Tolo House

Cerva, Portugal
Architect Alvaro Leite Siza's Cascade Effect

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, this holiday home in Portugal is skillfully integrated into its formidable site. Portuguese architect Alvaro Leite 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.

Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings

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.


VILA REAL DISTRICT

Just fifty minutes inland from Porto, the rural area around the town of Cerva, is dotted with charming villages among the green landscapes and rivers.  An hour from Portugal's third-largest city of Braga, the city is well known as a place of legendary traditions and festivals including the elaborate Semana Santa.  Its elegant historic 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 hours drive from the property and is similarly beautiful and historic 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 Airport (100km)

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year-round

 
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Tóló House
Cerva, Portugal
Tolo House
Cerva, Portugal
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
Tóló House, Cerva, Portugal | holiday lettings
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Tolo House
Cerva, Portugal
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.

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Overview Fully equipped. A welcome brunch is provided
Kitchen Fully equipped
Pool Yes
Internet Unplugged for pure relaxation
Essentials Yes
Bedrooms 3
Bed Type 2 Doubles, 1 Single
Kitchen Fully equipped
Bathrooms 2
Accommodates 5
Kid-Friendly Not kid-friendly
Pets-Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 3pm
Check-Out 11am
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit €300
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes 6% tax included
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