Situated in the quaint village of Seva, an hour from Barcelona and Girona and just outside Montseny National Park, stands the stone-surfaced marvel that is Montseny Villa. Originally built in the 1960s, this villa for rent in Catalonia was fully restored in 2013 with great respect to its original bones. A palette of materials – oak, walnut and copper – were introduced, while a portfolio of furniture – a Patricia Urquiola armchair here, lamps of Isamo Noguchi or Ingo Maurer there – play well with the home’s otherwise humble nature.
“The capture of natural light and the interaction with the exterior is very important, we created ambiguous spaces between interior and exterior to enjoy the calm, the sun, the shadow and the air,” says owner David, and that indoor-outdoor ethos is evident throughout, especially where the jacuzzi looks out onto a verdant frame of nature: this, and the numerous skylights, call up the work of James Turrell.
The living area is a study in grays, with a giant sectional sofa and suspended stovepipe fireplace, leading openly into a rustic dining room with seating for 12 and stunning wood beams overhead. Outside, the L-shaped pool is surrounded by trees and manicured grounds that span 7300 m2.
Meals can be arranged in the sleek, fully-equipped kitchen, showcasing the best of a Mediterranean diet, and pairing well with a visit to the wine cellar. There is also a bar and small discoteque.
When stimulation calls, you can watch some film noir in the home’s spectacular ink-black cinema: it seats up to 20 people. Or, challenge one of your friends or family members to table tennis, or a game the Playstation 3.
A sauna, private gym and tennis court top off the ways this home puts wellness in utmost regard.