Holiday getaways are often so fantastic and though money really can buy you glamorous things at some of the more tourist-focussed holiday destinations around the world, it is the more aspirational settings that SATORI & SCOUT wish to draw upon. Sitting secluded in relative isolation above the village of Melides (Portugal), this holiday home is definitely something to admire.
Designed by Manuel Aires Mateus, the home consists of four separate structures and via the lack of neighbouring houses offers unobstructed views of the vast ocean seas (particularly magnificent at sunset SATORI & SCOUT are told). Located within a large park, the home's bold concrete construction complements the densely vegetative landscape so naturally, and drawing upon the vernacular within the immediate area and the architecture of Alentejo (Portugal), the distinctively minimalist style of the home makes relaxing all too easy. Three of the four structures feature the home's bedroom areas and en suites, whilst the fourth is home to all living accommodation. With white walls, a mixture of modern and traditional art and furniture and a kitchen and dining area complete with Miele appliances fit for cooking for up to twelve people, the home would be ideal for anyone's retreat.
Throughout the home there is ready access to the very generously sized patio that overlooks the gardens and orchards of olive, orange, lemon and oak trees beyond. With both air conditioning for high summer and heating for the low winter, SATORI & SCOUT's list of more relaxing destinations of wonderful seclusion is quite limited.
Photography credit : The Modern House