Large, reformed monastery in Gaucín, Málaga, Andalusia. This beautiful village house with amazing views of Africa and Gibraltar is full of history. It was built in the 18th century by the Discalced Carmelites. It was expropriated by the government in the mid 19th century, and the house returned to private ownership. The house comprises three floors, all independently accessed and could be used for double living/rentals and even a restaurant on the lower floor. Previously, the ancient ground floor was used as a factory; the street level, where in the 20th century, the mayor lived; and the second floor was an attic, used for storage.
In 1999, the current owners bought the then-ruin, it had not been inhabited for 20 years. The house was remodeled from the street level, with a new floor poured and all plumbing and electric installations, interior walls, the roof and the central heating system were made totally new in 2001. They did manage to salvage some beautiful, old encaustic tiles. Without a doubt, it has been turned into something magical, with intercontinental views and beautiful decorations, it is an ideal home for those who wish to have the Spanish village life whilst enjoying the tranquility that this property has to offer.
On the upper floor, there is an ideal rental unit, or an apartment for double living. All of the ceilings are wooden-beamed, and it comprises two bedrooms (one with wood burner) with amazing views, two walk-in dressing rooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen with two pantries and a large living room with wood burner. Both bedrooms and the living room give access to a covered terrace where from here, you can wine and dine whilst enjoying amazing views of Gibraltar, Africa and the countryside.
On the street level, there is an entrance hall which has access to both the upper floor and the lower level; making all three levels independent. As you enter this floor, you can see the beautifully designed, Moorish archway of the library and the stunning, intercontinental views. The library has a beamed ceiling, tiled fireplace and built-in bookshelves. Opening onto the living room and the second bedroom. The living room/ office has panoramic views of the castle, countryside and coast; an Arabic arched closet and encaustic tiled floors. There are two bedrooms, main and second, both with walk-in closets and bathrooms. The kitchen/study is accessed via the second bedroom and also has an exit door to the street and stairs to the pool. The floor is made of glass to give light to the laundry room below.
The lower level still has the original stone walls and the 4m beamed ceilings. Decorated in a Moroccan style, it gives lovely vibes and would be ideal for a restaurant. It comprises a kitchen, dining room, TV projection room, bathroom, spare room, living room with bed niche and another large dining room with fireplace and access to the exterior terrace and greenhouse. The greenhouse/conservatory doubles as a third dining room with impressive views and there is also a laundry room and access to 70m garage.
On the exterior terrace, there is a blue pergola with tiled wall and bench, and stairs that lead down to the swimming pool terrace and the heated and covered, 17m x 3 salt water swimming pool. Here there is also a changing room with shower and toilet.
This property is connected to mains electricity and water and has telephone and internet access. Heating is provided by underfloor heating in the lower level, two street level bathrooms and two apartment bathrooms. There are also wood burners. There is central heating throughout the house, and all bedrooms have air conditioning. Some of the furniture is included in the property.
Gaucín is an ideal town that offers all of today’s comforts. It is 30 minutes from the coast, one hour and twenty minutes from Málaga International Airport and an hour from Gibraltar Airport.