A recent family vacation in Granada has left me with Spain on the brain: I’m plotting my return. And next time, I hope to stay at Casas del Naval, a 110-acre mountain compound in the Sierra de Gredos, in Western Spain’s Extremadura, dreamed up by landscape designer/creative spirit Jesús Moraime.
It began as Moraime’s country place away from Madrid, and, in recent years, he’s restored the original gardener’s cottage, acquired surrounding properties, tended oak forests, brought in an endangered breed of cattle, and added this built-from-the-ground-up hacienda. It’s surrounded by wildflower meadows. Oh, and there’s a saltwater pool, too. Join us for a look.
The house was designed by Moraime in collaboration with architect Alicia Lopez-Izquierdo and interior designer Javier Cargo. The co-creator of Madrid’s Casa Gonzaléz & Gonzaléz (see Better Tools for Living), Cargo worked with Moraime on the project from the get-go—and also furnished Moraime’s Baixa House, one of our favorite Lisbon hotels.
The suspended wood-burning fireplace is the Doria by Spanish line Traforart (it’s available in the US from Fiamma, which also offers a gas option). The runner is made from local vintage grain sacks.
The range and extractor hood are from Ikea. The large framed photo is from Jesús Moraime’s “Gardens of Lisbon” series.
The kitchen’s thick Silvestre granite counters reappear in the bathrooms, which have raw brass faucets affordably sourced in Morocco. The striped sink curtain covers a wooden storage shelf. (Thinking of cabinet curtains? Go to Kitchen of the Week, Dutch Modern Edition to see another example that we love.)
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