& Pondboy's prospective home
the Ebro Valley
looks like we will be able to finalise the paperwork and sign the
contracts before the end of September. This is fantastic news and
puts us right back on shedule to get some serious work done before
the end of the spring.
Mill and its olive groves
November we decided to have a look around the Ebro Valley in southern
Catalunya to see where we would like to start looking for a new
home. We wanted to see what the local villages were like as well
as the countryside, so we could come back on another visit to start
looking for a potential house to buy.
luck would have it, we stumbled on this ruined flour Mill on the
edge of a barranc (river) near the village of Mas de Barberans.
The Mill is on the edge of the barranc and directly in front of
the els Ports national park. Tortosa is about 12 minutes drive away.
main building has two floors each of approximately 125 square metres
as well as an attached lambing shed which has a floor area of 82
square metres. The property has around 25 acres of land. The ground
behind the house is flat although it does rise up a slope at the
rear border and with limestone terraces and has over 930 mature
olive trees growing on it as well as some carob trees and a few
almond trees near the Mill.
Mill is in a state of disrepair and will need a lot of work to make
into a livable home, however we have made an offer and are hoping
to hear from the owners in early January.
main roof timbers are still solid and a lot of the first floor looks
salvageable although there are some area's which will need replacing.
The stairs are solid as are the main walls and lintels. There is
however a huge amount of work to be done before it could be lived