Casa Totobias

Casa Totobias

Our hopes in striking a good deal regarding the house in Las Hortichuelas  described in the previous post were quickly dashed as soon as we started discussing prices with the owners. Their expectations were far too high. The Cabo de Gata is very sought after for holiday rentals in summer and we presume the owners considered they had 3 letting units here. We were getting despondent regarding finding anywhere and had even started considering other areas when on Saturday we received an email from Aty, a Dutch lady living in Las Negras, that she had found a lovely cortijo which might suit us. We drove to Almeria this morning to have a look.

The track to the house - No neighbours

The cortijo, called Casa Totobias (Lark House), is set in 3 hectares of land in the middle of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. The little village of Fernan Perez is about 5 minutes drive away, Las Negras, Rodalquilar and beaches about 10 minutes drive away as is the inland market town of Campohermoso. The nearest inhabited property is over 2km away so the property is very isolated but the track to it is good and there are wonderful panoramic views of the near desert landscape.

Another photo of Casa Totobias

Casa Totobias has been beautifully restored in the traditional Moorish style of Almeria and has spacious accommodation. Water is from its own well but there is also a clever system to store rainwater and electricity is provided by solar panels.  As soon as we saw the property we knew it would suit us and we were able to secure a very satisfactory deal. We will be moving there on about the 1st September. The light was a bit murky today but we hope you like the photos.

Aty and her partner Linda have formed a company providing special interest holidays in the Cabo de Gata mainly to the Durch, Belgium and German markets.  see They will soon be adding painting and nature walks, which we hope to set up with them, to their programme. More about this as we progress.

If you click on the photos they will enlarge.


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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3 Responses to Casa Totobias

  1. Thank you very much Margaret and Digby for your wonderful comments and company. I’m very happy that you have found what you are looking for through me. Linda, my business partner, and me are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation in As soon as possible we will get our page translated into English, to be able to receive english clients as well. Please also visit my other web where you can find a lot of pictures of the area. Aty

  2. d.duys says:

    do you let your house?

    is it free from 12 till 19 nov.?

    and what is the price?

    do you have more pictures for us?

    • No. This is going to be our new permanent home from 1st September.

      But if you are looking for somewhere to rent in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata for this week just let us know what you are looking for and we will probably be able to find something suitable

      Best wishes

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