Talk about a house with history. This farmhouse comprises two towers dating back to the 16th century and the main house added in the 17th century. Fun fact: the towers once served as watchtowers for a nearby castle to look out for pirates coming in from the sea.

Project Name: Catalan Farmhouse
Studio Name:
Ana Engelhorn Interior Design Ltd
Project size: 350 m2
Completion date: 2009
Building levels: 2
Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Photography: Hector Jensen Pie

Catalan Farmhouse by Ana Engelhorn Interior Design Ltd - Sheet1
Bedroom ©Hector Jensen Pie

With such a long, rich history, these towers were placed under national protection, requiring us to focus our attention on the main house. Even this main building required careful consideration, using specialist builders and architects to restore this gem to its former glory.

Catalan Farmhouse by Ana Engelhorn Interior Design Ltd - Sheet2
Outdoor Dining ©Hector Jensen Pie

We focused on creating a three-bedroom house using original materials and highlighting historic features, like the stone floors on the ground floor and antique oak boards upstairs. We accentuated the property’s high ceilings to create large, airy rooms that bring the sweeping Spanish countryside indoors.

Catalan Farmhouse by Ana Engelhorn Interior Design Ltd - Sheet3
Bathroom ©Hector Jensen Pie

For the decor, we sourced antique furniture from the UK and Spain that befit a historic European farmhouse. Bold, contemporary touches, such as chrome bathroom fittings and modern artwork, bring the look into the 21st century, creating an elegant marriage between antique charm and modern luxury.

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