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Casal no Campo

Casal no Campo

Lush green forests, gentle valleys and charming villages characterise the Minho region, one of the most unspoilt in Portugal. Lined by the Atlantic Ocean, which rolls over the long, partly deserted sandy beaches. On a hill on the edge of the small coastal village of Vila Praia de Âncora, just five minutes by car from the sea and all other leisure activities, lies the Casal no Campo – an elongated, impressive building that is shielded on one side by an anthracite-coloured, variable façade of metal struts, and on the other opens up to the landscape with its window fronts.
A few sheep graze peacefully on a neighbouring hill and every now and then a rooster crows. These animals give their names to the two identically sized halves of the house that unite to form Casal no Campo – the couple in the countryside. In the east-facing holiday home “Onde o galo canta”, or Galo for short, the sunrise illuminates the expansive view of the valley. The west-facing “Onde as ovelhas pastam”, Ovelha for short, offers the light of the setting sun with a view of hills and sheep.
The building was constructed in 2011 as a split-level holiday home before being given a new shape and fresh life by its current owners. The basic and initial structure is formed by two cubes framed by a shell, which hover above the ground at the front and open up slightly offset terraces at the rear. The clear form of the house contrasts with the hilly landscape, the long open staircase follows the topography and divides the building into two halves. The exterior of the shell has plaster surfaces, while the two cubes are clad with black, vertical slats – a reference to the typical granaries of the region. In the area of the floor-to-ceiling windows, the louvres can be completely opened.
Inside, the understated white walls, light-coloured wooden floors and micro-terrazzo bathrooms provide a cosy atmosphere. The furnishings are a mixture of local design, renowned classics and selected individual pieces. Each half of the house offers space for up to six people with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. A large, well-equipped kitchen invites you to cook together. There is a fireplace in the living room for the winter. In the basement, there is a sauna and the in-house yoga room, which opens out onto the communal garden where various seating areas and a jacuzzi invite you to spend relaxing hours outdoors: Deceleration “à portuguesa”!

What to do

The sheltered bay of Vila Praia de Âncora and the surrounding beaches are ideal for surfing and swimming, various water sports, walks on the beach, hiking along the coast (the Way of St James also passes close to the house) or in the mountains, swimming in crystal-clear springs, rivers and waterfalls, e.g. in the Gerês National Park, cycling, canyoning, kayaking and boat trips, horse riding, excursions to the characteristic villages of Caminha or Viana do Castelo or to the cultural cities of Braga and Guimarães, wine tasting thanks to the rich regional wine culture, a visit to the fish market and the numerous bars, cafés and restaurants to sample the culinary specialities

Why we like this house

A thoroughly sensorial and relaxed house with exciting architecture, light-footed flair and a positive flow.

This house is great for

(Large) families, couples of friends or groups and retreats for up to 12 people

Sustainability

Solar system, public transport: the nearest train station is approx. 3 km away (hourly connections to Porto), but a hire car or e-bikes are recommended to explore the area


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Details

Region PT – Portugal, Minho, Vila Praia de Âncora
Name Casal no Campo
Scenery On a hill on the edge of the small coastal town of
Number of guests 6 people in each half of the house, maximum 12 people in the whole house
Completed 2011, conversion 2024
Design Architecture: Ergo Arquitectura (Rui Guimarães, Filipa Faria, Tiago Guimarães), Guimarães, Portugal; Interior design: Stefan Bullerkotte, Daniela Eksen
Architecture Modern
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-6 (house/apartment), Beach, Dog-friendly, Family, Garden, Hiking, Sauna, Sea, Workation
Same PartnerFabrica no Jardim
Same ArchitectFabrica no Jardim
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