Our Awesome Adventure at Finca Arboleda: Living the Dream in Spain
Back in 2003, we decided to shake things up and move to Spain for a fresh start. After just three visits, we found our dream home: the lovely Finca Arboleda. We bought the place in December and moved in on January 7th.
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Old pool knocked down
Orange Grove at purchase
Orange Grove at purchase2
Early Orange Grove
Early Orange Grove2
New Orange Grove bedroom
When we first got there, the place was pretty messy, and what we now call "the Old Stables" used to be, well, old stables. In March 2004, we experienced our first storm, which made us realise we would need to make some much-needed improvements to the road and accessibility.
We started by cleaning up the gardens, getting rid of the old pool, and spreading gravel around the beautiful citrus trees. We also began working on the "Orange Grove Apartment" by building a wall in our garage and creating a doorway by the fireplace in the sitting room we had a new bedroom. We didn't take many pictures back then, but the memories are still fresh in our minds.
Our first guests stayed with us in February 2004, and even though we were still building, we became fast friends.
Stables at purchase
Footings going in
Looks very small
After facing some bumps in the road with the Orange Grove Apartment, our neighbours introduced us to a local builder who not only helped us finish up, but also went on to build the charming "Old Stables Villa."
I've been framed
New electic for Stables
New electric for Stables2
The construction took just ten weeks during the summer of 2004.
Kitchen nearly installed
Inside the villa
We welcomed our first guests to the Old Sables in December 2004