Plans have been unveiled for what will be the biggest and most luxurious home to be built at Desert Springs, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury desert leisure resort and championship golf course located in the Almeria region of Spain.
Construction work will begin as soon as a buyer has been secured for the unique €2,500,000 million (£1.75 million) property, the traditional exterior design of which has been inspired by some of the old manorial farmhouses which can still be seen in Almeria.
“It reflects the way in which, over many centuries, extensions and additions to important old properties like these create visual variety and architectural interest,” explains Bridget Rosser, sales and marketing manager of the Cheltenham-based Almanzora Group which is the main overseas agent for properties at Desert Springs.
Already earmarked for the house – named the Caprichosa – is a plot of just over a third of an acre (0.14 hectare) on the banks of the established Tiburon Lake, just across from the fourteenth signature hole of the Indiana Desert Golf Course.
Tiburon Lake is the first of three linked lakes planned in the resort. The largest, Steamboat Lake, will be used for a variety of ‘peaceful’ water sports ranging from sailing and canoeing to windsurfing. The middle lake, Sweetwater, already is being stocked with bait fish for the introduction of black bass game fish in the near future.
The main entrance to the Caprichosa is approached through a large manorial door leading into a shaded Andalucian-style courtyard, enclosed on three sides by a pergola. The entrance itself is located at the foot of a tower containing a sweeping staircase linking the entrance hall, the first floor bedrooms and an open sided torre de la vela (watchtower). The tower, which has views across the lake, allows for cooling air to flow up through the property, whenever the ground floor windows are open. Below is an extensive basement and underground double garage.
Commenting on the name chosen for the property, Bridget says, “In Spanish, a caprichosa is someone who has a caprice, a whim or a fancy of his or her own, and this is very much in keeping with the concept of the plans of the model property. The purchaser will be encouraged to use it as a structural base on which to overlay his or her own ideas, working in conjunction with the developer’s architect.
“This is the most prestigious residential property yet planned at Desert Springs where there is a variety of apartments, townhouses, cottages, villas and country houses in the resort at prices starting at around £170,000 for an apartment, rising to around £980,000 for a spacious country house.
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