In A Nutshell
Thomas Sandell Architect designed pre fab house
Great outdoor space
Sleeps 6 people
About the Property
A contemporary pre – fab beach house perfectly positioned at just 250 metres, as the crow flies, from one of the best beaches in Europe, yet at the same time very secluded – a place of real tranquility – due to their location within the Natural Alcornocales Park. The attractions of Tarifa town are 3km away, once a Moorish stronghold the town retains these influences, but is now better known for its international ambience and world famous wind and kite surfing.
The properties are known as ‘El Cancho’ – the razor-ridge outcrops that run through its 1-hectare plot – the two houses are staggered down its grassy hillside and nestle in an amphitheatre of rock topped with jagged pinnacles and native pine forest. Positioned high-above the well-known Hurricane Hotel, the Wallpaper house, offers possibly the best view in the area, out to the Straits – where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet – and with the minarets of Tangiers twinkling only 14km away.
While the house may be a new builds, this is a real back to nature experience, with real eco-friendly ideals. Solar panels (photovoltaic) provide electricity for lighting and power, whilst gas heats water directly from the mountain spring. The house is wholly dependent on natural energies, so currently without sunshine you may find yourself without power. However what we can promise is a limitless supply of tea lights and twinkling stars! This is a rare opportunity to experience forward-looking living in a blissful setting where the local farmer still herds his goats around the hillside. To add to the adventure parking is 30 to 100 metres from the houses; over a small bridge and running stream, and then a short, stunning walk down to the houses.
Originally designed for Milan’s Salon del Mobile (1998), by renowned Swedish architect Thomas Sandell and *Wallpaper Magazine, this house 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 is 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, with door) and two singles built, cabin-style, into the corridor wall. The private double hints at an Asian aesthetic with decorative bamboo sticks, dark stained wood 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.
The Wallpaper House 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. 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 the sun-downer spot on the rocks, with the best panoramic views of the 12km stretch that is the Tarifa beach.
Bed and bath linen
End cleaning is included for stays of one week and longer
Seasons and Rates in Euros per night for Wallpaper House
29 September – 31 December 2014
1 January 2013 – 1 May 2014
1 May 2013 – 29 June 2014
1 September – 28 September 2014
29 June – 1 September 2014
Minimum stay is one week (sometimes we can make an exception for five day bookings)
For any bookings less than a week there is an additional cleaning fee of 75€
Saturday Arrival: from 4pm
Saturday Departure: by 10am
All bed linen, bath towels and beach towels are provided
Bedrooms: Sleeps 6 people in a totally open-plan arrangement (Bedroom 1: Double bed in a bunk room; Bedroom 2: Double bed; Bedroom 3: Single bunk room bed; Bedroom 4: Single bunk room bed)
Sea views & countryside views within the Natural Cork Forest
Extras: Cleaning can be arranged on request at additional cost
Pets: On request only
Children’s plastic bowls, cutlery and glasses
Baby cot, bedding, bath and high chair
Individual hammock seat
MP3 and Bluetooth speakers (do not charge Ipods)
Mobile phone signal on site
No smoking inside the house
End cleaning is included in the rate for stays of longer than one week. However, in all cases you are responsible for keeping the property and all its contents in the same state of cleanliness, repair and condition as at the commencement of the holiday. The owner reserves the right to make deductions from the security deposit for any extra cleaning, over the number of hours committed to departure cleaning.
In winter there is limited access to the property and one has to enter on foot. Please do not try and enter the property in a sports car or similar vehicle even in summer, as the track to the houses is not in good repair. I would recommend a car that is slightly higher off the ground, such as a Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner something of this kind or even just the simple Fiat Panda. Family estate cars can sometimes be very low to the ground and I would definitely never rent a sports car they do not suit the Tarifa roads.
50% non-refundable deposit to be paid when confirming the booking. The remaining 50% should be paid by bank transfer 8 weeks prior to arrival
The majority of Tarifa Beach Houses are private homes, the information on the www.tarifabeachhouse.com website is intended as a guide only. We cannot accept responsibility for any inaccurate, misleading or incomplete information about any property and its facilities or services. Property owners have the right to change decoration as they choose.
This is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever stayed. It’s so romantic my boyfriend decided to pop the question and we got engaged at El Cancho, with the stunning backdrop of the Med and Morocco. It’s beautiful, tranquil and relaxing. It’s hard to find anywhere like this to go on holiday anymore. Its simplicity is so appealing. You feel like you’ve escaped all the entrapments of modern life, although it’s very easy to pop into Tarifa if you want some liveliness in the evening. The beach goes on for miles and there are plenty of places to visit nearby. But it’s also tempting to hibernate at El Cancho, sip cava and enjoy this peaceful oasis.
Guest from London, UK
You know when it is an enchanting place when on the last day no one wants to leave and everyone asks “when can we come back again?” A wonderful place for our son (and dog) to explore and collect wild garlic and flowers, for my husband to go for early walks on the beach and for us all to relax in the hammocks with this beautiful view of rocks and water across the straits.
Guest Madrid, Spain
Buffetted by winds. Lulled by the cow bells, the house sung to the sound of Tarifa, and we unwound, unravelled, unknotted and relaxed into hammock living, and rightly were bourne away by the rushing clouds and nightlight stars, and the stormy trees. Heaven!
Family of six from London, UK
Everything it says on the packet and more! El Cancho is quite simple a very special retreat. Cat and Ben were sensational hosts who really helped to make our honeymoon stay in the big house perfect. New Zealand meets Sweden plonked in Spain and looking at Africa, this offering is truly unique. We will definitely return.