Historical cortijo with ecological olive grove, Cordoba

Historical cortijo in the Sierra Morena valley, in Alcaracejos, Córdoba, Andalusia. The 18th century cortijo is an example of the traditional Andalusian architecture. Formerly a Visigoth settlement. The farmhouse is at 5 km from the main road. Arriving at the property, you can appreciate the magnitude of this farm. The cortijo is surrounded by gardens and a lawn. There are two large traditional courtyards..

The main farmhouse has two floors. The ground floor, with beautiful arched ceilings and thick 1m walls, has a large kitchen, dining room with fireplace, sitting room, living room with fireplace, office and a separate guest toilet. On the first floor is a master bedroom with fireplace, four double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Outside there is a large patio, a covered seating area and a garden. The guesthouse is attached to the main farmhouse, also with two floors and arched ceilings, it comprises a kitchen, living room with fireplace, dining room, three bedrooms, a bathroom and access staircase to the first floor. The attic was in the old days used to smoke the chorizos and dry the hams; it could be reformed to create more rooms if necessary. There are two staff houses, one with three bedrooms and another with four bedrooms. Both with kitchen, living room and a bathroom.

An interesting feature of the cortijo is the old olive mill, a rectangular, double height building, with its original mill stone used to grind the olives and a beautiful, wooden pointed arch. In addition, there are eight horse boxes, tack room, a warehouse, a renovated stable now a bodega, and porches for cars and machinery. Other buildings include an old oven, two logg storages, a chicken coop, several store rooms and a consecrated chapel.

Electricity is supplied by photovoltaic panels, with more than 3.5kW and batteries. Backed up by a 4.8kW generator. Heating is provided by the chimneys and central heating with radiators, diesle fired . There is also internet and land line telephone.

The farm is mostly fenced with hunting and livestock fence. Over 100 hectares are dedicated to the ecological non irrigated olive grove, certified by the CAAE. Most of the over 100 year old olive trees are of the picual variety. The remaining hectares correspond to scrubland and oak, where there is a great abundance of thyme and rosemary, Kermes oak, Aleppo, holly, chestnut, walnut, among others. There are also a wide variety of animal species, such as imperial and royal eagles, griffon vultures, owls, rabbits, deer, wild boar, pigeons, and much more; that allow the greater hunting and smaller hunting, like for example hunting with buckshot.

Thanks to several streams and natural springs, which naturally sprout throughout the year and supply water for both agriculture and for domestic use in the farmhouses. It also has abundant groundwater, three rafts and has the possibility of irrigation.

The farmhouse is a great place for livestock, such as sheep, horses and pigs. With good pastures and acorns, and two large orchards for cultivation, it is an optimal farm. It is a profitable investment with various activities and entertainment such as walks on foot or horseback, hunting, and its good production of organic oil.

This cortijo is 20 minutes from the nearest towns of Alcaracejos and Espiel, and one hour from Córdoba and it’s Airport.

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Cordoba is such a rich and interesting province! Did you know it used to be the capital of the Moorish Spain, Al-Andalus? This province is highly visited by many, but not only for its rich culture. In Cordoba they truly try to highlight the authenticity, extracting the essentials of life. One can choose to be emerged in a beautiful, historic city centre, or to be surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. What more could you wish for?