Ezequiel's "La Madrugada" Farm

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Name: Ezequiel
Location: ""La Madrugada" ("The Dawn") Farm, Punta del Este, Uruguay

We bought this beautiful place in Uruguay's countryside 2 years ago. It is just 20km away from the beach and surrounded by green hills. It was only pasture when we got there, but now we grow our own fruits and vegetables and milk our cows (all Jersey Cows, which give creamier milk).

The only construction we have there is one small building where all spaces inside are only separated by an open fireplace in the middle. There we have:

-The Kitchen. It is the main reason we built the whole place. As we usually go there to spend the day and go back to the beachside by the evening, we needed a place where we can spend the day, cook our homemade and natural food, share it with our family and friends and take a little nap later. The most important place in our kitchen is not our small gas burning stoves, but the mud oven and the barbaque grill where we can bake our bread, grill our fresh lamb or goat or chicken, etc.

-The Dining Room. We have two tables where we can sit up to 20 people. We have a big family (2 brothers and 3 sisters) and everyone comes with their couples, friends, etc. to share a nice day on the farm. On 3 out of the 4 sides of the tables you get to enjoy the beautiful view of the green hills of the farm.

- The Living Room. It's as simple as a U shaped cemented bench with matress sized cuishons on it, with a big coffee table in the middle and looking towards a fireplace which acts as center and division for the three different places.

Most of the furniture was bought on some antique stores from the area. The design and decoration ideas came from our family. The construction was done by a local architect, Hernan Ferrando.

Thanks, Ezequiel!

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