I fell hopelessly in love with this house thirty years ago, in part because of its garden backdoor. I was staying with my great friend, the decorator Christophe Gollut, in the village of Ingenio on Gran Canaria, one of the seven Spanish Canary Islands. One day we were wandering the lanes and alleyways of the village and we spied, in an otherwise blank wall, a double wooden door with an open padlock hanging on it. Being a self-proclaimed house freak, pushing it open seemed the natural thing for me to do. He and I squealed with delight at what we saw.
It was an obviously abandoned dwelling, built on a steep hillside and configured around a cobbled and stepped courtyard with a tall palm tree. Best of all, it featured a green painted, trellised verandah running along the entire upper floor.
By knocking on neighboring doors we managed to find the owner, met him that evening, and shook hands on a price for what we persistently described during the negotiations as his “absolute ruin”.
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY MIN HOGG
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA
WRITTEN BY MIN HOGG
This story appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of MILIEU.
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