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Turn-Key Community. Co-Owners Sought

In 2005 I bought a run down agricultural building and then spent the best part of four years, with the help of three others, converting it to a home for communal living.

It was originally built circa 1860 for the rearing of cattle and is a very substantial property. It has a footprint of 4,500 ft² plus a first floor of a further thousand and a couple of useful outbuilding. It sits on a plot of just under 8 acres in a 'Special Landscape Area' of open countryside in North Suffolk just outside the market town of Diss.

The internal accommodation has been arranged so as to provide private accommodation for each of the owners and there are four apartments within the building and as much communal space as you could wish for.

No expense was spared in the eco-friendly conversion and the property has a host of interesting features not least of which is the ground sourced heat pump and under-floor heating which together provide the most comfortable of internal climates regardless of what the weather is doing outside.

As I said above, the conversion was carried out with community in mind and I would now like to find others to join me. The grounds offer huge potential for those interested in self sufficiency (to whatever degree) and are ripe for the establishment of orchards, vegetable gardens and the rearing of livestock etc.

I would like to sell 3 x 1/4 shares (and keep the other one myself) and hope that this short intro might encourage you to want to find out more!

I’m currently running the barn as a Workshop/Retreat centre and if you would like to get more of a feel for the place you could have a look at the website:

I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes. Mark

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Perfect isolation and home working property For Sale or Long-term rental or rent to buy?

Due to an unexpected change in circumstances our rural SpanishFarmhouse is available,about8acres,olives,almonds,avocados, carobs,oranges,lemons,and more, space for vegetables.
Main house has 3 beds,2 reception,2 bathrooms. Self-contained annexe 1bed, 1 bath, 1 lounge, covered terrace/kitchen. Other outbuildings could be converted.
3km up reasonably drivable dirt track to nearest village, no amenities. 10 km to nearest town, shops, bars, schools, hospital and beaches.
It is off grid, backup generator, own water borehole.
Very good internet connection makes live streaming or home working very possible.
Looking for like minded couples who are serious about making a move to Southern Spain, Granada province.
Great opportunity for a property already reformed but scope for improvement and much more.
Or if you just want to rent until it's sold, no problem.obviously this would be in a caretaking role so a discount would be available.

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Off-grid Smallholding one hour from Málaga


An absolutely unique and naturally beautiful smallholding near to Comares, Málaga in Southern Spain, with unlimited water, from an all year round spring, and a one room rustic wooden cabin, with woodburning cooker.

Due to family commitments in the UK we're looking to sell 'Finca La Umbría' - our secluded, completely off-grid finca set in 4 acres / 16000 square metres of land, just one hour from Málaga airport, in the Axarquia region of Southern Spain.

The finca consists of 3 parcels of land, each with it's own Escritura / Deeds. The taxes have all been paid.

The land is classified as 'Rústica', which means that, at the moment, you can't build a permanent brick/concrete structure on it.

However 6 years ago I built a one room wooden cabin (6m x 4.5m) and an adjoining covered outside living area / terrace and a detached bathroom / shower room with compost toilet.

It's all set up for instant 'off-grid' living. There's a water deposit by the spring and a pump and the pipework set up to transfer the water from the spring to the 2000 litre tank above the cabin.

We've lived 'off-grid' on this land for over 10 years now, in a camper, a caravan, a yurt and in the cabin itself.

There are no utility bills to has its own water and electricity is generated by solar panels.

There's Wi-Fi from a "line of sight" antenna that receives high speed, unlimited Internet from RioSat, the local provider and a great phone / 3g signal.

Within the 4 Acres / 16000 square metres of grounds, which are steep in places, there are various different areas:
The main plot with the cabin etc on it.

100 metres away, along the track, there's a big open flat area with incredible mountain views.

An area below the cabin with the spring and several old stone terraces and an orchard.

There are some vines, almond, olive, orange, lemon, níspero and avocado trees and plenty of terraced vegetable growing areas with unlimited irrigation water. The surrounding views are absolutely stunning.
We've left a lot of the land natural / wild. Finca La Umbría has a real back to the land feel to the place.

Access is via a mile long dirt track...most of which is regularly well maintained...the last section is a little challenging and although it is possible to get in or out with a regular vehicle it would be more reliable to have the use of a 4 x 4.

Although there are friendly small communities close by, there are no near neighbours and it's pretty much surrounded by avacado and mango plantations and olive and almond trees.

The nearest town, Comares, which is 10 minutes away, offers 4 bars, 2 hotels, a supermarket and a tobacconist /estanco. Whilst the coast and a much bigger market town is 30-40 minutes away.

Finca La Umbria would be a perfect place for an organic / permaculture based smaiiholding, an awesome cosy family homestead or it could be developed as an off grid retreat, an "under the radar" glamping / wild camping scene or venue for workshops / yoga etc or just somewhere fabulous to live.

We would be happy to receive informal enquiries initially - feel free to contact us. £48000.

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