Finca Las Torviscas (Registration no. VTAR/MA/01310) is set in a magical secluded location. It was designed by its artist owner to maximise the views of the mountains, sea and North African coast line. Set in 5 acres, over looking wild and natural countryside with hardly a neighbour in sight, yet, only 2 km from the village of Gaucin. The finca used to be an Almond farm and has Figs, Carobs and Olives as well as lots of Almond trees.
At the heart of the house is an open plan kitchen/dining/sitting area with glass skylight giving a bright and airy feeling. Large glass double doors lead onto a vine covered terrace and another set of glass double doors lead into the sitting room/TV room with DVD, DVD library, games, books and fireplace.
The house is uniquely decorated with many original art works and a stunning Moroccan tile and oak floor throughout the main living area.
There are 2 bedrooms on this level, the master with large king sized bed and my daughters room with 1 single bed (110 x 90 cm), a hall from the main living area connecting them to the bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC.
2 further rooms are down outside steps on the pool level. These are accessed from a covered terrace as well as the 2nd bathroom with Shower, basin and WC.
Outside there is the large partly covered roof terrace with 360 degree mountain/sea views with chill out seating area, eating table and chairs and sun beds, perfect for sunset drinks, dining and star gazing. The vine covered patio just off the dining area has a sofa, arm chairs and large mosaic coffee table.
The pool (8 x 4 mts) is accessed by steps from the patio or by a lawn garden with Palm tree. There are many mature plants and climbers around most of the house. The swimming pool is surrounded by natural stone and a decking at the far end.
Being on the slope of El Hacho mountain the spectacular view is over the orchards down the Genal valley to the sea and over to the coast line of North Africa, being on the roof terrace feels a bit like you are flying.
Parking is right next to the house. The rest of the land is ripe for investigation, there are beautiful walks directly from the house including the old smugglers track from Gibraltar.
My house is a unique home and full of character, the things in it all mean a lot to me and have been collected over the years, it is not a smart Ikea furnished villa. Most of the furniture has a story and to some, may seem lived in, this is the way I like it, I hope you like it too, if this is not your kind of style, please look else where.
There are 3 cats living at the property, they are very friendly and are not the guests responsibility though they may be around.
Access 100 mts unmade track.
Gaucin is the most beautiful of the white villages of Andalucia, with its ruined Moorish castle, rising above on sheer cliffs, guarding a panorama over a landscape of oaks, cork trees and craggy peaks to the sea. Gibraltar is usually visible in the background, as are the Rif mountains of Morocco. It is an area of breathtaking beauty. There are many beautiful walks with abundant wildlife. 2 very clean rivers for picnics and swimming and Europe’s largest cork oak forest all within 20 mins drive. Caves with prehistoric paintings and Ronda with its beautiful old town, Roman ruins and the oldest bull ring in Spain within 40 mins drive. There are many good bars and restaurants in the village and neighbouring villages. Horse riding, Yoga, Pilates, massage, baby sitting, guided walks and bird watching can all be arranged.
The the sea and beaches are only half an hours drive and a bit further, but well worth the drive(1 1/4 hour) are Tarifa and Bolonia. With 10KM beaches, wind sports and hip nightlife. Whale and dolphin watching, Old town Tarifa is a walled Moorish town with great eating and funky shops. Morocco and the old port of Tangier is a 45 min boat ride from Tarifa.
There are many other interesting place to visit, the historic cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada all possible in a day trip. Malaga is fast becoming a top cultural destination for the Arts, Befitting the birth-place of one of Europe´s great Modern Masters, Pablo Picasso, Malaga has enjoyed an incredible cultural revival over the past decade, with the opening of the Museo Picasso, Carmen Thyssen Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum (CAC).
Adding to this already impressive list, the first ever “Pop-up Pompidou” opened last spring. It is the first international branch of the French museum and will be located in The Cube, a striking €5m glass building in the city’s new Muelle Uno harbour development, with permanent and temporary exhibitions including works by Picasso, Ernst, Bacon, Magritte, Attia and Frida Kahlo. The city also has 2 massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of it’s Moorish rule.