Artist Xander Spronken’s Livable Sculpture in the Castellon Hills

Spronken House West, Les Useres, Spain
Spronken House South West, Les Useres, Spain |
  • House
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 6
  • from € 299 nt
Dwelling in Art

In the Castellon Hills of Les Usères, also known as the “Spanish Tuscany”, there is a small private road leading to an immensity of land that serves as a large, earthy canvas. At the center is the house that Dutch artist Xander Spronken built: An “art house”, a holiday home in Spain that is at once a sculpture and a house greets you with its host of 6-meter high concrete pillars that do not loom so much as they soar.

Spronken approaches architecture the way he does all his artpieces. Negative space is valued as much as positive mass, air and void animated by light and the inexplicable emotion of volume. Speaking of the many towering doors that connect the indoors with the out, he says, “I make the doors high because…why half? I go on until it feels good.”

Spronken loves “pure things”, as he puts it, which explains the elements that are left as raw as possible: dense unvarnished wooden beams that speak of trees that continue to live, forged iron hinges and frames, sweeping panels of glass. We particularly love that there is no burden of heft in this enormous structure. On the contrary, there is an airiness that arises from the play of light, indoor/outdoor perspectives, and delicately framed views of the Iberian Mountains, no doubt thanks to the mastery of multi-layered form that Spronken is known for. With it’s sprawling spaces, the west wing of the house can be rented individually or combined with the east wing to accommodate larger groups.

Description

It is becoming apparent that when it comes to architectural gems, treasure often lies at the end of an old dirt road. 

In the Castellon Hills of Les Usères, is one such road leading to an immensity of land that serves as a large, earthy canvas. At the center is a holiday home in Spain that Dutch artist Xander Spronken built: An “art house”, a home that is at once a sculpture and a house greets you with its host of 6-meter high concrete pillars that do not loom so much as they soar.

Spronken approaches architecture the way he does all his artpieces. Negative space is valued as much as positive mass, air and void animated by light and the inexplicable emotion of volume. Speaking of the many towering doors that connect the indoors with the out, he says, “I make the doors high because…why half? I go on until it feels good.”

Spronken House is a sprawling 310 square meters of living space encompassing four bedrooms, four baths and two pools. The dimensions offer air and space in the noblest sense. Its proportions have a long-legged allure that invoke a prehistoric awe of nature. Spronken loves “pure things”, as he puts it, which explains the elements that are left as raw as possible: dense unvarnished wooden beams that speak of trees that continue to live, forged iron hinges and frames, sweeping panels of glass. There is no burden of heft in this enormous structure. On the contrary, there is an airiness that arises from the play of light, indoor/outdoor perspectives, and delicately framed views of the Iberian Mountains, no doubt thanks to the mastery of multi-layered form that Spronken is known for. 

It appears the idea of a livable sculpture, or sculpture one can live in, came as a natural realization after the fact. Spronken had built this house drawing from the same source he does for his sculptures. And so, how is it not a sculpture? It is the way of seeing that makes the difference. It certainly heightens Spronken’s own enjoyment of the house. There is a palpable delight in his voice when he says “This is a piece of art that you can use…I like this very much because you can dwell around it. And in much sculptures, I can’t… It’s really nice to be here, and to just sit here, and enjoy it. The other sculptures I enjoy also but you don’t sit it in. You are not all the time with it, together.”

Such is the interest of art we can live in: A communion with the piece, a simple, almost affectionate enjoyment of being together. Spronken’s nephew Joris Dassen has taken to the task of sharing, opening up his uncle’s sculpture to like-minded guests, an invitation to discover and comprehend the artwork that unveils itself to those who take the time. 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Wifi throughout, Bluetooth speaker, climate control, kitchen and bath essentials, laundry facilities. 

AROUND

Equidistant from Valencia and Barcelona, the little village of Les Useres in the Castellon region lies just a half hour from the coast and has been relatively undisturbed by tourism.

A deeply rural, old world region, the lifestyle remains as it has here for hundreds of years, with lovely hilltop villages, ancient castles, vast farms, shepherds tending their flocks and olive and almond groves.

Every Spring for over seven hundred years, the pilgrims of Les Useres set out on  a days long pilgrimage to the sacred mountain of Penyagolosa, not unlike the famous Camino de Santiago, where they are joined by locals, a procession of animals and village priests along pathways that date back to the Bronze Age.  

The region’s seaside capital, Castellon de la Plana is a unique mix of modern resort town blended with lovely historic mansions, plazas, a central market and a pedestrian-friendly town center with excellent cafes, nightlife and shops. 

Flanked by the popular Playas Gurugu, Serradal and Del Pinar, the beaches are a a half hour from the house. The Columbretes Islands National Park are a thirty mile boat ride off shore and worth a visit. 

LOCATION

Les Useres, Spain. Nearest Airport: Castellón (mainly private airplanes, 20 min.), Valencia Airport (1hr), Barcelona – El Prat 2.5 hrs), Alicante – Eche Airport (2hr 45 min).

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round

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  • Spronken House South West, Les Useres, Spain |
  • Spronken House South West, Les Useres, Spain |
  • Spronken House South West, Les Useres, Spain |
  • Spronken House South West, Les Useres, Spain |
  • Spronken House South West, Les Useres, Spain |
  • Spronken House South West, Les Useres, Spain |
  • Spronken House South West, Les Useres, Spain |
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Spronken House West

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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
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Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Bedrooms2 Bedrooms
Bed Type1 Double, 2 Single plus Sofa bed and extra mattress
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms2 Bathrooms
AccommodateUp to 6 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Pet friendlyYes
RatesRates are €299 per night, €1880 per week, €6280 pr month
Minimum Stay3 Nights
ViewStunning Countryside Views
Notes

Check in: Anytime after 3pm

Check out: By 12pm 

Free cancellation within 48 hours

After that, cancel up to 7 days before check-in and get a 50% refund.

Children under 15 are not allowed. If you still choose to do so, it's fully under your own responsibility

Please note that there are surveillance or recording devices installed outside.

Photo Shoots are strictly by request only

No smoking

No parties or events

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3 Reviews

  • Manon, August 10, 2018

    The Spronken House is a real gem, surrounded by nature and amazing views. Our first impression upon entering the house was just “WOW!”. It is as beautiful as an art museum, with its big open spaces, its art works and its raw materials. But it’s much more than that. In spite of the minimalistic interior and impressive giant windows you feel immediately at home, maybe because of the tranquil atmosphere and the soft sunlight that brings everything to life and is constantly changing. Also, Joris is a wonderful host, who was there to answer every question and his enthusiasm about the surroundings is simply contagious. We had a wonderful 2 weeks stay; the house is well equipped and is very comfortable. The pool is a great refreshment during the summer heat and we discovered beautiful mountain villages like Vilafamès and stunning mountain roads and hikes for example in the Parque Natural del Desert de les Palmes. Also, the coast is not far away, where we discovered beautiful creeks like Cala Mundina close to the Natural Park of Serra d’Irta, a park where you can also visit the lovely Santa Lucia chapel with great panoramic views. But it’s also a real pleasure to just spend the day in and around the house, enjoying the silence and the sounds of nature and falling in love with the beautiful skies. We left after two weeks feeling sad, but totally relaxed and reloaded. And we will be back, for sure!

    Manon

  • Mo, July 19, 2018

    The house is even more beautiful in real. We really enjoyed our stay in the beautiful surroundings. It made our stay complete in Europe. Thank you Catherine and Joris for your great hospitality and tips!

    Mo

    Calabasas, United States

  • Asia, June 30, 2018

    I fell in love with this house from the moment we arrived. The private pool with the mountain view and the calmness is breathtaking! We had an outstanding stay and the location of the house was great and … 30 minutes from the beach.

    Asia

    Calabasas, United States

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