The history of Casa do Adro goes back a long way, and it only continued because of my willpower and my dream of having an inn in my hometown.

This is a family house. My family’s home. And you can feel that the second you walk in the door. Memories live on the clay-grouted walls, the photographs, and the antiques that fill the house.

Casa do Adro was one of the first houses in Vila Nova de Milfontes in the 17th century and, for many years, it was one of the few buildings in town, together with the church Nossa Senhora da Graça and the castle.

My dream was to rebuild it someday and turn it into an inn that would give the town a boost. But I kept postponing that dream until I retired and then I didn’t waste any time to make my dream come true.

People said I was overly ambitious, but it’s been 21 years since I first opened the door of this house to the world. I love having people over, having a full house, talking and finding out more about the people who visit me and, consequently, learning more about the world. I never miss the chance of a good conversation.

My guests give me the strength to continue, and they’re the reason why this project still stands. People enjoy the atmosphere here and, therefore, I have many returning guests. I’m the one who always opens the door, and I hide nothing from my guests. I offer the same simplicity and honesty with which I let people into my house and my life. The minute you walk in, you’ll be part of the family and an important character of this place’s History. 

This is a family house. My family’s home. And you can feel that the second you walk in the door. Memories live on the clay-grouted walls, the photographs, and the antiques that fill the house.

Casa do Adro was one of the first houses in Vila Nova de Milfontes in the 17th century and, for many years, it was one of the few buildings in town, together with the church Nossa Senhora da Graça and the castle.

My dream was to rebuild it someday and turn it into an inn that would give the town a boost. But I kept postponing that dream until I retired and then I didn’t waste any time to make my dream come true.

People said I was overly ambitious, but it’s been 21 years since I first opened the door of this house to the world. I love having people over, having a full house, talking and finding out more about the people who visit me and, consequently, learning more about the world. I never miss the chance of a good conversation.

My guests give me the strength to continue, and they’re the reason why this project still stands. People enjoy the atmosphere here and, therefore, I have many returning guests. I’m the one who always opens the door, and I hide nothing from my guests. I offer the same simplicity and honesty with which I let people into my house and my life. The minute you walk in, you’ll be part of the family and an important character of this place’s History. 

"Casa do Adro is not an empty house. It’s a house full of living History."
Idália José

I care a lot about people, so I’m involved in many social work projects. Fifteen years ago, I founded the Associação Lápis de Cor, the town’s first kindergarten. My daughter is a teacher, and I convinced her to join me on this venture. We needed a place like this in the area, that gave support to children and their parents. We also had a social canteen where we cooked 40 meals a day, and we now have a non-cooked meals delivery project. We organise the Christmas Market and other events for charity.

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I always dreamt of starting my own tourism business. For many years, I dreamt of having an inn in Vila Nova de Milfontes, where I was born and raised. At the time, there was nothing here, and I always thought the town would grow to become a tourist destination.

I lived in Lisbon and worked at a bank, and people told me I was overly ambitious. I always said I would return to Alentejo, and when my children graduated from University, I would move back to Milfontes. And I did.

I had to rebuild Casa do Adro, but I needed a side project that would bring me an income to help make this dream come true. So I opened a small restaurant, called Paparoca, near the house. I sold sandwiches, baguettes with spreads I made myself, homemade cakes and savoury snacks. This was 24 years ago, and there weren’t many restaurants in town. It was a big success, and it helped turn Casa do Adro into a place where I could start hosting guests.


I dedicated myself to this town. I stayed and I am here with all my heart.


I can say I made my dream come true and went further. I’ve been in many projects with the needs of the region in mind. People trust me because of my story. I was part of many projects that were important for this town.

I feel like a Guardian of this town because of my story and the love I have for this place. I always felt Milfontes had a lot of potential and I did everything I could to help more people reach here and, above all, that people who live here have all that they need.

It’s been a beautiful story. I built all with care, dedication, and hard work. Only hard work creates good and important things. Casa do Adro is the centre, the essence, and the reflection of all that hard work and way of life. People feel at home here, amongst family, in a safe place. 

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"I always liked having a full house and today my guests are also part of the house’s history."
Idália José
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I was born and raised in Vila Nova de Milfontes. All my family is from here and, although I lived and worked in Lisbon for 30 years, my heart was always here. We would come to town every chance we had, for a weekend, for holidays, whenever we had free time. I’ve always enjoyed this town.


Milfontes is a beautiful town, different, and with a lot of history. Here you have a quality of life you won’t find elsewhere.


My children were born in Lisbon, but they love it here. I passed on to them all the stories, and I made sure they knew their roots well. They grew up playing freely on these streets, and that had a strong influence on their lives. Today my daughter lives here, and my grandson was born here.

I lived each one of this town’s streets and beaches intensely. I discovered many new places by venturing around. I know where all the spots worth a visit are. My husband and I like to take our guests to special places. We always go to Porto das Barcas, Farol, and Almograve. Cabo Sardão, where storks nest, is a wonderful place. And when we have enough time, we go to Ilha do Pessegueiro in Porto Covo. 

There’s a house in Vila Nova de Milfontes facing the castle, with many stories and one of the best views in town. It was one of the first public buildings, so it was once a school and also a prison. A few years ago I bought it and turned it into my restaurant, Paparoca. Today, Natália manages this space where memories unveil on the walls while, at the table, clients enjoy exceptional homemade recipes.

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