This individually designed two-bedroom cortijo of 120m², with a stream forming one border and nestled in a sheltered valley with plenty of sunshine, is situated between the villages of Murtas and Cojáyar. Access is via a well-maintained track, so it is private and not overlooked. This off-grid property would be perfect for someone wanting to be self-sufficient as there is no shortage of water and the current owner is actively farming the 14000m² land.
The property was formerly a flour mill and many of the original rooms and features are still present.
The cortijo consists of a wide entrance hall leading to two double bedrooms with space for wardrobes etc. Each bedroom has doors opening to the rear terrace. Also accessed from the hall is a large family bathroom with a shower over the corner bath, a walk-in pantry, and the entrance to the open plan kitchen/dining area. A fitted wood burner in the hall also heats the living room. The bedrooms and bathroom have gas fired central heating.
The kitchen is light and airy, has fitted units, a gas hob, plenty of worktop space and a freestanding wood burner. The feature circular dining area has fixed stone seating surrounding the central dining table. Through a brick arch is the living area with a corner office space under another arch. Both the living room and kitchen have double doors leading onto a large wrap around veranda with grape vines growing overhead. In the corner is a tiled basin with running spring water. The views of the valley and surrounding mountains are stunning from here.
The old mill, 130m², comprises of several rooms under the house, one of which is currently used as a workshop. The mill room has two original grinding stones. The stone water course way still exists and is a prominent feature. Next to the house, above the mill is a roofed, two roomed ruin. There is also a large, covered hanger for storing machinery.
Behind the house is a quirky part brick and part wooden chalet incorporating a caravan as the sleeping quarters. The chalet has a fitted kitchen area and shower room.
The garden immediately around the house is fenced and gated, has established citrus trees and an ancient olive press (in working order) used as a garden table with benches. The remaining land has numerous terraced areas, with variety of established trees including olive, almond, fig, citrus, pomegranate, grape vines, hazelnuts, and other young fruit trees. There is a large vegetable garden with raised beds.
A good quality solar system provides electricity. Mains water is connected and a spring supplies additional drinking water. Water for irrigation, supplied two days a week, fills a 60,000-litre fenced water deposit and additional water storage tanks.
In addition, planning permission is in process for three holiday cottages, a swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen / yoga area. The new owner can continue the process, as the plans are included with the sale. Price also includes a tractor and other equipment.
If you don’t know this area well, why not take a look at our exposure guide on the Alpujarras in the Area Guide section above (next to Overview).