This mag­nif­i­cent Mex­i­can hideaway holds just as much ap­peal for horse en­thu­si­asts as it does for lovers of ex­cep­tional ar­chi­tec­ture, writes Joanna Tovia.

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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.


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.


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