Cortijo Jayón

Cortijo Jayón


Front door

Here live another community of Germans centered around this old cortijo in the estepa of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata near our home.

Cat in window

They rent this remote old farmhouse and surrounding land from the owner, a goatherd, for 150 euros a month.

Corner of the lounge

The kitchen

Inside the old building is a lounge and kitchen.

Light and airy bathroom

There is a bathroom attached. All this is for communal use.

Fred and Karin’s truck

The small community live in their own old lorries or camper vans around the farmhouse and have their own private outside space. Here is Fred and Karin’s truck.

Santo, Karin and Fred

At the moment 5 people share the property and so pay 30 euros per month each although not all live there permanently. Fred and Karin say that they could do with a few more to get unit costs down further.

Cactus, Cat grafitti and Karin

There is a well close to the house to provide fresh water and electricity is produced by solar panels and generator.


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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One Response to Cortijo Jayón

  1. Matilda says:

    Beautiful post; I especially love third photo, the blue door. I didn’t know that place, thank you for sharing 😉

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