Casa Afife is situated in a rural settlement near the Atlantic Ocean in the northwest of Portugal – between Viano do Castelo and Caminha, a small town on the border to Spain. The neighbouring church had a significant influence on the design of the house: the house does not disturb the harmony of this religious place, but nevertheless boasts an independent character.
The architect succeeded in doing this by hiding the windows and doors within the façade through shutters. With these shutters closed, the house has a sculptural character. Only the gargoyles on the roof indicate that it is a building. When open, the shutters on the façade facing the church are gold-coloured – like gilded carvings.
The house was built as a split-level building, to adapt it to the topography of the landscape. The living room as well as the kitchen and dining area just half a level above are directly connected to the garden. On the other two levels there are a total of three bedrooms. On the top level there is a roof terrace with wide views of the surrounding countryside.
The interiors are inspired by the traditional buildings of the region: window frames and skirting boards are kept in the typical colours, the flooring consists of terrazzo or wooden planks. The furnishings are casual and minimalist. The tube stair railings on the upper floors are somewhat less conventional. And in the garden there is an extraordinary pool, which has the same dimensions as the floor space of the house.
What to do
Beach, surfing, visiting the towns and villages of the Minho region (e.g. Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, border towns on the Minho River: Caminha, Valença, Monção and Melgaço, Paredes de Coura, Arcos de Valdevez and Ponte da Barca), traditional folk festivals.
Why we like this house
A house with exciting architecture and a beautiful pool. Perfectly located to explore the north of Portugal.
This house is great for
Holidays with families and friends.
Details of the property
Region/Town: PT – Portugal, Viano do Castelo, Afife
Name: Casa Afife
Scenery: In a rural settlement near the Atlantic Ocean
Number of guests: Max. 6 in 3 bedrooms
Design: Guilherme Machado Vaz, Matosinhos