Donon Villa Aldan, Galicia, Spain

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Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
  • Villa
  • 5 BR
  • Sleeps 11
  • from € 230/nt
What we like about this property

A beautiful adaptation that deftly integrates the raw elements of the existing structure with a clean, modern restoration, this vacation home rental in Spain bridges rural old world charm with modern living. We love the meticulous craftsmanship and detail and the simple, subtle update that honors the original intent of a traditional country home. 

Description

Immersed within a vast nature reserve along the Galician coast, this vacation home rental in Spain is located in a secluded and idyllic location surrounded by forests and vineyards where the wild, sparsely inhabited land meets the Atlantic.

Discovered by chance by London based architect Jamie Fobert and his partner who stumbled upon the property while on holiday, the 19th century house was in an advanced state of ruin but the couple were struck by its beauty and potential and the peaceful location. Turns out it was a twelve years long journey…. Completed in 2017, the granite walls anchored the house and served as the perfect starting point for reimagining what a simple country house could be. The roof, which was long gone, was replaced with locally produced tiles and additional granite and locally sourced chestnut wood was used to complete the material construction. 

Entering through a Corten steel gate at the side, a flight of granite stairs takes you down to the central courtyard which serves as the heart of the property where the outdoor kitchen and dining and lounge spaces are sheltered and the infinity pool cascades down one wall. From the courtyard, three large Corten shutters slide away to reveal floor to ceiling glass entrances into the main house.

The ground floor is a bright open space that was created by burrowing into the hillside and includes a sitting room with a fireplace and a sleek minimalist kitchen with a vernacular barrel-vaulted ceiling made from handcrafted terracotta tiles as well as three of the four ensuite bedrooms. On the upper floor is the master bedroom, which leads out to the pool and gardens with lovely views.  

The rough hewn granite walls and chestnut ceiling are exposed on the interiors enhancing the simply detailed and meticulously crafted finishes, revealing the building’s original rustic design.  

There is a separate dwelling with a mezzanine bedroom and a kitchenette that was originally a small farm storage space but now matches the home’s calm and chic aesthetic with room for two.

An appealing and seamless blend of simple rustic living with a creative and respectful modern translation, this is a lovely Galician retreat.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Daily housekeeping available from a local couple (paid to them directly) along with a local caretaker. A local woman sells and can deliver typical meals and can come cook at the house (with prices similar to what you would pay in a modest restaurant). Wifi throughout, stereo system, laundry facilities, kitchen and bath amenities. Kayak, canoe and water sport gear available for guest use.

AROUND

The Aldan region of Galicia has a unique microclimate and is one of the most temperate in Spain. From the house you can walk to two beautiful uncrowded beaches (Barra is over three kilometers long) through unspoiled nature preserves along the Cabo do Home as well as to the tiny village of Donon with great local markets and just a couple of cafes and bars. The northwest region of Galicia is known as the four leaf clover of Spain due to its four green provinces of Pontevedra, Coruña, Ourense and Lugo and has remained one of the most unspoiled parts of the country. Flanked by beautiful mountains and idyllic Atlantic coastline dotted with islands, it’s a region of great diversity.

The nearby province of Pontevedra, features the lush green beauty of the Miñor Valley with many local vineyards and the spectacular Atlantic Islands National Park, a protected chain that includes the islands of Cies, Ons, Salvora and Cortegada. Just north of Vigo and within ninety minutes from the grand UNESCO capital of the region, Santiago de Compostela, you are also an hour north of the border of Portugal.    

LOCATION

Donon, Galicia, Spain. Nearest Airport: Vigo (30 mins), Santiago (90 mins), La Coruña (2 hrs)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: The weather from June through September is the best while November through March is often rainy, but still great for walks and sitting by the fire.

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Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Donon Villa, Aldan, Galicia, Spain | vacation home rentals
Info & Rates
Bedrooms4 Bedrooms (3 En suite) in main house plus 1 double bedroom in separate guest house
Bed Type2 Large double beds plus 4 Singles that can be arranged separately or as 2 Doubles in the main house and 1 Double and 1 Sofa bed in guest house
KitchenFully equipped kitchen in main house with additional kitchenette in guest house
Bathrooms5 Total (all shower rooms, no baths) with 2 additional outdoor showers
AccommodateMaximum 11 guests total when using the sofa bed in main house (8-9 in main house plus 2-3 in guest house)
InternetWifi throughout
Pet friendlyYes
RatesRates are €340 per night in June, €410 in July, €480 in August, €390 in September, €260 during Christmas and Easter and €230 the rest of the year. Minimum stay is weekly from Saturday to Saturday from mid-May through September. The rest of the year is 3 night stay minimum.
Minimum Stay3 Nights
ViewGarden, countryside and vineyard views with distant sea views
Notes

€600 Security deposit required at time of booking for the main house. Cancellations up to 3 months before reservation date receive €500 back. The remainder of the cost is due 2 months before your booking.

€150 Security deposit required at time of booking for the guest house. Cancellations up to 2 months before the reservation date receive €110 back. The remainder of the cost is due 2 months before your booking.

Check in: 4pm

Check out:10am


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