Arranged around a typical Andalusian courtyard, this magnificent property, which is registered for rural tourism, is set on a plateau with panoramic views across a verdant gorge, orange and olive groves, the surrounding white villages and the Sierra Nevada, which is snow-capped for six months of the year. The property would make a fabulous country home for any family, whether for occasional or permanent living, and would generate a very substantial income if rented to visitors.
The property is cleverly designed to provide a beautifully spacious and open environment in which the arrangement of the rooms and the outside spaces flows extremely well. The principal buildings are designed around a rectangular courtyard:
East Wing: on the ground floor there is an elegant entrance hall, large kitchen, which gives on to a pretty walled garden, dining room and lounge with open fireplace. The first floor is occupied by the master suite comprising bedroom, bathroom and dressing room, plus access to a roof terrace with truly spectacular views, and to the bell tower. Also, on the ground floor, accessed via French doors from the lounge, there is a large covered outdoor lounge and dining area with a wood-burner to take the chill off winter evenings.
South Wing: four large doubles with en-suite bathrooms, all which are large enough to accommodate a double bed and a single bed or sofa and all have small outside private terraces, a large, fully equipped kitchen and a beautiful spacious lounge with double aspect which opens via two sets of doors onto a delightful patio.
North Wing: one of the most elegant “barns” in the world. This huge open space with a minstrel’s gallery at one end, has been used for concerts, parties, wedding receptions etc. An absolutely stunning space. Three large glazed doors open onto the courtyard and an equally large wooden door opens onto the rear of the building for easy access. There is a bathroom for guests at one end and a small double height library with circular staircase. This large Wing would make an ideal recording studio, concert space (the piano is included in the sale), painting studio, restaurant etc. etc.
Above the impressive entry, guarded by two tall palm trees, is the West Tower with its seating area and spectacular views. Below, to one side is the office, behind which is a further bedroom and bathroom.
Between these impressive Wings lies the courtyard in which there is a large fountain, a central pergola and raised beds planted with a variety of bushes and trees. The courtyard is large enough to accommodate substantial numbers for receptions etc.
The house is light, open, airy and exceedingly comfortable. Quality materials have been used throughout, the decor is in European taste and the vendors are selling the property completely furnished with quality furniture, some of it antique. Even (most of) the artworks are included in the sale. The property enjoys oil-fired central heating throughout, by underfloor in the main part of the house and via radiators in the South Wing.
Outside there are extensive gardens planted with indigenous plants, a swimming pool with spectacular views over the gorge and a plethora of places to sit and admire the view or to dine alfresco.
There is also a separate casita, with porch for dining, which houses a workshop and toolshed.
The property sits in 29.000 m2 of mostly flat land. Adjoining it is a separate finca of 16.000 m2, comprised of broad fertile terraces, hidden away at the end of a small valley. This is a magical, secret, place, accessed only via a track just inside the main property, and bounded by old walls. The wide terraces are planted to oranges, lemons, mandarins and hundred- or, maybe, thousand-year-old olives. This special place is included in the sale.
Mains electricity is installed and there is even a back-up generator, should this ever fail. Water is supplied by a well. The well water is stored in a 100.000 litre concrete tank from which water flows to a separate deposit for domestic use after passing through a purification system. The land and gardens are irrigated from the well water and also from an acequia (water channel). Broadband internet is installed, as is television. Air-conditioning to the South Wing is pre-installed should a future owner wish to install it.
In the heart of the Lecrin Valley, within 30 mins of the historic city of Granada and 40 mins of the beaches of the Costa Tropical. The ski-station of the Sierra Nevada can be reached in just over one hour, Granada airport in 45 mins and Malaga Airport in 90 mins.