Originally designed for Milan’s Salon del Mobile (1998), by renowned Swedish architect Thomas Sandell and Wallpaper Magazine, is a feat in compact living. Known by Sandell as the ‘inside outside house’ it is designed around a shaded central courtyard, with the living area on one side and the bathroom and sleeping area on the other.
The “insideouthouse blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors”, and it is a gift on the Coast of Light allowing sunshine to stream through glass sliding doors and screen walls of opalescent plastic. The white-painted pine floors extend up to the walls and across the ceilings. The furniture is beech and stainless steel and just like you might imagine your house might look after you return from Ikea but, somehow, never does.
Mike Carter, The Guardian, Saturday 4th October 2008
The sleeping arrangements are open-plan with minimal décor that are in keeping with the simplistic, contemporary vibe, although each bed has a drop down curtain for privacy. There are two double bedrooms (one of which is totally private) and two singles built, cabin-style, into the corridor wall. The private double hints at an Asian aesthetic with decorative bamboo sticks, four-poster style flowing mosquito net and sliding glass doors onto a central courtyard. The second double is a cosy, 2m by 2m walled-in-bed with a long window at the foot looking out onto the hillside. The ceiling of this room is adorned with large-scale images of woodlands - most probably reflecting the surroundings of the Swedish architect who designed it.
All the beds have good quality hard mattresses and are invitingly made up with crisp white embroidered bed linen (duvets); bath and hand towels are provided for, as are large beach towels.
The bathroom has a hot water shower (gas fuelled) and there is also an outdoor shower for the more hardy naturalists, which children seem to love.
This is an eco-friendly house so whilst we can guarantee you hot water for your shower and for cooking the solar panels provide electricity, so without sunshine you may find yourself without electricity - this is all part of the back to nature experience, however you will not lack for light as there is a limitless supply of tea lights and twinkling stars.
El Cancho is completely self-catering, the kitchen is not sophisticated - with a large gas fridge/freezer and 2-hob gas cooker - but it is equipped with all the necessary cooking implements and crockery as well as an abundance of Tupperware and a cooler for picnics.
There is a large Weber gas BBQ where the majority of cooking is done. The kitchen area has a large dining table and chairs to seat six, and there are plenty of spots for eating out on the decking (shaded and sunny) made comfortable with huge day cushions, outdoor furniture and sun loungers.
Guests need to park outside the plot and walk the 100m down a country track to the Wallpaper House.
Not to be missed is El Cancho’s sun-downer spot on the rocks, with views North to Tarifa town and the beaches of Los Lances, and South to the beaches of Valdevaqueros and the sand dunes at Punta Paloma.
- Two 2-man sofas
- Kettle and teapot
- Children’s bowls, cutlery and glasses
- Baby cot and bedding
- Baby bath
- Individual hammock seat and traditional Mayan hammock
- MP3 and Ipod speakers (do not charge Ipods)
- Board games, including back gammon
Mobile phone coverage on site
N.B. Hairdryers cannot be used on either properties the system will not support them, so if you are struggling with your baggage allowance this is one thing you can happily forget!