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A group of old water mills have been transformed into a trio of whitewashed cottages in the heart of the Alentejo. The project of Paula and Mario, a young couple from Lisbon who abandoned a world of banking for rural tourism, the property is designed to host up to eight people in two of the houses, while a third one comprises a shared living room and kitchen area. The uncluttered décor sees flagstone floors adding narrative to a series of handmade wooden and cork objects and minimalist creations by furniture designer João Bruno Videira. Located 30 miles north of the city of Évora, close to Arraiolos, a town renowned for its handmade carpets, the property – which feels blissfully remote – is accessible via a two kilometer dusty dirt track, through a cork forest, along a gurgling stream that winds its way between ancient standing stones and Neolithic menhirs. Surrounded by centennial olive trees, a beach-like swimming pool reflects the azure sky above, while daily cleaning, a smorgasbord of hams and cheese and meals prepared by an onsite cook, will ensure guests will never want to leave.

Bedroom with bed with white linen next to two tree stumps with lamps on it and a white door

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Bedroom with bed with white linen on wooden floor. There is one white wall and a cement and brick wall with a window

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Bedroom with bed with white linen on cement floor with white walls and an open wooden door

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Bedroom with bed with white linen on brown rug. The walls are painted white and there is a wooden mirror on the floor against the one wall.

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A white oval cement area with a built-in pool and two white loungers in front of it

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Lounge area with two white couches and a white coffee table on a brown rug with a striped pouffe in front of it


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7040 Sabugueiro
Arraiolos

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Rupert Eden has worked for Wallpaper* magazine since 2010 covering everything Iberian from architecture and design to wellness and travel. He is happiest championing sustainable projects featuring up-and-coming artisans or chefs.