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"Paul’s extensive knowledge of Spanish has been an invaluable asset to me recently. When my husband passed away suddenly, Paul made himself available at all times to guide me through the difficult process of Spanish protocol. I could not have wished for a more helpful and sensitive friend during this tragic time.”
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Paradise found! PDF
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 00:00
 

altToday I went to heaven, or, should I say, paradise on earth.  A veritable Garden of Eden.  

Our good friend invited us to visit her finca in the mountains just outside Yunquera, halfway between Ronda and Málaga.  As we meandered down the stony track towards the farm we marvelled at the stunning scenery: mountains all around with steep sided-valleys and green as far as the eye could see.  The occasional white farm-building or dwelling shimmered in the bright sunlight.

We parked outside the finca gates and clambered aboard the farm's trusty 17-year-old jeep to trundle down the track to the centre of this 60,000 square metre plot, where the house and garden nestle in the lee of the wind. It's so quiet - all you can hear is the sound of the rushing Río Grande which marks the boundary of the property at the bottom of the valley. 

This organic farm, which is southwest facing, benefits from a micro-climate and has olive trees, almonds, oranges, lemons and avocados. Our friend bought it with her husband over six years ago as their dream project.  Unfortunately he died a few months ago, so that particular dream is sadly now over.  

It occurred to me that this would be the perfect project for someone with similar aspirations.  10 years ago I would have considered it myself, but age has caught up with me now.

The place is indeed for sale to a sympathetic buyer and it's on offer at a good price.  The paperwork is all in order, the house is extendable and there is a natural spring on the land providing water for the house and for irrigation.  Electricity is nearby and can be easily connected.  The olive trees, some of which are over 1000 years old, produce top quality Manzanilla olives and a fine golden extra-virgin oil.  The other produce also brings in a consistent income.  There is a subsidy for the olives which is paid annually.

The development potential is huge, so if you're in the market for your own organic dream project, send me an email and I'll pass your details on to the owner.

I tasted paradise today; you could too!

 

 

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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