>Sustainable Rating for property SP0178

SP0178 - 2 houses, off-grid, Natural Parkland, almost 1.4 ha farmland, in the Poqueira valley of the Alpujarran mountains of southern 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 and concrete.

Flat roof with slate tiles laid on beams, a layer of concrete then plastic and a thick layer of impermeable clay.

Very thick stone walls (about 55 cm) with dirt infill.

As described above.


Double glazed, mostly.


Heating House:?
Underfloor heating with solar panels and backup diesel boiler, wood burning stoves and an open wood fire.

Heating Water?
3 large solar panels with 300l storage tank, backup diesel boiler.

Cooking method?
Butane or propane gas.

10 solar panels (1.28kW). Backup diesel generator.

Spring with 1000l holding tank. The overflow goes into a large alberca ( storage pool) for irrigation. There are rights to the local irrigation water from mountain snowmelt.

Food production?
mature fruit trees, walnuts, olive trees.

Food production - %?
80 % fruit and vegetables - could be more.

Income possibilities?
Letting in a very popular tourist area. Many opportunities for guided walking tours and much local flora and fauna. Weekly local markets for plant and produce sales in local villages and the main town of the Alpujarras Orgiva. There are 2 local organic shops who will buy organic produce and seedlings.

Owners opinion on sustainable features:
It could easily be self sufficient in fruit and vegetables, there is a chicken run and house which need attention, and some thought would have to be given to animal husbandry ie shelters for goats or sheep. The spring is reliable and has never run dry. Irrigation water is plentiful. Wood for heating is easily obtainable and the solar panels and more than adequate for electricity and hot water and the use of battery powered tools and distiller for battery water.

There is much local interest in organic produce with 2 local organic shops who will buy produce and market stalls for organic produce and seedlings. No chemicals have been used on the land since 2005 when I bought the place and I think for many years before. Potatoes were the main crops in years gone by .

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