The House



The house had evolved over several generations before we bought it in the late 1970s and since then we have completely reconditioned it. We had no preconceived plan to work to, letting it develop as we progressed, as new ideas came to us. You could say it has grown organically. Although obviously the uses of the different parts of the house have nothing to do with the old uses, we have tried to respect the original spirit. Our logic was that the old folk built their houses in response to the dictates of the environment and climate. We were right. The house is cooler in summer and warmer in winter than a modern construction, although at this altitude we do enjoy the luxury of a wood-burning stove on winter evenings. Some of the features that make it special are the very thick stone walls, the wooden carpentry and the open-plan heart of the house embodying the Dining Room, the Dormer and the Sitting Room.

Manacén is not a run-of-the-mill pseudo Texas ranch or Greco-Roman villa to show off to your partying friends round the pool and barbecue. It is a real house to live in, to be yourself in. It's comfortable and welcoming. It's the kind of home to which you can give the character you want just by your presence and the things you love.

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The Dining Room

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The Dormer