Holiday home of the week: a converted stable in the Spanish countryside

Off-grid living in the Cáceres hills

Madrid practice Ábaton has turned a crumbling ruin into an off-grid eco-home in Western Spain.

The building started life as a stable in the hills of Cáceres region but Finca Extremadura was eventually abandoned and left to ruin. In 2010, Ábaton took up the task of reviving the dilapidated structure and turning into a modern family home fit for 21st-century living.

Much of the original building was beyond repair, but the studio salvaged the stone façade, restoring it with local stone. Windows and doors of the Spanish holiday home have been fitted with huge wooden shutters designed to look like barn doors, while interior walls have been removed and replaced with lightweight metal pillars to open up the floor plan.

The living room has a double-height ceiling, as well as limestone floors, exposed concrete and timber-beamed ceilings, which add texture to the interiors.

Finca Extremadura
Photography: Ábaton Arquitectura

Two bedrooms are tucked at the back of the building – which is available via Holiday Architecture from €650 per night – while the old haylofts have been turned into three bedrooms above.

Because Finca Extremadura is miles from the nearest town (Guijo de Santa Bárbara), it was too remote to connect to the electricity grid. Instead solar panels and two nearby streams help generate hydro-electricity to power the off-grid house.

Photography: Belen Imaz

Meanwhile large eaves help to keep the interiors cool in the summer, and the large swimming pool doubles as an irrigation tank to collect rainwater from the mountainside.

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