Listing Price: €129,000
Location: El Contador, Chirivel
Build Size m2:
Swimming Pool: no
Additional Features: plus two one-bed apartments
Located close to the village of El Contador in the hamlet of Tarifa, on the Almeria/Granada border. The area is renowned for walking, cycling and shooting enthusiasts. A few minutes down the A92 a new hospital being built by PREVINDAL SL, is due to open shortly. The hospital will provide long-term care for Alzheimer sufferers. It will employ 78 staff and accommodate 120 patients. Staff and visitors to the hospital will require accommodation and this could be a possible source of income for the cortijo.
The cortijo has been fully renovated to provide 480 square metres of accommodation. In addition, two – one-bedroom apartments providing an extra 100 square metres of accommodation. The present owners provide short and long stay bed & breakfast.
The cortijo’s accommodation is on two levels and consists of:
Ground floor – entrance hall with feature Andalucia mosaic wall tiles
Lounge with wood burner, separate dining room
Two large bedrooms, one with en-suite bath and shower.
Separate shower room
Country kitchen with small lounge area. Separate large room currently used for storage
First Floor –
Two large bedrooms, two bathrooms one with overhead shower
Separate ground floor entrance door leads to upper level with two one-bedroom apartments with kitchen area, separate shower room
Garden area to the front of the property. At the rear is an enclosed courtyard with separate pens for chickens and ducks.
Timber stairs lead to upper sun terrace for guests to enjoy
Mains electric and water, gas water heaters
Council tax in the UK is based on the assumed capital value of the dwelling whereas Council Tax in Spain is calculated on the rateable value of the property valor catastral and is applicable to resident and non-resident property owners alike. It is a municipal tax payable to the local Town Hall
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The small agricultural town of Vélez Rubio is in a picturesque setting, surrounded by sierras, olive groves and fields of wheat.
This is a place of enormous historical significance. The town lies at the foot of the Sierra de Maria and proudly boasts the finest baroque religious building in Almeria Province, the Church of La Encarnation. It can be found on the plaza of the same name. Built in the 18th century, this has an imposing carved facade which includes the arms of the Marquises of Villafranca y Vélez, who built it. Inside, the main altar has a superbly detailed, 20-metre-high carved wood retablo.
Three kilometers north of the town are the UNESCO World Heritage listed pre-historic caves and paintings called Cueva de Los Letreros (Leters Cave) and La Cueva del Gabar, to the north of Vélez Blanco.
Although very rural and quiet with no industry the area provides everything. Excellent road and motorway networks with very light traffic mean that the four airports which service the area are within easy reach. Alicante approx 1hr 30 mins, Almeria 1hr 10 mins, Granada 1hour 30 mins and Murcia (St Javier) 1hr 15min
Velez Blanco is on the mountainside of the Sierra del Mahimón a few hundred metres above Velez Rubio. It is the smaller of the two towns. This wonderful location gives it remarkable views over the Blanco valley and beyond.
It is a beautiful picture-postcard town that is dominated by an impressive castle. The Castle of Marques de los Velez was built in 1506 in the hillside above the town and from here one can see all of Velez Blanco. However, even though it appears a solid fortress, behind the battlements is emptiness. Its white marble courtyard is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and friezes from the main rooms are in Paris. It was declared an Artistic-Historic Monument in 1931 and partly restored between 1960 and 1980.
There are plans to rebuild the courtyard completely with marble from nearby quarries. There are many fine views from its Torre del Homenaje and the fort is open daily in the summer.
The Parish Church de la Magdelena, built before 1597, but became a ruin when the roof collapsed in 1822. The Church de Santiago (1515-1559) was built coinciding with the completion of the castle, a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Mudejar styles. It was restored in the 1980s.
It is well worth taking a walk along the Calle de la Corredera where there are many baroque mansions, the Temple de Santiago (1559) and other historic buildings including the Ayuntamiento (town hall) built in 1888. It is said that this street is the historic and social axis of the town
The village of Chirivel is situated in the green, mountainous area of the Sierra de María Natural Park in the north of the province of Almería, west of Vélez Rubio. The village which obtained its independence from Velez Rubio in 1895, is a secluded, tranquil group of houses
It developed in the 18th century, though its history reaches back much further. It is known particularly for the archaeological site at El Villar, a Roman settlement which has yielded important finds.
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