May 9, 2011

R&R

Welcome to Casa San Pablo, a garden resort in San Pablo City in the province of Laguna, where our office had its annual R&R last Friday.

Casa San Pablo


Before WWII, it was a 7-hectare coconut plantation owned by the Azores-Gomez family. After it was divided among the six siblings, one daughter cut down all the coconut trees in her land and planted fruit and pine trees in their stead. Now, her son runs a small but lovely resort and artists' haven on the same land.

Casa San Pablo


Vinya Gomez Alcantara, now in her 70s—and the funniest, most charming and life-loving widow I have ever met—still lives in the same compound where she grew up, in a gorgeous house just across the lawn from the guest cottages.

Casa San Pablo, the home of Vinya Gomez Alcantara

9 comments:

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Looks like a wonderful retreat.

Olivier said...

des maisons magnifiques, bien intégrés dans la nature

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

I love garden resorts. This place has a lot of rustic charm.

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable place!Glad that you enjoy this moment very special in so beautiful landscape!The gardens are gorgeous!
Léia

Lois said...

Very nice! I like that green roof.

George said...

This looks like a wonderful place for some R&R. I really like the lushness of the grounds.

James Mark said...

Lovely buildings and grounds. We're busy planning some holiday - dream, dream.

Rob and Mandy said...

What a nice place!

Dina said...

Vinya has the right idea for a good life. Good for her!