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This property currently has a tourism licence VTAR/MA/0177 which gives the property Vivienda Rural status for self-catering holiday makers. The business has an average income of €400 per week and the season has the ability to run year round because firstly, Barranco del Sol has a micro climate that extends the summer season, plus, the holiday rental accommodation has air-conditioning units for the summer and wood burning stoves for the winter.
The property is split into the main house (3 double beds & 2 bath) with attached, yet completely independent guest annex (1 twin bed & 1 bath) for use as overflow accommodation that supports the separate guest cottage (1 twin/king size bed, 1 bath + living/kitchen/dining room).
Alfresco enjoyment includes; the main house having a spacious and completely private Andalucian style courtyard, the guest cottage and independent guest annex both enjoy private patios. The entire property benefits from the use of a fabulous swimming pool, poolside covered dining area brick built BBQ and huge sunbathing terrace.
Character throughout is evident by way of beamed ceilings, thick walls, cosy corners, inclined ceilings and a slightly quirky layout associated with all properties of this age.
Vistas: From the pool and pool terrace the views are outstanding, taking in the entire, El Torcal Mountain range and surrounding countryside. The vistas change colour with the seasons; from deep green in Winter to multicoloured (with wild flowers and almond blossom in Spring), golden in Summer and green with copper tones in Autumn.
The property is located just moments by car from the tiny hamlet centre of Barranco del Sol where there is a plaza with play area for children. Then 5 minutes walk from the property is a small bar (situated in the front room and front terrace of a family home) which is rather charming! The village of Almogia is 20 minutes drive away where all amenities required for every day living are to be found.
Barranco del Sol is situated within the mountain ranges behind Malaga city and some may say it has an isolated feel (despite being accessed off tarmac to the front door). Everyone has a different perception of ‘isolation’ and to help with this… Barranco del Sol is a community spread out over the hills and valleys where time seems to have stopped. It is a million miles away from the urbanizations on the Costa del Sol and equally, is nowhere near as isolated as being located 2km down a bumpy dirt track with no neighbours in sight.
* Note to potential buyers… the current owner lovingly and admirably rescues abandoned cats. She does her very best to find adoptive homes within Spain and abroad. This means that you will be greeted by Christine the very accommodating owner, however whilst viewing the property, it is likely you will meet some of the cats too. Fez the black cat with half a tail, is extremely friendly and with just a little encouragement by way of a tickle behind the ear, he will likely follow you around the garden and pool area during your viewing. The cats will, of course be going with Christine when she moves but if you wish to adopt any of the cats, that would be very much appreciated by Christine (but by no means is part of the deal!)
Main house (150M2)
♦ You enter into a spacious courtyard that has two entrances into the property, one via the kitchen and another into the dining room. The property is L shaped and wraps around the courtyard that is completely private from visiting guests.
♦ Andalucian style kitchen with recently fitted new oven that connects externally to the courtyard for alfresco dining or inside via a hallway into the formal dining room into the rest of the accommodation.
♦ Formal dining room is a comfortable room that is light and bright.
♦ Bedroom 2 is a spacious double bedroom that currently doubles as a study and this is accessed via the dining room.
♦ Living room is a large, rectangular room with French doors leading outside (currently entering into an ‘indoor cat’ safe play cage. Of course the cage can quickly and easily be dismantled if preferred and a patio area created. There is an air-conditioning unit that cools and heats.
♦ Bedroom 3 is currently also doubling as a library and packing/boxing up room ready for the current owner’s move from the property. This would make a very good study or home office or hobby room.
♦ Internal hallway connects the kitchen with the dining room and accommodates access to the downstairs bathroom.
♦ Ground floor bathroom this bathroom has a full length bath with shower over. A wash basin and w.c.
♦ Stairs rising to the first floor landing are characterful with traditional tiling. Off the landing is bedroom 1 and a bathroom.
♦ Bedroom 1 is a spacious, light and bright room that is dual aspect with large windows that take in the surrounding views. There is an air-conditioning unit that cools and heats.
♦ First floor bathroom is a very light and spacious room with half bath and shower over, wash basin and w.c.
Separate guest cottage (58M2)
Accessed via an impressive set of natural stone steps leading down to the patio & front door of the living accommodation.
♦ Lounge/kitchen/dining room features an impressive and traditional ‘rincon’ corner fireplace with wood burning stove. There are two sofas, a dining table plus an L shaped run of kitchen base units and work surface.
Currently, the first floor accommodation of bedroom and bathroom is accessed directly from the entrance parking area. Access to the living accommodation of the guest cottage is reached outside and down the impressive stone steps. There is space for an internal spiral staircase if preferred. However, no holiday makers have ever complained about the current set up and it allows for more space inside.
♦ Very spacious bedroom with twin/king size bed, wood burning stove, air-conditioning unit (cooling only) and a wood burning stove.
♦ En-suite shower room with shower cubicle, wash basin and w.c.
♦ Private alfresco dining terrace with space for table and chairs and airer for drying clothes.
Independent guest annex (27M2)
♦ Twin bedroom is L shaped and the twin beds that fit snug but perfectly well enough.
♦ En-suite shower room serves the twin bedroom with shower, wash basin and w.c.
♦ Alfresco terrace ideal for enjoying a morning cup of tea or coffee.
This room is currently called, ‘Olive’ by the existing owner because of the very old olive tree that is just outside this room. It is only used as an overflow room for guests of the separate guest cottage. If guests come with friends or older children, this is the perfect scenario. It is not let separately from the guest cottage.
If desired, this room could be absorbed back into the main house as a door was bricked up and plastered over in order to create this independent room with its own access.
Very viable option for a B&B or guest house business
Because the main house has three entrances and two reception rooms plus kitchen, it would be very easy to create a great B&B if this is preferred to self catering holiday rental accommodation. There is enough room for the owner to have private indoor and outdoor accommodation and sufficient space for guest bedrooms and guest bathrooms plus outdoor and indoor dining for B&B guests. Without much effort, an additional bathroom could be installed in the separate ground floor living accommodation of the guest cottage to create another guest bedroom with en-suite. In the main house, it would even be possible to put in a bar and offer evening meals if this is a business model that a buyer prefers. The very warm micro climate of Barranco del Sol offers a year round holiday season for paying guests. With the installation of solar panels, the pool could also be heated.
Swimming pool & pool terrace
♦ The swimming pool is impressive it is 8M x 4M but also has a very large additional area given over to lazy Roman steps down into the water. This makes the pool feel very impressive. It is currently a chlorine pool.
♦ Pool side covered dining area is huge and ideal for alfresco dining. The table is built of concrete and then tiled on top. Above the table is a very secure metal structure with a roof (22M2) that provides full shade from the midday sun and it is high enough to allow the air to travel well underneath it.
♦ Brick built BBQ is located next to the alfresco dining area and is ideal for lunchtime or evenings.
♦ Store room (10M2) is located to the front of the property and is currently used as a safe place for the cats to grab food as they need it.
♦ Workshop (17M2) is located to the side of the main house and this is a sizeable room and very useful for all kinds of activities or simply for storage. Light is connected and water is close by.
Fruit and nut trees
♦ Passion fruit, grapes, lemons, oranges, almond, mandarin, figs, olives are to name just a few of the crops that thrive in the micro climate of Barranco del Sol. Winter temperatures rarely dip too low to allow tropical fruits to thrive. Avocados, apricots and pomegranates would equally thrive here.
The property is not isolated, there are neighbours dotted around the property. Most are Spanish owned and the closest (at the end of and below the pool area are a quiet Spanish couple who are friendly, embracing and very helpful and neighbourly). Then there are other property to the side of the property that are a mix of Spanish holiday homes and those who live year round.
Barranco del Sol
The village/hamlet of Barranco del Sol comes under the municipality of Almogia and it is a part of Andalucia that time has passed by. It is like stepping back in time here and you are as likely to see someone riding a donkey as you are using a car. It is an agricultural area where the farming of goats for milk and cheese and almonds harvesting brings in the main income. Equally today, there are now quite a few holiday/second homes owned by Spanish families who have moved to Malaga city for work but who use their Barranco del Sol homes for high days and holidays. There are also homes owned by foreigners who also use their homes full time or for holidays.
Not much happens in Barranco del Sol other than peace, birds of prey flying overhead and farming. There is a tiny bar which is pretty much the owners front room and front terrace where drinks are served. Other than that, there is the annual feria and also Verdiales folk music gatherings.
Barranco del Sol does have a delivery van that drives around the hamlet going to all the individual houses as requested. The van (mobile shop) is piled high with everything from goats cheese, milk, bread, fruit and veg, cleaning products and gas bottles. If you want something for the next day you can order what you want and it will turn up as promised the following day.
Almogia (20 mins’ drive)
Almogia is a ‘pueblo blanco’ white village dating back to Moorish times where the remains of a hill top Moorish castle can still be seen today. It is a vertical village with the old part being in the maze of streets on the hill and the modern part being at the top of the village. It is a large municipality and has a 24hr medical centre with on-stand-by ambulance and helipad, a police station, post office, large supermarket, bars, restaurants and many small shops selling anything from haberdashery, jewellery, pastries and bread, meat, fish and vegetables and clothes. There are schools for those children of nursery age (2 to 4 years), junior school and senior school. The sport centre is very good and the football team does very well and has just gone up to the next league.
The coastal motorway & the coast (45 mins’ drive)
It does not take long to drive down to the coastal motorway that will whisk you East or West. Malaga airport is very conveniently located as are the beaches. Los Alamos beach is a little know gem (located just West of Malaga city and just East of Torremolinos). It is an immaculately maintained wide stretch of sand backed by ‘chiringuitos’ (beach bar/restaurants built on the sand).
About Christine the current owner
Christine is a wonderful woman who has set her heart to rescuing abandoned cats. She takes them in, neuters them, gets them fit and well and homes them where she can. Currently she has 20 cats and one dog. The reason for selling is; she wants to join friends who run refuges for cat and dogs in Monda. This is the only reason for selling. She has set up a great little business for herself with her tourism licence but she now wants to retire and do even more good for the animals she loves. Christine will happily talk to you about her property via email or phone and she will also meet you at a convenient location and guide you to the property for viewings.