A beautiful country house with three acres of land situated 2kms+ to the east of the town of Orgiva in the neighbourhood of Tíjola. Built to a very high standard (2006) the house has 6/7 bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large pool, a roof terrace with super views and surrounded by magnificent gardens (the Orgiva Tea Garden).
The house is connected to mains electricity (3 Phase),
Town water (drinking water),
Septic tank (three chambered),
Gas cookers (butano),
Hot water via solar panels backed up by diesel boiler (big enough to add central heating if desired).
Air conditioning in both main house and casita (put in 2019)
Irrigation water supplied by the acequia Las Ventanas.
The house has a 1000 l. back up water tank,
1000 l. diesel tank
The garden a 500,000 l. irrigation tank.
All four sides of the house have water taps and electric plugs on outside walls.
The design and layout of the house offers a fantastic opportunity to have an income from a rental business if so desired. The present owners have had 12 years of documented history renting out the ‘Casita’ with an average annual occupancy of 25 weeks and have accumulated sixty plus 4/5 Star reviews. And with the ‘Casita’ in the medium / high price bracket this can be a very successful business.
Otherwise the ‘casita’ part can be used as a ‘Granny Flat’ or simple as somewhere where family or visiting friends can stay independently from the main house.
THE MAIN HOUSE: Entrance hall. 4/5 bedrooms with 2 en-suite and one family bathroom. TV room/office with wood burning stove (or the 5th bedroom). Large kitchen with walk-in larder and open plan office. Large lounge/dinning room with aircon and substantial wood burning fire with fireplace.
THE CASITA: Currently as 2 bedrooms and one family bathroom. Open plan living accommodation, lounge and kitchen with wood burning stove and aircon. Access, entrance and courtyard/garden, is separate from the main house. The accommodation is flexible between the house and the casita as the main house yellow en-suite bedroom can be allocated to the casita making it 3 bedrooms.
THE CELLAR: Large space (50m2+) accessed from the main house kitchen and externally from the front and rear of the property. A very flexible space for possible future development.
TERRACES: The house one way or another is surrounded by paved walkways / terraces to provide easy access etc. Front of the house has a large paved terrace suitable for plant pots etc. Back of the house has a covered terrace with seating providing deep shade and shelter and a part covered terrace. The roof terrace, bordered by wall and wooden railings measures 14m x 5m.
POOL: The pool measures 8m x 5m x 2m with a fully functioning filtration system. There is a covered/ shade corner with a table and stone bench and all surrounded by a large tiled terrace with plenty of space for loungers, table tennis table and the like. And the pool area can be reached by pathways from both the main house and the casita.
SPLASH POOL: There is a splash pool 2.5m x 1.5m x .5m in the courtyard
PARKING: The house has ample parking including two shaded car-ports plus the large carpark at the entrance (35+ car capacity)
For more details of rooms and their configuration see the PHOTOS below.
Set on two flat terraces approx. 5000m2 and completely fenced in.
At present about half the property (the bottom half) is laid out as ‘formal gardens’ … The Orgiva Tea Garden. This garden was started from scratch by the present owners and over the last 16 years has developed into a mature garden with many trees and Mediterranean loving plants.
There are various out buildings including the ‘Garden Kitchen’ with electrics and town water, the ‘Tool Room’ with electrics, a fenced chicken house and a fenced duck house with pond. There are two enclosed vegetable gardens and a nursery area with 3 covered tunnels and two large concrete nursery bays. (10x6m & 6x3m).
There is an irrigation system in place (black tubing) and the property is watered by (and has rights to) the acequia ‘Las Ventanas’. This irrigation channel is said to be the best in the valley and provides an abundance of water all year round.
Set on three main flat terraces plus one smaller approx 6000m2 total.
The rest of the property is left as ‘campo ‘ and home to 20+ ancient olive trees. However the terraces are maintained with regular brush cutting and pruning etc. At the very top of the land there is a very large ‘alberca’ (water tank) which holds 500,000 litres (19m x 10m x 3m). This tank not only holds a lot of water but also because of its positioning at the top of the land it also provides good natural pressure for irrigation. At the moment the bottom terrace (by the entrance) serves as a large carpark for the Orgiva Tea Garden.
The property has a licence to rent as a VIVIENDA RURAL with reference no. VTAR GR 01601 with the Tourist Board. This is for the ‘Casita’ with ONE, TWO and/or THREE bedroom options. Checked and passed by the authorities the ‘Casita’ has more than 12 years of documented history with well over 60 good/excellent reviews providing a very good income.
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This started back in 2015 as no more than a hobby. However, now it has become very well known in the province of Granada and has a licence G19588722 under the name ‘Asociación Las Chimeneas’. Generally the OTG opens for just one day a week (normally a Wednesday) and starts the year towards the end of March and closes at the end of October. Some years during the busy months (May till end of August) the garden has opened two days a week. It has well over 200 reviews and in TripAdvisor it is rated number One attraction in the area.
See the dedicated website: http://www.orgivateagarden.com
www.tripadvisor.com (what to do in Órgiva)
Google search Órgiva Tea Garden
Situated in the fertile valley of the Guadalfeo river, Órgiva is the largest town and capital of the Western Alpujarras. At 450m, Órgiva has a milder climate than many other places in the Alpujarras and is surrounded by olive, lemon and orange groves.
With around 6000 inhabitants, including many settlers from northern Europe, Órgiva has a somewhat bohemian atmosphere since it is also a magnet for those seeking an alternative lifestyle. The town has a good selection of shops, several banks, lots of bars, a sports area and most importantly a very good medical centre with a 24 hr emergency service.
The region of the Western Alpujarras is dramatic and varied. Formed to the north by the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada and to the south by the Sierras Lújar and Contraviesa, the Alpujarra valley is cloven by steep slopes and deep sheltered gorges. With mountain peaks over 10,000 feet and covered with snow for half the year and yet close to the Mediterranean and the heat of Andalusia it is famous throughout Spain because of its unique flora, fauna and mini-ecology. Its terraced farmlands are constantly watered by the melting snow from above, constituting a high-altitude oasis of greenery which stands in dramatic contrast to the arid foothills below. With the average altitude is 4,000 feet above sea level this is ideal hiking terrain for adventurous travellers and also superb for biking whether in the hills or on the roads.
40 minutes from the coast and the Mediterranean,
less than an hour from Granada and Granada airport
less than an 90 mins from the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada and
less than an 100 mins from Malaga airport and
serviced by an excellent bus service Alsina
Moving to Spain in 2004
A change in lifestyle was right for us- many people thought we were crazy at the time but we knew it could only be a good change from the hustle and bustle, social and economic pressures of life in the fast pace of southern England. There, we both had normal jobs and brought up our 4 sons, played plenty of tennis and had a very busy life.
But we wanted a change so we moved from the Surrey / Hampshire area to the south of Spain to a valley called Las Alpujarras … ‘lock, stock and barrel’! None of us spoke any real amount of Spanish including our two younger sons who came with us (then 12 and 15). They both attended the village secondary school and went on to go to Cambridge University and Kings College University respectively. We believe that the years spent in Spain had a profound affect on them both and have contributed to their growth as well adjusted, socially aware, well educated adults. Now our 4 sons live in London, UK or the U.S. – all with professional careers- but we are committed to Orgiva and our less frenetic way of life.
We have been described as a variation on The Good Life’s Tom and Barbara but I am not so sure!! Although we no longer rear pigs and our llamas have now died, we do have dogs, cats, hens, turkeys, a variety of ducks and peacocks!
After clearing the land, organising the build of our new house and planting out half of the property – which took quite some years- we now spend most of our time enjoying the garden and the animals, producing our home grown vegetables along with running the successful casita rental and the Orgiva Tea Garden (once a week). We now play a lot of padel [a cross between tennis and squash!]
This really is a good life – the local community of Spanish and foreign residents [ British, Dutch, German especially] is very welcoming, sociable and rural. There is always time for people- to help, to enjoy a meal or a drink with or to learn from. There are plenty of ways to learn Spanish- from private to public classes plus one-to-one relaxed learning exchanges.
Orgiva has a great health centre and the A & E [Urgencias] is here for the surrounding area and two new major hospitals in Motril and Granada are both about 40 minutes away from Orgiva and have the best of everything there. I know !
So this is a wonderful place in the valley of the Alpujjaras.
Come and visit! KB