Peek inside a turn-key minimalist hideaway in Alentejo

The architect-renovated guest house is now for sale

Imagine this serene guesthouse in the historic Alentejo hilltop town of Arraiolos, which began its life as one of the most famous pastelarias in the Portuguese region.

The 19th-century building was renovated in 2020 as a boutique guesthouse by the owners of Casas Caiadas in Sabugueiro in collaboration with Pereira Miguel Arquitectos. It quickly became an insider’s secret, favoured by architects and design lovers visiting Alentejo.

Now, the building is exclusively for sale via Fantastic Frank Lisbon, with the price available upon application.

Alentejo is famous for its sleepy, slower pace of living and startling natural beauty, with sweeping golden plains dotted with cork oak trees, vineyards, and historic white-washed towns like Arraiolos.

Open House, as the 450 sqm guesthouse is known, sits on the main pedestrian street of the town and derives its name from the five entranceways that access the building. Inside are five bedroom suites – three of which have their own terrace – and a large open-plan dining room and kitchen, which act as the communal heart of the stay. This shared space has a cosy fireplace, and the pastelarias’s original brick-vaulted bakery has been restored to house one of the property’s two kitchens.

Each room is dressed in natural, minimalist hues rich in volume and texture, exuding a sense of ‘slow living’. And what you see is what you get with the sale, including furniture and works by artists João Bruno Videira, Malga Ceramic Design, and Graça Paz.

Crowning the Alentejo property is a roof terrace and swimming pool crown with views of the nearby medieval castle and surrounding countryside.

A cache of restaurants and stores are on the doorstep, Lisbon is a 1.5 hour drive away, and the ever-popular Comporta coastline is within an hour’s reach. The UNESCO World-Heritage town Évora is just 20 minutes away.

Photography: Fantastic Frank
Photography: Fantastic Frank
Photography: Fantastic Frank

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