Array
Houses

A 139-year-old Ancestral Home Transformed into a Charming Bed-and-Breakfast

French, Indian, Vietnamese, and Filipino sensibilities mingle to form a cohesive mix of old and new at Villa Severina

Shares
Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon

When architect Robert Arambulo acquired the Noble ancestral home in Taal, Batangas, he was determined to retain its Old World charm and elegance while infusing modern accents. “The inspiration here is the Singapore Black and White house [old colonial houses in Singapore, mostly made of wood, painted in its namesake colors],” he says. “The interiors are a blend of the East and West.”

While acquiring the property was relatively easy, the repairs and renovation proved to be a challenge. “One of the major problems that we encountered was the drainage. When the house was still what it was, there were no fences around, so the rainwater would just flow to the sides and out. After we had put the walls up, the water had no place to go so it flooded the house,” Robert relates. “We had to redo the drainage all around the house.”

Robert and his team also had to reinforce and re-strengthen the centuries-old house, which suffered from natural deterioration and wear-and-tear over the years. “We had to re-strengthen a lot of the foundations and add additional structures [like the] flooring because the [house] is old, [so it could] take the weight of more people," he says. Roof leaks had to be repaired and the problem of termites had to be addressed, as well as sourcing for wood that would blend with the house’s existing old ones.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

But Robert’s labor of love proved to be a worthy endeavor, as Villa Severina now features a French-Asian vibe, with its traditional bahay-na-bato shell and Old World interiors punctuated with vibrant pops of color. It houses four designer suites: the Paris and the Pondicherry Suites downstairs, and the Martinique and Hanoi Suites at the second floor. Each bears a distinct European elegance coupled with an Asian flair.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("A Villa Resurrected") in the April 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Read more stories about

Latest Stories

5 Signs You're Overwatering Your Indoor Plants

Do your plants look limp even after you water them?

These Work at Home Moms Rewarded Themselves With Gorgeous Offices

A comfortable, neat, and organized space does wonders for your productivity!

How to Prevent That ‘Amoy Kulob’ in Every Part of Your House

Because a beautiful house needs to smell good, too

How This Dark and Sultry Condo Unit Achieved a Homey Feel

A dim color palette didn't stop this two-bedroom unit from being homey and elegant.

Ayala Museum and The Mind Museum Showcase Exhibits, Shows Online

Never stop exploring even when stuck at home.

Weighted Blankets 101: What You Need to Know Before Buying

Weighted blankets have a plethora of benefits, but you have to know how to use them right.

Here's a Look Inside Dimples Romana's Two-Storey Condo Unit in Makati

It features a panaromic view of Makati City!

How to Make Your Bedroom Feel Lighter, According to Feng Shui

Have it feel like more of a restful space.

Porcelain or Ceramic for Bathroom Tiles: Which One Will Save You More Money?

Should you go for porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles?

How to Convert Any Recipe into an Air Fryer Recipe

If you can cook it in an oven, you can air fry it!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!