Jardin Al Andalus | Archframe Design Awards 2023

El Jardin al Andalus is a new concept in eco-tourism – a boutique rural property which provides a bespoke Andalusian experience. Positioned on a spectacular hilltop with panoramic views of stunning countryside, adjacent to the protected land of the beautiful Montes de Malaga with its unique wildlife, flora and fauna.

This location makes el Jardin al Andalus is ideal for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of nature: walking, bird-watching, nature photography, and anintroduction to the local industries of beekeeping, wine appreciation, olive-oil and goat’s cheese production, and other Andalusia delights of local cuisine, flamenco dancing and musicianship celebrating this unique region – all  taught on-site by local experts. There are also courses on Mediterranean gardening as well as tennis coaching and opportunities for cycling, horse-riding and swimming.

The School of Nature is set on top of 20 acres of glorious folding hillside which stretches down on three sides to streams and riverbeds. Adjacent is the unique Persian Garden from which the property takes its name which incorporates the essential ingredients of the first gardens ever created on earth: water, shade and sustenance from citrus fruits, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. The spectacular garden is edged by myrtle and laced through with gentle rills of running water. We are proud that all running water is sourced from our own well water and re-circulated for irrigation.

On the east side are five bedrooms, each with a marble-tiled bathroom. The interiors are modern with Spanish oak floors. The bedrooms open out onto private and discreet east-facing breakfast terraces. There is satellite TV and WiFi in all the rooms. On the west a large open-plan space has the kitchen, dining and relaxation spaces. These open onto a large terrace and swimming pool where you can enjoy the sunset. Visitors can stand in the swimming pool and watch tennis on the court below.

The building is self-sufficient and contributes to the sustainability of our fragile planet. It avoids carbon-heavy air conditioning and uses naturally ventilating breezes throughout. There is a wood burning stove for heating inside and a fire pit outside where guests can relax. It is entirely solar powered – 100m2 of solar panels mounted on the roof generate electricity and heat the swimming pool – ensuring crucially important low energy consumption. Rainwater is filtered and recycled throughout the property- modern and luxurious but with an innate connection to a wonderful and simpler way of life.

Gold Winner – Archframe Design Awards 2023
Design Firm – Unique Design Hotels
Project Title – Jardin Al Andalus
Project Category – Sustainable Design
Status – Built
Architect – Chris Williamson riba rtpi
Design Team – Chris Williamson
Profile – Professional Architect
Country – United Kingdom