33584 Caldevilla Sevares, Pilona, Asturias
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Idyllic Spanish mountainside estate has been beautifully enhanced for modern living amidst its historic setting
Rustic Asturian country estate in northwestern Spain is nestled within 2.5 acres of open grazing tracts, apple orchard, vineyard, and is bordered by a stone wall and mature trees. Total sleeping capacity of 17 between main house and cottage. Antique furnishings and artwork included in sale of property.
The three-story, 2,900±SF main house includes a living room with fireplace, large open dining room and modern kitchen that leads to a large covered porch, six bedrooms, laundry, and four and a half baths. The first floor offers a welcoming South-facing glass-enclosed gallery and three bedrooms with dedicated baths. The second floor features a warm and inviting glass-enclosed family room/study with expansive views of the property, plus three bedrooms and one full bath.
The two-story, 540±SF guest cottage includes a ground floor with an open dining/living area, full kitchen, and washer. The first floor is a warm and spacious bedroom with full bath and dressing room.
The kitchens, baths, and all mechanical systems are entirely updated using the highest quality materials and furnishings, designed to provide all the comfort and style expected in 21st century living.
Other buildings include a large open tile-roofed country kitchen with hearth barbeque, cast-iron wood stove, running water, and firewood storage. A few steps away stands the focal point of the garden and many family and social activities: an inviting old grapevine-shaded cast-iron pergola.
Sheds behind the house shelter the central heating/HW system, shop, garden equipment, etc.
Unique location on the slopes of Peak la Frecha, with breathtaking unobstructed views of the Sueve mountain range and the Piloña river valley to the North, the Aves range and Piloña mountains to the West, the Picos de Europa mountain range National Park to the East, and the Frecha peak proper to the South.
Easily accessible by regional road and on the edge of a quiet hamlet, this property offers an exceptional blend of proximity and privacy. The sophisticated capital city of Oviedo and ebullient seaside Gijón are 35 and 45 minutes away respectively. Nearby surroundings offer countless opportunities to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, white-water fishing, mushroom foraging, canoeing, bird watching and every conceivable activity to enjoy nature at its purest.
Furniture & Artwork
Included with the sale of the property, all furniture, decorations, tools and utensils displayed throughout are evocative of the atmosphere you would expect to find in a prosperous old rural family home, featuring valuable antiques of diverse origins: many from Asturias and other Spanish regions, as well as English, Continental and American. Some pieces date back to the 18th century ranging to the more recent ones from the first third of the 20th century. The art collection includes pieces by contemporary American and European artists as well as some very old pieces of uncertain date.
The property is currently identified as “El Texu” (Asturian for tejo, or yew tree) in reference to the hundred-year old yew standing guard at the entrance, proudly facing the Sueve range and the Piloña river valley. Traditionally, however, the core estate has been known, perhaps for hundreds of years, as La Torre (The Tower). Local tradition as well as historical references indicate that a tower rose in the area. Evidence has been found of Roman dwellings and other structures in the immediate areas surrounding the property, hence the origins of the name of the hamlet, Caldevilla. It is most likely that the ancient tower is still standing in its original location, albeit camouflaged by the passing of time and the hand of man.
The main house traces its origin way back in time. The restoration work undertaken in 2004 clearly revealed the original part of the building: a square tower with architectural components, both in style and materials, consistent with those commonly used already in the 15th and 16th centuries.
The original structure was expanded to its present shape and size during the 19th century. The walls, up to 26” thick, are built with stone from ancient local quarries, and main load beams and most wooden elements are made of heavy hewn chestnut logs. Locally abundant chestnut was used throughout the house on doors, windows and floors. (All double-glass thermal-insulation windows installed during the renovation are solid chestnut.)
The cottage, also built with stone on the ground floor, was originally a barn, later used as storage and garage. Finally, it was reincarnated as the present guest house.
The Estate and Surroundings
Extensive garden areas boast numerous fragrant and colorful roses, numerous plantings of culinary and aromatic herbs, as well as many varied flowering trees and bushes that fill the air with many colors and aromas throughout the year.
The rest of the estate is mostly open grassland appropriate to raise a few cows, horses or sheep, but most noticeably they offer a variety of unobstructed views to diversely breathtaking Asturian mountain and river landscapes. Several areas are devoted to growing some 50 cider apple trees with Asturias designation of origin; there is also a small vineyard with around 100 grapevines of superb native black grapes. Current production of cider and wine (approximately 100 bottles each per year) is strictly for family consumption, although the potential for commercial production is considerably higher. Other tree species present are chestnut, hazelnut, walnut, oak, yew and holly; there are fruit trees such as pear, cherry, plum, loquat, “piescos” (native peach), lemon and orange. Additionally, there is a small plantation of wild strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
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