Family home full of character with four shaded patios and beautiful views of the mountains surrounding the Alpujarra valley, in traditional stone, with cane and chestnut-beam ceilings, tiled floors spread over different levels (the floors downstairs are also on different levels), a spiral staircase, curved walls, arched doorways and windows, niches set into the walls, moulded shelves, built-in cupboards and wardrobes and a traditional Alpujarran larder incorporating antique doors and traditional hinges. Many of the windows are antique, while the front door and all the arched internal doors and kitchen and bathroom cupboard doors were especially made by a cabinetmaker and the marble kitchen sink and work surfaces as well as the tiles around the sink and bath were also handmade by craftsmen. All of this gives the house a unique and very special feel.
In a rural location but only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town.
Lush, green, well-established landscaped garden designed and planted by a French botanist and consultant in landscaping and sustainable growing. The house and land are sheltered from the north as they are set down and into the hill and the microclimate here is very good for semi-tropical plants. The main entrance to the house is flanked by a very pretty sunken garden with an archway of Angel’s Trumpets (Brugmansia).
Swimming pool (8 m x 5 m) with sunken steps, underwater lighting, ionising system to avoid the use of chlorine, automatic filtering and pH dosing on a timer (floating under the shooting stars on warm summer evenings with the large umbrella pine silhouetted on the hillside in the distance is magical)
The kitchen has a traditional Alpujarran larder built into the wall, marble work surfaces and sink, with plenty of storage underneath and space and a connection for a dishwasher
Two of the bedrooms and a cloakroom lead off from the kitchen, one of them with handmade Moorish-style double doors to fit the wide, Moorish-style doorway, the other, beyond the cloakroom, quite large enough to divide into two rooms or to make into a spacious living room, with 3 sets of French windows opening onto a wisteria-shaded terrace on two sides, with built-in seating and breath-taking views of the Contraviesa mountain range. A lawn beyond this terrace ends in stone steps leading to the garden below.
Beyond the kitchen, a winding staircase reminiscent of a fairy tale turret, complete with jasmine-clad window overlooking the garden, leads down to the living room with its large, well-designed, traditional open fireplace (which draws very well) and built-in seating on either side.
From this room, French windows open out onto another terrace with views of the garden and pool beyond. This room is beautifully cool in summer thanks to the shade of the well-established wisteria covering the terrace, which provides a stunning purple canopy when in bloom twice a year.
Leading off on one side of the living room, there is another bedroom and a smaller room beyond, with arched doorways and windows, curving walls and niches.
An arched doorway on the other side of the living room leads to a bathroom, comprising two rooms joined by an arched passageway. The first room accommodates a toilet and antique wash-hand basin, built-in shelves, a cupboard built into the wall with a traditional latticework door, and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer, while at the end of the passageway is the bath and shower with handmade tile surround and a window overlooking the sunken garden.
Next to the terrace outside the living room, there is a small pond (now full of plants. It used to contain goldfish and a bubbling fountain to create a cooling atmosphere in summer) and an outside shower. Beyond this, an orange grove provides the perfect spot for a hammock and a very large ancient olive tree a good place for a children's swing.
The garden includes palms, cycads, nispero, pomegranate, quince, orange, mandarin, olive, fig and pepper trees, Elephant Ear (Colocasia), Chinese ginger, bamboo, canna lilies, pink and yellow Angel’s Trumpets (Brugmansia) by the front door (the fragrance is heady on summer evenings), two varieties of jasmine (which climb up the side of the house and likewise have a beautiful fragrance), wisteria, grape vines (which grow up from the terrace below and over the terrace next to the kitchen), azufaifo (jujube), Abutilon megapotanicum (Weeping Chinese Lantern), ficus elastica, lemon balm, ferns (very unusual for Andalusia - these grow in the shaded, sunken garden which has a drip-feed system), roses, monstera deliciosa, Chinese strawberry tree (Myrica rubra), aloe vera, Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise), sorrel, prickly pear, etc.
There is a good-sized flat lawn and the whole garden is securely fenced, with a gate for access from the path at the front of the house.
It would be possible to live in one half of the house and let the other half.
Mains water (New pipe fitted in 2015) , Electricty and Acequia and well water for irrigation (the pool can be filled within just over an hour with crystal-clear well water), Central heating with thermostatic controls in every room. A septic tank was fitted in 2008.
It takes one 5 minutes by car or a 10 minute walk to get to Orgiva, the nearest town. You’ll find banks, cash machines, post office, various supermarkets, numerous bars & restaurants, 3 health shops, a police station, all schools and 24 h medical services. Orgiva has developed into a small centre of alternative culture, combining old Spanish tradition with the ecological lifestyle of a young foreign community.
Driving 35 minutes along a beautiful mountain road takes you to Salobreña, the nearest beach of the Costa Tropical. Granada is a 50 minutes’ drive away. Another 30 minutes take you to the ski resort of Sierra Nevada. Skiing is possible between December and May. The highest lifts take you up to 3.400 metres and from there one enjoys unforgettable views of Granada and right across the Med to Africa.The Moors lived until the end of the 16th century in the Alpujarras. We not only still use their water channels and water deposits, but their original arabic names too. A proposal has recently been submitted to declare the Alpujarras a UNESCO world heritage site.
Hiking is pure pleasure here. It takes a 20 minute car drive to reach the borders of the National Park of Sierra Nevada. You can watch eagles circle in the blue skies, see ibexes fearlessly cross the cliffs above you and feel part of the magnificence of untouched nature all around.
Land & Gardens
Citrus Fruit Trees Fenced Plot Fruit Trees
Mature Gardens Mostly Flat Land
Broadband Internet Roof Terrace
Central Heating Open Fireplace(s)
Wood Burning Stove(s) Wooden Beams
Acequia Rights For Irrigation
Close To All Amenities Close To Village Mountain Views
South Facing Tranquil Location Very Private