26 May 17, Spain, Andalucia, Yegen, €149.000
by Cecile van Berkum
Lovely cottage in stunning surroundings
Cortijo Los Balates is an off the grid home of outstanding quality, in a mythical and authentic environment, just around the corner of a vibrant community. The cottage was newly built in 2005 on the site of the age old cortijo maintaining the character and history of the ancient place. It offers all modern comfort within a surface area of 120 m2, which makes it a rare find in the National Park Sierra Nevada, Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain.
The house consists of a kitchen/living room (25 m2), 2 bedrooms (12 and 16 m2), a bathroom and a storeroom as well as a spacious studio with its own bathroom and terrace to accommodate your guests. Electricity is provided by an optimally functioning solar installation.
The property is situated in the Natural Park Sierra Nevada in the Alpujarras at an altitude of 1350 m above sea level and has mesmerising views over Las Alpujarras and on a clear day you will marvel at the Mediterranean sea bathing in the sun.
The open and welcoming village of Yegen, made famous by Gerald Brennan’s South from Granada, is reached within 10 minutes by car and has all daily necessities at hand: grocery, bakers, primary school, medical assistance, fish van and a couple of lively bars. A wider range of services and shops you can find in 2 charming villages within 15 kms from Yegen. And in the summer months you can enjoy the cool water and wonderful views at the public swimming pool.
Almería airport is within a 2 hours drive and Malaga airport at 2,5 hrs. You can swim in the Mediterranean within an hours time.
The fertile land (totalling about 7 hectares), water rights and large water reservoir opens up many possibilities to garden, grow your own food or even crop commercially, even in the driest of summers. The finca has been ecologically certified by CAAE for over 15 years.
The land consists of 3 hectares of relatively flat agricultural land lined with young fruit trees (apricot, cherry, pistachio, quince, pear, figs, walnut, etc.) and vines, 2 hectares of productive almond grove and a couple of hectares of wild herbs and bushes with lots of wild thyme, lavender etc.
The cottage has access over a 2,5 km track from the main road.