Jardín de los limones

20161027_105642_resizedOpening the gate to Jardín de los limones is like stepping into an oasis of overwhelming beauty and peace. The finca is situated on a south-facing slope of the Valle de Lecrín – the “Valley of Joy” south of Granada. A large citrus and fruit plantation alongside 120 year old olive trees.

img_3381-3-47The house is a new constuction on the old foundations of a “cortijo” and consists of 180 m2 of living area on two floors – a beautiful and elegant white house with dark green shutters and fine details in terracota. Tout comfort.

 

The ground floor consists of one large, elegant room with

diagonally laid dark natural stones – a local dolomite marble called Sierra Elvira. From the spacious img_3223-3-1room five tall double doors open onto the south facing terrace along the entire length of the house, that catches the sunlight from morning to evening. The long balcony and the large olive trees however, throw shades in a magic game of light and shadow.

img_3255-3-10The open kitchen is at one end of this big room, while the fireplace adorned with an antique Italian mirror at the opposite end creating a wonderful atmosphere. The kitchen, built in bright solid ash by the local carpenter has a counter in carved Carrara marble.

trappens legende formerIn the centre of the room, a sculptural staircase winds like a serpentine through all the floors right up to the roof terrace.

 

en dansk komode fra 1810The first floor consists of three double bedrooms and an open living area along the staircase. The master bedroom has an en suite with a bath and shower, while the other two bedrooms share the second bathroom on the first floor. All rooms are tiled with travertine.

Also on the first floor, five high and slender double doors open onto a 17 m long balcony filling the floor with light. The staircase then leads to a true mirador that offers sumptuous 360 degrees views of the valleys and mountains – the perfect place to dream a little dream. In the distance towards the northeast a glimpse of Sierra Nevada.

On the roof terrace there is an outdoor kitchen with a fireplace and a barbecue.

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The pool area is located in front of the house and covered with gray-green Indian slate as a calm background for the pool’s luminous turquoise-green tiles. From the pool there is a wonderful view over the valley, but the area itself is completely private and protected by a whitewashed wall.

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Close to the pool there is a small and whitewashed house, the “pool-house”, that offers space for one or two extra guests – maybe two teenage children.

The lower part of the plot is on a slightly lower level and has its own unique ch

aracter. A world with big and old olive and citrus trees. From December on, oranges and lemons hang on the trees as if they were Chinese lanterns from distant fairy tales.