The cortijo was chosen because of the splendid views and tranquility. Ideal for relaxing bed and breakfast holidays, weekend breaks and also easy access to the best sightseeing and photographic opportunities.

...Inland Spain is a world away from the hectic bustle of the coast. The accommodation is set in 50 acres of rolling countryside. Access is from the A343, Alora to Antequerra road, 5km of mainly concrete and tarmac, a little hardcore/ compacted gravel. There is normally never a problem with access, though if you know Spain you may understand the concept of 'Tormenta', where Nature may steal the odd village. The main building is a six bedroom farmhouse refurbished in traditional style to keep the rustic flavour. All bedrooms are en-suite. There is a large lounge and dining room, gardens and patio areas, The plunge pool, for hot summer days, is under revision. The view across to El Torcal, a renowned limestone massif, is decorated with the odd isolated whitewashed building. The land is set back from a rural lane giving an atmosphere of tranquility.

...The property was originally bought, in need of attention, with a view to running photographic holidays, only circumstances changed and I no longer fancy the thought of serious housework. There is mains electricity, mains water [currently temporarily disconnected until the pipe is repaired, broken by land movement]. There are four wells. As there are 200,000+ sq metres of land, currently being upgraded to irrigated, there is a lot of potential. I allow a neighbour to graze sheep/goats, but have not gone in to arable farming as I like the peace and tranquility. Goat bells are caming. Previously a wide variety of crops have been grown, one year I had access to more broad beans that I could dream about.

...The location is ideal for trips into the surrounding countryside, horse riding, walking, mountain biking, excursions, almost anything. To me the property is almost priceless, I spent a lot of blood sweat and tears restoring it, only I am realistic. I bought in 2005, when Spain was more corrupt that it is now, at that time everyone paid through the nose, or more accurately corrupt English estate agents. There was a serious amount of under the table exchange involved, and the only other person who had a key entered the property in 2014 and removed all the restoration paperwork so if I am not careful I will being paying far too much in taxes. To that end the transaction will need negotiation, but as I paid 300,000 euro for an array of vertically challenged stones, I would like to walk away with something like £400,000. If I had funds I would build a Hobbit settlement and entice tourists.