Casa Fortunato Alcácer do Sal | Design Hotels of Alentejo, Portugal

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Casa Fortunato Alcácer do Sal | Design Hotels of Alentejo, Portugal
With a handful of rooms, suites and studios to opt for, it is tough to know which one to fall in love with - they each have a distinct identity and are all infectiously gorgeous

Intro

An advocate of design, heritage, architecture, colour and aesthetic beauty, Casa Fortunato is pleasantly no ordinary hotel, but a rare sanctuary of curated style and art housed within a restored 100-year-old townhouse villa. Located in the heartlands of Portugal's Alentejo region, Casa Fortunato is in the historic port town of Alcácer do Sal, a 45-minute drive south of the capital Lisbon and a 30-minute drive from Comporta and the wild beaches of the Tróia Peninsula.

Pass through the humble whitewashed facade, a trademark of the former merchant houses and villas which line this residential street, and you step into a rhapsody of interior facets. Style, design, artworks, heirloom antiques, rich textiles, a playground for oddities found in the markets and iconic furnishings stage post-modernist glamour to retro finds. The creators and owners of Casa Fortunato are the creative duo and lovebirds Filipa and António - architects, designers and thinkers with an enthusiastic passion for finding unloved heritage buildings. 

Inside, the bygone romance of an old house has been preserved and restored; the old bones of the villa, including decorative panelling, ornate timber beams and the beautifully worn tiled floors, continue their dialogue with the past where salvaged highlights frame fabulously vibrant interiors.

Suites, a studio and bedrooms are simply luxurious, decked out in designer finds that Filipa and António have collected over the past years. Rounding off the holistic approach of the house is the wonderfully hidden and colourful inner courtyard garden populated by citrus trees, sun loungers, tables and chairs for summer al fresco dining and a 7x3m plunge pool made from the old-style zinc tub once used to wash laundry. 

Casa Fortunato is a salvaged nest egg of comfort; it is a personal hands-on project of passion, akin to staying at a creative friend's stylish home for those who are equally in love with heritage, design, wholesome food, the arts and creativity - this is your private refugium of style. 

Rooms

Casa Fortunato Alcácer do Sal | Design Hotels of Alentejo, Portugal  Casa Fortunato Alcácer do Sal | Design Hotels of Alentejo, Portugal

With a handful of rooms, suites and studios to opt for, it is tough to know which one to fall in love with - they each have a distinct identity and are all infectiously gorgeous. The lovely patinas of age, curated design and meaningful art are the core comfort components of your sleeping quarters at the villa Casa Fortunato. Bright sorbet tones illuminate the chalked white interiors, and daylight dances across the wooden floors and rugs bathed in Portuguese sunlight and bluebird skies. Luxury comes in the form of bedding, intentionally high thread counts and quality crafted king-size mattresses, which are the leading act, as are the beautiful glazed handmade tiles and bathroom amenities. Whether you opt to sleep alongside a Foscarini Filo table lamp, rock in a Marc Newson Nimrod chair or snuggle up with a Patricia Urquiola-designed sofa - your sleepscape is simply beautiful.

Foodie

Casa Fortunato Alcácer do Sal | Design Hotels of Alentejo, Portugal

Eating well has always been at the heart of Casa Fortunato’s foodie template, with a serious commitment to wholesome ingredients, slow agriculture and fishing that nurtures the lands and seas. Vegetables, pulses and grains have gravitas on the daily menu boards of about ten dishes. Dining is a casual affair taken in the panelled room or bag yourself a table in the garden. Freshness pairs with old-school methods of preservation using vinegar and pickling traditions, air-dried staples of times past and herbs and fruits from the garden wrap the bio/organic, essentially plant-based plates with optional fresh fish and meat dishes. Surrounding the port town are many eating options, with cute little bars and cafes to sink into town life.

Location

Blending seamlessly into the town vernacular, Casa Fortunato is part and parcel of the familiar scene of whitewashed facades and cobbled streets of Alcácer do Sal and is located along a hushed residential row of houses just up from the hum of the Sado River and the busy market square filled with bars, cafes and chatter, and where embroidery and pinhoadas confectionary-making pervade.

An easy hour's drive south of Lisbon, design hotel Casa Fortunato is located in the northern part of the Alentejo region, offering an authentic Salt & Turf holiday destination. Alcácer do Sal is one of the oldest port cities in Portugal, with a history that dates back 3,000 years from when the Phoenicians founded it and its position on the lifeblood river made it a valuable stop for goods heading into Europe during Roman rule, including 'sal' or salt produced locally. But if it's the wild coastline you crave, you are just a 30-minute drive from the beaches of Comporta and the Tróia Peninsula.

Owners

António and Filipa’s souls were woven together when they met at university in Lisbon whilst studying architecture. A husband and wife team, a mother and a father. They have a fondness for design, harmony and a philosophy of living well, which unites them and defines the studio. The duo are people-lovers, foodies, collectors and, from the walls of their houses, you can see that they are avid custodians of the arts and design, from vases, textiles, paintings, to mid-century lighting and print.

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