Living Large In Small Spaces - Baix Empordà, Spain Stone Cottage

A fabulous stone cottage in Baix Empordà, Spain is this week's Living Large In Small Spaces featured home.

Welcome to the ninety-eighth post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".

Nothing brings me more pleasure than to discover small homes from other parts of the world to share with you here at A Joyful Cottage.  From last week's wee cottage -- a new build in Scotland -- we travel to Baix Empordà, Spain for a look at a stone cottage literally raised up from the ruins of an old barn by architect Lluís Auquer.

Stone walls and plenty of wood (including the beams original to the barn) create a rustic backdrop for the eclectic furnishings. The addition of skylights, windows, and doors that allow a relationship with the outdoors, bring natural light and cheerful living to this space.

One great room serves as living, dining and kitchen. The custom dining table, which doubles as an island, was sized for the space. Floor pavers are traditional tuff made in La Bisbal.

The countertop -- made from a pile of recovered antique marble-- was designed to complement the restored marble sink.

The bathroom is so charming. I wouldn't change a thing.

The arch is original to the barn. Sliding doors divide the space for a second bedroom.

Glycine, a deciduous plant, creates shady outdoor living on this pretty porch. 

How could you resist this spot?

After our lunch settles, let's head for the pool.

Whatever activity one chooses, living in this cottage would be lovely.

Enchanting, wouldn't you agree?

Read more about the stone cottage on El Mueble here
Architect: Auquer i Prats.

Join me next Saturday for another post 
in the special series

Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.


  1. This one is my favourite of all your small spaces posts! Love love love - I could live here quite happily :)

    Have a great weekend!! xox

  2. Oh to be in Spain and stay in this sweet cottage! I love it all, especially the arched doorway and the kitchen floor.

  3. Oh my...enchanting is right. I fell in love before you even took us inside. I am ready to pack my bags and write the check. I'm moving in!!

  4. Oh my goodness! I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw that huge arch into the bedroom. That's something you don't see everyday . . . Gorgeous! The porch set up for alfresco dining is breathtaking too; I can just imagine having dinner parties out there.

  5. Stone & wood...doesn't get more "enchanting" than that! Nothing cookie-cutter about this place. That I like.

  6. Oh, my, it IS so enchanting! I could honestly hibernate in there forever! I am becoming more and more used to the idea of having one open great room that includes kitchen, dining area, and living room. I just love this series and get so excited when I see one in my inbox! Thank you for doing this and so faithfully sharing it. You are such a dear blessing!

  7. I could spend the rest of my life there! My favorite little detail is the botanical print picture on the bathroom wall.

    1. There are similar botanicals throughout the cottage. Makes me wonder if the owner painted them.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the cottage, Diane. It looks like a place where one could truly unwind.

  9. LOVED
    the stone
    wood beams
    outdoor patio
    found this warm and charming

  10. My dear husband and I lived in Spain from 70-73, while he was in the US Navy and we loved it there. This is a wonderful cottage you shared today and I loved seeing the architecture of arched windows in the property next door. The Spanish people have a relaxed way of living and it influenced how we lived our life. :-)

    Thanks for sharing yet one more lovely small home. A real treat!


  11. Que lindo!!!!!!!!!!

    I love your global reach for cottages, Nancy. From the USA to France, to Scotland and now to the place of my father's ancestry, another beauty. Yes, I could easily slip away into this casita and live out the rest of my days!

  12. I came back for another look . . .
    I agree . . . the outdoor patio is charming . . .
    I love the pergola affect with the vine . . .
    Need to find out more about the Glycine . . .
    No doubt grows in warmth, probably wouldn't winter well . . .

  13. Hi Nancy, I want to go on vacation! This cottage looks so relaxing and lovely. I really like the white walls allowing all of the texture and prints to come forward. It looks so comfortable and the outdoor patio is so lovely. I could just sit out there and sip something and really enjoy myself by doing nothing! lol
    Have a wonderful week!
    xoxo Jo

  14. That IS enchanting, Nancy! I love that there is a romantic vibe to the place. Many small places are so utilitarian that they lose the romance along the way. Not this place. I could move in in a heartbeat! xo Diana

  15. The arched opening to the second bedroom and wood ceiling beams are stunning in this stone cottage! And the outdoor patio space is where I'd spend my time. Thank you for another charming cottage tour, Nancy!

  16. That patio is the stuff my dreams are made of. The entire cottage is perfection. Thank You for sharing it.

  17. You've truly brightened my evening with this so welcoming Spanish cottage, darling Nancy, this series of posts of yours is so charming to me, thank you !

    Wishing you a most lovely new week ahead
    with heartfelt esteem and friendship

    XOXO Dany

  18. Two things stand out for me, make that three!
    1. The open bathroom
    2. The curved door (love it)
    3. The outdoor porch!!
    One more.... everything! haha!

  19. Nice and bright!

    L O V E the curved door.

    1. The architect did a very nice job of adding skylights and windows to the cottage that bring in more natural light. There's so much character in this home.

  20. I love that marble sink and the shape of that gold faucet in the kitchen! And the simple touch of the straw hat and tote near the door ready for some lucky vacationer!

  21. I like everything about this cottage, I wouldn't change a thing. Beautiful outdoor places too. You hit the ball out of the park.

  22. I love this cottage and especially the patio!

  23. Yes, I do agree! That patio.... I don't think I'd ever want to eat anywhere, but right there :)


  24. Oh those gorgeous wood beam, they add so much character to the home. I'm glad they didn't paint them. The earthy warm tones of color spread throughout the cottage are delightful, but truly, the most amazing place to be would be outside, oh my! Love the privacy and the wonderful porch area along with the pool. It would be a very relaxing place indeed! Another great choice Nancy!

  25. Oh wow! I could live there. The spa/pool inspired me to find some pots that I can fill around my square. xoxo Su

  26. It seems I'm always trying to catch up! When you shared this wonderful cottage we were out of town with very little connection. Now that I've sat down for a few minutes to catch up - what a great place to dream about! You have a way of finding things I would never know about. Always inspiring and always something I look forward to!

  27. Wow! I would move in in a heartbeat! :)

    1. Glad you like it, Anne. It certainly captured my heart. xo


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