A fabulous old grain mill that dates back to before the 16th century that has been lovingly restored in to a wonderful family home with character and charm. Ideal for families with a large garden, children’s trampoline, swing and slide, table tennis and a fenced private swimming pool 9x6m. Located on a private organic cattle and cork estate (1000 acres) in the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales and just a short drive (25km) from the famous beaches of the Costa de la Luz and Tarifa.
The buildings unique character has been emphasised in its re-design, combining traditional with contemporary; a glass window in the floor downstairs sheds light on how the mill functioned and clever lighting highlights the columns and the archways stonework. Other original features from its milling past have also been preserved, its metre-thick walls and flag stone tiles, which help to ensure that El Molino is wonderfully cool even at the height of summer.
The downstairs is of a large open-plan design with vaulted ceilings that encompass the state-of-the-art modern kitchen with its enormous silestone work surface and breakfast bar. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with enough to satisy even the most accomplished cook; its six-hob range cooker and American style fridge/freezer/ice-machine make this an ideal setting to capitalise on some of the fantastic local produce (Algeciras market is a one-off, with the best in Mediterranean and Atlantic fish in the area, not to mention the plethora of Moroccan delicacies) or even for trying the home grown organic beef! Beyond the kitchen is the dining area and where better to feast than off the wild olive dining table. The sitting room’s focus is the huge log fireplace, with its plump sofas, chaise long and large brown leather arm chair.
Downstairs there is one double bedroom ensuite with its own Moroccan- style wet room. The other bedrooms are all upstairs – the master bedroom is the largest of the bedrooms, with a super kingsize bed; in August one needs only reach out the window to pick some of the delicious figs from the tree! The other bedrooms include one smaller double bedroom, a twin children’s bedroom, two single children’s bedroom (one with a desk bunk), all with splendid wooden beamed high-ceilings complete with roof fan. There are two bathrooms upstairs; the ‘white’ bathroom has been decorated with Tarifa beach shells and has a large bath, twin antique sinks and a walk in shower. The second bathroom has a bath/shower and is ideal for the children.
The garden is out the back of the house on the entreplanta, it looks as though it goes on for as far as the eye can see, as the lush lawn tumbles away into the farms pastures where the long- horned Retinto red cattle graze and the storks nest and clack. The rear terrace was enlarged for 2016, with natural shade from the fig and judas tree the large banquet style wooden table and benches are the ideal spot for entertaining. There is also now an outdoor kitchen with cupboards with cutlery, plates and glasses, sink for washing up, dishwasher and fridge. Cooking can be done on the industrial size stainless steel Weber barbecue and gas hob!
The garden is very child friendly with a huge sand pit area for the children, a hammock in the wild olive tree, a trampoline, table tennis table and basketball hoop. There is also a climbing frame with slide, two swings and a trapeze. (Toys can be left for guests use on request).
Other things to note
My husband runs an educational farm for children down the road, there are summer camps throughout the summer that can be joined for the week or by the day.
License or registration numberwaiting on this from tourism application was made Nov 2016
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- This is our private home, we hope that you will look after it as if it were your own <3
- Saturday entry and departure in July and August
I just LOVE Tarifa! For its beaches, crazy mix of people, its Andalucian natural beauty, its ability to combine traditional with cosmopolitan...there is just no other place in Europe like Tarifa. In fact it does not feel like Europe at all, the fact is that Morocco and a whole other continent is just 30 minutes away!
Tarifa offers an incredible lifestyle. There are the water sports, horse riding on the 14 km of stunning white sandy beaches or in the countryside, rock climbing, mountain biking... the rich local culture.. the tapas, the delicious cafe con leche.
Possibly the best of all, and for what this coastline is best known for is the light and the sunsets.
I feel incredibly blessed to live in this magnificent place.
Tarifa is not for the typical Costa del Sol tourist or the sunbather, it is well known for the excellent wind conditions for kiting and windsurfing. This can prohibit lying not the beach for it is much like a full-body exfoliation!
Spring and Autumn are wonderful times to be here, but August is also great fun when the quantity of tourist congest the fabulous Tarifeno infrastructure and there are long queues on the roads.. but if you are after a good vibe, great night life this is your place..In August Tarifa converts into a mini Ibiza in August...
I think Tarifa offers the best of Spain...and we hope that you will come and see for yourself!!!