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"When I bought an apartment in Ronda in 2001 and a house in 2003, Paul was an invaluable help in my dealings with estate agents, lawyers, at the bank and at the notary. It’s too risky to do it all without a competent interpreter. Many do, but I would strongly advise against it."
Dr J Burgess, Warrington, UK, January 2010

House of Our Dreams PDF
Saturday, 20 February 2010 04:30
 

altWe saw it first last May when we did the Art Walk in Gaucín.  A house to die for.  Owned by one of the foreign artists who have lived in and around this charming white village for a dozen years or more, it had been thrown open, as had another 15 or so artists’ homes, as part of this annual celebration of the art, sculpture and photography being produced locally.

We didn’t know until we arrived at the door of the old house, that it was up for sale.  But once we’d learned that, there was no curbing our inquisitiveness.  The painter’s husband gladly showed us around this latter-day Tardis, for, on entering you had no idea that the accommodation went on for ever.  Four separate and private apartments around a luxurious Andalucían garden with a pool and a view of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and the Rif mountains of North Africa beyond.  Renovated tastefully in a traditional style, this old Moorish townhouse was utterly stunning.  A perfect location for a classy B & B or self-catering holiday business.
How much?  Blimey!  That’s a lot... but, actually, for what was on offer, no it wasn't at all...
If we’d had the money, la señora would have bought it there and then.  But we didn’t, so all we could do was dream... and move on to the next artist’s studio on the list...

©  Paul Whitelock



 

 

 

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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