Olhão’s rural haven Casa Modesta has made a list of “eight European hotels that feel like home, only better” published online by the New York Times.
“Hotels as different as a period townhouse and a modernist rural retreat conjure a sense of home in a few common ways, including the warmth of the proprietors, the intimacy of the property (even on sprawling grounds) and the coziness of the rooms,” says the magazine.
“For those seeking a sense of the familiar abroad, these eight new, renovated or expanding properties extend a homey welcome,” it adds.
With its “vintage charm”, Casa Modesta was able to grab a golden spot on the list.
“Three generations of the Brito family now run their 1940s-vintage home on the edge of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a coastal lagoon in the southern Algarve region,” the NY Times explains, stressing how the rural hotel underwent renovations last year, and now offers nine guest rooms overlooking the wetlands.
“Inspired by the simplicity of regional architecture, the minimalist single-story complex offers exterior stairs to flat roof terraces and whitewashed rooms with platform beds and deep brick tubs. Activities revolve around nature, including bird-watching and stargazing, and regional traditions such as gathering clams, making pottery or baking bread with the grandmother in the home’s original wood-fired oven.”
The other hotels that made the list include Batty Langley’s (London, England), Eumelia (Laconia, Greece), La Borde Maison d’Hôtes & Spa (Burgundy, France), La Maison (Saarloius, Germany), Masseria Trapanà (Puglia, Italy), Pulitzer (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), and Sant Francesc Hotel Singular (Palma de Majorca, Spain).
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