The History Of Trasierra
In 1978, the Scotts moved to Seville in search of a project and found Trasierra, an abandoned ruin which had been uninhabited for 30 years. In 1979, they moved in and lived for four years in the chapel without electricity, telephone or running hot water.
They began by repairing some roofs and installing plumbing. A telephone line arrived in 1983 and electricity 19 months later.
Four children were born in Seville in 1979, 1981, 1983, and 1985, Gioconda, Jackson, George and Amber.
In 1991, when Charlotte was left to persue the dream alone, she faced the problem of how to keep the family home afloat for the children, making it pay whilst keeping the children close to home.
She first opened the doors in 1992 foreseeing the demand for a private world where like-minded people of diverse interests and backgrounds could vacation.
Since then, guests have been recruited by word of mouth and wonderfully varied magazine coverage in many countries.
Initial guests came to learn to paint, paying just enough to cover the overheads, food, drink and tuition.
Before long people would ask if they could come to Trasierra anyway, without painting. Charlotte´s initial reaction was terror at the idea of running a full-on guest house as she had no experience whatsoever and also worried that the guests needed corralling into guru-led groups or they would run wild. She gradually came round to the idea when she saw it funding her ongoing rather ambitious rebuilding programme as well as giving part time employment and training to her still small band of children who already had expensive tastes
To this day we have endeavoured to keep the rates sensible, the service friendly and the food uncomplicated yet deliciously healthy. Our belief is that Trasierra should be luxurious without unnecessary frills.
The building had been uninhabited for 30 years prior to 1979, restoration began then and continues to this day.
First there were 5 rooms, now there are 18. Each has its own bath or shower and a distinctive style of its own. We aim to give our guests a certain amount of privacy and space.
There are no locks, televisions, minibars, room service or in-house telephones. The aim is to create the feeling of staying with a family friend who is away for the day.
There are no rules, but the Running of Trasierra will give guidelines as to dress code and general traditions and timetables.
Early life reflected British colonial style and has improved and grown to encompass the tastes of visitors from all over the world and ages who have now made Trasierra their home from home.
We have a strong tradition of multi-generational family holidays, but due to the unique layout, Trasierra is also perfect for romantic breaks or for those who enjoy a holiday alone.
There is no pressure to be social. If you feel like retiring to your room with a tray, you are free to do so.
Trasierra is a dream, a project, a home. The work continues and the dream never ends.