This truly exceptional property is set on 43.000m2 and consists of an olive grove, a luxury villa with large garden, a separate guest accommodation and warehouse (for storage of agricultural tools). It is located in a small hamlet called La Huelga, between Los Gallardos and Sorbas at the foot of Sierra Cabrera
The villa was designed in a horseshoe shape with central courtyard by Belgian architect Lucas Marquenie who transformed the original ruin into an Arab-Andalusian style villa and incorporated elements of feng shui. When the current owners bought the place, they envisioned a retreat, close to the beach but not amidst the crowded resorts and with views that could not be spoilt by new real estate projects and where they could kick back with some wine and do occasional yard work. Instead they bought more olive trees and have now very much a farm, in an upscale fashion, and produce their own olive oil.
The property is easily accessed from the road via a driveway along the olive trees. The center of the property is fenced and has an automatic entry gate. Next to the garage, you enter the inner sanctum of this quiet, peaceful and very private estate. The first thing that captures your eye is some impressive 300y old olive trees and the beautifully landscaped gardens in and around the villa.
The villa itself is built in a horseshoe shape around a courtyard. The courtyard has several terraces and an unusual shaped swimming pool with heated water and a rock garden with waterfall on one side. The pool is connected to an Arab style fountain in front of the main porch.
The villa is built with original local handmade stone bricks with extreme care for detail. Above each antique door is a visible, massive wooden beam and layers of special bricks in different shapes before your eye reaches the traditional roof tiles.
The main entrance is built with a different kind of bricks and really stands out among the rest of the construction. The room is topped with a high barrel ceiling and large windows that let in lots of natural light. It is built to feng shui principles and contains the five elements: fire, wood, metal, earth and water. Water can be found in the octagonal Jacuzzi right next to the entrance, fire and wood in the 2-sided fireplace that separates the custom made Jacuzzi from the rest of the entry hall, metal in the window and in the fireplace insert and earth in the ceramic floors and plants.
The orientation of the villa and placement of the furniture allows a good energy flow, Chi, throughout the entire house.
Right from the entry hall is a corridor with beautiful wooden fitted closets over its entire length. There are two bedrooms and one large mosaic tiled bathroom. One bedroom has a small walk-in closet.
From the entry hall a nice stucco staircase brings you to the master’s retreat with large sliding windows that walk out to a private terrace in front. It is currently used as a study.
Left of the entry hall, a passage takes you to the lounge. Before you enter the cozy lounge, you have a small corridor on your left with large fitted closets and a guest bathroom. The lounge oozes light from each of the large panoramic windows and the high vaulted ceilings give it a very spacious feel. The focal point here is an eye-catching fireplace, nicely set between two large windows. From here you have views over and direct access to the courtyard and the garden that leads to the olive grove.
All the rooms in this house have special features, but the formal octagonal dining room next to the lounge with its impressive blue mosaic tiled dome and hand painted mural by the acclaimed artist Manolo Ruiz Pipo is truly special. From this room, you have views and direct access to one of the outside terraces that overlooks the olive groves.
Behind the dining room is a spacious fitted kitchen with a very original island with granite worktop built partly over the basement’s staircase. From the kitchen there are two doors that lead to the courtyard. After the kitchen is a lovely colourful breakfast room with original woodstove and the entrance to the basement.
The basement is very much worth the trip, because the staircase is beautifully arched. It is divided into several spaces and contains a fitted wine cellar and storage units.
Back outside, you can immediately distinguish each room we have just visited by its roof. Each one is different: curved, domed, flat, sliding either towards or away from the courtyard.
In the courtyard, a very private patio with curved wall hides a large outside shower. Next to the patio and in front of the pool are the guest quarters. The guest apartment consists of a kitchenette, two bedrooms and large bathroom.
The olive estate includes approx. 4 hectares of premium olive grove with about 750 olive trees. The olive oil production is of around 6.000l a year. It is designed for mechanical picking and is easily maintained. A large private well and spring water supply means water will never be a problem here and is free of charge. There is also a large water deposit (30 x 18 meters) and a warehouse for the storage of equipment and the semi-automatic irrigation system.
Apart from the olive trees, the land has many fruit trees and shrubs (orange, lemon, grapefruit, pomegranate, fig, almond, apricot…). A small vineyard produces some excellent white wine.
This is indeed a singular luxury property with an authentic Andalusian feel in a very privileged setting. For most of your shopping you needn’t go out as there are mobile suppliers passing by several times a week: baker, butcher and fishmonger. In the local hamlet Los Giles there is a weekend bar, open on Friday and Saturday night. There are restaurants and supermarkets at 7 minutes. The beaches of Mojacar, Garrucha and Vera are 15 to 20 minutes away. There are 3 golf courses in a 20 minute radius and the beautiful natural park of Cabo de Gata is just 15 minutes away. The airport of Almeria is at 40 minutes, Murcia at 1h20 and Alicante at 1h55.