Originally from Wales, we ended up in Portugal by chance when I was offered the opportunity to transfer from my London based job as a graphic designer to the Lisbon office as creative director. The position was supposed to be for 3 months, but when I was offered the position permanently my wife Clare joined me and we have never looked back.
We lived in Lisbon for a few years and later moved out to Sintra with our children. After some years we looked for a holiday home and bought a ruin in Barretos which we lovingly restored with the help of local builders. During this time we discovered the local abandoned "choças", the dwellings of Iron Age people and were inspired to develop the concept. Although we later sold this property, we were determined to return to this region one day.
The CorkShacks are unique ecolodges comfortably equipped with private deck affording fantastic views of the outstanding scenery. An ideal base from which to explore the many delights this area has to offer and what better than to end your day exploring with a swim in the 11m x 3.5m swimming pool. Just perfect for two!
The aim of our project was to combine history and tradition with sustainability and use eco-friendly materials as much as possible. Due to the abundance of cork in this region, we opted to use it as the main feature of the Corkshacks. It provides an environmentally friendly solution while at the same time is excellent insulation against both the cold and the heat which is essential in this Alentejo climate. Furthermore, the swimming pool pump is solar-powered and is chlorine-free.
Choça from the area