Casa Mãe

BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN THE ALGARVE
From €95 per night

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Gorgeous boutique hotel tucked away beside the ancient city walls of Lagos, near a long sandy beach.

There are thirty rooms spread across three different buildings: five elegant suites in the beautifully restored 19th century estate house Casa Mãe (aka Mother House), twenty-two rooms in the Jogo de Bola building, where cosy minimalism perfectly blends with traditional Algarvian architecture, and three more rustic Cabanas for an outdoorsy experience by the fig scented garden.

There’s also a big organic orchard, a farm-to-table restaurant, an eye catching triangular pool, an outdoor cinema, a juice bar, craft coffee and a concept store dedicated to Portuguese design.

We are very pleased to be featuring Casa Mãe on JO&SO.

Awesomeness

Considered to be one of the most beautiful houses in Lagos.

The colour aesthetic: white washed buildings on a very blue sky, tiles from the local red earth, the deep green from the fig trees and the plants.

Complimentary Oliofora bath treats, handmade from essential oils such as almonds and hazelnuts.

An eclectic selection of Portuguese vintage pieces, bespoke handmade local crafts and contemporary furniture.

The eggs they serve come from hens which are fed exclusively on oranges, kale and strawberries.

Hammocks!

Bear in mind

Lagos can get a little touristy in high season but it is also an ideal base to explore the well-kept secrets of the wild part of the Western Algarve. Despite being in town, Casa Mãe is a real haven.

No coffee maker or tea in the room.

Parking spaces at the hotel are limited.

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Activities:

Beach
Bird watching
Boat trips
Cooking workshops
Craft workshops
Cycling
Farming workshops
Fishing trips
Functional gym
Golf
Hiking/Trekking
Historic towns
Kayaking
Massages
Outdoor cinema
Scuba-diving
SUP
Surf
Swimming pool
Windsurf
Yoga

Local Action

Casa Mãe is a hidden gem located in the seaside town of ‘Lagos’, between the settled and the wild Algarve, between surfers’ and golfers’ territory.

If you feel like not doing much Casa Mãe will be perfect for that but this is also a great base to explore the surrounding areas and the many amazing beaches this region has to offer.

Casa Mãe will provide you with their own maps of the local footpaths (great for jogging, walking and cycling) as well as the best restaurant recommendations in Lagos, such as the traditional Escondidinho or the more tapas style Tasca do Kiko.

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Relax on a hammock or by the cool triangular swimming pool… or by the shade of a fig tree.
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The popular long sandy beach of Meia Praia is a five minute walk from the hotel.
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Explore the picturesque corners of Lagos and enjoy some tapas at Mar D'Estorias' cute rooftop terrace.
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Discover the grottos of Lagos by Kayak. You might spot dolphins if you are lucky.
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We love the spectacular wild beaches of Costa Vicentina (Vicentine Coast Natural Park), where you can find several surf schools for all levels – Amado (37km), Arrifana (pictured, 39km), Cordoama (29km), Beliche (35km) are among our favourites beaches.

We interviewed Veronique, the founder and creative mind behind this special project.

Veronique Polaert at Casa Mãe.

"I fell in love with Portugal, its beauty, its simplicity and the kindness of its people…"

– Veronique, co-owner

An abandoned house

When Veronique found this abandoned estate house in 2015 she knew that she had found her dream project.

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Creative collaborations

The stylish interiors are the result of collaborations with dozens of artisans focusing on showcasing the new generation of Portuguese craft such as these series of hand-woven rugs made with recycled cotton, a collaboration between the French designer Martin Blanchard and Porto based atelier GUR ran by Célia Esteves.

You were born in Paris and you lived in London working in investment banking. Opening a hotel had always been a dream of yours, why Portugal and more specifically why Lagos?

I fell in love with Portugal, its beauty, its simplicity and the kindness of its people when I first visited the country in April/ May 2014. In Lagos, it was the beautiful beaches, the sun, the life by the sea and the amazing farms and produce that decided me to do Casa Mãe there. I wanted to find a place that I can call home – a place where life is sweet, where people take the time to grow their vegetables, to eat well, to get some sun, to go fishing, surfing but also a place with a strong identity, a heritage and when I found this abandoned estate with this beautiful romantic ruin by the old city walls, I knew that I had found it. Casa Mãe is more than a holiday place, it’s a place with strong values and another approach to life.

We love coming to the Algarve in the winter, it’s sunny with mild temperatures and so peaceful. We think it’s really great that you are going to be open all year round, when a lot of businesses temporary close. Can you tell us a bit about the Winter Residence opportunity that you’re offering your guests?

Winter is also my favourite season in the Algarve. This sun that you get seems so precious, the air and the light are so pure, the landscapes so peaceful. Even the nature seems on hold during the high season, plants start growing again, recovering from the season during the winter! Winter time is the time for us to develop projects, to reflect and be creative.

We love collaborations and we try to promote Casa Mãe as a creative platform, during the winter we try to foster this sense of creative community by offering creative residences with the program share & stay – 3 workshops for 7 nights. The idea is to invite creative people – be it a chef, a designer, a photographer, a ceramist, a film maker, and so on – to come over and hold workshops to share and mingle with our community and guests.

We also offer discounted rates for stays over 20 nights, we suggest freelancers to rent their flat for one month and come and stay with us, enjoy a different lifestyle, and work in another environment.

"…a place where life is sweet, where people take the time to grow their vegetables, to eat well, to get some sun, to go fishing, surfing."

– Veronique, co-owner
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Simple and beautiful

Pots by ceramicist, Ricardo Lopes, that are used to store the Oliofora bath treats.

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The delicious food served at the Casa Mãe’s restaurant is seasonal and locally sourced, with much of the produce growing at the hotel’s own farm.

We love the minimal interiors, even though it’s modern you can really feel the Portuguese touches, it’s a lovely fusion. You worked almost exclusively with local artisans and craftsmen. How did you find them?

On the internet to start… but then by talking with people, Portugal is a small country and it’s so easy to ‘network’ here, it’s actually very natural. You can’t go out without bumping into someone you know, and people like helping out, connecting dots – community and solidarity go well together, this is what I have experienced in Portugal, and why I’m so keen on developing further those community links with Casa Mãe.

What’s your favourite object at Casa Mãe?

That’s a difficult one… it’s the combination and the connections of all the objects that I very much enjoy.

One of my inspirational moments for Casa Mãe was a full day workshop with the interior designer Isle Crawford when I was living in London and I remember her saying that the objects that people use the most are the ones in which they ‘invest’ the less in – the objects of the daily life shall be the ones that we prefer…

This is why we put so much attention into the ceramic pots in the shower, experiencing their simple elegance and texture is a nice routine to start the day. But I also like very much the terracotta pattern tiles, the tote bag, the unique vases, the graphic rugs on the wall, the blue and white wool rugs in the cabanas, the solid oak stools etc so many pieces we created for Casa Mãe, and there is a story behind each and all of them so it is very difficult for me to pick one!!

"Each piece we created for Casa Mãe has a story."

– Veronique, co-owner

Meia Praia

A long sandy beach near Casa Mãe which Veronique very much likes to visit on her days off.

Wild beaches

Lagos is a great base to explore the many amazing wild beaches nearby.

Favourite hotel

Veronique loved Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, a small hotel in Paris that is set in a very beautiful garden.

 

With a project this big we imagine it’s still early days for you to fully let your hair down and relax, but what’s your perfect day off in Lagos like?

I have my routine already, once a week my perfect day off in Lagos starts with a nice take away matcha latte with homemade almond milk. I’m really happy that we have this matcha now masterised by our barista! This whilst I watch that the breakfast is running smoothly with me not on duty, then I go to the farmers’ market to get some flowers, chat with some producers, check what’s in season and buy some fruits we don’t have in our farms.

Then back at Casa Mãe, I pick some more greens and flowers from our gardens and I catch up with our gardeners. It’s so relaxing to see plants growing and collecting the produce.

Once all that is done, I take a big super green juice to go to the beach or I go sailing. I like to go to Meia Praia as I enjoy the clear horizon, the quietness and the long walks there, it’s perfect for a swim as well. When I go sailing we meet with some fishermen friends for some sunset with vinho verde and grilled fish. I also love going to the secret beaches, difficult to access next to Carrapateira, so wild and preserved there…

What’s your favourite hotel worldwide?

I haven’t been travelling for the last two years because of Casa Mãe and I have a loooong list of hotels I would like to visit.

I guess that a favourite hotel is a hotel where you have special memories… I had a very special experience at Hôtel Particulier Montmartre in Paris, this small hotel is set in a very beautiful garden, it doesn’t feel like it’s in Paris but in some quiet and charming countryside, in a place where time is somehow suspended and it’s the old way of living again… I especially remember this long sunny breakfast in the garden, antique old fashion garden chairs, linen and tableware, so cosy and intimate. It felt so special, unique and authentic – and so comfortable.

A favourite hotel would be a place that manages to get you to grasp special moments and create beautiful memories.

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Rua do Jogo da Bola 41
8600-712 Lagos
Portugal

Casa Mãe is located in the heart of small coastal town Lagos in the south-western Algarve.

Airport

Faro (FAO) – 90km
Lisbon (LIS) – 298km
Porto (OPO) – 588km

By Air

The closest airport is Faro airport. From there you can take a taxi, a transfer or hire a car (1 hour). The hotel can also arrange a private transfer.

By Car

Driving from Lisbon takes about 2.5hours. Hiring a car is recommended if you wish to explore the region and the beautiful beaches and villages nearby.

By Train

From Lisbon take the train to Tunes (3.4h) and from there take the train to Lagos (1h). Tickets can be bought online or at the station up to the last minute, but if the train is full (more likely in high season) you will have to wait for the next one.

Car Rentals
We don’t own a car which means we hire a car for our JO&SO trips. We tend to use Europcar, as we like their cars, transparent fees and the service we receive. We always go for full insurance. It is more expensive, but we once had a flat tire and we were very happy to be fully covered.

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