Very attractive country house with guest annex and stables set it a large plot of over 1 hectare. The guest annex has been totally renovated and the main house was completely rebuilt to the current owners exacting specifications in 2008. There is also a large stable block ready for renovation with adjacent paddock.
Features and facts
• The property is a few hundred metres off the road along a good track that does not flood and has no soft sand.
• The main gate is wide enough to allow access to large vehicles.
• There is a long drive flanked by oak trees and the house is located about 100 m from the entrance.
• A small stream channelled by walls crosses the plot – this only runs after heavy rain. There is a good bridge over the stream, capable of taking heavy vehicles.
• Near the house there is ample space for parking.
• The house was built in 2008 to a high standard, replacing an existing building that was in a poor state of repair. This was done with a licence from the local town hall and a full project plan drawn up by an architect. The licence also included the conversion of a storage building into the guest house.
• The main house foundations consist of a 40 cm reinforced concrete slab. There is insulation in the floors, cavity walls and roof.
• The house faces North, to give maximum shade to the main covered terrace. Other terraces are open to the sun.
• All windows incorporate shutters, fly screens and double glazing.
• The main house kitchen is fully fitted with wood units and quality appliances.
• The bathroom has both a walk-in shower and a separate bath tub.
• There is no mains sewerage and the house and guest house are connected to a septic tank that is self-maintaining and should never require emptying. Grey water from kitchens and bathrooms is channelled to a separate soak-away.
• There is a central air-conditioning system in the main house, ducted to all the main rooms, each of which can be individually controlled. The guest house has an air-con unit in the bedroom.
• There is an open fireplace in the living room. Firewood can be collected from the forest or bought in from local sources.
• Solar heating system for water, with bottled gas back-up. Only 3 or 4 bottles of gas are needed in the winter months to supplement the solar system.
• The guest house has a gas water heater and a fully fitted kitchen.
• Both the guest house and main house kitchens have gas hobs and electric ovens.
• The main house kitchen has an external door leading to the barbecue area and the vegetable garden.
• There is a mains water connection and a well. However, the well tends to be dry for much of the year.
• Electricity supply enters the property underground. It is single phase with a contractual potential of 3.62 kW.
• The guest house was converted from storage buildings in 2006 and has insulation in the walls and ceilings.
• There is no hard-wired telephone connection, but there is a Vodafone mast in line of sight which allows both a good mobile phone signal and the Vodafone Fijo system, which uses a SIM card but is charged at land line rates.
• Broadband internet is available through a satellite connection using the Tooway system. This is currently provided by Bentley Walker and has a UK IP address.
• Half of the large stable building forms a single storage space of 45 m2. There is an internal door to a narrow walk-way behind four stable boxes, each of which open onto and enclosed stable yard. There is an electric supply to the stables, but currently no water supply. A water supply could easily be reinstated by running an alkathene pipe from the mains water supply near the house.
• In the upper part of the plot, under the shade of pine trees there is a manger and a water trough. There is an area suitable for use as a riding area, while the lower part of the plot is good grazing land.
• The entire property is enclosed by a wall, except for part of the southern boundary which is fenced.
• There is a small gate into the forest to the east of the property.
• The southern side of the house and terraces is screened from the neighbouring plot by an oleander hedge, as well as pomegranate and other trees.
• There is a constructed barbecue close to the kitchen door.
• There are large, tiled terrace spaces around the main house and in front of the guest house. The latter is suitable for setting up a swimming pool, e.g. an inflatable pool that does not require planning permission.
• There is ample space for the construction of a swimming pool, but this would require planning permission.
• There are two stands of mature pine trees that produce pine nuts, as well as providing shade.
• Most of the plot is left to nature and is managed by grazing, although there is potential to manage or develop the land in whatever way one wishes.
• We have put up a large number of nest boxes, inhabited by tawny owl, tree sparrow, house sparrow, spotless starlings and great tit.
• More than 100 species of birds have been seen in or from the garden.
• There is a wildlife pond, fenced with two rope strands to keep horses out.
• The property can be sold either furnished or unfurnished.
• In a small cluster of houses known as Santa Catalina, about 5 km from the village of Lucena del Puerto.
• Easy access to the villages of Lucena del Puerto, Bonares and Moguer, each of which have banks, post offices, supermarkets, doctors, restaurants, car repair garages etc.
• There is a small rural hotel with bar and restaurant across the road.
• Also just across the road there is a riding stable that offers lessons in riding (English as well as Spanish style) and carriage driving, as well as livery.
• The countryside is largely unfenced with virtually unlimited opportunities for riding.
• The nearest city is Huelva, just under 30 km by road, which has an outstanding municipal food market as well as hospitals and all other amenities.
• The road through Santa Catalina leads to the beach at Mazagon, about 15 km away.
• Mazagon has a small marina.
• The nearest airports are Sevilla (approximately 1 hour drive) and Faro (1 ½ hours).
• El Rocio, focal point of a very large annual pilgrimage at Pentecost, is about half an hour’s drive away.
• Santa Catalina lies close to the boundary of the Coto Doñana Natural and National Park complex. It is an outstanding area for bird watching as well as the elusive Iberian lynx. Organised tours are available from El Rocio and several of the visitor centres associated with the Park. Another outstanding area for bird watching is the Odiel Marshes near Huelva.
• Other nearby places of interest include the replica ships of Columbus in Palos de la Frontera, the Rio Tinto mines, caves in Aracena, the jamon producing town of Jabugo, dolmens, Roman ruins at Italica and the city of Sevilla.
• Cultural highlights include the Romeria in El Rocio, the roundup of the wild horses from the surroundings of Coto Doñana and Easter processions.
• The border with Portugal and the Algarve is about an hour’s drive away
|Plot size||11,411 m²|
|quality||good condition, well presented, built to high standards, spacious accommodation, charming property, many special features, quality residence, modern|
|location||near beach, close to town, close to shops, close to all amenities, close to airport, close to restaurants|
|outside||covered terrace, barbecue|
|other||double glazing, furnished|
|Emissions rating||Awaiting details|
|Energy consumption rating||Awaiting details|