A particularly stunning 8 bedroom 4 bathroom country house, originally an old cortijo of approximately 150 years old, totally reformed, but keeping its special charm and character. Price: 695,000 Euros
The property is approached either from the main road via a short track through handmade antique double doors, providing security and privacy. Next to this entrance you will find a stone shed (10 m2) with a terrace o top and a storage for firewood. On the roadside of the property a walled patio is located.
The property can also be entered by car via a short track through automatic double steel doors leading to the driveway and a carport accommodating two cars.
The outside space provides very agreeable outdoor living, with a lovely shaded BBQ area with dining table and barbecue. The 8 x 4 swimming pool has plenty of space for sunbathing and has a shower area. A stone shed (7 m2) with windows is located next to the covered BBQ area. Views are outstanding, with the Moorish castle being in the middle.
The gardens are beautifully maintained, with many flowering shrubs and wild flowers growing all around. You will find palm trees and many lemon trees. The lemon trees benefit from an automatic irrigation system, using surface water from the irrigation canal. The property is surrounded by cypress hedging providing total privacy and is fully fenced. The garden includes a double wooden swing. A Moorish style mosaic outside tap adds to the charm.
Entering the house, through huge traditional timber doors, into an impressively large hallway and dining area with a huge log burner (that easily heats the entire downstairs floor during winter time). Here you immediately get the feel for the character of this property; everything is finished to a very high specification, with high beamed ceilings, quality tiled flooring, traditional windows and shutters, with deep tiled window sills. The wall and ceiling lighting has been carefully thought out and adds to the style and splendour of this cortijo property. The property has been furnished with such taste, enhancing the character throughout.
The hallway leads to the kitchen, a spacious living room and downstairs cloakroom and two double bedrooms or studies. All rooms in the house are entered through antique large double wooden doors and have either air conditioning or ceiling fans and electric panel radiators providing heat in the winter months. The property has the advantage of mains water which is heated electrically and with gas backup if needed.
The bespoke kitchen is light and airy with ample storage and worktops for the most serious of cooks. All the units are of high quality (e.g. Bosch dishwasher, Samsung American fridge) with granite worktops, a stainless steel multi burner gas stove (Smeg) with double oven and a double sink drainer. Antique shelves add to the character of the kitchen. A stable type doorway leads from the kitchen to the outside, where a separate small building for the washing machine is located.
A stairway with wrought iron railings leads to upstairs. With its high vaulted ceilings, dormer window and spectacular views, the master bedroom is very special. It includes a large balcony (6 m2) and a wonderful Moorish style fitted wardrobe. It has the advantage of a connecting room, also with dormer window (with fitted wardrobe), also to be used as a large dressing room, and an en suite bathroom that has been designed with the highest quality materials, with a large bath, separate modern shower with glass wall, and two granite countertop sinks.
On this floor there is a further double bedroom with a French balcony, a family bathroom with bath and a bedroom with twin beds, which has the advantage of a doorway out onto a lovely sun terrace (on top of the shed near the entrance). In the hallway a mezzanine is created to offer additional storing space.
An adjoined property is very well contained and private, with its own parking and garden area. The property itself benefits from a downstairs area currently used as kitchen with living/dining area and upstairs are two good sized bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms. Views from this property are also outstanding.
The property itself is located very conveniently in a lovely barriada with shops, bars and restaurants, as well as other amenities such as primary schools, etc. Although it is located in the campo (rural area), it is only a short drive (3 minutes) to the centre of the white village of Álora. The interesting city of Málaga, the beach and the airport can be reached in half an hour by car. The railway station is located 1 km from the property, connecting Málaga, the beach and the airport by train as well.
All paperwork and licences are in order, so everything about the property is legal, which is rare feature for an old cortijo in a rural area.