La Finca del Castillo Arabe – Lecrin Valley (Granada) – Spain
A Luxury Rural Ecological Guest House / Boutique Hotel in the countryside
The price of this property has been reduced by 100.000 Euros from 1.750.000 € to 1.650.000 € (4th March 2013)
Built by its original owners whose vision was to create an oasis of calm and tranquillity that was fully sustainable and self sufficient, surrounded by magnificent countryside of orange and lemon orchards, olive trees, mountains and valleys, and to personally cater for guests wishing to stay and enjoy the delights of this holiday haven.
Perceived from eleven years of living in Spain, the owners embarked upon the project, designed and overseen by them, which was finally completed and opened to the public in 2011. The trials and tribulations of such a project were made apparent in the very early stages by them having to sack their first architect, as he failed to comply with their designs, and also their first lawyer, as he was inclined to side with the local village mayor as how best obtain the various and numerous permissions…
The owners soldiered on and engaged a new team, completed the property and despite all the Spanish bureaucracy, gained all the necessary permits through the proper channels for it to open as a top class rural, ecological guest house and catering centre, obtaining the highest possible rural category from the regional government, the Junta de Andalucia.
The property commands magnificent views across the Lecrin valley, situated 30 minutes drive south of the famous city of Granada in southern Spain, and benefits from the protection and backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, snow capped in winter, yet is only 2.5 kms. from the main motorway running from Granada down to the beaches and the Costa Tropical, just 20 minutes south.
Part of the adventure of staying here is the approach to the house when leaving the motorway as you wander and meander through narrow country lanes, orchards and small villages to suddenly discover, as you mount the last small hilltop, the panoramic and sensational location of La Finca del Castillo Arabe.
On arrival at the Finca, it sits at the top of a south facing valley with commanding panoramic views to the mountains including the Sierra Nevada range to the north. With a land area of 34.000m2 bordering on the National Park, it offers utter peace, tranquility and total privacy.
The house, which comfortably sleeps 12+, is designed so that all rooms and terraces have views south over the citrus and olive groves and villages of the Historic Lecrin Valley. It is built on two, cream-tiled floors and each have ground level access. The porched main entrance opens into a large entrance hall with its spectacular windows and views. From here is access to the spacious open plan sitting room, dining room and library, the licensed professional kitchen, the office and one large suite with bedroom and sitting areas and dressing room area (with wardrobes), en suite wetroom and private terrace with views. The professional kitchen has two large basement storage rooms (for catering equipment). There are two large terraces from this floor – again with fabulous views to the valley. A central staircase leads to the lower floor comprising three individual spacious suites, each with a double bedroom, lounge-dining area, bathroom and private terrace overlooking the valley. Additionally on this floor there is a large laundry and storage room and a second kitchen-breakfast room (for guest use), a further large ground floor terraces, patio and gardens. Each suite is also wired and plumbed for its own kitchenette. There is the opportunity to easily create two further separate bedrooms within two of the existing suites. The house is fully double glazed and centrally heated.
The immediate grounds consist of a large swimming pool with sunbathing areas, shower, garden and stunning views. A large wooden chalet – ‘The Summer Kitchen’ – containing a large wood-burning oven, BBQ and paella burners, gas hobs and electric oven – currently used as the Cookery School and for alfresco entertaining. Landscaped formal gardens, vegetable gardens and a secure utility area. Over 30 terraces planted with a large variety of fruit trees and many more terraces left uncultivated and covered with wild lavender, rosemary, thyme, fennel and rocket.
The entire property is “off-grid”, meaning that it is totally self sufficient for its electricity and water heating. Electricity is provided by a combination of solar panels and a back-up generator which is housed in the “Energy Control Room”. This also provides central heating to the house. Drinking water is piped and metered from the local village, whilst irrigation water comes from the Canal Real de Reigo.
There is generous open air parking, more than sufficient for guests or for catering events, including weddings.
All licenses for the construction and on-going business activities are fully in order including the highest accolade from the regional government, the Junta de Andalucia, as a “Superior” rating for rural tourism, equivalent to 5 stars in the hotel industry.
The property is offered for sale at the advertised price fully equipped enabling a purchaser to continue this ongoing and licensed business. The property also has a 10 year builders guarantee.
There also exists a company website and a separate S.L. catering company included in the price together with a full inventory of catering equipment from tables and chairs to cutlery and glass for events on and off site. In addition, La Finca del Castillo Arabe is listed on many websites – where guest reviews can be seen. Please contact us for a list of website reviews.
• 600+ m2 constructed space plus several outbuildings.
• 34,000 sq. metres of land (including some National Park).
• Accommodation: 4 suites including sitting/dining romos, bathrooms, terraces (3 plumbed and wired for kitchenettes)
• Independent biomass, diesel and solar energy system
• Full central heating.
• Guest kitchen.
• Licensed professional kitchen with two large basement storage rooms.
• Large laundry and storage area.
• Sitting room with terrace shaded by a moveable pergola.
• Dining room with shaded dining terrace.
• 3 Large upper, 4 lower terraces and 1 courtyard/patio.
• 10×5 metre swimming pool with shower, pool house and landscaped area
• Large energy room containing all elements of the off-grid energy system.
• Large wooden chalet (5 x 5 metres approx.) ‘The Summer Kitchen’
• Wi-fi in all rooms.
• Caravan that sleeps up to 5 with outdoor shower and kitchen/BBQ/dining area.
• Corral with tools storage sheds and double chicken run.
• Compost toilet
• 34 terraces planted with fruit trees.
• 3 terraces planted with organic vegetables.
• 10 year building guarantee
• Organic certification.
Since opening last year many guests have had the pleasure of staying at the Finca del Castillo Arabe and here is a selection of comments reproduced from posts on travel and booking sites on the Internet:
“It is an experience. You HAVE to do it. What a nice spot. If you want to relax or if you want to go to the beach or if you want to get to the mountain or if you want to get to La Alhambra, it’s the spot. Seriously after we have been to La Finca del Castillo Arabe of Chris and Scarlett, we went to Granada because we wanted to get downtown of Granada and get to La Alhambra. BAD CHOICE. Get to La Finca and get to Granada by car for the day and get back to La Finca. It is half an hour to get there maybe 45 minutes but when you get back to La Finca, it is so peaceful and relaxing. You are in the Middle of nowhere with an amazing view…” Guillaume and Marilyne. September 2012
“We absolutely fell in love with La Finca! Chris and Scarlett are really nice hosts, always ready to help us plan our activities, giving us good directions and advices. The place is amazing, superb view of the mountains, great house, comfortable suites, lovely pets and good meals. It is definitely worth the drive to get there. Once you find it, you are fine for the rest of your stay. We hope to go back one day!” Mylene
“Fantastic. We really enjoyed our stay with Chris and Scarlett. The suites were amazing. Lots of room. Very comfortable. Great place just to lounge and have a down day. Pool was great. We cooked some of our food in the self catering kitchen which is probably the best set up of any kitchen I have seen in my travels. We also enjoyed some lovely meals prepared by our hosts. Delicious. And English TV! The road is a bit tricky, an adventure but the drive is worth it. If you like animals they have great pets. Highly recommended.” Carol.
La Finca del Castillo Arabe is for sale freehold as an up and running, fully licensed business.
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