Stay in a Domed, Glass-Front Vacation Home in a Spanish Forest

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By Michele Koh Morollo
Nestled in a Mediterranean pine forest at the confluence of two rivers in Lledó, Spain, is El Caracol, a rustic-modern domed holiday house that from afar, looks like half of an eggshell that's balancing on a precipice.

Inside, full-height windows lean outwards at an angle, giving the interiors a strong connection with the outdoors.  

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The entrance to El Caracol consists of a timber door that stands under a wagon bow-shaped arc. On the ground level is a spacious open-plan kitchen where a concrete worktop with a cooking range is held up by V-shaped steel supports. This makes the cooking surface look as if it's floating in the middle of the space.  

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The kitchen flows into the dining, bar, and living areas, where the V-shaped steel supports demarcate the different functional zones. Additionally, they serve as shelving for books and plants. On the ground floor, there's also a pantry and a bathroom with a washing machine.

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On the upper level are three bedrooms, two of which have attached bathrooms. The central bedroom, which has two single beds, works well for children. The master bedroom has a convex wall at the back of the bed and full glazing on one side, which presents views of the forest outside. Additional guests can be accommodated with a sofa bed in the living room.

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To enhance the feeling of outdoor living, the property has a shaded outdoor dining terrace and BBQ area, a hammock, and a small infinity pool that looks out to the forest and mountains beyond.  

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The three-bedroom house, which can sleep up to eight guests, is available for rent through CoolStays.  

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