This traditional Spanish-style villa in the town of Rocafort in Valencia, Spain, looks as though it rose from the mass of rocks below.
In fact, stones extracted from the property between the 14th and 16th centuries were used to construct landmark buildings in the nearby city of Valencia. The lower portion of the property displays some 500 years of cuts made into the bedrock.
The house itself, perched on the upper level of a two-tier lot, was built by craftsmen over a six-year period. Elevated from neighbors in the Santa Bárbara residential neighborhood, the solid home is made of carved stone.
Thick wooden beams and exposed rafters provide support for the structure, which is embellished with wrought-iron accents, wood doors and exterior window shutters.
Roomy patios are set beneath the deep shade of the eaves to create outdoor living areas. Terraces and brick-paved courtyard space add to the indoor-outdoor functionality of the 960-square-meter (more than 10,300-square-foot) home.
Although renovated in 2012, the overall décor retains an appealing rusticity.
Part of the remodeling work updated the four en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor. The top floor contains an additional bedroom suite with a bathroom, a dressing room and a lounge area. It opens to a terrace.
Beamed ceilings carry throughout the main living areas, including the formal living and dining rooms.
At the heart of the house is a Mediterranean-style kitchen with high ceilings, terracotta floors and decorative tile accents. There’s enough room to accommodate a dining table for a casual meal of paella, the rice dish for which the area is known.
Next to the kitchen is a staff room with its own entrance.
At 3,039 square meters, or about three-quarters of an acre, the property would be large enough to accommodate a swimming pool near the house where there is currently a terrace. The lower portion of the lot could be used for a sports court.
The gated Santa Bárbara community, developed beginning in the 1950s, has tree-lined streets, 24-hour security and a social club.
A nearby membership-only country club offers tennis courts, a swimming pool, a lake and an upscale restaurant. A tennis academy, a variety of eateries and a natural pool are also in the vicinity.
Rocafort is about 10 kilometers, or 6 miles, from the city of Valencia. The Valencia and Alicante airports serve the region.