Classic Quinta near Lagos
Self catering holiday rental villa with seaview and privacy, Western Algarve, Portugal

The house was built for easy-going country living, with an artistic feel - the house of a writer. An architecture of flowing forms, hand rendered surfaces, and floors of Schisto de Barranco, a slatelike stone from a small remote quarry favoured by the architect of classical Portuguese quintas, monasteries and castles. Unlike marble and most tiles, the schist's soft, layered structure is very pleasant to walk on barefoot. The architecture with its curved spaces has a distinctly organic feel. There is a hint of Steinerian, anthroposophical thinking, as there is in the layout of the garden, with its well thought-out placement of signature trees.