There aren´t many jobs where you get to see every bit of someone´s house! I have to say I love looking at houses, seeing basements and attics, master bedrooms and their en-suites. Saying ´what´s behind here´ or ´where does that door go to?´

I really am enjoying going out and listing houses, sometimes renovating them in my head, taking off the roof here to make a roof terrace with a view or taking down a wall to make the kitchen more open plan. Then there are the ´wow´ moments when I just fall in love with a house. Just recently I had one of those. I was going through the properties I had inherited and caught a glimpse of a fabulous staircase in the corner of a photo but no photo featuring it.

 

Stunning staircase

Stunning staircase

So, me being me, I phoned the owner. The house had been on the market for three years and had only one tour, I wanted to change that. The owner came into the office and I showed him the photos and video. He instantly agreed that I should go and see the house to take more photos and a new video.  One Saturday morning (son number three mans the office on Saturday´s) I set off with my camera and ´For Sale´ board to visit this once Gentleman´s residence on what was once one of the town´s principal streets.

If I was twenty year´s younger and 49,000€ plus richer I would buy this house. Just look at that beautiful staircase and with lots of original features, a patio, well two actually a pigeon loft on the roof – make that into a bijou roof terrace and what views!

 

Roof View

Roof View

I imagine myself with long swishy skirts floating – probably falling – down those stairs and having tea in the parlour. Not knitting or sewing but maybe learning French and playing Solitaire or even writing a novel by candlelight. Then I learnt it had been built in 1979, I was gobsmacked. Was Spain so backward then? I know when I moved here in 1996 it felt like we had gone back thirty years or so, but now there is very little difference. A fast catch up into the 20th century.

As you can see work has rather taken over life and getting out and about on exploring trips has rather taken a back seat. That´s why we´re off to one of my favourite towns – Guadix for a night this weekend. It is Bank Holiday so a quick escape to recharge the batteries. More about the troglodyte town next time.

A quick visit to somewhere nearer to home the once industrial town of Linares brought me several surprises. I know there are some fabulous Roman mosaics nearby – on my list to visit. But I had not read about the Ammunitions House. A beautiful Neoclassical building built by Carlos III in the latter part of the 18th century. Linares was an area famous for its mines and arms for the Spanish army were produced here for centuries.

 

Ammunition House Linares

Ammunition House Linares

A proper tourist trip to Linares is now on my ever growing list of things to do and day trips within 1.5 hours, watch this space.

 

B-C-Ing- U in two weeks.–

Rachel Webb

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