A beautifully designed modern vacation home perched on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean ocean about 5km from Tarifa.
How would you describe Siete Balcones in a nutshell?
Siete Balcones is a small rental with individual rooms and apartments in the historic quarter of Vejer de la Frontera, Andalucia. There’s an expression in Spanish — estar a tus anchas — which means to be completely at ease and to have free rein of the place. That’s the feeling we want to give people, that they’re in their own house. Every detail is taken care of.
What was your inspiration to open Siete Balcones in Andalucia?
We were living in Madrid for many years and came to visit the village 15 years ago and fell in love with it and this area of Andalucia. We’ve always had the desire to open a small rental, opening up our house to people. We’re also ceramic artists, so we can combine that with our ceramic workshop as well.
What’s the history of the house?
The house was built around the end of the 18th century after the earthquake which affected a number of houses in the Medieval quarter. Before it became a Bed and Breakfast, it was the village schoolteacher’s house for many years and there are people our age who remember playing in the courtyard as children.
When we came to see the house, it had been neglected for a long time, and we had to pretty much redo the entire roof and a lot of the walls on the first floor. It took us almost two years to renovate it. We would shop at reclaimed material yards to find the same kind of materials that were traditionally used in the house, trying to respect the original essence.
What’s been the biggest reward to you since opening Siete Balcones?
The actual renovation work was a long haul, but just seeing people enjoying the house takes away the pain of it all. And meeting all the people and learning more about their culture, that’s been the most rewarding thing for us really.