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

Owner picture


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...


Region/Town PT – Portugal, Algarve, Silves
Name Casa da Lila
Scenery in the centre of a small town
Number of guests three bedrooms, up to 6 people
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
Architecture Modern, Old & new
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Family, Golf, Pool, Sea, Urban
Same ArchitectCasa Xyza

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  1. 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!
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  2. 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!
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  3. 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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