SpronkenHouse

  • Location: Countryside
    Castellón shops: 15km (15 mins by car)
    Mediterranean sea beaches: 45km (40 mins by car)
    Peñiscola with its historic centre and its beautiful beaches: 70km (1h by car)
    Valencia: 110km (1h by car)
  • Valencia Airport (VLC): 130km (1:15h by car)
    Barcelona Airport (BLN): 260km (2:40h by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking

This is your rare chance to sleep inside a stunning piece of art.

Although within 15 to 20 minutes you have all that you need, from sleepy medieval villages to amazing restaurants and beaches, you need a car to move around.

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An introduction to SpronkenHouse

How would you describe SpronkenHouse in a nutshell?

An experience of art in its purest form. SpronkenHouse is not a luxurious house as you might think of it. But in another way, it’s extremely luxurious because of the experience and size of the buildings.

As you are driving up the road towards the house, suddenly everything opens up. Then you see what appears to be a Greek temple in the distance and as you come near, you feel the power of the structure. It’s not a house, it’s an amazing sculpture that you can sleep in.

What was the inspiration behind SpronkenHouse?

It was created by my uncle who has been forging iron his entire life and is a renowned artist in Maastricht. He’d always had the idea to build his own, private geta-way — a huge sculpture — but had trouble finding the right location. After searching in Switzerland, Sardinia and Sicily, he eventually found this piece of land in Spain.

He built SpronkenHouse using cement, glass and wooden beams sourced from an old harbour in Rotterdam. There’s no paint, no plaster and the layout is influenced by the Fibonacci sequence. He thinks like an artist, not an architect. He wanted to build something big and asked for the biggest bit of glass you can transport to that area. That became the only limitation - the size of the glass.

For him, the most important part was creating it. Now that it’s finished, he can just sit outside looking at it for hours. He always had this dream, he would build this beautiful sculpture and now he’s done it.

But owning and taking care of a property that size is a big responsibility, so he decided he wanted others to enjoy and experience it. As he doesn’t have a background in marketing or property management, he asked me to take over the ownership and rent it out so others can enjoy it. The only condition was that he could come on vacation for a few weeks each year. It’s where he finds his calm.

Since that time, we’ve bought the surrounding land to stop anyone from building around it and to preserve the art.

How would you describe the atmosphere at SpronkenHouse?

It makes you feel humbled and as though you are sleeping inside a work of art. There are bigger houses in the world but they don’t offer the overwhelming purity of architecture. There’s a power to the structure and it’s like nothing I’ve seen before.

SpronkenHouse - Villa 2 outside
SpronkenHouse - Villa 2 kitchen and dining area
SpronkenHouse - Villa 2 living area
SpronkenHouse - Villa 2 living area
SpronkenHouse - Villa 2 kitchen
SpronkenHouse - Villa 1 pool
Outside and view
SpronkenHouse - Villa 1 outside kitchen
SpronkenHouse - Villa 2 bedroom
SpronkenHouse - Villa 1 living area
SpronkenHouse - Villa 1 kitchen
Space between the two villas
SpronkenHouse - Villa 2 terrace
SpronkenHouse - Villa 2 terrace and pool
SpronkenHouse - Villa 1 terrace and pool
SpronkenHouse - Villa 1
Both villas from afar
Aerial view

SpronkenHouse rooms & rates

SpronkenHouse comprises two villas, which have similar layouts and stunning views but face different directions. They feature huge, open spaces and two bedrooms, one of which appears to float above the main living area and overlooks kilometres of countryside. A six-metre-high door leads into the villas and there’s glass along two or more sides, as well as windows in the roof so you can see the stars and moon at night.

Both bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with showers and tubs while the first villa also has an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven. There are swimming pools on the terraces of each villa, which are quite shallow so you can stand and enjoy the views towards the Penyagolosa mountain, which is the tallest in the region.

There is a beautiful sculpture between the villas for extra privacy.

  • SpronkenHouse - Villa 1 for 4-6 people / 160 m²
    395 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Villa 1 (facing South-East, total 160 square metres) faces the stretched Castellón mountains, a beautiful live painting with the Penyagolosa as the centrepiece. It also carries the luxury of an outdoor wood-fired oven, perfect for making a traditional paella or a wooden baked pizza.

    Both houses are equipped with air-conditioning, floor-heating, large fitted kitchens, lounge areas, and two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms each. Additionally, the houses are eco-friendly, operating on solar energy and heated by a heat pump.

    Both villas have a lot of privacy because they are build towards the opposite sides.

  • SpronkenHouse - Villa 2 for 4-6 people / 150 m²
    345 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    SculptureHouse Villa 2 (facing South-West, total 150 square metres) enjoys a breathtaking view of the north-west mountains (including the Penyagolosa), overlooking the olive trees in the vast open space.

    Both houses are equipped with air-conditioning, floor-heating, large fitted kitchens, lounge areas, and two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms each. Additionally, the houses are eco-friendly, operating on solar energy and heated by a heat pump.

    Both villas have a lot of privacy because they are build towards the opposite sides.

  • SpronkenHouse - both Villas for 8-12 people / 310 m²
    685 / night
    • 2 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 2 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 2 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 2 Living room
    • 2 Kitchen
    • 4 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)

    Both villas can be rented together for a large family or group of friends.

Included in the rates
Rates are on a self-catering basis.
Optional extras
A private chef is available on request.
Children & Extra beds
The house allows families with children, but we would kindly like to inform you that this house is not child proof, it is designed as an art house. We do not accept any liability. So, if you have small children with you, please keep an eye on them at all times.
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Pets welcome
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

Both of the villas are set up for self-catering but we can organise a local chef to cook some (or all) meals for you. His mother and brother are both Michelin-star chefs, however, he’s chosen a different direction, with a restaurant that celebrates slow cooking and only uses ingredients sourced within one kilometre away.

Things to do in Valencian Country & Useras

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

There are beautiful hikes in the Parque Natural nearby or you can just stroll through the almond and olive groves that surround the property. There are lots of little villages within 15 minutes of the property where it seems like time stood still — everyone only speaks Spanish.

Within 30 minutes’ drive, you can be swimming and snorkeling along the Mediterranean coast or exploring the city of Castellón de la Plana. Valencia is just an hour’s drive away and you’re also close to very touristic but beautiful places, such as the Peñíscola peninsula.

Vilafamés is a beautiful little medieval town that’s 15 minutes from the property and Morella is also not to miss — it’s like a tourist diamond! We are motorcyclists and we love to go into the mountains to drive the curving roads. There are also hot springs around an hour away — you dive into the spring and feel the hot water welling up from below.

The location of SpronkenHouse

SpronkenHouse is located in the Castellon Hills near the town of Useras, which is 30 minutes’ drive from the Mediterranean Sea. I often describe it as the “Spanish Tuscany” but without the tourists. It has rich, red soils, ancient walls and centuries-old olive trees, with numerous mountain villages within 15 minutes’ drive where time has seemingly stood still.

The closest supermarket is five minutes’ drive from the property (although the one we recommend is 15 minutes away). There’s one restaurant within walking distance (around 20 minutes away) that serves simple Spanish food and in 10 minutes you can be at the local bakery, which is very impressive. There are a lot of restaurants within 15 minutes’ drive of the property, so you really need a car to get around.

What’s really special about the region is the calmness, purity and simplicity. It’s a largely agricultural area, with lots of farm-ers driving tractors around - they grow a few vegetables and trade them amongst themselves. It’s like entering a beautiful Italian movie but then you’re in Spain. A local guy comes with his herd of goats to “mow” our lawn! I also love the climate — it’s dry but not too dry.

When is the best time to visit Valencian Country?

Most bookings are in July and August. But it’s very hot then at the height of summer and the coast can be busy. So I would say anytime except July and August because the weather’s perfect. Even in winter, there can be a little bit of frost on the ground in the morning, then by midday, it’s usually 20 degrees with clear skies. If there is rain, it comes as spectacular thunderstorms, followed by blue skies immediately after.