For sale direct from the owners!
This is not a property for the faint-hearted.
To get to this remote hideaway, you ﬁrst need to weave through the side streets of the village of Jayena, some 45 minutes’ drive from the city of Granada. From the village, you then need to drive through the rugged countryside, beside a burbling river and up the side of a steep hill on a singlelane concrete drive that frequently becomes rocky track. This is not an access road suitable for the basic hire car unless you like to take chances.
However, scuttle up the hill to an altitude of just over 1,000 metres (the same height as Mount Snowdon) and it is more than worth it.
This house was built by a former rally driver and instructor who is well versed in the challenges presented by mountain tracks. Sitting on an organic farm of 45,000M2, this property is remote in the true sense of the word. The current owners love solitude, and here you are alone in nature, where you often wake to see clouds sitting in the valley below eye-level. There are no neighbours. Occasionally, you might be aware that a local farmer is tending to his olive trees some distance below, but other than that all you can see are mountains, trees, valleys and more mountains. The silence is almost tangible.
As far as the eye can see is almost entirely a designated Natural Park, teeming with deer, wild boar, eagles, hoopoe and bee-eaters; over 50 types of bird have been identiﬁed from the property by one keen twitcher.
The house itself is very much oﬀ-grid but not in some shanty-town sense. It was designed to be completely eco-friendly, using high insulation factor materials and a great deal of timber.
This property offers a huge amount for the right buyers – here’s our pick of the bunch…
♦ Great Eco credentials – solar electric supply, high quality building materials and insulation
♦ Private water supply with back up deposit for drinking water and garden use
♦ Double glazed windows and high performance Jotul wood burning stoves
♦ Splendid isolation – terrific views, peace and tranquillity
♦ Main house with separate guest cottage
♦ Swimming pool – heated and totally private
♦ Licence of First Occupation and paying IBI – no legality issues here!
♦ Olive trees producing between 500kilos and 2,000kilos per annum
♦ Almost zero running costs for the property
♦ Great potential for a totally self-sufficient lifestyle and low carbon footprint
The house is arranged around a central courtyard – a contemporary interpretation of a moorish design along with much of the styling used and finishes.
The main open-plan living area is orientated around the stunning view with doors opening up onto the south facing terrace.
In the main house, there are two bedrooms, a bathroom, utility room, large living/dining room and fully equipped kitchen.
There is a separate guest house or studio, open-plan with a bedroom, living area, kitchen and a separate shower. This is ideal for accommodating guests but can also work perfectly for extended family or even to create income from paying guests.
Outside, there is a swimming pool which is 4.5m x 2.5m and is filtered, treated and is heated with heat exchanger.
The house and cottage extend to 200M2 and due to the nature of the eco-friendly build, the annual running costs average only €500 per annum. No utility costs and just the monthly cost of an internet connection to stay in touch with friends and family.
The 11 acre plot of land (45,000M2) contains olive trees which generate between 500kilos and 2,000kilos per annum. The current owners are members of the local Co-operative so there is an annual income from the olives harvested but there is also the opportunity to create your own olive oil. The land also provides plenty of wood for the stove in the house.
There is no easy way to put a price on solitude. This cannot be described as your average holiday rental property or ‘Place in the Sun’. It is unique and ideal for the person or people who genuinely do want to get away from it all.