Portugal is a land of fortified port wine and the steamy, melancholic music called fado. It’s a land of wild beaches and unconquered surf. And more and more it’s becoming a land of luxury real estate–perhaps for world explorers–that is modern and comfortable yet linked to the past.
A backward look reminds us that Portugal was among the world’s first maritime powers. During the Age of Discovery (about the 15th to 17th centuries) European ships raced through unknown seas in the battle for Asian treasures.
Today we find an intriguing traditional-meets-contemporary villa being prepared for sale on sunny Praia do Pego (Pego Beach) near the Atlantic, 90 minutes south of Lisbon in the laid-back village of Grandola in Portugal’s Comporta region. The property is actually a collection of buildings in the local Comporta cabana-style.
Exotic but with modern amenities, the 6,500-square-foot (600-square-meter), 8-bedroom, 9-bathroom home draws from the houses of local fishermen and farmers for its design inspiration. As such the structures making up the villa have thatched roofs, with each serving a unique purpose.
Like interiors in traditional Comporta homes, decoration is kept to a minimum. Muted tones and natural surfaces connect life to nature.
A large building in the collection contains a fully equipped kitchen and dining room linked to a living room with cathedral ceilings. Both the living and dining rooms offer views of the terrace, heated swimming pool and gardens, for the enjoyment of long and relaxing evenings.
Another building contains a TV room and an ensuite guest bedroom and laundry. Nearby, four independent structures house ensuite bedrooms where family or guests can enjoy quiet independence and views of the garden.
Also poolside is the primary suite, complete with an expansive bathroom and dressing room. Two adjoining children’s suites provide inviting spaces for play, rest and perhaps have sleepovers.
Outside, a Bali bed for relaxing poolside continues the local cabana design style.
An outdoor kitchen, fire pit, conversation pit and landscaped gardens ornamented with Mediterranean trees and plants work together to create a pleasing connection with the outdoors. Although the weather is generally temperate, to maintain year-round comfort the home has a fireplace and air-conditioning.
Grandola is close to sandy beaches. Lisbon Airport, formally known as Humberto Delgado Airport, is a 90-minute drive away.