Country house: architecture, inspiration & pictures

Many of you may know “Country House” as the 1995 hit from the British band, Blur. But, we’re not going to talk about that here. Instead, we’re going to talk about actual country houses, which you will find aplenty in provinces in the Philippines. Synonymous with the quiet and laidback lifestyle, country houses are a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city for many Filipinos. And, if you and your family are captivated with what singer Damon Albarn describes as “the rural charm in the country,” then here are some questions to ask before you make that big purchase.

How can I own a country house on a limited budget?

Filipinos consider real estate investment as one of the most important goals in their lifetime. In fact, as of 2015, there are 80% owner-owned houses in urban areas in the Philippines. Of course, while buying one property is common, having a second home - usually a resthouse in the countryside - is reserved to the more affluent locals of the country. But, it doesn’t have to be case. There are many ways to purchase a second home, even if you are on a tight budget. Aside from applying for a loan with any local bank or the government-approved Pag-Ibig Fund, you can also rent to own your property while you stay in the city or rent it out as a guesthouse and use the earning to pay off the mortgage.

What are the advantages of owning a country house?

In the past, life in the country was synonymous with a quiet and extremely simple routine, with basic infrastructure and no luxury, or even with little electrical energy, making them absolute places of relaxation. While not much has changed, technological advancements has made it to the countryside, making life in the province a tad more convenient. Those who have the privilege of having a home close to nature will also be able to take advantage of the abundance of other wonderful aspects such as the freedom to come and go without worrying so much about traffic (Manila is famous for its traffic jams!), making sure that natural ingredients are always present on the plate and the tranquility of a good night's sleep, away from the hot concrete of city life. The routine will certainly have fewer people, but the quality of interpersonal relationships grows, as the time provided for important social ties is greater than life in the city. Life expectancy can also be greater, away from office stress, poor diet, and lack of time to practice exercises that urban life often submits to us.

Where are the best places in the Philippines to invest in a country house?

The Philippines has over 7,107 island and 81 provinces. And, while Manila is densely populated, it is not the case in the countryside. Outside Metro Manila, you can easily find resthouses or villas in Laguna, Tagaytay, or Tarlac in the South, or La Union, Bataan, or the “summer capital of the Philippines,” Baguio. These are all good options if you want a place that you can easily drive to. If you have a little budget, places such as Siargao, Aklan, and Palawan are popular because of these places’s natural beauty.

I decided to invest in a house in the country, now what?

Now comes the most enjoyable moment, which is to finally plan all the wonderful details of your next villa, from the plan to the decor. Are you looking for a wooden country house? Do you want it to look modern or do you prefer to decorate it with more traditional rustic elements? Do you prefer something totally different such as a bohemian or eclectic decor for your vacation home? No matter what your preference, homify can guide you through all the steps necessary for your dream to finally come true! Inspire yourself with one of the largest architecture and interior decoration galleries in the country, collecting information on our platform from over 30 different countries. Create an account right now and save the ideas that you love most in an ideabook. You can even get in touch with a professional for free consultation! Besides inspiring you with photos of the best country and rustic styles, homify works as a bridge for you to find the perfect professional for your project and budget. There are thousands of companies and reputed professionals ready for you to contact without any headache or fear. Leave your request for projects with as many details as possible and choose the architect who has the style most compatible with yours!