When journalists Rosario Gabino and Martín Aldalur want a break from writing and working for the BBC in London, they fly across the Atlantic to their newly opened Bed & Breakfast in Uruguay! Via Verde is an off-grid, wooden dwelling steps away from the beach in Punta del Diablo. Powered by the sun, this laid-back cozy accommodation shelters guests seeking tranquility and a chance to reconnect with nature.
Via Verde rise above the acacia and pine trees at a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo in northern Uruguay. Located near the village’s center, this green B&B stands right where the luscious Santa Teresa National Park begins. Its name — Spanish for green way — refers to the luscious road towards the sea, as well the Argentinean-Basque couple’s own journey to a more sustainable life and living space.
Via Verde’s passive orientation and compact design protects the home from strong southern winds that blow in from the ocean. With plenty of outdoor areas and decks spanning three levels, this sweet B&B is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy sunny weather. And if the sun gets too strong, there is always a relief in one of the social shaded areas at the back of the cabin.
Via Verde’s many windows fill the wooden interior with natural light while framing stunning views of the Uruguayan landscape. Textiles from the couple’s travels are tastefully combined with artist Paula Duró´s paintings, adding vibrancy to the interiors. Because Brazil is only 24 miles away, breakfast at this paradise-accommodation includes fresh tropical fruits from the neighboring country.
The B&B is made from certified woods including tatajuba, cumarú and ipe that were sourced from the area and nearby Brasil. All furniture was custom-made from discarded local timber by local artisans. The B&B is entirely powered by roof-mounted solar panels, and small solar deck lanterns light the way at night.
Drinking water is provided by a well, while a pool full of wetland plants treat grey water. Because the B&B is powered by nature, Rosi and Martín are careful to take good care of the environment.
When guests arrive they are welcomed by Trotsky the dog, shown around the property, and then they share a cup of tea with Rosi and Martín as they explain the proper use of resources (including what they should and shouldn’t plug). The couple has big plans ahead – they are thinking about extending their gorgeous retreat, but the biggest plan of all is their little one on the way.
All photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat
Except for the second and the dog’s one by Anders Robertsson