I love living in a cave ! There, I’ve come out and said it, in the hope that others will come to understand why we chose a cave as our home 🙂
As with most things in life it started off quite innocently, in our case with a newspaper article on cave living in Spain.
I was initially attracted by the financial benefits of buying a cave house and the flexibility that gave us (Josie … no surprise there, and rolls her eyes !).
No we are not on drugs (not that we will to admit anyway) , neither have we lost the plot (well maybe a little), nor has our site been hacked ! In The horse that ate an iPad we share our top 10 unusual, unexpected and unforseen experiences from our latest trip to our cave house.
How time flies … fast forward 6 months and we were on our way back to Andalucia for a first glimpse of our newly renovated cave.
We were both quietly reflecting on what sight would greet us when we pulled up outside as we had seen no pictures and had no word on the progress of the renovations since meeting the builder back in September last year ( It’s not as bad as it sounds as he was highly recommended and a lack of communication appears to be the Spanish way).
Anyway we need not have worried. Turning the corner there were suddenly 2 very excited people in the car, the caves had been transformed (well the outside at least). The whole exterior of the cave had been patched up and repainted, even the garden had been tidied up !
Today is the first significant step since buying our cave house … the cave renovations we discussed with the builder back in September are underway.
We have a feeling both of excitement and nervousness. Excitement because our dream is slowly becoming a reality. Nervousness, because the cave renovations are being carried out over 6500 km away based on one site visit, a couple of emails and a phone call.
We’ll all booked, in May we shall be returning to Andalucia to see our very own cave house for the first time since the purchase was completed.
It means another overnight flight from Miami to Madrid, then it gets worse as we have a 6 hour layover in Madrid before flying to Granada ! There seem to be no other options, I looked at flying into Malaga and opting for a longer drive but there are no significantly earlier flights. To drive from Madrid just isn’t a realistic option. Maybe its just too early in the season for more regular flights ? The worst part is that I still haven’t broken the news to Josie *gulp*
It seems a common practise to give your cave a name. The question then was how would we go about choosing names for our caves ?
We loved the idea of choosing names for our caves, it’s so much more personal than simply having a house number. There is almost has a fairy tale feel to it (as is living in a cave if we’re to be honest), but with that thought comes a feeling of responsibility in getting it right.
So, being the sensible adults we are, it was time to think about insuring our cave house. The question was who to use and who would even provide cover ?
I mean it’s not like there’s a lot of companies out there advertising that they will insure your cave house !
How much did it cost to buy our cave is a question we have been asked by both family and friends over the last few months.
Well now we can answer the question as we finally know ourselves, as whilst Friday 13th is unlucky for some, it’s certainly not for us, as the sale of the property is complete. We are happy and excited to announce that we are now proud owners of 2 cave houses in Andalucia, Spain.
The next stage of our property purchase was to arrange a power of attorney. For a lot of people this is an essential part of buying a property abroad. I mean, who has either the time or the money to travel and be available for the more mundane aspects of property purchase ?
However, I found that when I mentioned that I was going to arrange a Power of Attorney, there was always someone to act as the voice of doom and gloom and telling me all the reasons why I should not do it. Continue reading
So, which cave house to choose ? Today we were going to be viewing some of the caves we had checked out over the previous months on the SIP website. Using our ‘must have/would like‘ checklist had helped us to narrow down which cave house to choose and we had ended up with 7 potential caves ranging in price from 35,000 – 70,000 euros.
When we met up with Sean he advised us that 2 of the properties we had wanted to see were now under offer, reducing our list to 5, all of which we would view that day. Continue reading