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Award-winning rural luxury in a contemporary Portuguese country house hotel, where you will feel immediately at home.

Winner of a 2017 Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence, Casa Modesta is an off-grid designer paradise, set in the wilderness of the Algarve's lush Ria Formosa National Park, surrounded by sweet-scented lemon trees and almond orchards.

Welcome and warmth is imbued in this family-run country home. The owners have redesigned their great-grandfather's 1940's house into a contemporary cubic dwelling with whitewashed walls, red limestone clay tiles and gleaming brass fittings, yet the home is filled with family memories, and its original character remains blissfully untouched.

You'll find nine suites in this stylish sanctuary, each immaculately styled with rich colour and Canadian cedar furnishings, and each with a private, indulgent shower room. Each suite also features a patio or a roof terrace that overlooks the glistening lagoon - a perfect setting for stargazing, or that first coffee of the day as you watch the birds flying overhead.

Communal areas include a welcoming lounge, a kitchen, large garden with solarium, and a pool; all ideal places for relaxing, or simply chatting away with new friends.  

Enjoy a fresh breakfast each morning, created from seasonal delicacies including fruit, ham, white cheese, organic yogurt and carob pancakes - together with plenty of produce from the on-site gardens (later on, a private chef can be hired to whip up mouthwatering meals from vegetables grown in the greenhouse!)

You'll need to keep up your strength, as breakfast is just the starting event to your wondrous immersion in Portuguese culture with Casa Modesta. Begin by gathering clams on the shoreline, then take a traditional baking class or get involved with harvesting and drying fruits. Perhaps arrange a visit to the local olive groves, too?

Enjoy a soothing boat trip and indulge in a spot of birdwatching (don't forget your binoculars!), visit the local nature reserve, and then simply watch the stars light up the night sky from the comfort of your terrace.

As if all this wasn't quite enough, relaxing spa treatments can also be arranged, using the natural properties of the local olives, almonds, sea salt and algae...all ideal for inspiring a sound night's sleep in your cosy bed, cocooned in fresh linen.

You'll find plenty of walking routes in the local area too,  as well as a golf course and tracks for two wheels...a wonderful way to discover your fresh and vibrant surroundings! Of course, if you find exerting all that energy a little too...tiring, then simply grab a book and arrange yourself poolside for some much-needed rest and relaxation time.

Come and discover a more beautiful and more relaxed way of life than you could ever dream about, with a stay at Casa may find spending time in the slow lane suits you!

Things to note

Cot may be provided in larger rooms with terrace and Room VIII, at a supplement of €20 per night. No smoking permitted.

Tried and tested

"This is a paradise in the Algarve; an oasis in what can be a hectic tourist-infested area. Carlos was a magnificent host making sure that our stay was pleasant and culturally rich. I am already missing his gentile nature and smile. The breakfast each morning was so welcome. What a way to start the day! Fresh fruit, delicious home made confiture; all presented in a lovely way. Casa Modesta is strongly recommended. Kudos to Carlos, his family, and the delightful and competent staff that work there."

"Casa Modesta is a gem that I am glad to have found. It is a place where all the details are preciously taken care of. The breakfasts are outstanding, with a special mention to the home made granola and the natural season fruits. Also, the superb taste in what regards the spaces (both interior and exterior) and the tables decoration got a very special place in my heart and eyes! The dinners by the pool are also something very special and unique. If you want to avoid the crowds and mass market places this is the place to stay in. The host, very friendly and calm, always provided us with all the requested information, giving us those special tips that made our trip even more special. A place to go back surely!"

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The basics

Region: Quatrim do sul, Algarve
Cost (from): £120 per night
Sleeps: 2 or 3 per suite
Bedrooms: 9 suites
Bathrooms: 1 per suite
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 707


Standard rooms sleep 2, double bed, bedding & towels provided, private bathroom, shower, bathroom amenities, air conditioning, safety deposit box, Wi-Fi.

Rooms with kitchenette & terrace sleeps 2 plus an infant, double bed, bedding & towels provided, private bathroom, bath tub, shower, bathroom amenities, hairdryer, dining area, kitchenette, oven, microwave, mini-fridge/bar, air conditioning, safety deposit box, Wi-Fi, terrace.

Room VIII sleeps up to 3, double bed, extra bed on request, bedding & towels provided, private bathroom, shower, bathroom amenities, air conditioning, safety deposit box, Wi-Fi, communal terrace.

Local activities

Birdwatching, swimming, surfing, nature park, horse riding, yoga.

At a glance

  • Contemporary award-winning designer house hotel located in rural Quatrim do Sul, Portugal.
  • Nine suites, with communal areas and a garden with swimming pool.
  • The house is situated just 12 miles from Faro Airport.
  • An organic breakfast is served each morning. A wide range of additional services and activities can be arranged, including boat trips, birdwatching, cycling, spa treatments and golf.

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