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GREEN SPAIN


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MORE HOMES FOR SALE IN GREEN SPAIN


CANTABRIA


Price: €60,000 (£51,300) Rural tranquility, with knobs on. This is the Driving Over Lemons lifestyle but in the more affordable north rather than the Andalusian setting for Chris Stewart’s inspiring book. As well as peace and quiet, with this property you get two cabins of 70 and 40 square metres, plus a 12,000- square-metre farm in Cantabria. You


could convert the property or just use it as its original Spanish owners envisaged, with the house on top and barn below. At just 20 miles from Santander and 50 from Bilbao, access from the UK is easy. Cantabria Rustica: 0034 902 999 675; www.cantabriarustica.com.


ASTURIAS AFTERTHOUGHTS...


After listening to Max’s wish list we showed him four character homes in various states of disrepair in Green Spain. Let’s fi nd out what he’s thinking now


Max: “I’m very grateful for the advice given by your three experts and I would particularly like to contact Carmen, the estate agent, and Clive, the chartered surveyor, to discuss further my plans and ideas and to see how achievable they are in practice. “Next I would like to research the areas, which cover hundreds and hundreds of kilometres, visit the houses and research local facilities and tourist attractions more thoroughly. I will be contacting a couple of architect friends I have in Spain to fi nd out more about renovating properties two and three, and how much this could cost me. “I hope to follow this with another trip for a really good look at


the areas and consider whether it would be better to fi nance my project with a UK- or a Spanish-based mortgage. Or I may have to look at business loans and more thoroughly research the issue of grants. I will need to be able to put together a realistic business plan to take all this into account. “I certainly feel inspired by what you have found for me though and can’t wait to see what else is out there.”


Price: €147,000 (£126K) Wonderful traditional country property comprising a stone house with semi-detached barn, two beautiful Asturian raised granaries (horreos) that are crying out to be made into some sort of artistic studio or guest room and 45,000 square metres of land and forest, some with fruit trees. The barn needs to be fully restored and


even though there has been some work done in the living room, kitchen and bathroom of the house, the rest needs modernising. It is located in a tranquil place in the middle of countryside, with beautiful views to the mountains and Asturian countryside. It is fi ve kilometres from Salas, and around 25 from the sea.


Asturian Property: 07545 756152; www.asturian-property.com.


GALICIA, Ponteceso Price: €446,000 (£381K) Pricey, yes, but you’re getting an entire hamlet as well as a farmhouse, with epic views of the Galician coast near Santiago de Compostela. The property size is around 500 square metres plus outbuildings, on farmland of 6,000 square metres that’s reasonably fl at though sloping down towards the sea. The main


WE NEED YOU!


If you need some help fi nding your place in the sun, e-mail the editor Richard Way at richardw@apitsltd.com, with details of where, your budget and the type of property you want. Please include a phone number and recent photo. Successful applicants will be contacted.


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house is on two storeys, with electricity and water connected, and there are the remains of several horreos dotted around. This could make an amazing rural business in a stunning part of the world. Spanish Country Cottages: 01873 890928; www.spanishcountrycottages.co.uk.


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