Destinations
Dates
Guests
Search
Greetings Traveler
Lock
result count
new
old
kinda-new
Filters

Tóló House

  1. Pin

    Cerva, Vila Real, Portugal

  2. Suitcase

    5 guests

  3. BedDouble

    3 bedrooms

  4. Bath

    2 bathrooms


GradeLuxe
Luxe Living
A property with a high level of craftsmanship in architecture and design, as well as comfort.
Villa
Villa
A standalone house with a pool
Mountain
Mountain
Elevated living on hills and mountains

Meeting Nature on its Own Terms

Unfolding down a rocky slope in undulating geometric forms, this holiday home for rent in Portugal makes a bold modern statement in an otherwise natural context.

Meeting Nature on its Own Terms

Unfolding down a rocky slope in undulating geometric forms, this holiday home for rent in Portugal makes a bold modern statement in an otherwise natural context. Designed by Portuguese architect Alvaro Leite Siza (son of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect of the same name), the home is an intoxicating installation of graphic concrete forms firmly anchored to the mountain, with staggered, Escher-like levels of exterior and interior stairs that connect the spaces, artfully revealing the house as they ascend and descend.

Incorporating the home's steep rugged terrain, Siza embraced the challenging characteristics of the site, crafting a cascading effect of space, light, and interconnectedness. Facing south in an unlikely spot among the steep, rugged terrain in Cerva, Siza placed the home at the center of the lot in a linear position to maintain a strong presence and preserve the continuity and pre-existing natural terrain.

The fragmentation of spaces was necessary to transform it into a composition of modest, interconnected spaces that make sense of the whole. Its continuum filters through the forest into living spaces that naturally rise and fall into a home where the earth acts as a catalyst, cooling it on three sides from the sun, and playing a starring role in its design.

The main living space is placed at the center, with a fireside lounge, a fully equipped kitchen and dining space and warm wood accents that break up the coolness of the concrete. 

The stairs repeat throughout the interiors connecting the spaces with borderless slats. There are three bedrooms that can sleep up to five guests and a minimalist, neutral selection of furnishings that quietly complement the spaces. The outdoor terraces correspond to the rooflines of the various levels and there are pedestrian paths that link them together. Each room has its own patio space. 

The outdoor terraces adapt to the terrain, with direct links to the gardens, and a plunge pool at the center with fountains that cascade down, naturally unifying the house and its environment.

AROUND

Just 50 minutes inland from Porto, the rural area around the town of Cerva is dotted with charming villages among the green landscapes and rivers. It's an hour from Portugal's third-largest city of Braga, well known for its legendary traditions and festivals including the elaborate Semana Santa. Its elegant historical center is closed to vehicles, offering a great opportunity to wander its maze of narrow lanes and explore the Baroque architecture and plazas lined with great cafes and shops. 

The UNESCO city of Guimarães is under an hour's drive from the property and is similarly beautiful, with a picturesque medieval center and the thousand-year-old castle and the massive 15th-century palace perched opposite the town. Once the capital of Portugal, it was named the European Capital of Culture in 2012. Just over an hour north is the stunning Peneda-Geres National Park and World Heritage Biosphere. A vast expanse of wilderness, its Portugal’s only national park with multiple entrance points leading up to the Spanish border. Closer to the house is the Alvao National Park with beautiful forested land and trekking routes.

 

LOCATION

Cerva, Portugal. Nearest airport: Francisco Sá Carneiro Porto (100km)

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year-round


Photos

5f1e95c9d7bd988f1c073f0ab39f69f993fc341b.jpg
6b7b66b92fa2fd29fe677e3d2274029520216d69.jpg
ce56da3936ab11447e2873c1ce7de508c6d6a8a4.jpg
cc299e75f898aa328a81fc51a92daae4c1407cb8.jpg
58083450e75abdd77cfa778991620ce114bced50.jpg
1ab84bf8c8e592a9a3bb7a4bc7843aa28075c03f.jpg
fa6066f3522be5a700e355c57dfc6c418ded9c60.jpg
532482c8c29d6ee92085f4583a0be27dfcf93bd8.jpg
6b373d2c4a83f53baac549eeba6fdc8faa5d4a58.jpg
ecdcb3fd270348de2ccaea2eb0e4053cc6b0e1cb.jpg
5778f56309b741b3988eb3648df9b00597d4eb2c.jpg
abdb73364d20470730b95a3b00f402a3cabcda63.jpg
f1056025227b67c05a1c3ee320d38ca633db74a5.jpg
cf24c1814a3d2ef690d033d7464c5bbb0aa29153.jpg
3c2665206c2368a6ca94c2d4c85f3a759bb8a6d1.jpg
37af40fc9c0e8973e292d2172d628ff994ad6629.jpg
aec41c56b6404ff08491d7a919a6fc87687005c6.jpg
13d5ee0f1ca7480af7d33281663bf9e319b4e76a.jpg
1081c111a01782f3f2f883d279f98ab0ef3de2fe.jpg
125200b6bebd96c9972e77719919fd9675fecfdc.jpg
3487c07d4d8a85b79f9ba655b544649f1bf7aac4.jpg
5fb11ec196f69051850999bacd7fc3b7732eb71c.jpg
307a2ff04e4c0e405349b1650136388fe03289bc.jpg
859186c15b4c5f1d0952d12374937a1a76c04ddf.jpg
94733dbdcad90aa7ae8d758f3c8ec0a9ee183c6b.jpg
c2dc230c67197aafb6c6bd5b65a87687ec76fa96.jpg
effac795baa19ccb0f3c37d8107f5f2eab99a3bc.jpg
d05acbc8b3941566d80e5873bd91f151f57105d1.jpg
279f5480e954f09a9b0f81dedb6f84d7593f8307.jpg
359eee788447bde547bce2e43e11e5866590f2d9.jpg
7aed809ea51995b64966b01bbcbd7006fb03c747.jpg
a488e1d1c99d0e2c19689941fbd63a4ba7191882.jpg
1c3fc392538c2fd7fa5a27417f365783d9bdbdfa.jpg

Amenities

Here’s what you can expect during your stay:

  • Kitchen
    Kitchen
    Fully equipped
  • Wifi
    Internet
    Unplugged for pure relaxation
  • Pool
    Pool

Additional Information

Discover more about this property.

GeneralChevronDown
Bedrooms
3
Full Bathrooms
2

How long would you like to stay?

Minimum 2 nights



Location

Discover more about where you’ll be staying.

Cerva, Portugal

The Guestbook

See what our community is saying about Tóló House.

Sign up for the Latest
Travel Offers & Intel

Subscribe to our newsletter to discover new homes & deals as they're released, as well as the latest editorial.

Lock
Lock
Lock