Natural Building

Building in harmony with nature
Farming and building are two areas where change is not only necessary, but it is also possible. Our forebearers built homes with natural, local materials. The knowledge still exists, and if we combine ancestral tradition with new innovation, like the use of cork for insulation, or photovoltaic panels to generate energy, we can create comfortable, affordable, sustainable homes.
In Vale das Lobas, the local natural materials include granite, earth, wood and cork.  Our restaurant construction incorporates Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB) and the Hobbit Houses in the Camping Park are built with our own earth bag recipe using jute sacks. The eco-homes, with CEB walls, will be elegant, durable, cool in the summer, and cosy in the winter.
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Compressed Earth Blocks

High thermal mass – cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.

Straw Bale Construction

Straw acts as a natural vapour permeable insulation that allows the building to breathe.

Biological Swimming Pool

A planted zone next to the swimming area provides biological filtration.

circular bath house

Beautiful stone masonry, recycling granite stones to give them a new purpose.