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250,000 euros
Off-grid, organic mountain cottage in Spain.
This property has now been SOLD
A traditional Alpujarran stone-built cortijo with open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. 2 hectares of fenced land with horse paddocks, riding arena, organic vegetable garden, fruit and nut tree orchards, horse stables and a tack room. The house is off-grid with solar power, spring water and irrigation water. It boasts spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada mountains to the north, and on a clear day the Atlas mountains of Morocco to the south.
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We came to this beautiful part of Andalusia several years ago with our 2 horses and 2 dogs, and later 3 cats and half a dozen chickens joined us. We fulfilled a dream of living off the grid in the mountains, being partly self-sufficient with home-grown vegetables and fruit, as well as working on various creative projects. With 320 days of sunshine, fresh mountain air and clean water, the climate is wonderful for a healthy and inspired lifestyle.

The surrounding area, which is part of the Natural Park of the Sierra Nevada, is a bird-watcher's, mountain- walker's and horse-trekker's paradise. The most impressive wildlife includes foxes and wild boar, kestrel falcons and golden eagles, and the Ibex mountain goat.

The potential of the property and its surroundings are endless. It truly is a wonderful place to live. The reason we are reluctantly selling is entirely due to personal matters.

HOUSE

The house is well-built with thick stone walls and double glazing throughout. It is cool in summer and warm in winter. We have partially modernised the house without losing its original features. There is an upper level that consists of a large open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, a bathroom and a bedroom that we use as an office. Steps lead down to the lower level which has 2 spacious bedrooms.

From the main living area, French doors lead onto a south-facing terrace and a garden. From the office, French doors lead onto a second east-facing patio, perfect for morning coffee in the sun. Both patios have chestnut beam pergolas for ample shade during the hot summer months. There is another set of French doors on the lower level that lead to a small south-facing courtyard.

Electricity is provided by a top-of-the-range, new solar-power system that is sufficient for all our needs.

In winter, the wood-burning, back-boiler British made cast iron stove provides radiator central heating in all the rooms, which is quite a rare thing around here and keeps the house cosy and comfortable.

Water for the house comes from a spring, which is collected in a sealed deposit tank on the top of the land. There is an abundance of clean, fresh water that flows all year round.

High speed internet is provided via a satellite dish connection that works flawlessly throughout the year.

There is a large storeroom at the rear of the building used to house the solar batteries, the hot water boiler, washing machine and freezer. It is also used for food storage and various other household items. The generator and garden tools are stored in secure sheds on the side of the house. There is a large wood shelter for firewood.

LAND

We have an organic, permaculture-inspired vegetable garden and tree orchards which provides us with year- round produce. There are various herb patches of rosemary, lavender, thyme, mint, lemon balm and sage. We planted a variety of young nut trees such as hazelnut, almond, walnut and chestnut. A mature walnut tree by the house provides us with a good amount of nuts yearly. The fruit trees are apple, pear, cherry, peach, apricot, fig, plum, persimmon, pomegranate and quince. There are a variety of berry bushes around the house. There are a dozen young olive trees. Normal yearly harvests result in dozens of jars of homemade jams, chutneys, pickles; a wheelbarrow full of potatoes, and so many strawberries that we feed them to the horses!

Irrigation water comes from a mountain stream that flows into a huge, purpose-dug alberca (water collection pool).

We have a traditional-styled chicken coop to house a small flock with a wired run, secure from all predators. Our, mostly, free-ranging hens provide us with year round fresh eggs. With 6 hens laying daily during the summer months, we have more than enough to sell or give away.

STABLES AND HORSES

A part of the land is used for the horse stables, several paddocks and a 20x30 riding arena - which is quite special in these parts. The well-built, thick stone wall, stables consist of a large double stall and a tack room. Electricity and drinking water are connected. The covered area behind the stables is used for hay storage. The building could easily be converted into additional accommodation or an artistís studio with the most magnificent views.

LOCATION

While the property is private it is not isolated. There are several similar places in the area, with friendly neighbours only a few minutes walk away. Access is via a 7km good, wide dirt track. A 4x4 vehicle makes it easier but is not essential. Situated at 1300m above sea level the property is surrounded by land that cannot be further built on as it is in the Natural Park.

The peacefulness of this magical location is highlighted by the existence a Buddhist silent retreat center (O Sel Ling) located a bit higher up, which was visited by the Dalai Lama.

Orgiva, the nearest large town with a friendly expat community, is a 30 minute drive and offers all the amenities one might need: shops, restaurants, banks, medical centre, gas stations, etc.

The historic city of Granada and the beaches of the Costa Tropical are both less than 1 hour and 15 minutes away. Malaga's international airport is less than 2 hours away.


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