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Kingdoms For Sale

 

Roberto Germaux

Buying a large estate takes two adventurers with a common dream, plenty of patience and enough cash. Conquering new horizons is the privilege of the imaginative few.

The end result, whether a horse lover, a farmer or if you simply seek your own private space for your family and guests, is the ultimate luxury.

 

Roberto Germaux, Real Estate agent since 1973,  founder member and president of the Costa del sol LPA real estate association, I market a few selected large estates or Private kingdoms, all  within 100 minutes’ drive from Marbella.

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COUNTRY PROPERTIES

For Sale

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Benahavis two storey commercial 

46 M2 studio with bathroom, kitchenette and natural window downstairs

35 M2 street level fully fitted 

+ 11 M2 private terrace​

€ 160,000 

Benahavis two storey commercial 

46 M2 studio with bathroom, kitchenette and natural window downstairs

35 M2 street level fully fitted 

+ 11 M2 private terrace​

€ 160,000 

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BENAHAVIS SEA VIEW 

1.152 M2 One family house Stunning Sea views plot 

500 from the village.

Permission for 196 M2 on 2 floors + 115 M2 underground

 

350.000

+ 50.000 share of infrastructure

390.000 total

 
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Cortijo Near Ronda

A 4 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms renovated Cortijo  near Ronda

With enough land and feed for 4 horses

And a river front magical orchard and vegetable garden.

Land: 230,000 M2

Price: On application

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500 Ha. Estate near Ronda

A riding/hunting Estate near Ronda

Land 5,000,000 M2

Farm House & Warehouses total +/-  700 M2


€1,950,000

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Benarraba Plot

The village of Benarraba  is half way between Ronda and Gibraltar, 10 km from Gaucin

 

209 M2 Building plot for a two storey one family house and sw pool in the village centre with easy parking.

Suggested plans for a 3 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms house & Swimming pool 

€ 95.000

 

A renovated Andalusian Cortijo with Roman roots near Ronda.  

 


Renovated Andalusian Cortijo with Roman roots near Ronda (Málaga)

 

The feeling:

The caretaker Pepe told me that his father brought him to the old part of the house when he was 2 years old, his wife Antonia was born a few years later at the nearby pueblo, so he married a city girl.

He zoomed us through the old part of the farmhouse and when we entered the blue stone interior patio, my daughter and I fell into an admirative silence.

After many years of marketing inland properties in the south of Spain, property sizes and lavishly decorated houses seldom give me a thrill anymore. Cortijo del M. is an exception.

 

The 60 minutes’ drive through some of the most dramatic countryside in southern Spain doesn’t leave the visitor in any doubt; it is love or hate at first sight. Driving through mountains roads with unprepared guests, I always keep a plastic bag in the car just in case.

When Pepe heard us come down the dirt track, he buzzed the electric gate open letting us through old acorns and alcornoques and before discovering the house, in the distance toward the river, the tip of the palm tree plantation emerged, overlooked by two magnificent grey peaks splattered with acebuches (the biblical olive tree).

Walking through the house, I always try to find what the problem is, you do after 50 years, but was gobsmacked to see none. We sat down in the shade of the terrace by the jade green tiles sw pool and after checking her photographs, my daughter looked at me and said: “I want that one”, her imagination flying high; I couldn’t blame her we were both in an architectural trance.

If four gorgeous bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms are enough, lucky you; during the last decades the government decided to stop all building permissions on rustic land.  The attention to details and the technical part of the construction are second to none, everything has been carefully planned, owner C. is perfection in details.

Pepe spoke to the three happy horses, a local trainer rides them every day. The stables could cope with another two and the warehouse is full of the dry alfalfa from the land. “We have enough for the neighbours, plus there has never been a drought, not during my father nor my grandfather’s days! That says it all.

 

I was struck by the efficiency of the caretakers who I give an + 5 stars.

Due to the pandemic, the house had not been lived in for 15 months and every aspect of it, beds, kitchen, sitting room the blue flowers in the Andalusian patio and the state of the driveway were as if a magical landlord was living in.

Buying a country property abroad is easy, but it can take years and sometimes a divorce to get it right; Cortijo del M. is offered to you on a silver platter.

 

Pepe walked us to the river where Paquita, his sister-in-law, presented us with a bunch of delicious wild strawberries which we had never tasted before in hot July. She literally drowned us with the names of each vegetable and fruit tree growing lavishly on the grounds next to palm tree grove.

Before leaving, I asked Pepe if his wife can cook, he laughed politely: “ask Doña C.”

 

Description and sizes.

 

The property is located close to Ronda, next to a fabulous Natural Park, a 3-minutes’ drive to a small train station built by the earl of Bute over a century ago.

There are trains to Sotogrande, Madrid, Berlin or Victoria Station in London.

There are many fabulous restaurants with 30 minutes’ drive and a few respectful bilingual caterers.

Ronda, the historical Roman town is 36kms away, Sotogrande 55km, and the renowned resort Finca Cortesin, hosting one of the best golf courses in Spain, is only 45kms away.

 

Brief description of the property:

It has 23,142 hectares (33 has. in “escritura”) of mature oaks of several subspecies such as holms and forest oaks, gall oaks as well as olive trees.

There are two rivers bordering the property and the old Arabic (Roman?) irrigation ditch.

The property was the site of a 1 AD Roman Villa, see the “columbarium”, beside the actual house.

There is a garden nursery with several species of (6.000 palm and (6.500) pecan trees which can be for sale with all the permissions and paperwork in order.

There is an orchard and a vegetable garden with a great many organic vegetables and fruits with all the permissions and paperwork to sell the excess. You will want your daily fresh eggs too.

There are several magnificent nature reserves nearby.

 

Regarding the house itself:

Four double bedrooms each with en-suite fully equipped bathroom (bathtub and separate shower) as well as dressing areas.

The swimming pool that can be heated.

Spa area with Hammam, Jacuzzi, fully equipped bathroom and a separate well fitted gym area.

Siematic kitchen, office and laundry plus all appliances from Míele and Gaggenau.

 

Permanent staff:

Daily attending non-resident staff.

Two part-time maids, for housekeeping and to attend the garden and tree nurseries.

 Every aspect of the estate, roads and plantations has been done(?) with due approval, no stones left unturned.

The house sells fully furnished. C. Speak to me

 

 

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500 Ha. Estate near Ronda

Kingdom in need of tender, love & care near Ronda


The estate measures 500 hectares and consists of pasture land, cork and acorn forrest with two main accesses directly from main roads. There are many kms of private tracks, most of them useable but a bulldozer and some new surfacing material would be welcome!   The finca is near two villages and 20’ drive from Ronda and several other scenic white villages. Malaga airport is one hour away.


There is a two storey 100 m2 two bedroom house currently occupied by the goatherd who owns approximately 1,000 sheep and goats and pays a nominal rent.

Attached to the house is a double storey (100 + 100 M2)  barn which houses some of the sheep. 


Both buildings could be converted into a lovely L-shaped 300 M2, 4 or 3 bedroom country house. There is also an interesting old ruin of +/- 200 M2,  with its own well,  situated on a gentle hill surrounded by  olive trees and overlooking a beautiful valley with views across to a small pueblo.   This second dwelling is approx. 2 km from the main house and has its own access though both could be connected.

There is a large 300 M2 cattle shed (good for horses as well of course). 

Beehives set in the old cork tree forrest produce  +/- 10 kilos of honey net per year.


This property, which is fully fenced,  is very beautiful with no rights of way through it, no high tension lines and generally not overlooked by roads or neighbours plus there are no noisy,  smelly industries nearby. It is very private. The access road is good for any car whereas the interior tracks only by 4X4 and an experienced driver. 

I have walked most of the land several times.  There are gentle slopes and seems ideal for hunting/riding. Cork trees (alcornoques), oak trees and olive trees predominate and there is a fair amount of land for agriculture.  Two streams run through the estate and though 2019 has been one of the driest years on record, there was still enough water from the 100 metre deep well to sustain 1,000 sheep.


Conclusion:  Plenty of work and imagination is required for an enterprising landlord who would take pleasure in a project where others would only despair!  There is no permission for extra buildings or a hotel.  This finca is for private use only.

Electricity: Mains

Water: Legalised well 1,5L/second

River: there are two streams going through the estate.

A riding/hunting Estate near Ronda

Land 5,000,000 M2

Farm House & Warehouses total +/-  700 M2


€ 1,950,000

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Benarraba Plot

The village of Benarraba   is half way between Ronda and Gibraltar, 10 km from Gaucin

 

209 M2 Building plot for a two storey one family house and sw pool in the village centre with easy 

 

 

Price € 95.000

 

 

 

Suggested plans for a 3 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms house & Swimming pool 

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La Aldea Gallery Plot

We transformed the downstairs area into a proper living studio with full bathroom and a nice kitchenette. It is ideal for a single person business, no need to buy or rent a separate flat and as you know local 3 is the only shop/terrace seen from main street.

 

46 M2 studio with bathroom, kitchenette and natural window

35 M2 street level fully fitted commercial

11 M2 private terrace

 

€ 160,000 

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Benahavis Sea View  

with a 4 bedroom house project.

400 metres from village.

Renowned architect Cesar de Leyva has designed this 4 bedroom, modern Andalusian style house which is 500 metres from the centre of Benahavis (Malaga).

 

The plot of land (1.650 M2) enjoys spectacular views of the sea and mountains, including Marbella’s iconic La Concha mountain.

 

The project is pending final approval of the master plan ( P.G.O.U. ) and construction will take approximately 12 months.

 

Sr. de Leyva has designed most of the houses in El Madroñal and Roberto Germaux is behind some beautiful building projects in the village of Benahavis. 

 

The design of the house is in keeping with the surrounding Andalucian architecture and the principal rooms all have sea or mountain views.

 

Having built and sold many houses over the years we know that people prefer to go upstairs to their bedroom. They also don’t want to walk miles from their car to the kitchen carrying heavy shopping so the car can be parked by the front door or in the underground garage which has both a lift and a staircase to the upper floors. There is room for lots of parking inside the property.

 

Open the front door and see across the open plan living-dining room onto the swimming pool and the illuminated (at night of course!) waterfall in the garden. An open plan kitchen, the family centre point, creates a large space with beautiful views from each window. The kitchen is fully fitted. A list of all appliances is available.

 

3 of the bedrooms are on the second floor whilst the 4th one is on the ground floor and can be used as a study. There is a detailed list for all sections of the house/rooms.

 

 

BENAHAVIS

 

The village and the municipality offer a tremendous range of cultural and sporting activities plus an array of restaurants and bars. Once registered with the town hall you will be invited to join, mostly for free, many events including cultural trips and sporting events. There are 7 golf courses in the Benahavis municipality. There is a golf school for both children and adults with a practice range, tennis and paddle courts, petanque court and a gym. There is also a municipal swimming pool near the football grounds.

 

In the main street, there is a national health medical practice and a pharmacy. There are also shops, banks and of course numerous bars and restaurants. Every Tuesday morning there is a lovely fruit, vegetable and flower market in the main street.

If you enjoy country walks then look no further than Benahavis! There is a wonderful river walk that winds through the hills following an ancient Arabic waterway. Behind the village, you can walk for miles upriver and spot the occasional waterfall.

 

The house with the above description and details is for sale at €1.250.000.

 

List of extra options.

 

Lift to all floors +€25.000


Intelligent house control – subject to contract.


Heated swimming pool – subject to contract.

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Get In Touch

Benahavis, La Aldea, Local 3

+34 639 729 523

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