This one bedroom,two bed flat opens off a plant-filled central patio with a marble fountain. The house, known locally as the House of the Inquisition, is the oldest in the historic centre of Torrox. From the front door it is only a minute’s walk to the 'Plaza de la Constitución', the busy main square, with its cafés and restaurants. By contrast from the large terrace at the back, the flat overlooks countryside with a magnificent view of the mountains. It is very quiet. 195 square metres.
Our house, the House of the Inquisition is a family home divided into three parts and on three floors. Julio and I, Ernest, your hosts, live permanently on the middle floor. The other two parts, when not used by our families, are available to let.
The ground floor ‘Patio’ apartment is centrally heated and is furnished with old and antique furniture. It has a bedroom with antique double bed and, in the spacious living room, which has separate access to the bathroom, there is a double sofa-bed. The bathroom has a large shower. There is WI-Fi, a television (no English programmes) and DVD player, an abundance of books and some games. The kitchen is fully fitted, all electric, with granite worktop. It has a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, oven and hob, and microwave. The bedroom, living room and dining room all open directly onto the enormous flower-filled terrace. This is partly covered and loses the sun in the afternoon but it is a wonderful place to unwind and watch the sun move across the view - from the nearby hills to the further magnificent ‘Sierra de Tejeda’ mountains.
Accès des voyageurs
The cool plant-filled patio with its marble fountain, and the open staircase, lined with antique photographs and paintings, are common to the whole house but the apartment is entirely self-contained. Some ‘Patio’ guests never venture upstairs but there is much to see and on the upper half-landing, are many books of Spanish interest. We also have a collection of books in English about Spain ranging from 1845 – the original publication of Richard Ford’s 'Handbook for Spain' - to the present day. These can be borrowed by guests.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We live on the middle floor and so can always be called on for help and advice. In the entrance to the house we run an outlet for second-hand books in most European languages, which is open three mornings a week and raises money for animal charities. If you are short of reading matter, this could be your answer!
Julio loves to cook and is happy to share his knowledge of Spanish cooking. He also gives language classes. If you want some conversation practice, or just want to pick up some basic phrases, you could have a lesson with him during your stay.
The municipal indoor swimming pool opened two years ago.. The old outdoor, non-heated pool has been converted into a year round facility and is described as being "totally ecological" as it uses biomass and solar energy to heat it and a specialist ozone system to clean it. On an ecological note,, most of out hot water in the house is produced by solar panels.
In principal we accept pets and suggest people only smoke outside on the terrace.
Cleaning:- Please note that, unlike most property owners, we do not charge an additional cleaning fee. The flat is full of detail and cannot be cleaned in a flash, We do the cleaning ourselves and regard it as part of the service but we do expect our guests to be responsive and to leave the flat clean, the beds stripped an the rubbish dealt with. Occasionally guests want to move the furniture about - if you do, we expect things to be left as found.
Deposit;- We do not charge a deposit against damage. We are on hand to deal with any problem but in the unlikely event that something does get broken, but we do expect to be told.
I am British with an Ecuadorian partner Julio. Originally an architect, I have lived in this part of Spain for 25 years.and bought this wonderful house 15 years ago. We have spent much time, effort and money on restoring it to something of ts former glory.. It is very much our home and we find that having visitors, some very regular ones, much enriches our lives.. I collect Spanish vintage photographs and postcards and have an on-line gallery. We share our apartment with six cats but they are confined to our particular area. We both love Spain and will pass on as much information as people might need. We have a large collection of books about Spain in English - including many classics - which we are happy to lend to visitors.