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We are proud to have the famous cave house of the Granad province in our portfolio.
Caves have been mankind´s home since time immemorial and we all carry in our imagination, dark, wet, cold holes in the ground lived in by dirty, shivering, frightened families huddling around smoky fires afraid of the dark and frightened by real or imaginary predators skulking outside.
Modern cave homes are the complete opposite to those outdated imaginings; today, they are light, quiet, airy, spacious and comfortable and, if you so wish, fitted with all the conveniences of modern life. Restored cave houses have an uncanny resemblance both inside and out to Devon country cottages and are situated on the outskirts of dreamy Spanish villages that epitomise all that is best in traditional Spain’s way of life. With their own gardens and stunning views they are many a person´s dream home.
Like conventional houses, cave homes come in all shapes and sizes and each one is uniquely different. The vast majority of modern cave homes have been restored from ancient dwellings dating back, in the main, one to five hundred years but some go way beyond that perhaps to prehistoric times. Hewn out of the rock by hand, often by the women of the family, they come in all shapes and sizes and innumerably different layouts.
It is sometimes asked if cave houses are damp, the answer is the vast majority are not damp in any way. It should be remembered that the cave sites were selected, often many hundreds of years ago, because they were in a dry area and if when the cave was excavated it was found to be excessively damp it was abandoned and digging started elsewhere. Today, in a very few cases dampness can be sensed and I have seen one or two cases where the cave walls have visible damp patches. Use your common sense when visiting a cave home, if it feels damp to you that is all you need to know. The only serious damp problems I have seen have been caused by water leakages from cave houses or roads above the cave.
Cave homes are as sturdy and in many ways stronger than modern conventional homes. They have withstood the test of time and are highly likely to be still standing when conventional homes being built today are being demolished as no longer fit to live in.
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