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My 500 year old Barrio Santa Cruz house project

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4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
1 night minimum
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I like to make beautiful spaces. There is not one specific way for something to be beautiful. When I first got this place, I felt like it was already a beauty, but it was covered up pretending to be something it was not. For many years, people who were here did not respect what it was. So I began to do what I felt the house asked for, which was not to try to be something it is not, but to accept what it is. And what it is is a 500-year-old house that is proud and comfortable with itself. 'I am old and I don’t want to change or try to be something I am not. Don’t make me new. Make me real,” the house said to me. So a relationship began. “What do you want?” I would ask, and it told. Sometimes we would fight. Sometimes we laughed. Sometimes it seemed like we would never get along. But we neve...I like to make beautiful spaces. There is not one specific way for something to be beautiful. When I first got this place, I felt like it was already a beauty, but it was covered up pretending to be something it was not. For many years, people who were here did not respect what it was. So I began to do what I felt the house asked for, which was not to try to be something it is not, but to accept what it is. And what it is is a 500-year-old house that is proud and comfortable with itself. 'I am old and I don’t want to change or try to be something I am not. Don’t make me new. Make me real,” the house said to me. So a relationship began. “What do you want?” I would ask, and it told. Sometimes we would fight. Sometimes we laughed. Sometimes it seemed like we would never get along. But we never quit, and we bonded and became friends. Bedroom 1: I created this room with decorative elements I collected and made from pieces around the house. The archway over the bed is made with tiles I salvaged from floors and walls — some 100 years old. All the wooden elements I made by hand — the doors above the bed, the blue window panes and their enclosures, the base that the bed rests on. These were made with spare boards laying about that I put together like puzzle pieces. The room is filled with little surprises — tabletops that pull out from the side of the bed like nightstands, cubby holes and giant under-the-bed drawers that I created to perfectly fit any size of suitcase, a nook in the wall for candles and herb-infused water, a Moroccan light that fills the room with a kaleidoscope of color at night. Bedroom 2: I wanted this room to feel luxurious, like a romantic getaway with beautiful details. The sleeping area is tucked away behind a wall of white curtains that you can close to create the feel of even more privacy. You enter the bed by stepping onto a tiered mosaic platform, which I created with bits of broken tiles that I kept as I remade the house. The bed, when you lie down, you sink into a cushion of pillows — some goose down, some memory foam. The windows I made by hand, and when you open them, you look down into the courtyard garden and hear the birds chirping. The window seat doubles as a chest, where you can store your luggage, and a closet has been cut into the thick, 500-year-old stone walls — all created by hand. Bedroom 3: This is the only room that looks out onto the narrow cobblestone paths of Santa Cruz. Open just the windows for a little sunlight, or the full french doors for Sevilla’s famous orange-blossom-scented breezes, then lie in bed and look out onto the balcony and the historical street below. The beds hang from the stone walls, each on a platform big enough for keeping a book or a glass of water by your side. You reach the top bunk from a ladder I made from spare scraps of wood I had left from the reconstruction. The floor is finished with an outline of tiles taken from another area of the house. There is room under the bed for storing luggage and a desk for your convenience. Bedroom 4: This 3rd floor studio is entirely private, just for you, and does not have to be shared with anyone if you want extra privacy or it can function as just another bedroom. You walk through the courtyard and up the stairs to arrive at a door that only you have the key to. You have your own space with bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette consisting of a small fridge, microwave, and single burner stove. You have basic pots and pans for making small quick meals, as well as plates, cups, utensils, and a coffee maker. Everything you see here has been handmade, from the cooking area, to the table and stools, to the hanging bed, and even the windows The house is three stories of 500-year old Spanish history and is open air in all the common areas. Sit in the courtyard garden and enjoy your tea or coffee while listening to the trickle of the fountain. Relax in a shady nook and read a book or write a postcard. Enjoy a restful bath with candles and bath salts after a long day exploring the town. Cook a meal in the rustic style, well-equipped kitchen. Take in the beautiful sunshine and orange-blossom-scented air of Sevilla on the rooftop terrace. The whole house is yours to explore and enjoy. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: VFT/SE/05157More
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About the Owner
Juan Carlos C
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:October 2017
Interaction with guests
As much or as little as you like. I’m happy to give you suggestions of my favorite places to visit and restaurants around town. Or have a conversation about anything in general. Other things to note I travel a lot always looking to create or do cool projects, so I am not always home, but If I am traveling there will be Simon who helped me do the 3rd floor around.
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Reviewed 23 September 2019

This has to be the best rental I have ever had. The house was exactly what I had hope for, based on the photos provided. The location could not have been better. 6 adults slept comfortably between the 4 bedrooms. The 2 bathrooms have great...More

Date of stay: September 2019
Thank tgbgrandy
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Beautifully restored historic home. Welcoming host. Clean and modern amenities. Excellent AC. Perfect for families or a small group of friends (fewer than 8). We have three young adult daughters and they each had their own room on the second floor with a single bathroon,...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank LillianS160
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

If you are into new, modern, spotless, sterile places to stay, this is not your place. This is for folks who want to live in a piece of history. This is not to say it isn't clean, it is, but it has adobe bricks everywhere...More

Date of stay: May 2018
1  Thank Greg W
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This place is beyond beautiful, very nicely decorated and has all the amenities you'd want to stay few days, hope to be back to spend more time in this wonderful city! This house was designed in such a way that it left me in awe!...More

Date of stay: April 2017
1  Thank Lola C
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Suitable For Children Under 5
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Washer
Dryer
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
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Iron
Microwave
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Linens Provided
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About the neighbourhood
If you’re coming to Sevilla to see the city, there is no better place to stay than Santa Cruz. The first time I came to Sevilla, I didn’t know anything about it and I was alone. I found this neighborhood just walking around, and I was amazed. I felt like I wanted the people I knew to see it with me. The streets are so small you spread your arms and touch both sides. You can find small passages where you have to duck down to pass. You can peak into a patio and feel like you’re looking into the past, like you are a time traveler. So many of us have this dream to go explore a place and get lost in a maze of beautiful history, cobblestone streets, old walls with hanging vines. This is it — this is Santa Cruz.
Getting around
From the house, you are a short walk to the major sights and experiences of Sevilla, as well as a mix of tapas bars and restaurants: Catedral de Sevilla: 4 min walk Jardines de Murillo: 4 min Royal Alcazar: 5 min Museo del Baile Flamenco: 6 min Alfalfa: 7 min Iglesia del Salvador: 9 min Parque Maria Luisa: 10 min Plaza de Toros: 13 min Guadalquivir River & Puente de Isabel II: 13 min Plaza Encarnación: 14 min La Torre de Oro: 14 min Plaza de Espana: 15 min Triana: 17 min
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