Ruin Renovation

My personal ruin story: 


Townhouse in Castelo de Vide

In a small historic town in eastern Portugal I found a simple small townhouse inside the walls of the Castelo of Castelo de Vide. The townhouse  dates from the 12th century on Rua de Forno, Street of Ovens, and has been unloved for a century. I saw the potential in the stone walls of this unloved structure and imagined how it could become a house for enjoying for a long weekend in this historic Alentejo village.

Castelo de Vide 2

Arial view of Castelo de Vide

A spectacular fig tree stretches over the garden wall into the narrow cobbled street. The house has great bones, solid 1 meter thick stone walls and 3 buttresses holding the walls upright on the exposed side.

The rescue of this special place began in April 2014 and is now complete. Follow the restoration progress in photos by selecting Ruin Renovation.


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