Our next country house?

The building

Yesterday I went back to the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata to see whether my initial enquiries re property from a couple of weeks ago had born fruit.  I expected there to be little choice. Most of the accommodation, particularly in Las Negras, is geared for the tourist trade and fetches a lot of money in rent during the summer months. We also need outside space for our animals and walks for Margaret and the dogs so I concentrated my search in Las Hortichuelas and my old friend Paco El Cacho had arranged a viewing for me of a farmhouse belonging to a relative in Almeria.

Building and view

The building is situated at the edge of the village at the end of a lane and comprises two apartments with two bedrooms and a studio linked by an internal patio. Outside there are terraces, three small, uncultivated fields and an embalsa which could easily be used as a swimming pool. There are excellent views and direct walks through barrancos to the beach and into the mountains.  I told the owners, Diego and Julia, that we would take the  whole building on a long rental but want a good price. Another meeting with them has been set up for Sunday when Margaret will see the property for the first time. I am fairly confident that we will strike a good deal as the property has not been rented for a while and the owners are pleasant people whom I got on well with and they said that they had confidence in me as I am an old friend of their relative Paco.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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2 Responses to Our next country house?

  1. June says:

    Glad to get your news………hope all proceeds according to plan…………….love…………..June

  2. Best of luck with negotiations? hope it all goes well!!
    Looks a superb location,with a nice view from that little hill??

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