If the thought of sleeping in a cave conjures images of a dark, claustrophobic evening spent among bats, check out this rural cave house in southern Spain.
Located 30 minutes from the city of Córdoba, Cuevas del Pino is a country retreat offering four separate houses for rent. Among them, Casa Tierra is the only one built into the side of a rock quarry. Designed by architectural firm Ummo Estudio, the residence is about 90 square metres, and shatters any preconceived notions of cave dwelling. Inside the solar-powered home, visitors will find a surprisingly light-filled, airy space with a bedroom, bathroom, full kitchen, and washing machine, while outside a small terrace overlooks the lush, peaceful property.
Archaeologists familiar with the site have noted the cave likely dates back to the Roman era or earlier, according to the home’s website. “This cave was a shelter a long time ago until the present day, when it was rehabilitated according to the contemporary language,” architects Andrés Moreno and Manuel Murillo told Lonely Planet. “The biggest challenge was to find a way to work in such a wonderful natural space using the architecture to achieve a symbiosis between both, and we think we were able to overcome it using simple forms, noble materials and always the respect to maintain the protagonism of nature.”
The houses are situated on a farm near the base of the Sierra Morena mountains, surrounded by fruit trees, a vegetable garden, and other greenery. Guests can relax by the heated pool, visit the nearby stone quarry caves, join a summer yoga session, or make a day trip to Córdoba to take in the the famed Islamic mosque La Mezquita.
Rates for Casa Tierra start at 115€ a night.
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