A short distance from Lisbon, about twenty kilometres from Évora, there is the town of Arraiolos, in the region of Alentejo. Hotel villa extramuros, designed by Spanish architects Vora arquitectura, is hidden away in the countryside, amongst hundreds of acres of olive groves. The project was inspired by the layout of Roman houses and by the introspection and confidentiality of ancient religious buildings.
All rooms of Villa Extramuros, including, common areas, kitchen and bedrooms, actually revolve around a patio. The dining room has a terrace that overlooks the surrounding olive groves. Large windows provide natural light and a view of the fascinating and contrasting surrounding environment. The five suites are located on the first floor and each has its own private terrace.
The materials used are a homage to the iconic Alentejo materials: marble, white plaster and cork with which some external elements have been covered. Inside, the furniture consists of a mix of designer pieces and traditional local objects and fabrics.