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Casa de Campo - Spanish Property for Sale, Smallholding plus dwelling, Alpujarras, Granada:

Spanish Property SaleFOR SALE £60,000 sterling - Mountain cortijo for reform in simple but livable condition with smallholding: Registered for habitation & could be legally exended by up to 30%. The building is 40m² & the land extends to over 10995m² (approx 2.5 acres) with sweet chestnuts, vines, walnut, cherry, peach, fig trees & sweeping views. Great base for walkers, artists, twitchers & start-gazers. Please contact us for more details.

Reluctant sale. Cortijo is situated in the Natural Park above the village of Mecina Bombarón in the Las Alpujarras region, which is, as yet, unspoilt by tourism. The area, tranquil but functional, is where the friendly locals make a tradtional living from their small holdings.

Most of the photos shown here were taken in the autumn/winter so it looks quite sparse, in the spring it is lush and green. Most of the land in front of the property the first photo comes with the property. Behind the property, there is a similar amount again on two large terraces. There are many trees and bushes along with cleared land ready for working. Being on different levels and with little nooks and crannies, it is a fun place to explore. There are many sweet chestnut trees and vines, also some walnut, cherry, peach, and fig trees.

The cortijo is a legally registered property for habitation. Plans could be made to rebuild up it up to 30% bigger. Currently there is no running water (except the natural spring), sanitation or electricity installed but all 3 are feasible. the current owners goes there to get away from it all and live with nature, utilising a car battery and a solar trickle charger which is enough to run an iPod speaker, lap top etc. The wood burning stove (new last year) makes an excellent cooker and heater.

Mecina Bombaron is a quiet and beautiful white village clinging to the hillside (see photo of the town square with mules,) it has a shop, bank, cafe, bar etc. The cortijo is situated about 15 mins outside the village at around 1300 metres which is below the 'permanent' snow line. There is sometimes snow in the winter so a 4 x 4 may be essential at times like that, but for most of the year a normal car is sufficient.

The property stands alone. It has 2 rooms, a living area and a stable. The stable could be converted into living space as well. In total the building is 40m²and the land extends to over 10995m² (approx 2.5 acres). The land enjoys a share in the natural spring and has its corresponding hours from the ancient irrigation system where the large secure water deposit for water storage can be topped up (see photo below).

A direct drive south from the mountains to the Mediterranean coast takes around 1 hour, through breathtaking mountain areas such as La Contraviesa and Las Alpujarras. The coastal towns are unspoilt and are frequented mainly by locals. One can also drive along the mountain range east to west, where there are many areas of outstanding natural beauty. Most of the mountain roads from Mecina Bombaron to the coast have been recently resurfaced, so the journey by car, mountain bike or motorbike on the flowing, smooth, twisty roads is a pleasure.

Las Alpujarras is steeped in history and is the area to which the Moors retreated in the late 1400's under pressure from the Christians. Granada and the Alhambra Palace are an hour and a half away and there are many other historic places of interest at nearby.

If access to a swimming pool is a must, Mecina Bombaron offers a beautiful, modern, outdoor swimming pool which is perched on a cliff edge, where you can find refreshments and changing facilities. There is a panoramic view of the mountains and on a clear day the sea can be seen in the distance. The pool is free of charge and is open from July to September.

A short drive away is Trevelez, the famous 'highest village in Spain'. As are many of the Alpujarras villages, Trevelez is also famous for its jamon serrano. For walkers - the cortijo is on the GR7 route and one can also walk from village to village across the Sierras. Horse riding and mountain biking are also popular in this area. Skiing is on the west end of the Sierra Nevada mountain range approximately 2 hours way. For bird watchers, the Peregrine Falcon is common in the area and for astronomers, the unpolluted night sky is full of stars and a wonder to see.

All furniture, fittings, tools, battery, charger, inverter and household wares, in fact everything needed to live there are included in the price.

The property is cheap to maintain (the 'Council tax' is approximately 15 euros per YEAR).

Airport drive time (approx); Malaga - 3 hours, Almeria - 2 hours, Granada - 2 hours, Alicante - 4 hours, Jerez - 5 hours

Drive time to village - approx 15 minutes

Next town - drive time approx 20 minutes from village. Here you can find many small businesses such as cafés, bars, food stores, internet café, hardware stores, banks etc

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