One of the best aspects of holiday home is the fact that the practical issues of everyday life, such as storage space, are largely irrelevant. Utter simplicity is often the key, especially in a warm climate, where the house is almost secondary to the outside. Set on a cliff-top above the sea in Mallorca, this one-room cottage, which only recently gained a supply of running water, was built by the native owner’s grandfather.
Apart from the plumbing, the grandson has also erected a Moorish-style wall across the width of the cottage to create a sleeping and living area; in one niche is a gas hob, in another a sink, while shelves store basic kitchen equipment.Behind the wall are a tiny shower and WC. The old fireplace, used in the past for cooking and heating, has been retained. Time spent here is mainly on the terraces, which are bedecked with colorful rugs and cushions, and a table with comfortable wicker chairs, to enable the owners to enjoy the views of the sea below.