For the first time during this trip did our search procedure for the nightly spot not work out as expected: The “Monte Velho Resort” was fully booked for the whole week because of a yoga seminar and the “Monte da Vilharina” could only offer a room for a single night, and that was not what we were looking for. So we chanced the neighboring “Casa Fajara”, whose home page not really convinced but what we kept to hedge for possible “emergency situations”. Whereby “emergency situation” really means: no availability in one of our preferred lodges & houses, as it happened today in Carrapateira.
Well, the appearance of Casa Fajara presented itself as expected and seen in the Internet. You could label it as “typical Mediterranean Finca style”, that kind of “Mediterranean country style” virtually talked to death, the style you’ll get confronted with in any Kuoni-Neckermann-Holiday catalogue; Million of times copied, the lame promise of petit bourgeois-vacation-happiness turned into stone. That’s definitely not our bag, which is why we initially hesitated; shouldn’t we drive on to Sagres? While we were discussing we realized the silence at this place, there was nothing to hear, deathfull stillness, dead calm. We liked it. Hence we closed our car and went for the reception, where we learned that there were rooms available. We asked for a little tour and were pleasantly surprised. Although all seemed more Spanish than Portuguese, by all means the rooms showed off some style.
Not particular our style, but also not the feared big kitsch-folklore stuff. We decided for room number 5, because it was the brightest and spacious one and because it was equipped with a mosquito net (which we finally did not need). Light creamy and brownish colors were dominant and as an eyecatcher there were an old Swedish oven built into the chimney and an old commode. The bath itself definitely represented the typical “Mediterranean country style”: natural stone tiles, bright earth-color, a thousand times seen, nice yet without whipping up enthusiasm.
This bold and simple furnishing style was seen everywhere in the house: a lot of wood and forged iron, massive leather sofas, light rattan – all in all favourable, suitable and tidy. You also could call it uninspired, but that definitely would sound too harsh. Clearly here wasn’t a refined aestete at work, but a down-to-earth decorator, who primarily wanted to fulfill the expectations of his guests. That is perfectly all right. It does not always have to be the fancy Vogue-Elle-Décor-Cover-Design…
Other than that there was a lot of plain country and endless tranquility; a definitely pleasing pool area, an oddly misplaced looking tennis court and plenty of neat botany. The house was, like almost all southern country houses, not really soundproofed, but despite of rushing water and clacking doors, the nights were calm. No traffic noise, no noisy neighbours, no barking dogs, nothing; all three nights long. Cool.Casa Fajara
CX 121P Vale de Carrapateira,
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