Casa Três by Atelier Rua

Casa Três is a modern hotel situated in Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal, designed in 2021 by Atelier Rua.

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Located in the furthest eastern point of Portugal’s Algarve, with Spain just across the Guadiana river, Vila Real de Santo Antonio is a truly hidden gem. It is situated on the banks of the Guadiana River that separates Portugal from Spain and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Near the middle of the historic, pedestrian centre and with a charming marina in the distance, sits Casa Três. Once a merchant’s house, this stately home has been renovated into an open, spacious property.

Upon entering Casa Três, you’ll feel welcomed by the airy and bright courtyard, where the old citrus tree and glistening outdoor pool will make you forget you’re in the city centre. Centred around this shaded oasis are three large bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom and lounge area. The multiple roof terraces, saturated by the afternoon sun, are perfect for late-night dinners or early breakfasts.

On the ground floor guests can unwind in the spacious and ambient living room and kitchen, punctuated by a vaulted ceiling and served by four balcony openings in direct relation to the back patio.

The chosen finishing materials compose and complement the amplitude of the spaces, in their tones and plasticity. The floors, countertops and sinks in terrazzo and the cement mosaic present in all water areas, both in gray. All carpentry in dark wood slatted.

Casa Três welcomes up to 6 people.

Photography courtesy of Raf Maes

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- by Matt Watts