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El Pinar, El Hierro, Canary Island.
An unique property on the Island of El Hierro on the westernmost of the Canary Islands. The freehold property of 8000m2 is on the edge of the village of El Pinar on the southeastern slopes of the Island. A welcoming, comfortable building with no renovation necessary. Here you can get away from everything while maintaining contact by cable TV & internet. The property provides a wide range of fruit; apricots, plums, figs, apples,quinces, even olives... vegetable garden and of course grapes & wine. Next to the house to the north there are four terraces of vines with magnificent views over the sea to La Gomera & tenerife. The Island offers good communication with the other Islands by air and by ferries. Quiet unstressful Island, unspoilt by massive tourism. Excellent climate. Pine & evergreen forests nearby. Traditional construction means airconditioning unnecessary. Sufficient heating in winter provided by a wood burning stove. Good quality organic vegetables and fruit produced on the property. The village of El Pinar, is on the fringe of the pine forest, at some 900 meters above sea level on the eastern slopes of the Island 14 km from the seaside village of La Restinga, 20 Km from Valverde ( the capital) 35Km from the Airport & Port.
The roofed patio is open to the afternoon sunlight from the south & west which keeps the coolnes at the height of summer by the plum & almond trees in the garden. The pantry is on one side. The patio leads into the kitchen. The bedroom is a very simple room in which the wooden floor & ceiling give an old-fashioned warmth. Light & ventilation come from a double door that give onto the balcony facing southeast. The balcony is built of timber & at the open end a short flight of steps leads to a small flower garden.
Completely independent of the main building. From its little patio you can enter directly to the small sitting-room by the blue doors or the bedroom through the flyscreen door. At the end of the bedroom there are facilities to make tea/coffe + small table with an internet connection wired tot eh router in the main house.
The studio is simply a large independent one-room building with its own sunken patio & ancient trellised grapevine. Like the rest of the house, the woodwork is pitch-pine including the two built-in corner cupboards. This is an idela room in which to read or work. The whole house is quiet by modern standards, the peace of the country broken only by the occasional car on the road, a distant dog barking or a cock crowing, the studio is simply silence.
the vegetable garden:
The garden is on the other side of the house towards northeast: In all there are some 800 M2 of garden divided into 3 fields. The fields are each on different levels, divided by fruit trees along the walls.
The vineyards cover most of the remaining part of the property. It starts at the path going down to the house from the road, reached over the ridge and down into the valley on
the other side. It is about the right size for one man to look after- except for the two or three days of harvest- since the vines really only need pruning and peventive treatment, the grass needs cutting once or twice during the season.