It is Saturday morning and the neighbourhood around Santa Clara 1728, Silent Living’s city house in Lisbon, is livelier, louder and more colourful than on most days: Saturdays are market days. Antiquities, ‘trouvailles’, vintage pieces – objects of the past that seek the attention of mesmerised eyes looking for a little treasure to make their own. And yet the true gem of the neighbourhood remains unnoticed to most. Contrasting the temporary liveliness of its surroundings, there is a sober elegance to its façade. Once you push open the heavy door and go inside, it feels as if you have entered a different dimension. And before you know it, the calm and peacefulness that surround you gently permeate your body. You breathe easier, deeper, more consciously. With their attentive eyes and charming smiles, the hosts know all too well what you are experiencing: they give you a moment to just be before welcoming you.
Each house began as a family residence. They hold the memory of our family’s happiness, our ancestors' connection to the land and the sensual nature of the surrounding landscape. Each home has also been a gathering place for friends, family, and travelers. We wanted to share what we had and have others experience it. Today, we have opened our homes for guests to stay. We’ve named this process Silent Living, a lifestyle of happiness and fulfillment that we continue to pursue.