A colonial house overlooking the sea, since 1912.
“Villa Modesta”, a unique property.
Foz, at the time this property was built, was already an important whaling port since the 16th century. Today, in these coasts of Lugo, whales are not hunted but waves on a surfboard. “Villa Modesta… stands out majestically this house of Indian promotion that stands out for its palatial connotations accentuated by the presence of certain colonial words”. This is how this house is described in the book, published by the Xunta de Galicia in 2000, “Casas de Indianos“. A colonial house “with papers”. This important fact also appears in the mentioned book: “Villa Modesta currently belongs to direct descendants of the developer, hence this family still has the contract for the construction of the house. It details the materials used for this purpose”. Of course, in more than 100 years, modern elements have been incorporated into the property that offer the comfort of today’s life, but the spirit and appearance of Villa Modesta remains the same. It is evident.
The exterior is imposing, but it is when we enter that we discover another world.
Four floors. Five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living rooms, dining room, office and a library.
When the promoter of this colonial house returned from Cuba at the beginning of the 20th century, he decided to do things right. And he gave very precise instructions to the builder as to all the constructive details and the memory of qualities. Today we can enjoy his commitment, almost intact. On a square floor of eleven by eleven meters, a semi-basement, two floors high and a low roof that can be used thanks to a large central attic that rises above the total height of the house. The entrance door to the house stands out for its beauty, surrounded by a moulding that draws buttons along its entire length and flanked by a stone panel showing the name and year of construction of the building.
In its 620 m2 of surface we find five spacious bedrooms. Two living rooms. A dining room. A large office. A small library on the upper floor. Two bathrooms. And a magnificent gallery which, originally, was made of wood and today has white PVC windows. The materials with which this colonial house was built are stone, fine wood in floors, moldings, stairs and its artistic windows. On the balconies and the front wall we find a beautiful forge work. The roof is made of slate. By the way, on the roof of the house there is an under-bench that allows us to observe the beautiful Ría de Foz in all its splendor, among funny limestone ornaments. The house is ready to be occupied, although it would improve with some reforms.
A jewel at five minutes from the beaches.
Villa Modesta has a garden of 1,770 m2 totally closed by a wall. In it grow numerous species of trees and bushes: lemon trees, camellias, magnolias, boxwood, plums, apple trees… and many more. It also has a large garage of 60 m2, with capacity for four cars. It also has a large porch where you can celebrate, under cover, meals or meetings. And a curious semi-basement, with a stone floor, with the walls decorated with psychedelic drawings and paintings from the 1970s. A real trip to another era.
But its main attraction as an activity is only five minutes away by car. The sea. Arealonga, A Rapadoira, Xuncos, Pampillosa, Os Alemáns or Area Brava… Beaches that, in many cases, are almost still intact. And which hold an increasingly valuable treasure: their waves. Galicia has revealed itself as the surfing destination par excellence in southern Europe. Perhaps the time has come to consider creating a small luxury hotel next to the waves.
A seafaring town with everything you need.
Foz is the city with the largest population in the Central Mariña of Lugo, with nearly 10,000 inhabitants. It has all the services. It is 100 km away from the capital of the province. There are two airports at the same distance, approximately 150 km: A Coruña and Oviedo with which it links through the European Route E70.