May 29 2011
Sophy Roberts chooses her three favourite places in the world; the second is in Guatemala.
Quinta Maconda (www.quintamaconda.com; from £210) is a very private sort of place – a 16th-century town house in colonial, cobblestoned Antigua. Owner John Heaton is a classic Our Man in Havana sort of character: artist, conservationist and explorer, brought up in the grand hotels of Switzerland, profoundly well travelled, with evidence of his wanderings – artefacts, textiles, antiques – everywhere in the house.
It has a pretty loggia, a tropical back garden and deeply atmospheric sitting room and pagan shrine (where guests can occasionally eat). It’s a place that reflects the man who made it: his generosity of spirit, passions, integrity, respect for the authentic, humour and quiet but pervasive glamour.