When Sotogrande was being built, Mr. Joseph Mac Micking brought most well-known people from all over the world to make plans and give their consultancy. One of the most famous gardeners in Europe, specially in France, was an English gardener called Russell Page. He was more in demand out of UK than in his homeland.
He was invited to come to Sotogrande, and he did many places and houses. His idea of was mostly plant indigenous plants of the country and mix the nature and countryside with the garden. The Gardens of Russell Page became a must and dropping his name when came to gardening was a sign of elegance.
Russell Page did many gardens of the early settlers in Sotogrande, like the gardens of Mary Melian and Alfonzo Zobel, Casas Cortijos, and Patiño’s house.
Mr. Mac Micking thought it was a good idea to give the new Sotogrande Beach Club to Russell Page to design. Russell made the beach club with sand all around the swimming pool as well as in the restaurants. This did not go well with the residents as it was difficult to walk on the sand around the pool and sitting on the sand at the beach club restaurants was not comfortable either.
As soon as Russell Page left Sotogrande, the beautiful carpets of grass covered all over our Beach Club, which people called it El Cucurucho; this name was given because of the odd dome that was built on top of it.
Today El Cucurucho has become one of the most beautiful Beach Clubs of the coast and it is called Trocadero, with many corners to sit and enjoy the beach as well as several swimming pools for adults and children.