Yogalife Wellness Retreats in Spain
El Botanico de Sagra
Annie Juret bought a walled area known as La Bolata in the village of Sagra. The place was uninhabited, with buildings that were half built and half forgotten. The inhabitants of the local village of Sagra called it "the Shack". It was full of peacocks and even had deer. Antonio, the former owner had been collecting plants on his travels all over the world and had planted them with the dream to convert La Bolata into a garden of Eden.
This is how El Botanico started ,with a great variety of palm trees, tropical plants, fruit plants and forest .Antonio had a dream and planted the seed. Annie made it her her personal life project to bring life back to the garden. With her strength, her determination and her love for plants and animals the abandoned place is now an area of natural beauty that today is known as El Botanico of Sagra.
Each house tells a thousand stories:
Annie went to live in El Botanico in a tent within the main house, in what is today the large Casa Azul. Surrounded by numerous friends, the queen of bartering started to paint, furnish and restore the place. Annie could see the beauty, the potential of the place where the rest only saw weeds.
Little by little El Botanico was transformed. One day she was painting a ladder in indigo blue and liked the contrast against the dominant green of the trees and plants. She thought: "Why not paint the house an indigo blue colour, like Le Majoral in Marrakech." Armed with a legion of friends and many tins of blue paint they transformed the main house with the addition of red windows. This is now the Casa Azul.
Then the building that was known as 'the vestuario' (changing room) for the pool became the Red House – Casa Roja, after Annie had extensions made around the large pine tree.
The round bodega where the wine was kept was painted orange although we continue to call it 'La Bodega' and the old picnic area became the Casa Malva.
An exceptional combination of colour, period furniture, unusual objects, and iron figures crafted by the local sculptor from Sagra all add to the uniqueness that is El Botanico.