Each day, The Socialite Family loves to take you into different worlds, each more surprising than the last. Interior designs that have as much of a story to tell as their owners, all fascinating characters with perspectives as varied as their styles. And in this New Year, nothing has changed, in fact it’s more than ever the case. After the colourful indulgence of Christmas, the happy jumble of family holidays and the big party bang of New Year’s Eve, we decided to share a unique story with you. A story standing apart from the hectic month of December, when we are so much in demand, a story currently taking place in Portugal, at Europe’s second biggest headland. At Cabo Espichel, to be precise. It’s in this wild place, on the outskirts of the Arrábida nature reserve, that Julien Labrousse decided to expand the Etosoto suite. Before building the hotel, to be based on a blend of culture, tourism and agriculture, the entrepreneur first built himself a house that is totally self-sufficient in energy. How? By taking two ruins and rebuilding them using various types of wood, inside and out, with heating via a geothermal heat exchanger and with energy from solar panels. A dream of almost total self-sufficiency which will be reiterated on a much larger scale as work progresses in the coming months on the Etosoto Cabo Espichel. Whilst waiting for this new “Utopian” ideal to become reality, the Parisian, specialist in culturally-oriented projects, is making the most of some quality family time. His home’s pine structure, with its clean lines and wide windows at various heights, helps greatly in this respect. In the wink of an eye, the children find themselves in a setting that could be a film set. Wide open spaces, wild grasses, cinematic lighting. Real freedom that they enjoy to the full. Far from everything!