For sale direct from owners!
This elegant, three-storey townhouse provides bags of Andalucian charm and has been sympathetically renovated to a high standard to retain lots of original features. The character flows throughout and the owners have created a comfortable, stylish home which is light, bright and spacious.
There is a huge amount of flexibility in terms of the layout of the house – currently a very comfortable and spacious year-round home, the layout can be adapted to suit a small B&B or guest house with some simple changes. Equally, the house could make an ideal holiday home for large families or even separate couples and friends.
Located in Arcos de la Frontera, a popular “pueblo blanco” which attracts visitors throughout the year who come to witness its beauty and stunning countryside. An added bonus is Playita del Meson (lake beach) that is accessible by bus in just 10 mins or you can drive and use the car park. Non motorised water sports are organised on the lake.
Currently, fibre optic broadband is being installed in Arcos de la Frontera which will soon be available to the buyer.
Incredibly, natural gas is currently being laid in the streets of Arcos de la Frontera. If desired, soon, the buyer of this large character home could install gas central heating or install mains gas to the ‘Belling’ range cooker in the kitchen (currently it is set to gas bottle mode but it can be changed to work off mains gas). The provision of natural gas is very rare throughout Andalucia with only Estepona also having piped natural gas.
The basics for this stylish home are all in place – here are our key features of this delightful home…
♦ Large 4 bedroom townhouse – beautifully renovated and offering panoramic views
♦ Superb location in the Historic Centre within easy reach of shops, bars and restaurants
♦ Panoramic views over Arcos lake, the Guadalete river and the beautiful town of Arcos de la Frontera
♦ Sympathetically modernised with many original features retained
♦ An ideal permanent home, holiday home or potential for a B&B or small guest house
♦ Quality finishes throughout including handmade terracotta tiled floors for continuity
♦ Shady yet spacious courtyard and huge sunny roof terrace – 48M2 offering the best of both worlds!
♦ 4 double bedrooms (and 2 dressing rooms), 2 bathrooms plus a guest cloakroom downstairs
♦ 2 reception rooms, dining room, breakfast room, utility room and office
♦ Well-equipped kitchen with range cooker, walk in larder and wine store
♦ Flexibility to create a B&B or small guest house – a great way to enjoy life and earn money!
♦ Satellite television, telephone and reliable high-speed internet all available
♦ Easy, free parking in the wide street
Arcos de la Frontera and the Cadiz area…
Arcos is a gorgeous gem situated in a dramatic position astride a hilltop in the heartland of Real Spain. This historic town boasts every amenity: Great bars and restaurants, contemporary art spaces, cultural activities, traditional ferias, country fairs, Easter and Christmas parades, yet it stands in the midst of a peaceful natural environment of rivers, lakes, citrus orchards, olive groves, horse ranches, vineyards, rich farmland and undulating hills, with a backdrop of majestic sierras.
The property and the location provide all the security and perks of town life with nature, fabulous walks and other outdoor activities right on your doorstep. There are several large and beautifully kept open-air swimming pools dotted around the town, where you can while away the whole day.
The cities of Jerez, Cadiz, Seville and Malaga, and also Gibraltar, are all within easy reach and you can be checking in at the airport or sunning yourself on the beach after only a 40 minute drive. With a close-knit ex pat community, Arcos is now popular with those wishing to live or holiday near the Costa de la Luz.
Layout and accommodation in more detail…
The double-fronted entrance doors lead into a welcoming half-tiled hallway. Off the entrance hall to the left is a room currently used for dining, plenty big enough for a table for ten people, plus an annexe which is at present used as a double office with a landline telephone and internet point. The office is also plumbed to allow easy conversion to a bathroom, with the dining room adjacent potentially forming an additional en suite bedroom.
Off the hall to the right is the first reception room, where tucked away in a corner, is a quiet, compact water softening unit, a boon for prolonging the life of household appliances.
The entrance hall flows on into a typical Andalusian, cobbled, central patio with plenty of space for entertaining and outside dining. It has a covered well and is currently edged with refreshing green plants with a tap handy for watering them.
Off the patio is a large utility room with a butler’s sink for hand washing, storage shelves for cleaning materials or linen and more than adequate room for white goods. There is a washing machine, dish washer and chest freezer and also a water heater conveniently located here. Also off the patio is a guest cloakroom with a toilet and hand basin.
At the rear of the patio is the fully-fitted kitchen which is a cook’s dream. It has ample, hand-crafted storage units and spacious granite work surfaces. There is a Belling range cooker with two electric ovens and seven gas burners. There is also a larder fridge.
There are three rooms at the back of the house which are fully-restored caves at a constant temperature of 15C, ideal for food storage and preparation. They remain invitingly cool in the heat of summer, and pleasantly comfortable throughout the short winter. These rooms are as follows…
Adjoining the kitchen is a cosy breakfast room currently furnished with a small table and sofa but which would be large enough for a full size table and chairs. Off this is a barrel-ceilinged room converted for wine and food storage with plenty of shelving and a large wine rack. The original manger where animals fed, having been brought in to spend the night, has been retained as a classic feature.
Stairs with Andalusian patterned riser tiles and wrought-iron balustrades traditionally decorated with geranium pots lead to the first floor. On the left of the first floor landing is a generous reception room with two sets of French windows and typical Juliet balconies giving a splendid view of Arcos river, lake and the countryside beyond. An arched window looking out into the patio allows further light to come into the room. There are connections for television/home cinema, with satellite television.
Next door are two double bedrooms with a similar, fantastic view from the balconied French windows. The en suite bathroom has a large shower cubicle, bidet, toilet and hand basin and a large mirror.
Again Andalusian tiled stairs and balustrades lead to the second floor where there is an ‘Arcos arched’ corridor looking down into the patio. (Arcos arches are slim arches which are paired). The first right hand door off the corridor leads into a useful walk-in dressing room with shelving for storage of shoes or linen and plenty of space to hang clothes. Another water heater is housed high on the wall. The second door leads into a large bathroom which boasts a full-size bath, large shower cubicle, toilet, hand basin, bidet and large mirror.
The door at the end of the arched corridor leads into the upper sleeping area with two double bedrooms separated by a generous dressing room/sitting room. All three rooms have windows with spectacular views of the lake. One bedroom and the dressing room have further light provided by a window each into the patio.
Another short, colourful tiled flight of stairs leads up to the sunny roof terrace which has a superb, extensive panorama of the town, river, lake and countryside, with the backdrop of the Grazalema mountains in the distance (which offer many challenging walks!) You first step into a covered pavilion which remains cool even at mid-day in the height of the summer, so in addition to the patio there is a further space for al fresco eating or for taking a siesta on drowsy summer afternoons.
The roof terrace is arranged with large pots with a variety of Mediterranean herbs and splashes of colour from geraniums, hibiscus, nasturtiums, roses and several bougainvillea trained to grow along the specially made frame. There is a convenient tap installed for watering. At the back of the roof terrace is a storage room with plenty of shelving for household and garden items.
Entrance hall – 1.87 x 2.66 m
Dining room – 4 x 2.66 m
Office – 2.49 x 2.37 m
Small sitting room – 2.60 x 2.66 m
Utility room – 2.1 x 2.61 m
Patio – 3.25 x 4.15 m
Breakfast room – 3.84 x 2.89 m
Kitchen – 3.77 x 2.76 m
Wine store / larder – 3.4 x 2 m
Downstairs cloakroom – 1 x 1m
Main sitting room – 5.72 x 2.95 m
Bedroom 1 – 2.76 x 2.95 m
Bedroom 2 – 2.7 x 3.2 m
En-suite bathroom – 2.5 x 1.2 m
Typical ‘Arcos arched’ passageway – 3.6 x 1 m
Walk-in dressing room – 1.47 x 1.48 m
Bathroom 2 – 2.56 x 2.12 m
Bedroom 3 – 2.52 x 3.33 m
Dressing room – 2.82 x 3.32 m
Bedroom 4 – 3.08 x 3.31 m
Storage room – 3.22 x 0.9 m
Shaded porch area/pavilion – 2.12 x 3.15 m
Roof terrace – approx. 35 m2
The British owners are selling after many happy years as they now wish to move to another region in Spain and come to love it as much as living here. They welcome any questions you might have about this charming home and the popular “pueblo blanco” of Arcos de la Frontera which offers so much to residents and tourists alike.