Searching for beautifully designed accommodations can be daunting and challenging for all of us immersed in the interior design industry. In my latest blog series (tentatively titled), I explore design and travel featuring hidden gems and captivating escapes catering to a diverse range of budgets.
Embarking on this journey, this inaugural blog post delves into two iconic properties by the late Argentine designer Mario Connio. The first is Villa Cortijo La Viñuela, Connio’s idyllic Andalusian farmhouse in Ronda. Whilst researching Connio’s work a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to see that this beautiful property, once featured in House & Garden, is now available to rent . It also brings a sense of relief and joy to note that the house has remained remarkably untouched (as far as one can see in the pictures), preserving Connio’s original design integrity.
Images above are grom the rental website and images below from the House and Garden article. Montse Garriga Grau photography
Shifting our focus to La Casa de Oriente in Uruguay, we encounter Connio’s inaugural creation in Punta Piedra. The house was sold over two decades ago to a couple who use it to retreat from their home base in San Francisco. Wisely recognizing its historical and architectural significance, they have maintained its original charm (this article on Elle Decor about the home and its history is a must-read ). The best part? You can rent this gem for an escape, too. Just imagine the bliss of a holiday there… a design lover’s daydream!
Ricardo Labougle photography. Elle Decor