Our newly renovated cave

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 !

Exterior before and after pics

Leaping out the car, we scrambled to retrieve the keys from inside the bread oven (our top of the range security system).  As we  approached the entrance to our newly renovated cave, we noticed that traditional roof tiles had magically appeared above both the entrance and kitchen window.  More importantly, the previously collapsed and sorry-looking entrance had been given a new lease of life. So far, so good.

Exterior before and after pics

Once we had managed to work out which key opened which cave, we pushed open the door to ‘Oceano‘ to see how it looked inside. The last time we had seen the cave interiors we had been confronted with collapsed plaster ceilings, 8 years worth of dust and even a dead bird. Thankfully this time we were greeted to none of the above.  Instead we were met with the slightly overwhelming smell of fresh paint. ‘Oceano’ had needed the least work, but a good airing (using industrial extractor fans), a slap of paint (maybe a bit of a under exaggeration) and a deep clean had done wonders for the place. The solid bed base that we disliked had been removed and new tiles put down. The sight made up for our weariness from nearly 26 hours of travelling without sleep.

Cueva Oceano before and after pics

Stepping into ‘Inca’ the change was even more evident. Where previously we had been greeted with collapsed ceilings and the stink of damp and decay, we now had newly repaired and repainted walls and ceilings.

Cueva Inca before and after pics

We were 2 happy people one step closer to full-time cave living and a new life in Andalucia.

So … Who are one foot in the cave ?

We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
We also have a Facebook page full of pictures, experiences and information that we have found useful along the way. If its your thing, you can also follow us on Instagram 🙂

5 words related to this blog entry …

Excited – Emocionado

Key – La Llave

Before – Antes

After – Después

Sleep – Dormir



2 thoughts on “Our newly renovated cave

  1. Ann Robertson

    We viewed your cave in June 2015 and loved it but it was a bit too big for us. It’s lovely to see it now the work is done. We bought a cave in Castillejar and moved here in January this year, can’t imagine going back to house living. Good luck in your new home. Ann & Iain Robertson

    1. Danny Post author

      Hi Ann. Thanks for taking to time to write. When we first saw our cave the challenge for us was seeing its potential, because as you probably remember it was in a bit of a state. We ended up viewing it a couple of times before deciding to buy it instead of something more ‘ready to move into’. We were on tender hooks until we finally saw it after the initial work had been done. There’s still more to do, but we know we made the right choice. I am glad that cave life is treating you well and we cannot wait to finally be in our new home on a full time basis.


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