This se­cluded hol­i­day re­treat in the beau­ti­ful Mal­lor­can countryside is the ideal place to re­lax and un­wind

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Home - Pho­tog­ra­phy GREG COX/BUREAUX.CO. ZA Pro­duc­tion ROBYN ALEXAN­DER Styling TILLE DEL NE­GRO

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. more­

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...

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