This spectacular country estate near the beaches and city centre of Almeria is a unique property, full of character. It is beautifully decorated and has spacious rooms with high ceilings around an interior patio. The villa of approximately 400 square meters stands amidst landscaped lawns, surrounded by the aroma and birdsong of the colourful gardens. On the property there is a caretaker’s house, large swimming pool, paddock, horse stables, orchards, well and water reservoir. There is a nice view of the surrounding hills with even a glimpse of the sea.
The villa is approached via a country lane. An antique set of double gates open automatically to a private driveway that ends next to the villa. The villa is refreshingly eclectic. You can see the owners’ love for travel and nature.
Left of the entry hall, you find a spacious kitchen. It has a separate pantry, a hatch to the dining area and it has access to an enclosed patio with laundry area.
Right of the hall is an arched opening to the stairwell. The hall continues to the large living room. Here you find the dining area, lounge and access to the heart of the property, Andalusian patio. The sunny lounge bathes in light and has double doors that open to an immense porch. The lounge is arranged around a fireplace in the centre of a stone feature wall. From the living room you can access the patio. The patio has exquisite tiling, including a bench. It is filled with plants and sunlight streams through the reed cover.
From the lounge, an arch leads into a corridor. A few steps up take you in the sleeping area. There is a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The corridor folds around the patio and gives access to three more double bedrooms and a large bathroom.
Next, you arrive at the stairwell. It is wonderfully decorated and brings you to a large loft on the first floor. Here is a games area, office space, a separate double bedroom and a shower room. From the loft, you can access a roof terrace.
The Concierge house
Near the entrance gate to the property is a concierge house. It has four rooms and needs to be renovated. Attached to the concierge house is a large storage area with the horse stables.
There is a huge porch along two facades of the house. It ends on the Southwest facade into a barbecue area with a tucked away dining area. Behind the house is a double garage. On a lower level, next to the villa, is a paddock. In front of the house, the lane winds down to the large pool with outside shower. Continuing the lane towards the entrance gate, there is a green oasis on your right with a water deposit and rustic seating in between the trees. In front of the concierge house are several aviary cages. Behind the horse stables are (empty) dog kennels. In front and next to the horse stables are orchards.
Water and electricity
The property is connected to the mains electricity and mains water. There is also irrigation water on the property.
Condition and finishing
The house is in a very good condition. The concierge house needs renovating and is occupied by a family that maintains the exteriors. The horse stables are currently used for storage and are in good condition. The house has telephone and internet. The kitchen has a gas HOB. All carpentry is wood and all windows have shutters.
Use and potential uses
This is a perfect permanent home for a family who would like to live close to a city, but with the space and tranquility of the countryside. There is room for small and large pets and a separate building for guests or, for maintenance staff. It is suited as a small equestrian property. It can also become a great bed and breakfast if you convert all the outbuildings into guest rooms.
Access to the property’s main entrance is from a public, asphalted road. The property is located in Pechina. Pechina is at the foot of the Sierra de Alhamilla. It is a small village of under 4000 habitants with light-coloured low houses around a church and surrounded by orange groves and hills.
The Sierra de Alhamilla is a small mountain-range of ecological and scenic interest due to its abundant vegetation (consisting of a holm-oak wood in very good condition and replanted pine woods) and to its ornithological importance. It is also known for its medicinal water. There is a natural spa in Pechina (“balneario Sierra Alhamilla”).
Pechina also was the place of entry for the Mediterranean cultures. Nearby was the Iberian and Roman town of Urci. During the Al-Andalus period it was the capital of the Maritime Republic “Bayyana”. It was Abderraman II who commissioned the defence of the coast of Almeria to the Yemenite tribes of Gassan and Ru’ayn. These tribes together with the andalusi merchants and sailors formed the Maritime Republic of Pechina. This zone was called Urs al-Yaman. Its capital Bayyana perhaps took its name from a Roman country house called Fundus Baianus which existed there.
Archaeological excavation work has been carried out on the Bayyana site for several years, which has documented numerous building structures and objects of great interest. For instance, a large number of coins, which can currently be seen in the Almería Museum (Museo de Almeria).
The village centre is 3 minutes from the property. In the village there are several bars and restaurants, as well as some shops. At ten minutes you will find an ample variety of shops and large supermarkets in Huercal de Almeria. The beaches of Retamar and the city centre of Almeria, are both at 15 minutes. The natural reserve of Cabo de Gata with its beautiful beaches and fishing villages is at 25 minutes. The closest airport is Almeria about 20 minutes away, while the international airports of Murcia and Malaga are both at two hours.
The published price includes agency commissions and allows offers.
ITP (Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales) or transmission tax on real estate 7%
Notary costs – approx. 1.500 €
Land registry – approx. 650 €
Lawyer’s fees not included.
The full documentation of the property is available in our office, according to Decree 218/2005 of 11 October that stipulates de regulation of information for the consumer when purchasing or selling a property in Andalusia.