Province: JaenClick Here for detailed information on Jaen)
Categories: Cortijos / Farmhouses Unique/Unusual Properties Cave Houses Large country estates
Price: EUROS 750,000
A fifteen minute drive from the sleepy village of Larva through rolling countryside takes you to this little hamlet based around the mansion.
The main property was built by the owners father in the early 1900's and it's antebellum architecture makes us wonder if the gentleman had visited the deep South because this is a true plantation house in the middle of Jaen.
There is the main house, a very large cortijo 300 m2 in ruins, 12 enormous workshops/stables/warehouses, 26 cave houses to reform and a folly!! In its hey day the estate provided work for over 700 staff.
The main house in itself is stunning although in need of external re-decoration. The ground floor has been used for storage but provides five large rooms. The first floor is immaculate and you feel that you have stepped back in time to the 1950's.
There is a reception room and opposite that is the old scullery with a double stone sink and open fireplace. The period furniture, bric a brac, paintings, everywhere you look there is reference to that time and it's all included in the sale.
The third is a bedroom and fourth would be a good room to divide into a utility area and bathroom. The fifth could be another bedroom if required.
There is a good sized landing used as a reception room, a kitchen, dining room and three bedrooms all of which have wash hand basins. There isn't a bathroom installed in the property so the kitchen would be the perfect room to change the use of.
Stairs take you to the large roof terrace with incredible views and there's even a smaller terrace up a further flight of stairs.
Outside the house there's a small courtyard which was the servants entrance, where the washing would be done using water from the massive under floor deposit which gathers rain water and can be accessed via a well.
To the front of the property is a grand entrance with marble pillars and a palm tree. The beautiful walled garden would have been used to grow fruit and vegetables for the household and is intact.
The workshops are mostly empty but there are two wooden horse drawn carts, a small tractor and various farming items. These buildings are weather proof and would make fantastic stables.
On another part of the estate, across the railway line, there is a very large ruined cortijo probably where the estate manager and house servants lived very comfortably.
Beyond the cortijo and dug into the side of the small valley are a row of cave homes, each one identical to the next, a room with a fireplace and two or three more rooms.
These cave dwellings aren't shelters for the masses they are little homes, cosy in the Winter and cool in the Summer with space for a family.
At the end of the row there is a large square with again, identical cave dwellings looking out on to the 'cave plaza'. This was the entertainment area for the agricultural workers, a gathering place after a hard day tending the land.
Even the night watchman had comfortable shelter in the 'folly' as he watched over the land, 122 hectares of which 42 are almond grove.
The property has mains water and electricity connected and access is by a good all-weather dirt road.
This isn't simply a country estate for sale this is a piece of history that hundreds have been involved in creating - It's a magical place and fantastic opportunity.
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