CASA DO EIRADO
This house was recovered from the ruins of a late 19th-century rural dwelling, which belonged to the Simões family. The project was designed by the owner, Mr. José and can be considered a homage to its roots.
Inside the Casa do Eirado are unique elements such as a significant collection of popular Portuguese pottery, books on the Algarve culture (gastronomy, architecture and popular art), as well as musical gems in the form of records and LP's.
The kitchen is a separate chapter in this story. It is the place where even those who do not have much cooking skills, find inspiration. Books of the most varied culinary themes divide the shelf with traditional crockery and collections of old kitchen vessels. This happens because of the appreciation and vast gastronomic knowledge of Aida Simões, Mr. Jose's wife.
Other decorative elements were filled with the talent of Miguel Simões, Mr. José’s son, through photographs and drawings.
The house is a good example of Algarve's popular and vernacular rural architecture. Lime, wood, stone and terracotta are the traditional materials wich textures we can still experience. The almost virtual absence of decorative elements in Casa do Eirado drives us to a time and to a society where there was no place for the superfluous.
Casa do Eirado in the 70's
A small ecological footprint
Keeping in mind the water is a scarce good, rainwater that is captured in a 300 square-meter “eirado” and stocked in an underground cistern is used for domestic consumption (i.e., tap water). We only have 120 cubic meters of water to spend along the year. The water is automatically pumped to the house, being previously filtered and UV sterilized. The orchard surrounding the house is watered using a drip irrigation system from a surface tank (used as a swimming pool) that receives potable water from a well.
Electricity is the only energy used at home, excepting two stoves that use the wood from the land clearing. All the illumination was planned for the economy: a photovoltaic system produces “clean” energy in amounts higher than consumption. To avoid energy waste, the original 50 cm thick walls were maintained but now all windows are double glazed. A 400 liters deposit with water heated by solar panels supplies the hot water for the house.
As an effort to preserve regional biodiversity, the land surrounding Casa do Eirado was conceived to preserve local varieties of almond, fig, plum and carob trees. If you are a fresh food enthusiast, in the season, apricots, plums, grapes, mulberries, citrus, pomegranates and quinces are also available right at your fingertips. A poultry pen is kept at one of the edges of the estate with chicken, ducks and turkeys that are daily cared for by the estate owner.
The house has four bedrooms with private bathroom, ceiling fan, and air conditioner. One room has twin-beds, the other three have double-beds; one of the double-bed bedrooms has a bathroom prepared for disabled people.
We can take care of your kids while you dine out. (book 48 hours in advance).
The house has free Wifi available for its guests.
The estate surrounding the casa do eirado is wide and inviting, filled with fruit trees and open spaces - perfect if you enjoy spending time outdoors.
The towels are changed in the middle of the week. The bed linen are also changed. Furthermore, the house has a clothes iron and a washing machine.
In front of the house there is a watering tank that has been double-purposed in order to serve as a swimming pool as well.
Lunch or Dinner
We can cook a simple traditional Portuguese meal(book 48 hours in advance). Price according to menu.
THINGS TO DO
Several beaches are 5 minutes away, travelling by car: Carvoeiro beach, Vale Centeanes beach, Carvalho beach, Benagil beach, Albandeira beach and Marinha beach.
Golf courses are likewise accessible: Vale de Pinta (18 holes), Gramacho (18 holes) and Vale de Milho (9 holes).
At one end of the estate there is a small poultry pen with chicken, turkeys and ducks. There you can be in contact with livestock providing a unique experience in the mass-market era.
At about the same distance from the house (4 km) we have northwards the main city of Lagoa and southwards the fishermen village of Carvoeiro. The closest supermarket (1,3km from the estate) has a laundry service as well as small boutiques where one can find key national and foreign journals and magazines.