♥ Casa Meranka ♥
The dream setting
We came to realise that this little spot in the south west of Portugal can give us all of the ingredients that we were looking for in life and that we would love to share these with others.
From here at Casa Meranka we, and our guests have an ideal location, year round to do the things that we love most. From restoring old furniture in our workshop, to picking out the freshest seafood straight from the harbour side, to feeling the warm winter sun on your face as you paddle out to an empty wave at sunrise. For us and many like minded people, these are the things that make us happy in life. These are the reasons we are here.
Casa Meranka was originally an important farm to the village of Figueira and it's surrounding area. The original buildings are as old as 200 years and traces of it's history can be seen in the old stone floor of the back courtyard and some of the original roof beams and fixings in the cottages.
Casa Meranka began life as a guesthouse back in the 1980's but in recent years had been left empty until we were able to take it on in early 2015. The plan was not just for a unique guesthouse but also to establish our family home. The creative juices began to flow and the never ending task of creating a new look and feel to this remarkable property had begun. With many long and hot days on the tools, waving paint brushes and behind the sewing machine we are now at a stage where we can say that we have touched every corner and the place is really starting to feel like an extension of ourselves.
Our ethos and future plans
Now our goal is to push our concept as far as we can to become self sufficient and to have the minimum impact on nature and our environment. To do this we have begun by up-cycling and re-inventing as many found and natural materials as we can to produce a lot of our furniture and decretive details. We aim to continue this by setting up a garden plot and growing enough fruit and vegetables to supply the entire guesthouse and ourselves. Also plans to utilise the natural sauce of water from our well and harness the power of the southern Portugal sunshine with solar energy are now underway.
Check out our up-coming blog for progress and developments.