Cucumbi: A Rustic Guest House in Portugal, Suited for Autumn


If you needed another reason to visit Portugal, here’s one: Cucumbi, a four-room, three-apartment guest house on an organic farm, run by husband and wife Catarina and ToZé, and just opened a few months ago. But you’ll have to venture a bit to find it. The house, which formerly belonged to the couple’s family, is located in the rural village of Barrancão where, the couple reports on the guest house website, “once a week they have a public transportation to the city, three times a week the baker delivers some bread.”

Inside are rustic, earth-toned interiors left sparse—white walls, concrete floors, simple linens and natural textures, artful gatherings of dried leaves, and unexpectedly oversized light fixtures—all designed by Lisbon-based Sofia Albuquerque. Join us for a look.

Photography by Sanda Vuckovic via Cucumbi.

The guest house kitchen, with sculptural white shelves, a wood-plank table, and a tangle of dried leaves hung above. (For a similar autumnal look, see Bringing in the Sheaves: Harvest Table Inspiration from Caro of Somerset.)
Above: The guest house kitchen, with sculptural white shelves, a wood-plank table, and a tangle of dried leaves hung above. (For a similar autumnal look, see Bringing in the Sheaves: Harvest Table Inspiration from Caro of Somerset.)
Shelves hold stacks of cream and terra cotta-colored dinnerware.
Above: Shelves hold stacks of cream and terra cotta-colored dinnerware.
In another simple kitchen, a cabinet is fitted with linen skirt. Also on hand: a hand broom and woven trivet.
Above: In another simple kitchen, a cabinet is fitted with linen skirt. Also on hand: a hand broom and woven trivet.
Bundles of dried flowers and stems make for a sweet vignette above a dining table.
Above: Bundles of dried flowers and stems make for a sweet vignette above a dining table.
The guest house is located on an organic farm; breakfast (perhaps with fresh-laid eggs from the couple&#8
Above: The guest house is located on an organic farm; breakfast (perhaps with fresh-laid eggs from the couple’s chickens) is included.
A wood stove anchors—and warms—a living area; a basket keeps logs close by.
Above: A wood stove anchors—and warms—a living area; a basket keeps logs close by.
In keeping with the guest house&#8
Above: In keeping with the guest house’s organic ethos, living areas are kept spare, with natural-fiber rugs, palettes of whites and earth tones, and low-slung, no-fuss furniture.



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