Superb Renovated Village House
with land
FOR SALE
in Sierra de Aracena,
Andalusia, Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

house@aracena.co.uk

Substantial rural village 3 or 4 double-bedroomed house,
optional additional land, of over 3350 m2.

 

 

NOW SOLD - For historical information only

 

 

The house

 

This beautifully restored rural village house has 210 m2 floor area and 45m2 patio with flowers, herbs and a plum tree. Situated in a quiet lane right on the edge of one of the prettiest traditional villages in the Natural Park of the Sierra de Aracena, Andalusia, it was officially registered as built in 1930 but parts of the property are believed to date back three hundred years.

 

A stunning piece of real estate, it has been sympathetically renovated to give modern convenience whilst retaining the old character. Set in the heart of an area of tranquil woods, forests and peaceful countryside yet amenities are close by. The Sierra de Aracena mountains are inland away from the “Costas” though still less than two hours drive from the coast. This is a must see permanent home or will be a stunning second home.

 

A delightful 3,350m2 orchard also available, with productive fruit and nut trees and water rights from a shared spring. Space to grow fruit and vegetables or even graze horses, 2 minutes walk from the house.

 

 

The Property
Entrance hall: Accessed directly from Calle Arias Montano. Two steps down from the wooden chestnut front double door lead to a spacious hall with terracotta tiled floors, traditional old wine/jar rack. Original beamed ceiling. Antique chestnut doors leading to bathroom 1 off to right. Second set of antique doors leading to Living room and Dining area on left. Steps down to traditional style stable doors opening into kitchen/breakfast room ahead. Stairs to right leading to first floor rooms. Moroccan wall lights in corners and chandelier at centre. Radiator.
Spacious Living room and Dining area: Door to hall. Window to front of house, bookcase, Original beamed ceilings, Jøtel wood burning stove, twin French Windows to patio overlooking countryside. Step down to second door to kitchen/breakfast room. Three pendant lights, one is Tiffany style. Two radiators.

 

Kitchen: Accessed from the dining area and from the main hall. Attractively refitted with chestnut doored units offer good shelf and cupboard area, extensive granite worktops, stainless steel twin sink, built in electric oven, gas hob and dishwasher. Cooker hood with extractor and filter, vented to outside of house. Various wall and ceiling lights including halogen spots. Tiled counter under the stairs area as part of the kitchen. Fitted broom cupboard. Window overlooking patio and fields beyond. Radiator. Step down to original stable doors door leading to sun porch and then via double French windows onto patio.

Bathroom one: Off the entrance hall to right via original rustic chestnut doors is a bathroom, with bath and shower over, WC, wash hand basin, traditional mirror inset into wall over. Window. Wall lights. Points for shavers, etc
Stairs to first floor: A stair with terracotta tiled steps leads up to the first floor reaching a half landing with a double bedroom through door on left and further steps to right leading to office/second sitting area via semi glazed wooden door.
Upstairs study/second sitting room: An L-shaped area used as study and second sitting room with French windows leading to small balcony over the front door with views across village and surrounding countryside. This room could also be used as further sleeping accommodation. To left as you enter is door leading to second bathroom/utility room, two double bedrooms off to far right via wooden doors and “almacen” /loft storage area above stair well. Ceiling light and two wall lights. Terracotta coloured porcelain tiled floor.
Bedroom one, double: A large double bedroom off the half landing. High beamed ceiling (high ensures it stays cooler in summer). Two large chestnut windows with views across countryside, over the village to mountains beyond. Ceiling light and two wall lights. Point for radiator. Terracotta coloured porcelain tiled floor.
Bedroom two, double: A large double bedroom off the far right of the study area. High beamed ceiling. Two large chestnut windows overlooking patio with views across countryside, over the village to mountains beyond. Ceiling light and two wall lights. Point for radiator. Terracotta coloured porcelain tiled floor
Bedroom three, twin: A twin bedroom via door across the study area. Beamed ceiling. Chestnut windows looking from front of house with views across cover the village to countryside beyond. Ceiling light. Point for radiator. Terracotta coloured porcelain tiled floor
“Almacen”/loft storage area: Over the stair well is a doored area accessed via a step ladder which is used as a storage area. It is fitted out with shelves and has lighting. It is big enough to house a single bed and still give plenty of space.
Bathroom two/utility room: Off the study area to the left as you come in from the stairs is a bathroom/utility room with large walk in shower, WC, wash hand basin with mirrored cupboard over, Plumbed/connected for washing machine and tumble drier. Frosted glazed wooden window. Points for shavers, etc Remote controlled wall mounted fan heater. Wall lights.
To rear of house: 45m2 walled patio, paved with rustic brick and with flower beds, various plants in terracotta planters, productive plum tree. Steps up to French windows. Woodshed and tool shed. Covered location for gas bottles, outside tap, external wall mounted boiler for hot water.
Huerta/Orchard: A 2 or 3mins walk from the house down a picturesque track leads to the huerta, included in the sale. This is 3351 m2 (about 0.83 acres) and has water rights from a spring shared with a neighbouring huerta. Currently there are various trees most of which are productive including olives, figs, pears, apples, walnuts, peaches, etc. and an area where vegetables are grown. It can also be used to graze horses or other animals if wished. The land is gated and fenced. It forms a beautiful secluded spot to read and relax.
Construction: House is believed to have parts dating back to the 1700’s or even earlier: the deeds date back to mid-1930s but it was probably rebuilt at that time on an older base. It was extensively restored by the current owners over the period 2005 to 2008, retaining many original features but raising the roof level and remodelling rooms to suit modern comfortable living whilst still retaining features and feel of a traditional property. All plumbing and wiring has been bought up to modern standards. The work was carried out under architect supervision and using registered builders with proper documentation and fees/taxes paid. The house is well insulated, new roof and double glazed windows. As it is situated in a Natural Park and in a village of Cultural and Historic Importance, work had to be in keeping with the traditional style of the area. Windows are made by a local joiner, mostly from chestnut and with shutters. Though we have a portable air-conditioning unit it has not proved necessary in this property as the thickness and insulation of the walls, high upstairs ceilings and insulation in roof keeps the property cool in the summer. All windows of the property have wooden “persianas”, (outside blinds). The house is wired for "Calor Azul" type electric radiators which offer economical controllable heat, though in practice the wood burner is sufficient for all but the coldest weeks of the winter. The property is connected to metered mains water. Electric installation completely rewired and upgraded. Drainage from bathrooms is to the main village system and drains have been upgraded to allow full flushing of WCs (i.e. No “toilet paper bins” as is common in Spain!!).
Plot Size: House and patio - 155m2. If including the huerta, a total of 3500 m2.
Connections: Mains Water, Main Drains, Electricity, Telephone, Broadband Internet. Satellite TV including UK channels. Bottled gas for cooking and hot water. Huerta has water rights from spring shared with neighbours.
Extra Information: The land to the rear of the property (outside the perimeter of the grounds) is not constructible land; it is agricultural (rustica). Parking is on the street in front of the house.


The area around Castaño del Robledo
and the Sierra de Aracena

The area surrounding the property is famous for its walks, spring flowers, wildlife, history and unparalleled beauty. Castaño del Robledo, though tiny, is designated a village of ‘artistic and historical importance’ and retains the medieval layout and buildings from its heyday of 1550 to the early 1800’s. It is situated amongst forests of Cork Oak and Sweet Chestnut; Castaño del Robledo means “chestnut among the oak grove”. It is the highest village in the Sierra and the least spoilt. The main town of Aracena is only 15 minutes drive away.
The village church boasts one of the remaining original Baroque organs in Spain (recently restored but unmodified from original specification). From time to time there are organ recitals which attract musicians worldwide.
The permanent population is just under 200 people but the village is popular as a weekend retreat for professionals from Cadiz, Huelva and Seville

 

Village Amenities: Within the village you’ll find a public swimming pool, children’s play area, tree lined square with 2 bars, another further bar just up the hill from the main square, second square, 5 shops, a pharmacy, doctor’s surgery, village school and 3 restaurants, a further bar. Bus service to Aracena via local villages.

The home, being on the edge of the village, guarantees all the advantages of reliable broadband, telephone and modern conveniences but with the added attraction of just under an acre of land only two minutes walk away…and fabulous countryside walks just a step outside.

Calle Arias Montano 13 is situation at the top of the village of Castaño del Robledo, 15 kms from Aracena, 5 kms from Fuenteheridos, and 105 kms from Seville. Train Station 11 km at El Repilado for connections to Madrid, Huelva and beyond.

 

The Sierra de Aracena

Unspoilt sierra villages, connected by ancient cobbled pathways are what make this timeless, authentic Spain. With its forests of oak and sweet chestnut and glorious views this is the greenest part of Andalucía. Horse riding, cycling, fishing, painting, photography, mountain biking and bird watching are popular pursuits along with gentle (and more strenuous if you wish) mountain walks through countryside dotted with lakes, streams and waterfalls. The area produces the famous Jamon de Jabugo, rated one of the world’s finest hams, as well a profusion of edible wild mushrooms in the autumn. Add the stylish and cosmopolitan market town of Aracena itself, with its restaurants, bars, shops, theatre, art, world famous caves and ancient castle, then you have the best of both worlds. And all the attractions of Seville, Cadiz, Cordoba are all within a few hours easy driving distance; even Portugal is only 35 minutes away. If you’re looking for a home in Spain where you can breathe the cleanest air in Europe, find the greenest trees in Andalucía, experience a genuine Spanish lifestyle and enjoy the generosity of its open friendly people, the Sierra de Aracena is for you.

 

Nearest Airports: Seville 112km, 1hr 15 mins – flights from Gatwick (clickair.com); from Liverpool and Stanstead (Ryanair). Also Faro and Jerez within 2 ½ hours drive – flights from various destinations. Malaga about 3 ½ hours.


For clarification:  Every effort has been taken to prepare these particulars as carefully as possible. All measurements are approximate and rounded

 

 

 

 

Link to the village web site (in spanish)

 

HOUSE@ARACENA.CO.UK

Calle Arias Montano 13
Castaño del Robledo
21292 Huelva
Spain