The Camino de Playa is located on the edge of the Galician nature reserve of Costa da Vela, near a kilometer-long sandy beach. The current owners discovered this rundown building, which was originally a winemaking bodega, on a hike in 2004. It took a total of 12 years to buy, rebuild, and convert it into a home.
At the centre of the house you will find the courtyard, which is bordered by high walls, creating the appearance of a room under the open sky. With an outdoor kitchen, dining table and seating area, the courtyard functions as the combined living, dining and kitchen area of the main house, which opens out to the surrounding landscape with three large windows. Fair-faced granite walls, chestnut ceilings and barrel-vaulted ceilings made of terracotta tiles in the kitchen characterise this house’s rustic ambience. Simple, straight-lined furniture and Corten steel elements add contrasting contemporary touches. The house features four bedrooms (three of them with an en suite bathroom). From the bedroom in the attic you reach the upper terrace and its 15 meter long pool, which borders the courtyard to one side.
In the small neighboring house, reached via a footpath from the main house, there is a studio for two people. The two houses can be rented together or separately.
The main house features underfloor heating and a fireplace. The house is therefore suitable for winter stays, although designed with summer in mind.
What to do
You can visit to the local fish markets (the area is famous throughout Spain for its seafood), cook and eat outdoors, walk to the beach or along the adjacent coastal trails on the Cabo de Home, rent a sailboat for the day or take a ferry to the famous Cies Islands, and finish the day with drinks by the pool at sunset.
Why we like this house
A contemporary reworking of an old ruin on an unspoilt coastline.
Details of the property
Region/Town: ES – Spain, Donón, Galicia
Name: Camino de Playa
Scenery: Isolated location in the midst of vineyards and close to the beach
Number of guests: max. 8 in the main building, max. 3 in the dependance
Architecture: Old & new
Design: Jamie Fobert Architects, London; Marta Gutierrez, La Coruña
Published: Wallpaper 07/2017