Casa Modesta

Having recovered a simple family home, brothers Vânia and Carlos Fernandes recently opened Casa Modesta, a rural guest house overlooking Ria Formosa, in the Algarve. Being a project of PAr atelier, which Vânia is one of  thethree founding architects, the house reinterprets the architectural culture and traditional building knowledge with a contemporary vision. Keeping just some of the walls of the original structure, Casa Modesta retains however the happy memories lived by the brothers at the family home, being a special tribute to their grandfather, an old 'sea dog'. Despite the modernity and simplicity of the spaces, the identity of the site was maintained not only by the beautiful use of local materials - such as brick, tile, stone or metal - as well as the respect of vernacular architecture, which was the basis of the whole project. This balance between the traditional and modern is also visible in the attention to detail, such as using ceramics from nearby potteries, the recovery of traditional benchs, the wooden furniture by Lacecal, especially developed for the home, or lighting designed by Berlin-based The Home Project.
Presenting nine rooms, nearly all with small patios or terraces, Casa Modesta remains faithful to its origin and provides a simple, warm and unpretentious experience, something that Vânia and Carlos transmit perfectly. Besides being a great starting point to explore the nature of Ria Formosa, to the magnificent beaches of this area of the Algarve, our weekend in Casa Modesta was marked by a delicious sushi dinner, prepared with local fish by chef Tiago and the massage made by the other brother of the founders.

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