WELCOME - BIENVENUE
The stunning solid wood door opens into a light filled living & dining area. Behind the front door, a cloakroom/storage cupboard utilises the original double front doors. To make best use of the space and keep a traditional Spanish look - we designed built in seating and furniture. High quality made-to-measure cushions ensure you are comfortable relaxing or eating. Storage is hidden beneath, helping you to keep Alborán looking calm and uncluttered. A unique light shade made by local artists hangs over the table.
From the living room seating you can see through an original iron Moroccan window grille to the indoor patio, which is off the kitchen. The low furniture and continuous lime paint colour keep this room feeling light and spacious, but with plenty of spaces to display your favourite objects. We used roof tiles from a neighbour’s old stable as shades, throwing a warm glow and highlighting the texture of the rustic render on the walls. Locally made terracotta floor tiles are used throughout the house.
Through the deep archway to the stunning Ibiza inspired kitchen. The entire structure and doors are handmade and unique, there is no flat pack here. The Arabesque shape tiles of the splashback are again made locally by hand, the glaze on each slightly imperfect. The peninsula has two deep draws and is topped - like the rest of the kitchen - in a luxury marble effect porcelain surface called Laminam.
Light floods in through another new arch, connecting to the gorgeous indoor patio area. Perfect for morning coffee or drinks while chatting to the cook, this area was inspired by Moroccan courtyards. The floor is made of pebbles from the beach, echoing a long tradition in this part of the Spanish coast.
Off the kitchen is a 2nd bathroom and utility. We restored the old kitchen door and now it is a space saving sliding door, with opaque glass and pierced panel. There are connections for a washing machine under the hot water tank. A lovely backlit mirror finishes this room and makes a fully useable bathroom.
The once empty landing area has been transformed with an eye both on relaxation & practicality. A large yet discreet storage cupboard has plenty of room for household essentials and things you don’t use year round. On the other side, a dreamy daybed area inside an arch invites you to relax and have a cool snooze or read a book.
The two large bedrooms have been made equal sized. Each has plenty of room for a superking sized bed and share a balcony with fantastic village, mountain and sea views. Double balcony doors are fronted with full length shutters, allowing both shade and air. Built in storage mixes open shelving with a large wardrobe - whose doors are the original balcony doors, stripped and repurposed.
The stunning main bathroom is covered in marble-like Moroccan tadelakt. This lime based finish was a must-have for us, after being seduced by so many Pintrest pics and a magical trip to Morocco. It’s rounded edges and silky smooth feeling give a simple luxury to shower time. Every square cm has been laboriously and painstakingly polished entirely by hand. The large handcrafted basin has two taps and a huge backlit mirror.
The crowning glory of Alboran is the large panoramic roof terrace. Not many houses in the lower part of the old town have an uninterrupted view of the mountains, town and sea. The old terrace floor and house roof was rotten and starting to leak. The whole surface was removed and renewed, with structural reinforcement, insulation and waterproofing. The waterproof layer was also taken 30cm up the terrace walls and new rainwater drain system added. Then topped with the same floor tiles, which have been fully waterproofed like in the rest of the house. No expense was spared in ensuring this house roof and terrace floor were future-proofed. Built in bed sized sunloungers were made to a height that means you can lie back and still see the sea! You can relax with a drink from the terrace bar kitchen too.
Casita Alborán’s facade was partially re rendered and then repainted. The new window grilles and balcony rail were made by the local blacksmith replacing the rusted 70s design with a simpler more traditional look. High quality maintenance-free double glazed windows and doors in striking deep blue uPVC were fitted throughout - except for the fabulous new solid wood front door, which shows local craftmanship and forged ironmongery.