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19th century Indian palace

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This jewel is a sample of the cultural value of the time that combines the natural, architectural and literary heritage, by the relationship between the novel, the house, the garden and its history.

It belonged to Mr. Pedro Fernández Campa, an indiano who became a provincial deputy.
Don Pedro was in the circle of friends of the Marquis of Comillas, Antonio Lopez, and was the owner of the mine La Paulina.

For the inauguration of the house he chose June 29th, Saint Peter’s Day and the saint’s day of its owner, in 1882 (as it appears on the grilles on the outside). This event gathered journalists, politicians, friends and personalities such as the governor Mr. Fernando Fragoso.

In August of the same year it received the visit of King Alfonso XII, who was spending his summer at the Casa del Ocejo in Comillas, invited by the Marquis; a month later, Isabel II and the Infantas Doña Eulalia and Doña Paz visited Las Magnolias. This visit favored the access roads and the floral ornamentation of the town.

Josefina Aldecoa, writer born in La Robla (León) and who died in 2011 in this same house, lived and developed her work here.

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Ground floor: Hall, where the staircase starts, three outbuildings of living room, with a marble fireplace, dining room, kitchen, pantry and guest toilet. Rear porch leading to the garden, where you can have lunch or afternoon tea. The life of the house is oriented to the enjoyment of the garden.

First floor: It has three bedrooms, with dressing room and two bathrooms en suite, one of them is shared with double door. It has two bay windows, one on the main façade and the other overlooking the garden.

Attic: Diaphanous, to be distributed according to the needs of the new owner. Ideal for a gym or work area.


The original guard’s house was the writer’s old study, where she wrote most of her work in the warmth of the fire in the fireplace. Part of Josefina and Ignacio Aldecoa’s library still remains in the study.
It has a surface area of 200 m2, on two floors, as a guest flat. The heating and hot water are independent from the main house. With gasoil boiler. It has been refurbished as a loft and has ceiling heights of four metres.

Ground floor, spacious hall and garage.
First floor, there is an open studio with living room and integrated kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom.
Porch of 40 m2, with tool room and woodshed.
Access door for cars through the garden.
The façade is covered in its entirety by a splendid bougainvillea, which covers it in red in spring. Josefina Aldecoa, who lived for long periods in the house, wrote a book based on it, La Enredadera.


  • Reference THSEESCAN0003
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  • Built area 845 sqm
  • Plot area 7200 sqm
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 4
  • Location Mazcuerras, Cantabria


  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Heights of more than three metres
  • Porch
  • Viewpoint

In the centre of the town of Mazcuerras, opposite the Plaza de Concha Espina, stands this impressive mansion built by the Indianos. It was inaugurated in 1882, according to the inscription on the gate at the entrance to the extensive estate that houses it.

Mazcuerras belongs to the western coast of Cantabria, barely 45 kilometres from Santander. The west of Cantabria, unlike the east, has remained safe from massive construction due to the delay in the construction of the Cantabrian motorway, completed in the 21st century, so there are no urban developments, which makes this town an exclusive residential area, with large mansions, very close to the beaches, the Oyambre Nature Reserve, the Saja-Besaya Park and Monte Corona, with access to services within a few kilometres.

Nearby is the Real Club de Golf de Pedreña, 40 km away, the Real Club de Golf de Oyambre, one of the oldest in Spain and the Club de Santa Marina, designed by Severiano Ballesterosa. Santander airport is 30-40 km away and the Marqués de Valdecilla Hospital is 30 minutes away.

Historically it was the old Malacoria on the route of the Route of the Foramontanos, ancient settlers of Castile at the time of the Reconquest. Named village of Cantabria 2008 for its historical, cultural and environmental values. Because of its architectural heritage, it is known as “La aldea de las Casonas” (the village of mansions) and because of its links to literature it is known as “Luzmela”, as it is the setting for one of the most popular novels by the writer Concha Espina: “La niña de Luzmela” (The girl from Luzmela), who lived in this village. It is also known as “the town of flowers” because of its great tradition in the cultivation of flowers, plants and trees that adorn public spaces and the façades of its buildings. Los Viveros Escalante, with more than a century of antiquity and 20 hectares of land spread throughout the town, is linked to the design of its spectacular gardens.

The property is bordered on all four sides by a public road. The main façade with the entrance facing south. The enclave of the house, surrounded by 7,200 m2 (deeded) of garden, with the four orientations and with a perimeter fence of significant height, which gives the property total privacy. From inside the garden we can enjoy a spectacular sunset, with Monte Corona and the natural park of Oyambre in the background, between the gaps of the trees wisely distributed.

We quote a paragraph from the writer Josefiina Aldecoa from her book En la distancia: “The river Saja at his feet, the mountain at his back. Meadows, trees and plants in the orchards, flowers in the windows of the houses, mountains. Tranquillity. Peace. Time seemed to have stopped in that friendly and welcoming place”.

The Indian heritage is part of our history and an exhibition such as this one is a recognition of those who went to sea to make their fortune and then left their mark. That is why they are called the houses that came from the sea.
This is an example of an Indian house, a palace characteristic of the eclectic architecture of the 19th century; it owes its name to the numerous species of magnolia trees that flood the estate where it is located. The director of the work was Germán Del Río Iturralde. Built in stone and brick, it has a square shape, with two lateral bodies to the east and west, which gives the building volume.

The height of the building is divided into two floors and a mezzanine. The façades are made of slender ashlar masonry. Two bodies stand out, the main wall and, attached to it, a pentagonal body that juts out. At its base, the staircase, decorated with artificial stone vases and lions, has an entrance porch on which it rises, with slender cast-iron or cast-iron columns. These serve as the starting point for raised arches, above which there is a spacious and severe polygonal oriel, crowned by a balcony, with a frontispiece in the form of a shield, with a cornice decorated with rosettes or flowers, with the initials of the owner of the estate. These same initials are repeated on the entrance portholes, as well as the year of its inauguration, 1882. A curious feature of this doorway is a pair of eagles that act as a stop to the porthole.

It needs to be adapted to the new needs of the next owner. The property is part of the catalogue of buildings protected by the heritage of Cantabria for being an asset of cultural interest. Contrary to most of the cases, it is in a good state of conservation, in use and with maintenance. The interior mouldings have been restored and the original unique character has been preserved. The installations have been updated. To be renovated: kitchen, bathrooms, rehabilitation of the roof and carpentry. The ground floor and first floor are currently used, the attic is open-plan and unused.

The literary links between Las Magnolias and authors living in Mazcuerras, such as Concha Espina, Matilde de la Torre and Josefina Aldecoa. As well as its relationship with the territory and the history of the town, it makes us think about the creation of a Centre for cultural activities as an alternative and/or complementary option to the residential destination.

Potential extension. The possible recovery of the garden house (which was demolished in the past), twin and symmetrical to the caretaker’s house, should be highlighted. Potential annexe 200 m2. With the extension of the volumetry as dictated by the urban land ordinance, the door is open for a boutique hotel with enough rooms to achieve profitability.

Cantabria is becoming a first class tourist destination, where several unique projects dedicated to this use are already proliferating. The splendour of Indian architecture in Spain constitutes an architectural heritage of incalculable value, of which Las Magnolias is one of the best examples.

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