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Holiday home of the week: artist Xander Spronken’s Spanish retreat

A ‘liveable sculpture’

Dutch artist Xander Spronken designed his holiday home in the Castellon Hills of Les Usères in Spain as a ‘liveable sculpture’ that immerses you in the landscape.

Towering six-metre-high concrete columns greet visitors to the four-hectare estate, located down a dirt track and surrounded by orchards of almond and olive trees. The house itself is divided into two independent, two-bedroom villas, dubbed the East Wing and West Wing. Both are available to rent via BoutiqueHomes, starting from €349 per night.

As with his sculptures, Spronken has maintained a truthfulness to the materials he’s worked with. Raw concrete is exposed throughout the house, while wooden beams are unvarnished and floor-to-ceiling glass panes frame views of the Iberian mountains in the distance.

Hand wrought iron details can also be found across the Spanish holiday home – a hallmark of his sculptures.

Holiday home of the week: artist Xander Spronken’s Spanish retreat
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Says the artist of his home: ‘This is a piece of art that you can use…I like this very much because you can dwell around it.’

Each villa has its own swimming pool, and the East Wing villa has a woodfired outdoor oven for cooking paella. Spronken House is 35 minutes drive from the coast.

Holiday home of the week: artist Xander Spronken’s Spanish retreat
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Holiday home of the week: artist Xander Spronken’s Spanish retreat
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