Algarve will always be a special place for me as I grew up there the first six years of my life. Even if I’m very Swiss in certain things (please don’t show up late when meeting with me) my heart will always belong to the wide Atlantic Ocean. It represents freedom and gives me a feeling of home at the same time.
There’s a place in Olhão, Algarve, that caught my attention a long time ago and I’ve been wanting to present it to you for a long time: Casa Fuzetta.
With elements dating back to the sixteenth century, the principal building was commissioned as a classical townhouse residence by Dr Carlos Fuzeta at the end of the nineteenth century. Dr Fuzeta was something of a local hero - a maritime lawyer, philosopher and philanthropist, and the town honoured him with a large plaque on the facade of the house.
After Dr Fuzeta's death the house was split up and suffered terrible neglect. However, it is still affectionately remembered by the older members of the community for when the property housed the electricity board and where they went to pay their first electricity bills! They have all kept a keen eye on our restoration work and shared their love and stories of the house.
Over a two year period, Casa Fuzetta was restored as a private house, with the engineering of a small hotel. The owners, Jonathan and Tara, sought to balance the heritage of the building with contemporary comforts. They have used a palette of natural colours and materials - white, stone, wood and linens.
"Overall, we have aimed to create a space in which everyone can feel at ease and at peace the moment they walk through the door." Jonathan and Tara
Casa Fuzetta is a private house available to rent on an exclusive basis throughout the year. It is ideal for large families (only children aged older than 8 years), friends and groups seeking a high-end, yet relaxed, private and intimate location for time together, special occasions and/or retreat work. The house offers flexible spaces in which everyone can be together, smaller groups can break out and/or individuals can sneak away to read a book.
Olhão dates back to Roman times, when it enjoyed its first boom, courtesy of the rich fishing seas just off its coast. These areas remain vibrant and continue to sustain the local community. The daily fish market (designed by Gustave Eiffel) and the Saturday market that runs along the adjoining waterfront are without question some of the best in the world and heaven for all foodies!
The town has escaped the package tourist. It isn't technically a beach town. However, one of its joys is taking a ferry or river taxi to the outlying islands. The islands of Armona, Culatra, Farol and Deserta each have subtly different characters and vibe, but all share wonderful clean beaches and echo a slower, simpler time.
Olhão is no more than 15minutes drive from Faro international airport.
View over Olhão
Tower Suite with Terrace
Spiral Suite with Terrace
Jonathan and Tara live mostly in London and enjoy fast paced, high performing professional career in the law, food and media industries.
"Olhao & Casa Fuzetta have become our sanctuary - a place to reconnect with a slower, seasonal way of life, and with a genuine community of creative, like-minded souls. Together, they have an exceptional ability to create everyday magic. Our mission is to help you share in that and contribute to it!" Jonatha and Tara
Book your stay: www.casafuzetta.com
Pictures © Casa Fuzetta