This magnificent Mexican hideaway holds just as much appeal for horse enthusiasts as it does for lovers of exceptional architecture, writes Joanna Tovia.
This retreat outside Mexico City is designed for horses as well as humans
Tucked away in the woods by a lake outside Valle de Bravo, a picturesque town about 150 kilometres southwest of Mexico City, is a tranquil weekender designed for rest and recreation – for horse and rider alike.
The house is simple but eloquent, incorporating a master bedroom and bathroom, spacious living area, eat-in kitchen, guest quarters and an expansive outdoor terrace.
Sitting snugly against a steep hillside, access to the house is via an upper-level entryway that also happens to be the most interesting feature of the home.
The road sweeps down the hillside to meet the property, where a discreet garage is hidden in the open entryway behind a rustic timber wall. On the other side of that wall is a reflecting pool stretching out into the trees, along with a low-set stone water trough and tethering rails attached to the stone and timber walls.
The enticing entryway doubles as the place the owners tie up their horses before saddling up and heading out for a ride.
RESPECT FOR NATURE
Mexican architect Manuel Cervantes Céspedes of CC Arquitectos designed the 550-square-metre home with reverence for the natural surrounds.
As well as making as little a mark on the pristine environment as possible in terms of both footprint and the process of construction, the house was built using locally sourced materials: recycled railroad sleepers, local stone and an abundance of wood and steel that is certain to age beautifully.