Cortijo Fontanares – A country house in the Lorca area. (Renovated)
Fabulous detached 4/6 bedroom country house with swimming pool, hot tub, self contained apartment, large garage and log cabin, all set in productive land of 242.670m2. This versatile property is situated just over the border from Almeria Province, around 20 minutes drive from the town of Velez Rubio which offers all amenities.
The property has access via a good track, and the land around the house is walled & fenced with double gates opening onto the driveway which offers parking for several cars. There is access to the 90m2 garage / tractor shed which has electricity connected and has a car port to one side offering ample space for two cars or a camper van.
The house is set on the top of the gently sloping garden which has been terraced to provide several different levels. From the parking area, steps lead up to the top level with a pretty garden area with wooden pergola to provide a shady place to sit or barbecue. The garden is mature and planted with many different fruit and ornamental trees, roses, flowering shrubs and plans. Brick built kennels provide shade for any 4 legged friends, including the old bread oven which has been converted to a pet house! To the front of the house a natural stone patio area creates a sheltered sunny spot to enjoy the spectacular views, and an awning provides protection from the sun during the hottest months of the year.
To the front of the house is a covered summer room which is large enough to house a lounge area, dining area, pot belly stove and 6 seater jacuzzi. From here, a door leads into a traditional style kitchen with fitted units, granite work surfaces, double sink, free standing gas cooker, a fridge and a ceiling fan. There is also a traditional fireplace with wood burner, and enough space for a breakfast table. From the kitchen, a door leads through to the lounge which also has doors leading out to the summer room. From the lounge an archway leads through a dining room which then gives access to a study which could also be used as a bedroom. Also off the lounge is a small hallway which houses a fridge / freezer and gives access to a shower room comprising a tiled shower cubicle, WC, bidet, basin set in a vanity unit, and a wall mounted electric heater. Also on the ground floor is a large double bedroom with a wall of pretty tapestry fronted wardrobes.
Tiled stairs lead up to the first floor and at the top of the stairs is a room with a traditional cupboard which is currently used as a sitting room but could be used as a double bedroom. To the right is a twin bedroom, and an archway leads though to larger sitting room which could be divided to create a bedroom with ensuite bathroom. This room give access to another double bedroom, so there could easily be 4 bedrooms on the first floor.
To the side of the main house is an adjoining self contained guest apartment with covered entrance porch and original wooden front door which opens into a cosy lounge with feature fireplace housing a wood burner. The apartment has a spacious double bedroom with ensuite shower room comprising a large tiled shower cubicle, WC, basin set in a vanity unit, and a wall mounted heater.
Outside, from the top level of the garden, stone steps lead down to the pool area where the 10x4m has a depth of 2m throughout. The pool has a half moon seat and steps to one end, and there is a tiled pool shower. To the far end of the pool is a a tiled area ideal for sunbathing, along with a shaded outdoor kitchen area with a sink, storage cupboard and space for a fridge. The pool equipment is housed in a purposed built room. Also on the pool level is a log cabin which is currently used as a laundry room but would make a great hobby room or studio.
Steps lead down from the pool area to the lower garden area which is planted with mature trees including palms, yuccas and olives. Beyond the garden are endless views towards Lorca and the coast. At the bottom of the plot is an area using for parking some of the farm equipment. This is an area large enough to create a flat area for horses or a tennis court! There are also fruit trees including plum, 4 x cherry, pomegranate, orange, 2 x apple and pear. The remainder of the land is planted with 20-25 olive trees, 12 fig trees and 5 hectares of almond trees which are currently looked after by a neighbour and produce an income of 500-1000 Euros per year.
The house is being sold furnished and the sale price includes a 4×4 vehicle to use on the land, jacuzzi, generator, 2 tractors + tools, garden furniture, home gym, satellite dish, and a piano.
The area is ideal for mountain biking, hiking and walking, and the local wildlife includes vultures, eagles, ibex and boar.