In another nod to old-school country club culture, just outside the locker room, Ms Viñas set up a fake trophy case, complete with the hand-painted tennis ball wallpaper from the artist Jonas Wood as a whimsical backdrop. The glass cabinet is filled with vintage engraved chalices and trays, most acquired on eBay by Ms. West, who only sought second place awards. “There is no winner in the peloton,” she said. “But there are some really good mixed pairs trophies and third place cups.”
To complete the Floritauk story, Ms. Viñas’ husband Jaime Viñas, graphic designer, created a collection of Floritauk brand hats, t-shirts, headbands and bags, as well as stationery, postcards, trays and cocktail napkins. There’s even a bar menu, which lists specialty house cocktails like Floritaukito, Route 27 Sour, and Esther, named after Esther Williams, a heroine of Ms. West’s grandmother.
“When you step down to the tennis pavilion, you are just thrilled and transported to another world,” Ms. Viñas said. “It’s all very theatrical.”
And for this active family, the pavilion has been a major blessing during the restricted Covid summer of last year. “This was the first year we really took full advantage of it, and with three teenagers, we found that they were further downstairs than at home,” Ms. West said.
So what’s new for this summer? Ms West said a pétanque drink menu was in the works, as were – at the request of one of the boys – Floritauk bucket hats to give to what they hope will be more guests than one year ago.
As a regular visitor to Floritauk, Ms Viñas said: “The loot is amazing. It’s all part of the fun.