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Making waves in Barcelona

Say hola to the second Little Beach House as it opens in a fishing village just outside the Catalan capital

Our second Little Beach House has just opened in Barcelona, Spain. Built in the 1950s, the House is the only building on the seafront in Garraf, a small fishing village around half an hour (20km) south of the Catalan capital. 

With 17 bedrooms, a rooftop terrace and a Cowshed spa, it will have a relaxed, holiday vibe. “Nick and Martin wanted it to be have that warm glow that you get in a Mediterranean restaurant,” says general manager Lauren Shaw.

Food and drink will be inspired by the informal chiringuito bars that line the beaches, with an authentic menu focused on six to eight daily-changing seafood dishes, as well as tapas and paella. Service will be elegant but unfussy. “We think it’ll be popular for breakfast and late lunches, with big groups of friends enjoying paella and lots of rosé,” says Lauren, who was previously GM at Electric House.

“Garraf village heavily influenced the design,” adds Lucy Packard of Soho House Design. “The use of local suppliers was very important, from our ceramics to upholstery and millwork. The use of white with pops of colour gives the House a casual beach vibe, but with some contemporary influences.”

The Little Beach House will remain open during winter, offering a programme of events from yoga retreats and digital detoxes to writing courses. “The local community are invested in it and we hope they’ll come along regularly,” says Lauren. “The beach has a fun young crowd, having drinks and playing music. There are a few families and locals too, it’s really vibrant.”

The team is strong, Lauren adds, including plenty of experienced local people, Galician head chef Alberto Castiñeiras, and some familiar Soho House faces including assistant general manager Daniele Scandiffio, who has moved over from Cecconi’s Barcelona.

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