I’m always looking for an escape out New York City.
I yearn for quiet places with beautiful spaces. Earlier this Summer, my boyfriend & I took a trip to a lake house in the Catskills and it was absolutely magnificent. I live for the days where I can just disconnect from the world and be at peace with nature. Speaking of being at peace with nature, I recently stumbled upon the beautiful Villa Extramuros located in Arraiolos, a small town just outside Evora, in the middle of Portugal, and had to share.
Villa Extramuros provides plenty of great experiences that you’d want while in the rural areas of Southern Europe from picnicking in olive fields to dipping into a crisp clear pool. The ground is surrounded only by meadows, olive fields, oak forests, ecologically protected, where sheep flocks grow. Diverse sports, wellness or cultural activities can be organised for you on site or nearby, such as massage, gym with a personal trainer, visits to wineries and farms cross country bicycle rides, horse and carriage rides and boat trips and aquatic sports. And we must talk about the interior design. Simply breathtaking.
A French couple who opened Villa Extramuros after their own move from Paris to Portugal describes it as “a mix between a hotel and a country guest-house.” Furnishings comprise a mixture of designer pieces and traditional local textiles and objects. The warm woods and cowhides soften the bold color contrasts and the tasteful artwork and sculptures add personality to a clean space.
The Villa Extramuros offers 3 standard rooms and 2 superior rooms, all of them with a vast private terrace. Their pricing is set between a high and low season. Rates during low season (October 1 until April 30) are $155-$216/night or $994-$1230/week. Rates during high season (May 1 until September 30) are $196-$284/night or $1230-$1604/week. This is definitely a week escape with the Mister kind of trip. Give us a chance to relax and unwind while exploring the city of Arraiolos, famous for its carpet industry and recently enriched with a contemporary urban design.