My Story

I grew up in the North of Spain not so far away from Villa Slow. I have really good memories of me and my family enjoying nature. This region of Spain has many of the things I always look for when I go on holidays: Mountains, sea, natural parks, hiking, quietness, culture and rich gastronomy. But I always felt I missed here a nice place to stay… a place where you can be warm when it is cold outside and be fully connected to the outside when the sun shines. So I thought: If I cannot find it, there will also be many people not able to find it too….Let’s design and build a beautiful place and share it with more people!… Being myself an architect, it was an opportunity I could just not let go…And this is how it all started.

I bought this beautiful piece of land in 2014. Three years later and thanks to the work of many people I am proud to host you in Villa Slow.

I hope you love it as much as I do.
Welcome to my home,

Laura Alvarez



Who made this possible?



In my career as an architect, I haven’t met very often such committed contractors. Alberto and Sonia have worked very hard during almost a year building Villa Slow. A whole winter including snow and rain didn’t stop them working hard. 
Alberto and Sonia are very accessible and always willing to help and think of solutions instead of problems.
They are very versatile being specialists in many construction disciplines: Timberwork, concrete work, laying stone walls and roofs… everything.


Alberto, the carpenter was in charge of all the interior wood works of Villa Slow: Kitchen, doors, dining table, bathroom wooden shelves, wooden closets, wooden stairs and the impressive window shutters. He even made a model 1:2 to study the hinge door solution… amazing!
Also very pleasant to work with him. 



Lewis, the woodman.
He is in charge of all the outdoor furniture…. As you can see, he likes wood.
Since the very first time he came to the North of Spain he fell in love with it. The nature, the sea, the surfing and the authenticity of the inhabitants of this Valley have captured him. He is ready any moment to take a flight from Amsterdam and come to Villa Slow.
As a furniture maker, he is always thinking of new spots in our land to build for you to enjoy. 



David, a photographer from Santander spent a great day with us for the photo shooting of Villa Slow. Spontaneously that day some cows and a horse from the neighborhood visited us!
I’m very happy we worked with David because he did manage to catch the atmosphere of the house, the warmth, and its colors. 
The pictures show exactly how the house feels, the inside-outside relationships, the warm materials, the cozy space and the beautiful vintage furniture coming from own hometown.
All pictures of Villa Slow that you will see on this website are credited to David Montero.



Milagros helps with the running of Villa Slow. She is in charge of the cleaning, check-in, and check-out when we are not able to do it ourselves. She lives very close to Villa Slow and she grew up in the Valley. So she is also a great help for our guests. She is very friendly and although she does not speak English she is able to communicate with everyone.




Matteo Silverii, model making of Villa Slow | Laura Alvarez Architecture

Ivan Arenal & Patricia Revuelta, architects, local support building permit, and construction phase.