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EL POCITO in SW Andalucia, Spain

An opportunity for those looking to create a community based on a more sustainable/ simple/ and natural way of life, in-tune with and connected to the vast surrounding natural landscape that exists in this forgotten part of Europe. By way of introduction, I am originally from London (Sydenham/ Dulwich), but my heart has always been in the countryside, to live somewhere truly rural, where the surroundings are as natural and dramatic as possible. Bit by bit, over many years, this is what my partner and I worked at. First in North Yorkshire (near the Camphill Community of Botton Village), then from 2000-2009 exploring the wilder parts of Iberia & Canada. First living in a converted van, then a succession of “tiny” and very basic shelters, until finally we found/ built a very cosy permanent off-grid “tiny” home in SW Andalucia (Spain). All this time learning the skills necessary to survive without the need for earning money/ being vegan/ planting a herbal forest garden/ learning about alternative medicine/ foraging/ and growing organically. A full description of the transformation can be found on my site: https://elpocito.wordpress.com. Sadly, my partner for 35 wonderful years died in 2013. After that it has been very tough going, and finally I have decided to move on, start afresh. The land therefore needs new caretakers. It is six acres in principle (though all the surrounding forestry, owned by the council, could be purchased also. Currently though would suit from two to six people full-time, obviously far more for courses/ retreats/ festivals. Brief details (more on the site): EL POCITO Is a forest garden started in 2009, set in a larger forested area totalling 182,000 hectares. Dramatic views up to 60km in distance (the frontier with Portugal). The altitude is 600 metres above sea-level. There are literally hundreds of trees, many with an edible/ medicinal value. Including over 100 olives, which could be producing organic oil. A perfect site also for creating a vineyard (producing up to 3000+ bottles a year). Plus other possibilities, such as making incense/ perfume/ charcoal (from the vast amount of cistus ladanifer that is native here), as well as bee keeping. Self-sufficient in firewood. The property includes a totally off-grid (solar powered) stone house (42m2 with the possibility to extend). Potential to site several yurts nearby, and a local council who are keen to support any ecological initiatives. Water is from a borehole located next to the house. All of this also just 2km/ 1.2 miles, via a beautiful forestry/ donkey track, from the ancient/ Moorish and wonderfully preserved village of Almonaster la Real (pop 800), a local centre with all the usual facilities. While only 120kms (72 miles) away is the amazing city of Sevilla. 140kms (84 miles) the beach. 45kms (27 miles) border with Portugal (Alentejo). Price £125-128,00. Full details on the various pages of the official site: https://elpocito.wordpress.com. Extra photos on Facebook: https://facebook.com/phil.rooksby/. For price and answers to any further questions, please email me: monkeyandsofia@yahoo.co.uk. Bear in mind I do not have internet connection (by choice), so be patient for the reply. Phil Rooksby.

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