There’s no paved road to reach this gorgeous place and you also have to cross a river (only possible in summer as the bed overflows on rainy winter days). Once there, you come across a rustic property, green for most of the year, filled with olive trees and rocks, and four simple buildings that have been painstakingly redeveloped.
A couple from Lisbon bought this property which they found in ruins and were keen to recover it, including the buildings the villagers had used for their rural activity for many years. The new owners decided to maintain the original structure and turn the site into a rural accommodation project.
There are numerous similar buildings in the area, but most have been done up and converted into museums. Along the way in this delightful enterprising project, the developers were aided by architect Luís Pereira Miguel, who was able to harness the most beautiful natural state of the architectural and cultural heritage of the area and turn it into a peaceful place to wind down in.
Following the redevelopment of three separate houses and one support building, “Casas Caiadas” or ‘whitewashed houses’ has become an outstanding natural tourism establishment in the Portuguese region of Arraiolos. After the group of buildings was restored, in a project that had to be taken on in phases, a serene pool that recalls the feeling of venturing into the sea was included.
The pool was designed in a half-moon shape, without edges and with a profile that starts at ground level and drops down to one-metre-plus at the deepest end. At nightfall, the sky affords the chance to take in the stars with exceptional visibility conditions. This, together with an elegant lighting design, makes a night at “Casa Caiadas” an unforgettable experience.
The extensive heritage recovery work undertaken at “Casas Caiadas” consisted principally of conserving what already existed, starting from cleaning the whole of the property and removing dissonant elements, waste and plant life or worn out objects. In terms of materials, ones identical to the original pieces were used or recycled, as in the case of the stone masonry and the old ceramic tiles.