The Sand House in Portugal

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We can’t get enough of summer homes at this time of year. With its white sand floors, this holiday home in Portugal is the ultimate in laid-back beach living – a seamless transition between indoors and out.

ELLE Deco SA

ELLE Deco SA

Consisting of a group of renovated fishermen’s cottages, this month’s cover home conceals modern-day comfort behind a traditional, back-to-basics look with its vernacular exterior, combining humble tradition with modern decor. Here’s more from this beach shack…

ELLE Deco SA

ELLE Deco SA

ELLE Deco SA

ELLE Deco SA

The sand floors has roots in the historical architectural vernacular. Years ago, fishermen couldn’t afford proper flooring so they lived with the sand on which their homes were built. This home too remains true to tradition – the clean white sand was imported from the nearby dunes.

ELLE Deco SA

ELLE Deco SA

Set on Portugal’s longest stretch of undeveloped coastline and in its biggest nature reserve near Comporta, 2 hours from Lisbon, the cabins offer views of the surrounding river estuary, rice fields and sand dunes –  a 20-minute stroll from the ocean. The New York Times recently described it as one of the next ‘it’ destinations. Designers Christian Louboutin and Jacques Grange also have homes here.

ELLE Deco SA

ELLE Deco SA

ELLE Deco SA

ELLE Deco SA

ELLE Deco SA

ELLE Deco SA

FOR MORE INFO

Visit www.casasnaareia.com and www.airesmateus.com
* Photographs by Gaelle Le Boulicaut and www.casasnaareia.com as seen in ELLE Decoration South Africa Issue 81


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