2 bedrooms + 2+ bathrooms
LOS FINOS, ALMERÍA, ANDALUSIA Spain
From the Listing:
Situated in the tranquil hamlet of Los Finos amongst rolling hills and spectacular mountainsides found in the Almeria region, this rural Spanish house (approx. 173m2) has been expanded and renovated to a very high standard. In typical fashion, the house is situated on two floors with the lower floor comprising the bedrooms and the upper floor for living space. This enables the bedrooms to be cooler during the long summer months and warmer during the short winter whilst offering majestic views to the living quarters above.
The property benefits from being close to everything, but not too close. The rural setting is inspirational and relaxing; the warm and friendly hamlet providing a glimpse back to a simpler way of life.
Cortijo la Montaña offers the perfect setting to relax and enjoy life either all-year or as a holiday retreat.
Set within 28,328m2 (around 7 acres) of terrain that stretches up from the rear of the property towards the stunning mountain backdrop, it comes with a large number of almond trees and some pine. Climbing to the base of the mountain above provides breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape where you can often see the sea shimmering in the distance. Please note that this land remains unfenced as we prefer natural surroundings.
Extensive flower and shrub gardens surround the front, side, and rear of the property providing a mixture of colour, shade, and privacy, with gravelled pathways winding between the fruit-bearing grapevines (green and black), cherry, and fig trees. Within the gardens, you’ll find wild mint, rosemary, sage, lavender, jasmine, a pepper tree (mock), hollyhocks, marigolds, oleanders, lilac bushes, buddleia, cacti, poppies, gazania and much more.
The house also comes with a secluded roof-top patio (32m2) providing stunning views of the surrounding landscape; perfect for parties, barbecues, or just sunbathing. Steps cut into the rock lead up to the roof terrace from the rear garden.
A very wide driveway carved from natural rock and bordered by large shrubs leads up to the house providing ample, off-road, parking for 3-4 cars. The driveway also has a covered car maintenance pit for the mechanically minded.
There is access from the driveway to a large workshop/garage (38m²) situated on the lower floor of the house.
The workshop has power, water, and lighting and could easily be converted to an indoor parking area, game/hobby room, or even an indoor swimming pool. From the workshop, there is convenient access to both a brightly-lit utility room (6m²) and the main house.
Located within the upper garden, there are two small outbuildings that were formerly used as twin stables for donkeys (currently used for storage), but which could be renovated into a small cottage or artists studio. There is also a small cave upon the property (a former well) that is also used for storage. It is currently secured by a door.
HOUSE - UPSTAIRS
Outside, from the driveway, the main house is accessed from a private passage leading into the main garden. A sheltered, two-level, terrace/porch leads to the main entrance. There is an outside tap providing mains water (for gardening, etc.) along with a concealed gas boiler for hot water direct to the kitchen. The house can also be accessed by passing through the side gardens and up the stone steps to the side.
Kitchen/Dining & Study -
Entering the house you find yourself within a small cloakroom. There is a small, walk-in, pantry to the left before entering a large, farmhouse style, fitted kitchen and dining room (33m²) with exposed beams and floor tiling.
In the dining area, there is plenty of room for a large family dining table, a welsh dresser, and even a sofa to sit before the cosy wood-burning stove.
Just off from the dining room is a small study (4.5m²) with exposed beams and stunning views over the valley. The main doors lead into the living room.
Living Room & Conservatory -
The large living room (29.5m²), complete with exposed beams and an open fireplace, allows access to a sun-filled conservatory (19m²) and the lower floor via a staircase.
On the lower floor of the house are the two bedrooms and a hallway that connects to the utility room and garage area.
HOUSE - DOWNSTAIRS
Bedrooms & Bathrooms -
The master bedroom (11m2) has exposed beams and scenic views. Plenty of room for a large double wardrobe and double bed with bedside cabinets. A discreet ceiling fan provides added comfort during the summer and there is also central heating for those unexpected chilly nights.
Attached to this master room is a beautiful en-suite bathroom (6.5m2) including walk-in shower, large mirror with washbasin, toilet, and bidet.
The second bedroom (11m2) also has exposed beams and similar views of the surrounding landscape and side garden. There is room for a double bed and a large double wardrobe along with bedside cabinets. Again, the room has a discreet ceiling fan and central heating for use as required.
Next to the second bedroom is the bathroom (5m2) with washbasin, a toilet, a bidet, and a shower/bath. Hidden lighting creates a lovely relaxing space. This bathroom could easily be converted into an en-suite or a jack-and-jill bathroom with the neighbouring bedroom if so desired.
The property is fully connected to mains electricity and water.
There is also a water storage chamber (deposito) available upon the property for that added peace of mind. Gas is via bottled gas (calor - about €14 or £12) with deliveries to the door every two weeks at no extra cost.
Drainage is to a large, double-chambered, septic tank.
The house is bright and airy with tiled floors and electric ceiling fans providing a welcome cool during the heat of the summer. Gas central heating is fitted unobtrusively throughout the house; upstairs and down. The upper part of the house also has full fibre-glass insulation installed within the ceilings. The EPC rating for this property is 'E'.
The annual taxes were €102.31 (about £90) as of June 2017.
Unlimited Internet is available throughout the property (15-20Mbps) suitable for Skype, Netflix, and buffer-free IPTV. Internet is €30.25 a month (£26). IPTV is €25 (£22).
The hamlet of Los Finos is situated at around 1120m and enjoys a southerly aspect and wonderful panoramic views. Excellent walking/hiking/mountain biking is available on the doorstep with the ruins of an old Moorish fort located on the opposite side of the valley. A local "fuente" or natural spring flows regularly a short walk away providing access to fresh spring waters all year round. This water is potable and free.
The hamlet itself is comprised entirely of Spanish locals who live a traditional farming lifestyle, but with helpful and welcoming British neighbours located a short drive away in neighbouring villages.
Los Finos is just a short drive away (5 mins) from a Spar shop, 3 bars and a restaurant in the neighbouring village of Los Cerricos (3.4km).
Chirivel (13.8km), a nearby small town, provides access to a builder's merchant, bars, restaurants, markets, bakers, butchers, bank and postal services, as well as offering a municipal swimming pool and a sports centre.
A short distance away is the Monasterio de la Virgen de Saliente. Supposedly the oldest monastery in Eastern Andalucia, there are superb views to be had from its lofty position. A pilgrimage still takes place in September where people make the arduous journey on foot from Albox along the winding road up to the monastery. There is a restaurant there for visitors to enjoy the views and you can book a room to stay overnight within the monastery.
LOCATION - SURROUNDING AREAS
The market towns of Albox (18.3km) and Vélez Rubio (32.1km) are around 30 minutes drive away for large supermarket chains and building merchants amongst other services along with national and inter-Europe bus (Alsa) connections throughout Spain.
Further away, but easily accessed by car or bus is the historically beautiful city of Granada (1h50m). Visit the Alhambra palace or enjoy skiing in the Sierra Nevada.
The popular beach resort of Mojácar is a 1h20m drive with many secluded beaches to be found on the way.
The impressive Lake Negratin is about an hour drive - fantastic for picnics, swimming, boating, etc. While Cazorla National Park is roughly a 2-hour drive (or an hour north of the lake).
Airports at Almeria and Granada are 1h50m away with those at Murcia and Alicante around 2h05m. Málaga airport is about 3 hours drive. The port at Algeciras (4h06m) gives easy access to Morocco.
The airports and other locations are all accessible via the bus network.
Source: Magnolia Property
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