Casa da Lila

Casa da Lila in the historic old town of Silves in southern Portugal is full of surprises. Hidden behind its modest traditional façade, you will find contemporary architecture and an exquisite interior. What at first appears to be a small single-storey house, turns out to be a spacious three-level home offering spectacular views across the city and the surrounding hills.

Dating back to the 1950s, the decaying town house was almost completely rebuilt. The rooms on the garden side of all three levels open through large windows onto sun-drenched terraces. The ground floor houses the living room and kitchen as well as a multi-purpose room which can be also used as a bedroom. A staircase of polished concrete leads down to a garden-level bedroom and a terrace with plunge pool and outdoor shower. An open wooden staircase leads up to another bedroom on the upper floor. The attached lounge-terrace features  a small outdoor kitchen. A great deal of thought was put into Casa da Lila’s interior design. The hand-made tiles and furnishings that include selected vintage pieces by renowned designers, the lighting design and impressive technological features: every detail has been carefully considered and artfully executed.

What to do

Golf, restaurants, nearby beaches, shopping, art & culture (Silves features a museum castle and cathedral), markets, hiking, water sports and boating.

Why we like this house

A cool town house in the historic old town of Silves - complete with amazing views.

This house is great for

For small groups and families with older children. Due to its open staircases and terraces the house is not suitable for small children

Buchungsanfrage / Booking Request

Anfragen bitte auf Englisch. / Please write in English.


Owner image

We are Herman and Angela, a Dutch- Brazilian couple. The little girl in the photo is our little princess, Isabella.
We love the Algarve. We love its weather, nature, golf, beaches, food, wine and above all its people. We are passionate about architecture and interior design. We also wanted to do something back for Portugal, investing in Casa da Lila, sourcing only Portuguese materials. And we also wanted to make Silves just a little bit more beautiful...

Comments 13

Annemieke says:

After our wonderful stay in Casa la Lila last year, we decided to return for another 2 weeks this winter. Again the house feels welcoming and has all the luxury you might expect. It made us feel at home immediately. The level of comfort of the house is fantastic with all rooms are fully decorated. The Portuguese weather in winter feels like spring back home and on one of the three terraces there is always a good spot to enjoy the sun.

The city offers many restaurants and supermarkets that are nearby and the Portuguese people are very friendly. There are many golf courses in the area. The local market offers daily fresh produce and it has a nice and friendly atmosphere, especially on Saturday’s. We really enjoyed our stay and love to come back again next year.


Carol Cowan says:

It was a pleasure, and privilege, to stay in Casa da Lila, which is a beautiful property, and probably the best equipped rental I have ever stayed in – and there have been loads!!
Centrally located, it is ideal as a base in Silves, which has been a favourite of ours to visit for nearly 25 years. This was the first time we were able to find someplace within the town to rent, and we were so happy to do so.


Sandra Görth says:

Als wir das Haus auf der Urlaubsarchitektur-Seite entdeckten, haben wir uns augenblicklich verliebt und sofort gebucht. Hinter dem relativ kleinen Entrée wird man von lichtdurchfluteten, großzügigen Räumen empfagen. Das Haus bietet auf drei Ebenen bemerkenswertes Design, Platz und gleichzeitig Intimität, wie man es in einem Stadthaus kaum erwarten darf. Alle Ausstattungsdetails sind mit Liebe ausgewählt. Es fehlt an nichts.
Nathalia betreute uns sehr aufmerksam und war immer erreichbar. Dieses Ferienhaus ist ein wahres Schmuckstück. Wir haben sofort für das nächste Jahr wieder gebucht. Herzlichen Dank für wunderschöne Tage in Casa da lila.


Jacqueline & David says:

What a lovely place, we felt so much at home, everything you could wish for was there! The interior is beautiful and when our family visited us for some day during the holiday there was more than enough space and privacy for all 5 of us. The location of the house in Silves is very central you can visit from there the whole of the Algarve easily. A place to go back for!


Steve Miles says:

Casa da Lila is simply amazing… I have had the pleasure of staying in many beautiful houses around the world and this tops them all! Not only is the house itself an architectural pleasure, but the attention to detail on the interior is just fabulous. I spent most of time smiling to myself and reflecting on how fortunate I was to be staying here. The house is as luxurious as can be, with more TV channels (including premium sports) than you imagined existed and it’s very own DVD-player room. The dipping pool is also a pleasure amongst pleasures as is the fact you have 3 private outdoor spaces to choose from.

The house is within 5 minutes walk of everything you need in Silves. The town is extremely quiet and perfect for a stroll. The piri-piri chicken restaurant close to the bridge is recommended as is Cafe Ingles. There is also a small supermarket nearby and a bigger one just about within walking distance.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here – it was perfect: the most peaceful of breaks imaginable.


Luke Roffe says:

My wife and I have traveled quite extensively and can say without a doubt that this was the best stay of our lives.

The property is absolutely stunning, somehow pictures don’t do it justice. Perfectly situated about 15 minutes from most of the best beaches in the Algarve however you get to spend your time away from the crowds in the beautiful quiet town of Silves.

Without question staying here was the highlight of our trip. The house is very modern and incredibly comfortable. The plunge pool is perfect on a hot day and the terraces offer views that are breathtaking.

If you have booked a stay here you are very lucky, if you have not you should do so immediately.

Herman was incredibly helpful throughout the process and always responded back promptly. We ended up having to alter the time of our stay and Herman graciously accommodated us.

A truly unforgettable experience.

Luke Roffe

Southport, United States


Joachim Erhard says:

Meine Frau und ich verbrachten die ersten beiden Juni-Wochen 2017 im “Casa da Lila” und waren restlos begeistert! Schöner Ort, wirklich wunderschönes Ferienhaus und beste Betreuung durch Natalie!
Eignet sich hervorragend vom Standort um die gesamte Algarve und das Hinterland zu erkunden. Wir kommen wieder!


Fenneke and Michel Dietz says:

We had such a wonderful time in this special house. The house is perfect, comfortable, beautifully designed, clean and very luxurous. Suitable for 6 persons, intimate enough for 2 as well. Warme welcomed by Nathalia, who gave us a lot of good tips for exploring the region.

The evironment is stunning, there is so much to see and do! We loved it!

Silves is a town where it seems if time has stood still…. it is so quite and authentic and still very attractive, lot of good restaurants and very friendly local people. Away from it all and far away from the horrible tourist places like Albufeira.

As far as we are concerned a must do and must see, this lovely Casa da Lila in Silves with its wonderful views!


Thomas says:

Wir (5-köpfige Familie mit Kindern zwischen 12-18) haben Ende April 2017 5 wirklich wundervolle Tage im Casa da Lila verbracht. Architektonisch wirklich toll, geschmackvoll und absolut durchdacht. Durch die 3 Etagen mit jeweils einem Schlafzimmer und Bad/WC können hier sicher auch 3 Paare gut zusammen wohnen. Wir haben viele Anregungen für unseren eigenen anstehenden Umbau mitgenommen. Wenn man am Strand baden möchte, muss man sich mit den jeweils 30 min Fahrtzeit zum Meer anfreunden können, aber ansonsten ist wirklich alles perfekt


Agnes Bordoni Gattai says:

Discovering Algarve and staying at Casa da Lila was delightful. Comfort, harmony, convenience…. All the ingredients to make the holidays unforgettable. We take advantage of the nearby beaches, we walk around the city, we feel belonged to the place! It was ideal for our family and our 5 year old! A place that we will miss…..


Uli + Susanne says:

12 wunderschöne Tage in der Algarve, Silves und besonders im Casa da Lila:
herausragende Architektur, bestens ausgestattet, fein und sensibel möbliert. Problemlos über die Fußbodenheizung auch in den Wintermonaten zu nutzen.
Dazu noch eine überaus hilfsbereite und reizende Ansprechpartnerin vor Ort. Besser gehts nicht!


Alraune Chowdhury says:

We had a great experience at Casa Da Lila last week, during our 5-night stay in Silves. A short enjoyable drive from Faro airport, the house is centrally located. Parking is also easy to find in front of the house. The neighbourhood is friendly, safe and feels embedded in local culture. We found authentic Portuguese restaurants within walking distance as well as a well stocked grocery store, where we could go get fresh bread and other Portuguese baked delicacies.
As we arrived, Natalia the house manager, welcomed us, helped us with our bags and gave us a tour of the house. She had warmed the house, filled the pool, turned the lovely lights on in the terraces. She was super friendly and had also bought us some water and breakfast for the next morning as we had asked for. We felt at home immediately. Natalia also gave us some great tips on what to visit in and around town.
The house is in great order, luxurious and well designed. Every floor is unique, open plan making it spacious, airy and has lots of light, great views and outdoor spaces. There are many elegant design aspects that contribute to the premium experience of staying in the house. We so enjoyed sitting in the terrace in the sun and sipping our morning coffee before exploring the lovely countryside. One of the evenings, we sat outside, under the stars, with our wine and ate fresh grilled fish from one of the restaurants in town. Very relaxing, indeed!
During our stay, we visited beautiful Monchique mountains, the fabulous beaches of Algarve, the Southwest tip of Europe, and of course the town of Silves. We brought back some beautiful pottery and nearly 1000 photographs of our holiday. We loved our stay so much we booked a longer stay again in the summer!


Hans says:

We enjoyed our two-weeks stay in Casa da Lila very much. The house offers all modern comfort in an authentic surrounding. The open design makes the house feel spacious and luxurious. The house is very well equipped and when extra help was required, the house manager was there to take care of this. Even in January it was possible to enjoy the sunny weather on 1 of three terraces with a nice view over the city.

The location in Silves is convenient enough to leave our car parked in front of the house and walk to the shops, the nearest supermarket or one of the (excellent) nearby restaurants for a great meal. Based on the available information in Casa da Lila we also had no trouble in finding one of many golf courses to play a couple of rounds. The neighbors gave us an intimate insight in all-day Portuguese life which added an extra to the experience of celebrating our holiday in Casa da Lila instead of a hotel or resort.

Casa da Lila offered us everything to enjoy our stay in the Algarve. We are sure to come back soon.


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