>Sustainable Rating for property SP0087

SP0087 - Cortijo with Casita, Alpujarras, Spain.

We have given this property a rating of 3 on our Sustainability Rating. This is based on the following answers to our questions. Please note that the answers are given by the owners and are not validated by us.

Stone, wood, brick and concrete.

Wood and concrete.

Polystyrene inside double walls



Single glazed.


Heating House?
Wood burning stove, some wood grown on land, and butane gas heaters.

Heating Water?
solar-heated water with butane gas heater as backup.

Cooking method?
Butane Gas.


Rights to the acequia and well for irrigation plus mains water.House grey water directed onto some of the flower beds.

Food production?
Many terraces with fruit and nut trees plus a fenced vegetable garden, raised salad bed and plenty of room for more vegetable plots.

Income possibilities?
The one-bedroom casita is legally registered with the Conserejia de Turismo of Granada and usually fully booked all year.

Owners opinion on sustainable features?
There is plenty of outdoor space, available irrigation water and sunshine enough to grow small crops all year round. House grey water is recycled. There is a solar water heater. The house is well insulated - warm in winter and cool in summer. We only need to heat it for 3/4 months a year and do not need air conditioning. The shops are only a 15min walk away - car not necessary for everyday use.

Although within easy reach of town, the property is set back and up a hillside, away from the track, and has a peaceful setting.
There is an 8 x 4m swimming pool, surrounded by flowers and shrubs.
There is a wooden cabin with it's own outdoor shower and compost toilet - very useful for helpers on the land or as extra accommodation.

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