ONE LONG SIESTA
This secluded holiday retreat in the beautiful Mallorcan countryside is the ideal place to relax and unwind
The house has an old-world charm. Any new details, such as the kitchen cupboards, are made using traditional materials
Nestled amid the picture-postcard houses of Mallorca’s Sóller village, Ca’n Busquera is a hidden gem, concealed from sight behind a wooden entrance gate. Step inside and you are treated to the views from the garden, which sweep towards the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range. It is an instant dose of calm.
Owned by Julia and Ian Jones, this traditional Mallorcan property has been sensitively renovated by designers and architects Oro del Negro and Manuel Villanueva of More Design. It retains an old-world charm both inside and out. On the ground floor, the original stone treads and patterned tiles of the old staircase remain. Any new details introduced here – such as the cupboards and shelves in the kitchen – were constructed from traditional materials. The cosy aesthetic is amplified in the dining area, which has been designed around a built-in banquette that conceals radiators – Mallorcan winters can be surprisingly chilly. The furnishings throughout are made of solid wood and are classic in style, but the look is softened by white linen for a more relaxed, coastal vibe.
Oro and Manuel lavished as much attention on the gardens as they did on the interior. They laid a floor of rough cobbles that are only partially grouted, allowing space for small, hardy plants to invade the space in years to come. The area around the pool is finished with smooth poured concrete, punctuated by areas of hand-laid river pebbles. Softly textured underfoot, they massage bare feet. A rustic timber pergola, strung with ceramic lights and plant life, overlooks the concrete table in the outdoor dining room. ‘The table was a labour of love,’ says Oro. ‘The best thing about it is that it’s going to weather and age so beautifully – in ten years’ time it will look even better than it does now.’ It is to these sun-dappled spots in the garden that the family gravitate during the long summer evenings. Here, they share food, music and conversation long into the night. moredesign.es
On the ground floor, the original stone treads and patterned tiles of the old staircase remain
Kitchen The cupboard doors are constructed from whitewashed wood. The ‘Gota’ lights are by Senaia Studio and the stools are from Restoration Hardware Seating area The shelves, crafted from roughly hewn wood, were made by a local Mallorcan artisan. Etsy...
Bedroom The bespoke sculptural bed is a built-in design with layers of cushions adding comfort (try Maison Brocante for similar). The rustic flooring was created using small pebbles set in concrete. The ceramic vases on the shelf behind the bed are by...