This Rustic Batangas Home is a Sight to Behold Inside and Out

John’s Hammock Vacation Home Batangas was designed by partners Jun Mangaliag and Helena Heo, the same design duo behind the original John’s Hammock House, a one-of-a-kind vacation home in the heart of Tagaytay. The Batangas home was created for a dear client and friend of Jun and Helena who asked them to design a vacation house that follows the design duo’s refreshingly distinct aesthetic. “They saw our home in Tagaytay and asked us to create one for them in their property here in Batangas,” Jun recalls. “The client never imposed, and trusted us completely. We were given all the freedom in the world to give her our very best.” Right after the completion of the house, the homeowner asked Jun and Helena to manage the home’s reservations and rentals for vacation-goers looking for a space to relax and unwind.

Upon entering the property’s metal gate, you’ll be taken aback by the astounding view of Taal Lake you can see right through the glass house. The rustic home greets you with charming wooden double-doors that resemble the look of an acoustic guitar. The homeowner is a very musical person, and asked Jun and Helena to add in music-inspired accents throughout the home. To achieve this look, the design duo repurposed drums as accent tables, transformed an old grand piano frame into a wall clock for the living area, and even used black and white pool tiles to create piano keys at the bottom of the house’s swimming pool—all unique and charming applications that contribute to the home’s eclectic appeal. The ‘hammock home’ aesthetic, according to the design duo, follows a refreshing mix of rustic and distressed interior design.

The home follows a bright and airy open concept floor plan, making it certain that every part of the house has access to the breathtaking view of the lake outside. Upon opening the door, you’re greeted by the home’s dining area which features mostly custom-made pieces by Jun and Helena. “We try our very best to make the most out of the materials we already have on-hand,” Jun mentions. The dining table, as well as the stunning wooden chandelier that hangs above the dining area are made of palochina, a type of recycled wood you can buy for cheap from local craftsmen. Made with utmost skill and passion, it’s almost impossible to tell that Jun’s sturdy, one-of-a-kind creations are made with repurposed materials in the first place. The dining room table sits right across a bar made of recycled wood and metal with a matte black finish, blessing the dining room with the perfect rustic ambiance for those who like to entertain in style.

The dining area flows into the home’s living area, comprised of an eclectic mix of old furniture from the homeowner’s other house. Split into two, the living area starts with tan and beige weathered and wicker pieces, and flows into the second half of the living area that is comprised of modern black upholstered sofas and accent chairs, brought to life by an eclectic black and yellow sideboard.

The loft sits right above the dining and living area, and serves as an entertainment space for those who’d like to lounge around and enjoy the view of the lake. The loft’s soaring windows provide visitors a breathtaking view of Taal Volcano, and is perfect for watching sunsets after a long day of exploring the area. The loft space is comprised of more pieces from the homeowner’s other house, a hodgepodge of classic wooden and upholstered pieces that merge together and look almost like personalized vintage to a touch.

Much like the rest of the house, the guest bedrooms feature pieces from the homeowner’s other house. Breezy white curtains frame all of the bedrooms’ sliding doors, giving guests a chance to enjoy the cool breeze at night or during afternoon siestas. Jun custom-made a rustic four-poster bed made of palochina, the same material he used for the home’s main door, dining table, and other features. “All the bedrooms have direct access to the outdoor area and swimming pool, where most guests like to end the night with a cold beer by the bonfire after a dip in the pool,” Jun says.

“The home serves as the perfect getaway for those who are looking to find a relaxing escape not too far from the city, and is often booked most days of the month,” Helena mentions. A result of two creative individuals given the freedom to express themselves the best way they know how, John’s Hammock Vacation Home Batangas is undoubtedly a sight to behold, and an absolute privilege to enjoy for all those who visit it.