Elysium, Portugal

This villa occupies an exclusive golf-course location in The Algarve. Built for long standing Herrington Gate clients in the local Portugese style, the initial room layout did not do justice to the space available. With the aim of injecting a real statement quality into the property, we worked with the building contractors to re-designate the interior areas, to change run-of-the-mill hinged doors to sleek sliding openings, and even moving walls to make more sense of the light, the views and the flow of the space. We assumed a project management role for each element of the build, both from our north-east base and in spending numerous days on site.

The result is a relaxed but very contemporary home with a monochrome palette, blending high-end interior design into the vernacular shell and adding the best of modern technology with lighting, entrances, water features and air conditioning all at the touch control of the intelligent home automation system.

Front entrance to contemporary Villa

The oversized main entrance door made from Wenge, with horizontal board feature.

Exterior shot showing bespoke front door with stainless steel handle

Exterior shot showing poolside bar and swimming pool

Chill out at the swim-up bar, from here the view of the rear of the house shows the first floor terraces with lounge seating and al fresco dining, the landscape grounds boast a fabulous pool and a full equipped poolside kitchen and dining area.

Exterior shot of villa pool side

Modern exterior of Villa

Outdoor shot showing sun loungers

Poolside kitchen

The poolside kitchen is built from weatherproof Corian fashioned seamlessly into furniture surrounding the Wolf barbecue.

All furniture is designed to be resilient to the outdoor elements. Sub Zero appliances cater for all drinks cooling and food chilling needs.

Close up view of poolside kitchen

Pool house kitchen with Wolf BBQ

The undoubted appeal of seamless white Corian.

A Quooker fusion hot tap gives flexible function to the sink.

Poolside Kitchen Corian shelving

Poolside kitchen with Wolf BBQ

Close up detail of Wolf BBQ

View from first floor balcony to the poolside kitchen with intelligently controlled shutter system.

Looking into the Poolside kitchen

The contemporary stone staircase sweeps up to the first floor contrasting with the dark grey tones of the Caladeilegno bespoke sliding pocket doors.

Modern curved staircase

At the top of the stairs you are greeted by a grand veneered wall, almost 11 feet in height, housing both the main front entrance door (the external face of which is in Wenge) and a concealed door to the upper ground floor WC.

Glimpse of front door

Contemporary front door with veneered wall

The entrance door wall from an alternative angle.

The concealed door to the cloakroom shown open.

Modern Villa front door, hidden door leads to WC

A view through the door into the small cloakroom with the cleverly designed layout.

Concealed loo within veneered wall

Compact cloaks cleverly designed by Herrington Gate

The veneered wall with inset intelligent control panel operating the whole house.

Modern front door with bespoke solid stainless steel handle

The impressive mirror finish stainless steel door handle is fabricated in the shape of a letter 'G', our client's surname initial.

Close up detail of bespoke front door handle

Modern villa entrance hall

An opening in the Caladeilegno wall of furniture allows a view from the kitchen right through to the main entrance door.

The Caleidolegno feature wall to the back of the kitchen cabinetry

The reverse view from the main entrance door takes one's eye back through this opening into the kitchen area.

View looking from front door to kitchen

Burnished doors to room contrast to matt finish of kitchen Caleidolegno

View looking through to lounge

The main shot of the kitchen shows 'The Appliance Garage' where Sub Zero appliances sit alongside Corian worktops and Caladeilegno cabinetry.

Modern Kitchen with Caleidolegno veneers and Sub Zero appliances

The ceiling feature, housing lights and extractor fan, mirrors the shape of the island below.

Caleidolegno island to modern kitchen with stainless steel

Modern kitchen with black glass feature

Subzero Trio - Fridge, Freezer & Wine Cooler

Frame-less plate rack with tinted mirror splash back

Modern plate rack with tinted mirror

Modern monotone kitchen

The twin pedestal dining table with juxtaposed grain flow feature has a heavy glass top.

Caleidolegno deep ribbed dining table

Caleidolegno dining table with cross grain detail

Close up detail of dining table

The dining area leads to the lounge area with sofa seating, the full height windows afford views over the beautiful golf course.

Dining Room within lounge

Modern Villa lounge

The floating media furniture along with the contemporary fireplace is supported by an elevated white marble hearth.

Modern lounge with floating media wall

Close up detail of media display and fireplace

Close up detail of TV media wall

Modern Lounge Villa

The coffee tables match the design of the dining table.

Coffee tables with cross banded grain and glass tops

Modern Lounge

The sliding door in the hallway features tinted mirror with sandblasted stripes and burnished Caleidolegno.

Contemporary Villa doors with burnished finish

A pocket door slides open to the upper master bedroom.

Sliding door to master bedroom

The sliding door wardrobe in the master suite cleverly forms the main wall of the ensuite bathroom. The doors are finished in a combination of leather and high gloss with stainless steel trim.

Sliding wardrobes to master bedroom

Master Bedroom Dressing Table

Leather, high gloss and mirror finishes define the glamorous master bedroom.

Modern master bedroom suite with sliding wardrobes

Modern bedroom with tall portrait mirrors

Contemporary Master Bedroom

A large walk-in shower, with sand-blasted striped glass, screens the bedroom from the ensuite.

Master bedroom with open plan ensuite

walk in shower to master bedroom

This wall is the reverse side of the wardrobe seen at the entrance to the bedroom and acts as a concealed housing for all pipework. A double vanity unit cantilevers from the mirrored wall and a sand-blasted glass door gives privacy to the WC.

Floating bathroom vanity with mirror above

Master bedroom loo detail

Master ensuite tap detail

Bedroom Doors with Caleidolegno veneer

More classical styling to the guest bedroom with hand painted furniture, tapered legs and croc' skin inlays.

Classical Guest Bedroom

Stainless steel trims add a touch of the contemporary to the wardrobe doors.

Classical guest bedroom wardrobes

Classical bathroom vanity

Cosmic Black granite provides the backdrop for simple white furniture and sanitary ware in the guest ensuite.

Bathroom with feature stone wall

Bath tap detail

Bathroom Vanity Detail

Bathroom Loo detail

Handle-less furniture, with grey leather and mirror finish detail, flanks the entrance to the lower master bedroom suite.

Modern sideboard with leather drawer fascias

Drawer chest detail

Lower ground floor master bedroom

Grey leather and mirror finishes continue into the sleeping area.

Main view of contemporary master bedroom

Contemporary bedside cabinets with stainless steel detail

Contemporary bedside cabinets with leather drawers

Dressing table detail

Contemporary bathroom vanity

Contemporary bathroom vanity with leather drawers

Bathroom toilet detail

Villa door detail

A further bedroom features upholstered headboard and furniture panels.

Guest bedroom suite

Bedroom drawer chest with tektura inlays

Sliding pocket door detail

Ensuite with bespoke glass screen

The underground cinema room features a starlight ceiling along with tiered cinema style seating, this was designed to help the owners indulge in their love of film.

Modern Cinema Room

Cinema Room with starlight ceiling

Exterior of Villa

The first floor terrace affords views over the pool and kitchen below.

Villa at dusk

View from upper seating area down to BBQ area

As night falls, the first floor Al Fresco kitchen comes in to its own for evening entertaining.

Alfresco BBQ Area

The Al Fresco kitchen, like The Poolside Kitchen, is made from weatherproof white Corian and has a Wolf Barbecue with side companion.

Alfresco BBQ area made from Corian

The exterior kitchen was designed to be a direct continuation of the interior kitchen through the glass door screen.

Alfresco BBQ area with Wolf BBQ

Alfresco BBQ area with outdoor sink

Outdoor BBQ area

Wolf BBQ detail

Nightfall allows the automated lighting to enhance the pool and building against a Mediterranean sunset.

Exterior of villa at night

The pool house kitchen and gardens offer an inviting haven in the evening, with intelligent home automation lighting.

Pool house exterior

Relaxing by the pool in the evening comes with water jets and lighting.

Villa exterior at night

Accent lighting, in the evening, highlights the individual areas of this luxurious villa.

Overall exterior shot of villa

Outdoor seating area

Exterior Garden Landscaping

Once more, an intelligent control system operates water features and garden, pathway and driveway lighting, with both safety and aesthetics in mind.

Exterior driveway leading down to garage

Front gates at night

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