Villa Franco in Porto Raphael

The famous British architect Alberto Ponis author of the International Theatre in London, the English University and more projects designed Villa Franco. This villa is a precious piece because it was the first to be built around a monolithic rock that has been inserted throughout the house to make it unique and special. This feature is available in the living room, in the living room, in the bedroom and in the bathroom. The villa has been published by the architect in his book and also in many journals of Italian, English and German architecture. In the area there is only one villa that is set into the rock, built by an English lord and later purchased by an Arab prince. The villa is one of the few equipped with central heating.
It ‘was one of the first all-concrete villa to be built in Porto Rafael, with the cavity formed by a layer of insulating material. Summer is always fresh because the rocks and the cavity make their work. In addition, much furniture was designed by the same architect and built by the cabinetmaker Simplicio using juniper wood, in a time when it was not prohibited by law to use this precious wood. The advantage of the juniper apart from the strength is that its scent is throughout the house. When the villa is opened after the winter season it does not smell of mould like all the houses by the sea. It is actually pleasantly scented.


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The villa has a garden of 400 square meters with trees and bushes of myrtle. It was the architect’s choice to leave all the local plants. The oak tree located near a rock in the dining area offers an oasis of shade. The entrance has a terrace ideal for an aperitif and it is equipped with large chaise longue, a large rectangular umbrella and other outdoor furniture. Each bedroom has its own terrace where sunbathing in complete freedom and in the same way to enjoy breakfast in complete privacy. The terrace at the entrance has a spectacular view of the island of La Maddalena and the other islands that dot the gulf.

The villa consists of two floors: the first floor includes a spacious living room with fireplace and cushions over a circular sofa, the dining area and the kitchen. In first floor there is an annex that has a separate entrance though it is still reached by a staircase from inside the villa. This small self-contained apartment is equipped with a double bedroom, a wardrobe, a kitchen and a bathroom. In front of the main entrance there are two large parking spaces.

The villa is equipped with four water tanks plus a reserve tank of 3000 litres, a large tank for diesel (heating) and an autoclave that is used to carry water when missing from the main supply line. Behind the villa there is a lot of 720 square meters suitable for a tennis court, a swimming pool or a gazebo.
The villa has been recently renovated in 2011 and provides exclusive comfort.

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