Our home is quite a unique property, newly built to traditional design featuring 7m high vaulted ceilings which lead off to 2 large double bedrooms from a wooden mezzanine upstairs. A further small cotbed room off one of the doubles and a brand new bathroom with access to a semicircle terrace overlooking trees and the valley. A further double bedroom is situated downstairs with an new en-suite/bath. A stable door from this bedroom leads to a paved terrace area which has the sun from mid day to late evening and is perfect for barbecues.
The property is approx 250m and is open plan and laid in slate for winter warmth, designed in 3 sections with terracotta arches to separate the living areas. We have a wood-burning stove in the centre of the house. The kitchen is large and has a double Britannia oven for all your cooking needs, there is a large 2m central island housing sink and dishwasher giving you plenty of room for prep and entertaining with 3 Bar stools for breakfast and snacks.
We have the best views of the valley being in an elevated position to watch all the comings and goings of the villagers. The community is traditionally Spanish and their days are filled with tending their huertas (veggie patches) which are amazing, Miguel still uses his only transport which is a donkey on a daily basis. The local goat herder passes most days to take the animals up the mountains to graze on the local vegetation and herbs, the tinkle of bells will let you know they are en-route. The flip side of this is that we can buy local goat and lamb from the abattoir direct in the village which is delicious. The village is a 5 minute drive and most things there for your daily needs, bakers, supermarkets, banks a plethora of excellent Tapas bars and a lovely Bodega/Restaurant which is renowned for it’s steaks and traditional Andaluz cuisine, not to mention the finest wines from Spain. Lubrin hosts many fiestas throughout the year the most famous being the fiesta de San Sebastian who is the patron saint of the village. Thousands of people flock from all of Spain to join in the throwing of Roscas (small bread rolls) from the 3 & 4 storey houses to the people crammed into the narrow streets, the local band leads the way and the ladies of the village carry a huge statue of the saint through the streets followed by the throngs of people. The fiesta is finished off by much celebrations, food and dancing of course! There is always a fiesta within driving distance to visit and enjoy here in Spain. During the summer months the village opens a pool which is surrounded by pine trees for shade and has a lovely tapas bar for snacks during the days and evenings.
We are a 30 min drive to the coast which has miles of sandy beaches and the busy fishing port of Garrucha is where you can buy your favourite seafood direct from the fishermen, or alternatively just enjoy the one of the local restaurants.
Our home is a perfect base for those who want to experience the true Spain and use our home as a stepping-stone to visit the surrounding areas such as Granada (2 hours) with the Aljambra Palace and ski slopes of the Sierra Nevadas. Cordoba, Sevilla, Jaen, Gibraltar approx 4 hours. You can also take the ferry to Morocco to experience an altogether different culture.
We have an excellent school here in the village which is 4th in Andalucia which welcomes overseas students should you wish to travel long term with children?
Our neighbourhood is extremely friendly and safe. The majority of the neighbours are Spanish and have always lived here in the valley, we have some Brits and Dutch also. Everyone who chooses to live here has an appreciation of the natural beauty and terrain. We are surrounded by amazing mountains with terraces planted with ancient old olives by the Moors back in the 15th century which are lovingly cared for by the community still to date. We have some beautiful hiking on the doorstep, take yourselves off and enjoy the local wildlife.
We are a family of four, Peter 44, Karen 42, Lydia 6 & Lola 3. We have work commitments from April 2011 in Perth and we are hoping that we will ultimately settle there, so are looking at initially house swapping to get a flavour of the place!
Peter and I, originally from the UK met in Oz back in 1988 and we have always wanted to return. We have lived in Spain now for 8 years and we have lovingly designed and had built our dream house it has all the mod cons but retains the character of true Andaluz style.
We would love to hear from you if you are interested in a potential swap with us?