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This month’s Destination Design is Alemanys 5, a brand new vacation rental located in a not-so-new building. The structure, which dates back to the 16th century, is located in the medieval quarter of Girona, Spain.

Recently restored, the modern interior design is a nice juxtaposition with the rustic stone exterior. The furniture was chosen by local interior design firm Pabordia, lighting selected by Susaeta, and kitchen design by Albert Aubach. The architect, Anna Noguera, was able to create a warm and comforting space without sacrificing the integrity of the original building. Her husband, Juan Manuel, is the manager of the property. He says, “When my wife approached the old house, she did it in a modern way but also wanted a dialogue with the old. Like an evolution without breaking with the past.”

There are two main “apartments” for rent:

El Badiu (The Veranda) is a 180 m2 duplex in the upper two floors equipped with a master suite and two children suites, kitchen-dining room, great living room with fireplace and a spectacular veranda terrace facing south with exclusive views over the old quarter. It sleeps up to six people.

El Jardí (The Garden) is a 100 m2 apartment equipped with two double bedrooms, a spacious bathroom, a large living room with kitchenette and a nice private garden with solarium and swimming pool. It sleeps up to five people.

The house can also be rented as a whole unit, with five bedrooms sleeping up to 12 people.

Are you packed yet?

What: Alemanys 5
Where: Carrer Alemanys, 5 17004 Girona Spain (map it)
How much: El Jardí starts at €120 (~$170 USD) per night for 2, El Badiu starts at €140 (~$200 USD) per night for 2, and renting the whole house starts at €260 (~$370 USD) per night for 4.
Highlights: Parking, elevator, fireplace, satellite TV, DVD, stereo and Internet access. Also, if you’d really like to splurge, daily cooking and cleaning services are available upon request. Girona is about 40 minutes to the nearest beach, one hour from Barcelona, and in less than 2 hours you can be skiing.
Design draw: Dining with Eames amidst 16th century stone walls, bathing in a luxuriously oversized bath with a ledge large enough for hundreds of candles, minimalist manicured gardens for relaxation and meditation, a European-style kitchen with everything you need if you’re in the mood to cook.
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Photos courtesy of Welcome Beyond.

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Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.