If you’re looking for an idyllic Andalucian country house for sale that’s hidden away in the heart of nature and yet not isolated, far from the hustle and bustle Spain’s Costa del Sol and Gibraltar and yet close to the services and amenities of both, then this finca that has just had its asking price significantly reduced is absolutely for you…especially if you’re thinking of working online from home.
I went to meet the owner and take a look around yesterday…
It only took a few minutes drive heading inland from the Costa del Sol on the main road towards the village of Casares before I found the turning on the right I was looking for.
It took me down a narrow, steep track on a mountainside dotted with cork trees, past a set of horse stables and a handful of rural country residences until eventually I came to the end of the track and found myself staring up at a solid set of electric gates.
A quick press on the buzzer to let the owner know I’d arrived, and the gates slid open to reveal a neat, gravelled driveway with enough space to park a few cars and just beyond, a secluded country house.
I’ve spent many years visiting country properties but I can assure you that there are still houses out there that completely take my by surprise, and this is definitely one of them.
I parked up and got out.
Absolute peace and quiet
The first thing that struck me about the place, apart from the sheer beauty of the location, the surrounding countryside and the garden, was the absolute peace and quiet.
Literally all I could hear was the sweet, sweet sound of birdsong and the gentle burbling of a stream that runs by the end of the garden.
I found it hard to believe a paradise retreat like this could exist so close to the hustle and bustle of the Costa del Sol.
The owner crunched across the gravel to welcome me, his fierce-looking but apparently quite friendly Rottweiler sniffing me inquisitively. The three of us followed the winding stone pathway past the pool, up through the landscaped garden sweeping down to our left until we reached the house itself.
It’s in quite a privileged spot, nestling in a valley and surrounded by some 8.000 square metres of garden, which includes a small tree covered hill immediately to the south. The wide expanse of the Sierra Bermeja mountain range impressively up to the north.
Features of the house
We entered the house via a large terrace straight into a spacious, modern and fully-equipped kitchen, which in turn lead us into the main living area of the house which has its own direct access from the garden via another huge terrace.
The open plan design of this area of the house, coupled with the high wooden-beamed ceilings and elevated windows sheds plenty of natural light and gives the property a real air of serene tranquillity.
I was invited to explore further and made my way across the terracotta floor past the now dozing Rottweiler down a single step from the living room along a hallway.
Although the house has been substantially modernised within the last 5 years, it’s clearly not at the expense of the essential rustic Andaucian charm of the original design by renowned South African architect Aubrey Davis.
To my right, the original library with its built in Andalucian-Moorish style shelving is now being used as a child’s bedroom and opposite, a large north-facing room is being employed as a vast walk-in dressing room with a full length mirror.
I pressed on and at the end of the hallway found the master bedroom, the scene of some of the most recent modernisation.
The renovations have created an enchanting space, with a wall separating the bedroom itself from an open plan style bathroom.
The downstairs of the house
I headed back up the hallway and into the main living room and took the stairs down to the lower floor.
Here I discovered a purpose-built wine cellar, two reformed bathrooms, a storage cupboard, a laundry room and two more large bedrooms, one of which has its own independent terrace leading out on to the lawn as it sweeps down from the higher level on the other side of the house.
I stepped out on to the grass and wandered around the eastern side of the property, past a fenced-off ‘Huerta’ as the Spanish call it – a kitchen garden or vegetable patch to you and I.
Although that particular part of the garden has been neglected somewhat in recent years, it’s of a substantial size with fertile soil and absolutely ideal for anyone with green fingers to have a crack at self-sufficiency and grow their own vegetables and fruit.
I circled around the house to the south, and after a few moments resting on a wooden swing in the shadow of the neighbouring hillside taking in the full beauty of the property and the surrounding countryside laid out in front of me, I pressed on to check out the pool and pool house.
The pool, pool houseand guest house
The pool is circular and the pool house next to it features a high wooden-beamed and thatched roof, a built-in barbecue, a bar, a chill out zone, a separate toilet and a dining area ideal for al fresco dining.
In the same building, and just behind the pool house, down a small set of stairs is a small independent guest house with 2 bedrooms, a living room, toilet and shower room ideal for weekend guests or family visiting from abroad.
A purpose-built office
On the second floor of the pool house/guest apartment building is possibly the most unique feature of the property – a purpose-built modern office space with tinted double-glazed windows giving panoramic views of the garden and the mountains ahead.
This office is fully air conditioned and, more importantly for anyone thinking of working from home in this seemingly remote area of the Spanish countryside, has a dedicated fixed-line Internet connection and satellite TV.
Early viewing recommended
So this Andalucian country property really does have everything. A stunning, secluded rural location that’s not that far off the beaten track with hi-tech online communications.
With the drop in the asking price, there’s considerable interest already being shown in the property from potential buyers, so early viewing is recommended.
For more information, please call me (Jesus Garcia) in English either at my office in Spain on 34 951 30 75 67 or on my personal mobile 34 676 42 32 20.
Alternatively, you can email me at info@Inmo-Andalucia.com
That’s all for now,