EST001 - Stately Home at Estepa

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  • Reference: EST001
  • m2: 2108m2
  • Sqrmt plot: 1772m2
  • Estepa (Sevilla)
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  • Energy Certification: In process
  • Garden: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: No
  • Mountains views: Yes
  • Garden views: Yes

Stately Home at Estepa

This Estepa stately home is located in the main communication route of the historical center of this town, where the Town Hall is located, the Plaza Mayor, where the inns have traditionally been located, as well as hostels, shops in general, tobacconists , Pharmacy offices, banking offices and the municipal market.

Within this important artery, the main façade of the house is situated on the highest level and in the central area of the street. The house also has an aditional entrance to the garden and a rear entrance, known as for the carriages.

This splendid house, since its contructions belongs to the current family that currentrly owns it, which has always developed an important agricultural activity in the region. And it is for this business activity, so in its architectural configuration, we can consider the house as an evolution of the traditional Domus Romana.

It is an architectural ensemble, where the main dwelling is situated around a central courtyard with a cloister of columns or Atrium; In the wing located to the east, there is a Garden and in the rear are located dependencies for what we commonly denominate in Andalusia as "Casa de Campo", which is also distributed around a second central courtyard of maneuvers.

As explained above, the distribution of the main house was projected at the image and likeness of the traditional Domus Latina; It has South-North orientation, to be favored by the beneficial currents of wind and thus to be able to refresh or to warm the house of natural way according to the time of the year, just opening or closing its windows and doors.

This main house, therefore, has a rectangular cutting plant, with a facade line to the street of its situation of 16 linear meters and a bottom of 39 linear meters; The area of land occupied by the house is 619 square meters.

The total area of the plot where the house is located is 1,779 square meters; Representing with all its building as an important house, prototype and representative exponent of the Andalusian stately architecture of the nineteenth century.

To the House, it is acceded from the street through a access corridor that the old Romans called Fauces. Going up two steps we find an artistic forge grid that separates it from the Hall, with a bench or seat where you can expect the visit before being received. From this vestibule you can see the main courtyard or Atrium, endowed with a quadrilateral porticoed gallery with arches of half point supported by columns of Tuscan order made of limestone of the country.

This house is elevated one meter and twenty centimeters from the level of the street; This protect it from rainwater streams, as well as waterproofing the floor of the ground floor of possible damp. But in addition the thickness of its outer walls and the quality of its manufacture based on limestone ashlars, united by lime-based mortar, give the house a magnificent thermal and acoustic insulation.

All this, can be felt when you access from the street to the central courtyard, because the sensation that causes to the visitor when enter the recoleto is the pleasant silence of a convent courtyard, away from the mundane noise and the fast pace of modern life.

when the visitors access to this house to impregnate itself with its essential beauty, this place can infuse the visitor with the sensation of traveling in time to go back to other times where the patterns of life were calmer.

Following the classical distribution of the Roman house, the different rooms of the house overlook the central courtyard.

Despite being a house whose construction dates from the middle of the nineteenth century, its construction and design has faithfully followed the Latin architectural tradition of the last twenty centuries.

The floors of the ground floor and the staircase are Italian marble from the Carrara region and the walls of the cloister are lined with baked clay baseboards and glazed tile technique inherited from the ancient Arab settlers of the Iberian peninsula.

Under the central courtyard, there is a old stone water reservoir that collects rainwater from the eaves or roofs of the dwelling. There is also a fresh and sweet water well, which in the past guaranteed the supply to the whole house.

Behind the central courtyard and on a lower level, following the descending slope of the ground, a small portico-like porch was built, behind which there is a beautiful garden with wonderful views of the Sevillian countryside and which has always been profusely decorated with flowerpots and flower bed of roses, oleander, bougainvillea, jasmine, evening ladies, laurels, lemon trees and palm trees.

In the right side corner of the central courtyard is the staircase leading to the first floor, which is topped off with another gate or artistic forging door, very typical at the time of construction of the house.

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