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.
A little away from the main house lies the small adjoining house La Cabaña, which can be rented together with the main house or separately. It has a living room with sofa bed, a small kitchen, a sleeping gallery and a bathroom with shower. The outdoor area with terrace, outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower and garden offers additional space in summer.
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. The outdoor living space is a lovely place to be!
This house is great for
For (large) families or holidays with friends the main house is ideal. The dependance is well suited for couples or small families.
|ES – Spain, Galicia, Donón
|Camino de Playa
|isolated location in the midst of vineyards and close to the beach
|Number of guests
|max. 8 people in the main building; 2 adults + 2 children in the dependance
|Jamie Fobert Architects, London; Marta Gutierrez, La Coruña
|The Sunday Times 6/2023, Wallpaper 7/2017
|Old & new
|8+ (house/apartment), Apartments combinable, Beach, Dog-friendly, Family, Hiking, Pool, Sea, Wine
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