With its extraordinary location, this Lakeside Retreat property commands breathtaking views from all angles: overlooking the Zahara-El Gastor lake and the Grazalema mountain range. There are two houses for sale situated on the 12-acre (50,000 square metre) private finca. Both properties have mains water and electricity (difficult to find in the heart of the countryside in Spain), plus a broad-band Internet connection via satellite. COUNTRY HOUSE (MAIN HOUSE): built by the owners in 2000 to a high standard, the property measures 221 square metres in total and is distributed over 2 levels with a huge 100 sq. metre garage on the lower level (basement) offering the possibility to build extra rooms.
The main Lakeside Retreat living accommodation is on the upper, ground floor level. South-facing, the living area comprises of a light and spacious lounge with a log burner and air-conditioning unit, fully fitted kitchen/diner and a very large balcony with barbecue. These rooms and balcony have magnificent views to the lake and mountains. On the same level there are 2 double bedrooms, 1 en-suite bathroom with bath, WC, wash-basin and bidet. and 1 separate guest bathroom with shower, WC and wash-basin. The house is accessed by a porch and leading off the hall are steps to the garage below.
This Lakeside Retreat house offers PVC double glazing and central heating throughout. A water tank was built into the lower part of the house with a capacity for 35,000 litres of water.
COTTAGE: an old, traditional Andalusian farmhouse (cortijo) which was restored by the present owners. With all its original features (wooden beams, stone walls, etc.), it is now a delightful 100 sq. metre cottage distributed over one floor and consists of 2 double bedrooms, 1 en-suite bathroom with shower, wash-basin and WC and a separate bathroom with WC and wash-basin, a lounge with pellet-burning stove and a spacious kitchen/diner.
Adjoining the cortijo is the original stable with feeding troughs. Double glazing throughout. Outside the cottage is a large terrace with pergola, and shade is provided by an old vine in the summer. Just a few metres behind the cottage is a picnic bench from where one can watch the most spectacular sunsets over the lake. Driveway parking. The cottage is presently used as a highly successful holiday letting business.
PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL: the 8 x 4 metre filtered swimming pool is fully tiled, has Roman steps and is surrounded by a large sun-bathing terrace, a pretty garden and a pergola to provide shade in the summer.
GARDENS: as well as the attention to detail in the houses, the low-maintenance gardens have been beautifully set out with with different types of structural plants such as cacti, palms and conifers, plus oleanders, rosemary and thyme to give colour. Trees such as olives, almonds and carobs offer shade in the summer. On a separate plot of land below the cottage there are fruit trees such as lemons, nectarines, mandarines, walnuts, persimmons, loquats and apricots. These are all irrigated by a drip irrigation system.
LOCATION: The property is located in the mountainous region of Cadiz, on the edge of the Grazalema Nature Park and not far from the town of Ronda. The area is one of outstanding beauty and the property is in a secluded, tranquil but not isolated location. It is just 5 kms. from one of the famous “pueblos blancos” (white villages) of Cadiz and is 24 kms. from the busy town of Ronda. The finca is accessed by 1 km. of good roads/tracks. A car is essential. Distances by car to the nearest airports are as follows: Jerez 1 hr, Seville 1hr 15 mins., Malaga 1 hr 45 mins.
Set on a 49.215m2 plot