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Rural Retreat Magnificent Views

Es Bec d’Aguila is a private hilltop retreat in the pastoral countryside of Menorca, Spain. Its location and history couldn’t be more idyllic.

The rural mansion was built in the 19th century as a weekend getaway for a wealthy merchant family who wanted to be close to nature and lavishly entertain their guests. Paris-based design studio Atelier du Pont renovated the mansion with an eclectic combination of contemporary, modernist and local elements. It’s based on its earlier size and native architecture – think dry-stone structures, whitewashed surfaces, vaulted ceilings, and ceramic tiles.

The Mediterranean aesthetic of whitewashed walls, tile floors, and built-in furniture is enhanced by a collection of bespoke textiles and lots of wood structures, while a curated selection of mid-century furniture is paired with a bold collection of contemporary art to give the mansion a cosmopolitan aura. The combination of such diverse elements reflects the rich history of the island in relation to Moorish, Spanish, English and French occupations.

The mostly white interior, which is occasionally supplemented by blue-green and lime-washed wall sections, is mainly spiced up by a varied selection of handcrafted terracotta and cement floor tiles with different colors and geometric patterns for every room in the house. While some of the floor tiles are original pieces that have been carefully restored, many are true-to-life copies made by local artisans, while others are from Cuba.

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