Having just returned to Copperline HQ this week after a holiday – thank you dog-friendly Northumberland! – I have to say it’s hard to come back knowing that winter is just round the corner. I realise we have autumn first and I shouldn’t be jumping the gun here, but these dark evenings already feel closer to winter than summer! So I plan to keep on dreaming with lots of fantastic holiday properties (who’s with me here!) and this… well, this is perfect.
La Granja Ibiza first caught my eye on Wallpaper*, and when I headed to this boutique hotel’s website I was instantly smitten by the mood of this place along with the beautifully mellow and rustic aesthetic. I love when an old building is refurbished but still retains that patina and sense of history, and La Granja pretty much oozes patina in every space.
Previously a private home, interior design studio Dreimeta redesigned the 200-year-old farmhouse for Design Hotels, a booking company that represents over 270 boutique design hotels worldwide. Dreimeta’s approach was to preserve the inherent character of the interior, from the arched walls to the beamed ceilings and rustic doors, and this backdrop has been combined with a very sympathetic palette of new elements including dark burnt wood, brushed and oiled ash wood, and stone and slate alongside woven basketware and rough linens.
Notably, the colour palette is wonderfully dark and dramatic, which, to me, feels counterintuitive in a location filled with sunlight, but this approach has created interiors that feel like a retreat from the world outside. Located in the hamlet of Buscastell and surrounded by farmland, orchards and pine groves, the hotel has nine suites varying in size along with a separate guesthouse that sits just 50 metres away from the farmhouse. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a separate lounge area and a private garden, the guesthouse (below) sleeps up to five.
La Granja’s pared back design is the work of Dreimeta’s Armin Fischer. In an interview with Dezeen, Fischer says: “In a world where travel and hotels are surrounded by technology, extravagant comforts and unnecessary distractions, La Granja encourages guests to return to the basics: modesty, rustic simplicity, and the beauty of imperfection. The design of the space honours rustic simplicity, growth and decay, modesty and intransigence.”
La Granja is also Design Hotel’s first members-only venture, and is a collaboration with Friends of a Farmer – an organisation that promotes sustainable crop growing along with art and musical projects. Members have access to more than simply a “room” here – they can also enjoy slow-food workshops, meditation and yoga, as well as cultural events. Meanwhile chef José Catrimán uses home-grown produce from the farm combined with locally sourced ingredients to create a slow-food menu for guests.
La Granja may embrace an ethos of less is more in terms of its aesthetic, but this is quiet luxury where every detail has been considered. And while there are communal spaces to hang out with fellow guests, including the kitchen and pool, this interior is also filled with little nooks to escape to. I think La Granja Ibiza has become my new dream destination.
For more information and booking, visit La Granja Ibiza.
Photography via La Granja Ibiza and Dezeen.