I have always been surrounded by an appreciation for beautiful architecture and great interior design. My mother spent 30 years in banking but her true passion was always interiors and she used our houses as testing grounds to channel her creativity, changing furniture around and redecorating bits and pieces every few months. My brother took her passion to the next level and became a talented architect first working for Foster & Partners in London and then co-founding his architecture studio in Barcelona, BonbaStudio www.bonbastudio.com.
So it’s no surprise that such appreciation has been engrained in me and whether it’s the house my husband and I share with our children in London, the houses we rent or hotels we go to when we travel, design is always a very important element for me.
Through the years either myself or through friends I have discovered properties that I feel are quite exceptional, where staying in them is as enjoyable as exploring the city or the area around them.
So I want to share some of these very special places, for those of you who appreciate design as much as I do. Great design is often expensive but it doesn’t always need to be, there are bargains to be found particularly off-season. I find that many of these places serve as great sources of inspiration for details in one’s own home as well as for other areas of design like fashion. I hope you enjoy my secret stays which I will be sharing in upcoming newsletters and that they will inspire you to travel in a different way. With love, Mireia
Les Terrasses de Comporta
For my first feature I wanted to show you a stunning house 1.5h from Lisbon on the Atlantic coast called Les Terrasses de Comporta, designed by Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus. This striking property in the middle of the forest not far away from the sea, made of contemporary concrete combined with natural wood, features modern lines and open spaces which seamlessly blends the beautiful exterior with the interior.
This hidden gem is located above the village of Melides, just 20 minutes away from Comporta, which as you have probably seen is becoming one of the hottest summer destinations in Europe for editors and influencers alike. The house fits 8 people and the pool is stunning, perfect for a summer holiday with friends or family, especially between June and September .