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


Besitzer Foto

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...

Details of the property

Region/Town: PT – Portugal, Algarve, Silves

Name: Casa da Lila

Scenery: in the centre of a small town

Accommodation: House

Number of guests: three bedrooms, up to 6 people

Architecture: Modern

Completed: 2016

Design: studio arte, Portimão (Architect: João Carrico, Creative Director: Arnold Aarssen), Interior Design: Herman Koppe & Angela Galvão

Published: Book A-DETAIL #5, Book "Architecture today houses" 2017, TV report from RTP3 / RTP Internacional, 4/2017

Buchungsanfrage / Booking Request

Anfragen bitte auf Englisch. / Please write in English.


Denise O’Gorman Aebersold said:

Hi Herman & Angela,

My friends and I were delighted with our stay in Casa da Lilla. The house is a design jewel and provides all the needed comforts, from beach towels to Nespresso capsules. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there. Silves with its Medieval Fair was an added plus and we sampled the food and enjoyed the many activities on offer. We went to see the play Xilb & the Vikings at the Castle and visited the atelier of Florbela Moreira, your house artist. We explored four different beaches you recommended and the highlight of our stay was a speedboat trip to the grottos of Benagil on our last day. Your housekeeper Natalia warmly welcomed us on our first day and we left the key with her on our last day.

All in all, a wonderful holiday in your beautiful house! Thank you!

Emma, Sandra & Lars Küter said:

Wir (3) hatten eine sehr schöne Zeit in Silves, den perfekten Ort, um die Algarve nach links und rechts zu erkunden. Autofahren in Portugal ist spannend, bei den engen Straßen und der Fahrweise der Portugiesen.
Von außen kaum erkennbar, ist die Wohnung direkt im Zentrum von Silves, so dass man im Ort alles zu Fuß erreicht. Über 3 Etagen ist die Wohnung top ausgestattet, so dass wir für uns, Anregungen für die eigene Einrichtung mitgenommen haben.
Ein großes Dankeschön an Natalia, die eine große Hilfe war, obwohl wir sie kaum brauchten. Mit Insiderwissen über Lissabon, über Strände, Ausflugsziele und Restaurantempfehlungen, hat sie uns unterstützt.
Wir haben uns in den 14 Tagen sehr erholt und nach den Kurztrips an der Algarve, immer einen Ort
gehabt, um den Abend zu genießen.
Vielen Dank für alles.

Christiane und Gerd said:

Wir haben gerade 14 Tage in diesem schönen Haus verbraucht. Von außen kaum zu erkennen, verbirgt sich hinter der Fassade ein architektonisches und stylisches Juwel. Alles ist sehr komfortabel und hochwertig. Schöne Räume und sehr schöne Terrassen. Wir haben es genossen, die zahlreichen Storchennester zu beobachten. Silves ist ein kleines ruhiges Städtchen. Aber es gibt Restaurants und Geschäfte. Von Casa da Lila ist man auch sehr schnell an der Algarve und vielen schönen Stränden.
Es fehlte an nichts – falls es doch mal eine Frage gab, war Natalia-die Hostess- immer super freundlich zur Stelle.
Wir danken für den schönen Aufenthalt !

Yvonne & Paul Roels said:

We love Italy and we’ve spent our holidays over the last 45 years in Italy… the only exceptions were our holidays in Japan and Madeira…until now….Now we’ve got a third reason to skip Italy: Casa da Lila… a jewel in the heart of the Algarve…!!! What a beauty…even more amazing than the promising web site pictures…
Hidden in the center of Silves, you step into an exotic world full of luxury and architectural delights, giving comfort a new meaning… we’ve enjoyed this well-designed house with its views from both inside and its terraces for a fortnight… drinking in the sunshine from sunrise to sunset, loving the storks that you no longer see at home and chilling by the pool with a good book, some music and of course a lovely Portuguese wine!!
Naturally, we’ve enjoyed The Algarve as well: nature blooming, unforgettable caves and beaches, picturesque villages…but we found ourselves always “at home” at “bubble time”… what a delight…!!!
And as the icing on the cake there was Natália…someone who writes SERVICE with capital letters…we have never felt so welcome!!!
We’d like to thank Angela and Herman for giving us the opportunity to fall in love again!

Arno Meuldijk said:

Net terug van drie dagen verblijf in Casa da Lila. Wat een fijne stek! Het huis is werkelijk prachtig ingericht en van alle gemakken voorzien. Zeker voor herhaling vatbaar!

Martijn & Marieke de Vries said:

Late December 2018 we (a family of 4) spent a few nights in Casa da Lila, enjoying some lovely weather in this beautiful town and the many beaches in the area. We truly enjoyed the well designed house and the amazing architecture, where the owners obviously have thought through every detail thoroughly. The views from both inside and the rooftop terraces are stunning. Our highlights of the house were the comfortable beds, rain shower and the well equiped kitchen. Many thanks to Herman and Angela for their efforts to create this high end piece of real estafe and allowing others to enjoy this remarkable site. Highly reconmended for everyone who appreciates quality and design. We would love to return sometime in the near future.

Yvette Kuijper said:

Wij zijn net terug van 3 fantastische weken in Casa da Lila. Wat een heerlijk verblijf hebben we gehad! Het huis is waanzinnig mooi ontworpen en de uitvoering van grote kwaliteit. Met oog voor detail, veel licht, prachtige uitzichten en fijne materialen. Werkelijk overal is aan gedacht, van de amenities in de douche tot aan de kinderstoel voor onze kleine. Natalia, de Portugese hostess, is uiterst behulpzaam en zij zorgt direct voor een welkom gevoel. De ligging in Silves is perfect in het centrum, dichtbij restaurants en het kasteel. In 20 minuten rijd je naar de prachtige kusten van de Algarve. Herman en Angela, bedankt voor het delen van jullie parel van een huis!

Lackner karlheinz said:

wir verbrachten eine wunderbare woche in diesem geschmackvollen haus. auch ende oktober konnten wir noch in den pool springen.
wir wurden von natalia sehr freundlich empfangen — alles war super sauber und wir wurden noch mit tips für reataurants und wanderungen versorgt. da es abends doch kalt wurde haben wir uns am kaminfeuer bei einem guten glas wein aus der umgebung gewärmt.
die gesamte abwicklung war sehr freundlich und hat perfekt funktioniert. — sehr zu empfehlen

Tif said:

This stunning villa was more than we could have asked for. Behind its humble doors, Casa da Lila is full of surprises and hidden gems. We could not have imagined the view that is on the south side, let alone the Portuguese life in the Algarve you will get a taste of when spending time on any one of the villa’s terraces. You will have access to a number of different amenities such as kitchen appliances, a washing machine, a pool and more to take care of all your needs.

Thank you to Herman, Angela and Natalia for making us feel so at home. Highly recommend!

Andreas Weidner said:

Einfach toll!
Hinter der kleinen Fassade von der engen Straße verbirgt sich ein wunderbares, toll gestaltetes Haus, das sehr geschmackvoll und stilsicher gestaltet und eingerichtet ist. Die verwendeten Materialien, Oberflächen, Möbel, Leuchten , Armaturen und Details erschaffen eine Atmosphäre, in der man sich von der ersten Sekunde an zuhause fühlt und man sich wunderbar entspannen kann. Die Küche ist sehr gut ausgestattet, die Bäder großzügig gestaltet und von den Terrassen hat man einen tollen Ausblick.
Die Betreuung vor Ort durch Natalia ist superfreundlich und jederzeit behilflich!
Wir hatten eine herrliche Zeit im Haus und konnten von hier die Umgebung sehr gut erkunden.
Vielen Dank für die Zeit und die perfekte Betreuung. Wir kommen wieder!

M.-L.-H.-A. said:

Wir hatten eine sehr schöne Zeit in einem wundervollen Haus in einer sehr netten und normalen Stadt.

Wenn man vor dem Haus auf der Staße steht kann man nicht wirklich glauben, was sich dahinter verbirgt. Sehr schön gemacht und vor allem mit einem tollen Blick über Sylves.

@ Natalia – thanks for taking care for us so friendly.

H. und D. said:

Einfach traumhaft!
Wir hatten ein Traumhaus in der Algarve gebucht und unsere Erwartungen wurden noch übertroffen. Das lag nicht nur an dem wunderschönen und geschmackvoll eingerichteten Architektenhaus. Die Küche ist mit allem was man sich wünscht ausgestattet und es macht einfach Spaß zu kochen. Vielen Dank auch an Natalia für die freundliche Betreuung vor Ort. Wir hatten eine wunderbare Zeit und haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt. Wir kommen sehr gern wieder.

Lisa Heschel said:

The house is a unique vacation dream. Behind the small house front you don’t expect such a beautiful and big house flooded with light and lovely tiles. You have amazing views over Silves from three levels and perfect spots to watch the sunsets. With its rain showers, free-standing bath, smart TV and great kitchen utensils, the house is not only very beautiful but also well appointed and of very high quality. Silves is a super nice small city with friendly inhabitants. Everything is in walking distance. Beaches are also nearby. We were happy that we stayed in Silves, so that we were a little bit outside the crowded tourist spots of the Algarve. We tried all the recommended restaurants and would definitely go there again. Next time we’ll stay longer! Thank you again!

Elke Röhle said:

Die schönen Bilder von Casa da Lila hatte uns überzeugt, hier eine Woche Urlaub zu buchen. Und sie haben gehalten, was sie versprochen haben – ein besonders geschmackvolles, modernes Haus, in dem man sich unheimlich wohlfühlen kann. Bei wunderschönem Wetter haben wir die sehr schöne und abwechslungsreiche Küste und das nähere Umland erkundet. Auch die entspannte Zeit auf den Liegen am Pool haben wir sehr genossen.

Das Haus und Silves sind auf jeden Fall eine Reise wert. Vielen Dank auch an Natalia, die uns sehr freundlich begrüßt und unterstützt hat.
Vielen Dank für eine wunderschöne Woche!

Annemieke said:

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 said:

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 said:

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 said:

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 said:

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 said:

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 said:

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 said:

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 said:

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 said:

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 said:

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 said:

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 said:

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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