Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Month: January 2019

Villa Valguarnera part II

It’s been nearly 3 years since I wrote a blog post about Villa Valguarnera. I remember back then, I was trying to research online about this magical place in Sicily and I couldn’t find much information or photos apart from an article in Spanish magazine Telva. I recently stumbled across a great feature about Villa Valguarnera in Condé Nast Traveler and I thought it was only fair to share more images of this magnificent home.

Princess Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca, owner of Villa Valguarnera, in Sicily The current owner of Villa Valguarnera, Princess Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca (a title bestowed on her family in 1609 by the King of Spain.)

The Piano Nobile of the Villa is available to rent, although Vittoria allows guests to use the entire house (except her bedroom and study) and the gardens ( this is all I could wish for a dreamy Italian stay!)

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For more information visit http://www.villavalguarnera.com

Palácio de Rio Frio (Portugal)

Researching about the Spanish Royal Palace of Riofrio (a place that I love and you should definitely visit when in Segovia) I stumbled across another place with the same name but in Setubal, Portugal. I instantly fell in love with the stunning blue and white tiles so I did some investigation about the place.

Beautiful blue and white tiles at Palacio de Rio Frio Bed and Breakfast in Portugal

Beautiful blue and white tiles at Palacio de Rio Frio Bed and Breakfast in Portugal

Beautiful blue and white tiles at Palacio de Rio Frio Bed and Breakfast in Portugal

Beautiful blue and white tiles at Palacio de Rio Frio Bed and Breakfast in Portugal Palacio de Rio Frio, beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Portugal | Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez Palacio de Rio Frio, beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Portugal | Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez Palacio de Rio Frio, beautiful Bed and Breakfast in Portugal | Directorio Deco by Gloria GonzalezThis manor house (now open as Bed and Breakfast) was built at the beginning of the 20th century and at the time the Herdade de Rio Frio was one of the biggest estates in the country mainly producing wine. The tiles in the house depict rural communities at work, in particular, the wine harvest.

The beautiful azulejos were painted by renowned tile artist Jorge Colaço, (1848-1942) His work can also be seen at the Palace Hotel of Bussaco, the Sao Bento railway station in Porto and even at Windsor Palace in England.

Hotel Palacio de Bussaco

Hotel Palacio de Bussaco

Hotel Palacio de Bussaco

Sao Bento Station, Porto

Sao Bento Station

I hope you have enjoyed my first little discovery of the year!

Photo Credits: Palacio de Riofrio – Booking.com | Hotel Palacio de Bussaco – Luxury Dreams Hotels | Sao Bento Station – https://www.instagram.com/bmseventh/