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A little piece of old Havana in the glorious Asturian countryside. Asturias

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All the glamour of a far-flung continent amid lush green fields and gentle breezes.
  • Price €485.000
  • 12 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 400 m2 built area
  • 2.100 m2 plot size
This fine country home features original escutcheons and a magnificent windowed gallery, effortlessly blending traditional local materials such as limestone and wood with 19th-century innovations like concrete and iron.

Welcome to “Little Havana”, where brightly painted houses, ornate box galleries, manicured gardens and exotic palm trees are the legacy of a wave of migration to the Americas more than a century ago and an unequivocal devotion to home. This irresistible property with its fairytale garden is part of this unique heritage.

The property is arranged over three floors:

At lower-ground level we find three distinct spaces, currently used for storing furniture and the boiler that supplies heat to the building. There are two exits here, one leading directly to the garden.

The main floor boasts a grand windowed gallery, a sizeable kitchen with pantry, a spacious sitting-dining room and two secondary galleries, one of which leads to a

terrace/mirador and another, smaller gallery.

Also on this floor are six high-ceilinged bedrooms, all outward facing with private balconies, and two full bathrooms.

Upstairs, there are six further bedrooms, two of which are under the eaves with sloping ceilings.

The grounds are studded with old-growth trees, a magnificent palm tree (the property’s particular motif), magnolias,

spruce, camellias, rhododendrons and a variety of fruit trees.

There’s also a stable block and ancillary kitchen with oven, ideal for perfecting your Cuban roast pork.

On the edge of the grounds, with direct access to the house via the kitchen, stands an impressive panero, a traditional Asturian raised granary. As well as valuable storage space, it offers a marvellous vantage point for taking in the views over the surrounding countryside and the mountains nearby. It’s a place to pause and soak in the atmosphere of this place, where the memory of a tropical paradise floats in the pure Asturian air.

The garden area is planted with another palm tree, camellias, rose bushes and a vivid assortment of both flowering and non-flowering plants. An antique well and charming arbour complete the picturesque scene.

Beyond is a garage/workshop with inspection pit, large enough for two vehicles.

The perimeter is clearly defined with stone walling, decorative wrought-iron railings and a secure gateway giving access to the garage.

The property is included on the Asturian cultural heritage list in recognition of its historic interest.

Its location is one of the things that makes this home so special. Known as “Little Havana”, in the early years of the 20th century this was a favoured summering spot for wealthy Asturians who had made their fortunes in the Americas. As well as supporting civic projects such as schools, drinking fountains and water towers, they were keen to leave a more personal mark by building impressive second homes in a unique hybrid style.

It’s a place that instantly captures the heart, with its lovely church crowned with an unusual and striking dome, a rare sight in the Asturian countryside. The contented charm of the village square, flanked by aristocratic houses with a hint of Latin chic, will have you calling in the movers on the spot. Beyond, a postcard-perfect landscape of green fields and gentle hills invites you to let go of all your cares. And all just a short drive from some of the finest beaches on the region’s west coast...

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