Alentejo is still a secret place to visit in Portugal. We have build this house to enjoy a few "pause mode" along the year. Living in an hectic city like lisbon we really wanted to come up with something unique for our family.
The Alentejo functions according to its own rhythm. Its continental climate creates a marked variation in temperatures during the various seasons of the year. Within Portugal, it is one of the regions with the highest number of sunny days accompanied by blue skies. An abundance of warmth and heat will welcome you during the Spring and Summer, with clear and warm, yet chilly temperatures in the Winter.
The family-friendly home designed by the well-known architect, João Favila Menezes, Casa do OC has become an important reference point for contemporary architecture in the region (Included in the trienium architecture selection HABITAR PORTUGAL 2012-2014), and as such, respects the fundamental principles of traditional Alentejano architecture in its thoughtful construction.
Built on a single floor with windows and patio areas that invite guests to take full advantage of the living space, OC House encourages visitors to explore different ways of engaging with the property and the surrounding countryside and nature, but with all of the benefits and comforts of cosmopolitan living.
"At Casa do ÓC, the architectural lines can be best understood from a bird's-eye perspective: the 'O' is the area in which the bedrooms are nestled, while the 'C' is relegated to the kitchen and sitting areas . From the roof-top terrace, one can see the historic villa of Monsaraz while taking in the visceral pleasure of living in a world such as this one. " (Isabel Zambujal)
Casa do ÓC can easily accommodate up to 12 people in four comfortable bedrooms and sleeping areas, and is ideally configured for three couples with up to six children:
- One bedroom suite with full-sized bed (160x200cm) and WC with bathtub.
-Two separate bedroom suites with either twin beds (90x200) or one full-sized bed (180x200cm) and WC.
- One shared sleeping area with six beds (90x200) in bunk-bed style with communal WC.
- Outside parking area for up to 4 cars.
The room also has an indoor dining area, a living room with fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen. Central air conditioning is available throughout the house.
The house is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden with three outdoor sitting areas: a cemented patio area near the house with retractable shade-structure ideal for open-air meals, the deck area around the swimming pool next to some of the most beautiful oak trees on the property, and a roof-top terrace perfect for watching the sunset & the stars. Likewise, there are numerous shaded areas under which to rest and take cover from the sun.