Country finca for sale in Serrania de Ronda, Andalucia
Finca La Huerta de la Colada is situated at the head of the Upper Genal Valley in the Serranía de Ronda, 20 km south of Ronda itself. The valley is a protected zone in which new building where no foot print exists is prohibited. It faces south and south-west and is surrounded by sweet chestnut and oak forest that clothe the valley sides.
The house was reformed in 2006. It has three generous bedrooms, a family bathroom, pantry, study, sitting room, a large farmhouse kitchen and a covered patio.
It is of traditional construction, with exposed chestnut beams and boarding in the ceilings, pine doors and shuttered windows. The floors are terracotta-tiled throughout. The kitchen and the living room both have wood-burning stoves with exposed flues which also warm the bedrooms above. The patio is shaded by chestnut beams covered with wisteria, passion flower, and other evergreen climbing plants. In front of the house large fig and walnut trees provide shade, keeping the interior cool in the heat of summer, and allowing more light to enter during the winter months.
Mains electricity and water are connected, drainage is to a septic tank. The yearly tax for the property is currently 90€. Domestic water is metered and costs under 40€ a year. There is 3G broadband connection. Vehicular access is provided by a council-maintained track, partly concrete, from the village above – two minutes by car and five minutes on foot.
There is access to the river, whose waterfalls and shaded pools are perfect for summer recreation, and the ruins of a medieval corn mill.
There is ample pasture for a horse, and more than enough space to support hens or goats, or even one or two small-breed cattle.
Water for irrigation is abundant and constant throughout the year from the limestone mountains which surround and shelter the village.
A robust irrigation system serves all the cultivated areas of the finca, making watering in the summer both simple and quick.
The vegetable garden allows a large variety of vegetables to be grown in rotation all year round. There are permanent strawberry beds and raspberry canes.
Fruit is in continuous supply. There are many orange and mandarin trees, avocado, pomegranate, cherry, lemon, quince, fig, persimmon, plum, apricot and peach, as well as an apple and pear orchard. Several mature walnut trees can be relied upon to give a consistently good crop, and a few almonds and hazels are also grown.
The village is small but has a town hall, a primary school, pharmacy, shop, bars, hotel with restaurant, and a swimming pool (free of charge to locals).
Although the village is very popular with visitors, La Huerta is hidden away from the hustle and bustle. Few people use the local paths, but these nevertheless provide quick and easy access from the finca to the lively and extremely friendly community.
Ronda is a beautiful historic town, 25 minutes away by car and offering many cultural events, as well as a good range of shops and services, including rail and road connections to the major cities.
Málaga airport is under 2 hrs by car through beautiful inland countryside, both wild and cultivated..
Estepona, a relaxed and unspoiled town with pristine beaches, is less than an hour’s drive through spectacular mountain scenery.
- Agricultural land