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INSIDE A BOUTIQUE RETREAT IN SPAIN

Bungalow suite at Molino Tejada in Cantabria, Spain on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Vogue España)

When I interned at Restoration Hardware’s headquarters three years ago, I stayed and worked with one of my mentors and friends, Celia Tejada. You may remember my exclusive tour of her San Francisco Victorian home, and now I have a new design project full of passion to share from Celia’s hometown in Spain. She has converted a sixteenth-century mill into a dynamic hospitality project that brings together her love of design, food, and hospitality called Molino Tejada. Her inviting, neutral aesthetic ties the distinct suites and guest rooms together – a combination which she describes as the “contrast between the rustic and the contemporary.”

The estate includes seven stone suites from the 1670’s and two modern cabins, including the one pictured above, which features a glass window in the floor revealing the Ebro river beneath (see below). The rooms, dedicated to famous Spanish writers, feature handmade furniture by a local artisan, Higinio González, and are decorated with distinctive Mali fabrics and memorabilia of Celia’s travels. “All rooms have a typewriter with a leaf and a candle. The intention is that each guest write something, whatever it is, that they feel like poets” says Celia – revealing her deep respect for the valley as a source for creative inspiration. Take a tour of this unique retreat below!

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Molino Tejada, boutique hotel in an ancient water mill in Spain on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Molino Tejada, boutique hotel in an ancient water mill in Spain on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Molino Tejada, boutique hotel in an ancient water mill in Spain on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Molino Tejada, boutique hotel in an ancient water mill in Spain on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Molino Tejada along the Ebro River in Cantabria, Spain on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Molino Tejada, boutique hotel in an ancient water mill in Spain on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Molino Tejada, boutique hotel in an ancient water mill in Spain on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Wild horses in the countryside of Cantabria, Spain on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I love how this project has captured the beautiful lifestyle of the Cantabria countryside, and Celia’s hometown in the valley of Valderredible. The setting is perfect for everything from yoga to writing poetry to cooking and eating locally. It’s the perfect extension of Celia, and I hope to make it over to Spain soon to experience it all myself! You can too – check out the website for more information and find the guest suites on Airbnb.

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