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Casa de Monte/Bunkhouse accommodation
is a finca or small farm of 4 hectares, or 10 acres, less than a mile
(1 km) from Fuenteheridos, a ‘beauty spot’ village in the very heart of
the Sierra de Aracena ‘Pargue Natural’ - the western-most, and a
protected, area of the Sierra de Morena of north-west Andalucia.
This is in Huelva province, some 60 miles north-west from Seville and
not far from Andalucia’s borders with Extremadura and Portugal. With an
altitude of 700 metres (2400 feet) and at some 60 miles from the coast
(Costa de la Luz), temperatures at Navasola are somewhat cooler than
Seville in summer and nearly as mild in winter, though it can be cold
at night and a few days snow is not unusual in February.
The house provides comfortable and spacious but basic bunkhouse style
accommodation with 2 double bedrooms and 3 single beds in open-plan
spaces. Cooking (twin-burner stove), hot water for shower and the
fridge are on bottled gas. Lighting is by gas, oil or battery operated lights or torch.
There is a 12 volt lighting system which at the moment requires use of
the generator to re-charge the 12v solar battery. A solar panel will be
added shortly. Water for washing or drinking from the well is stored in
a 500 litre tank which requires refilling from the well, by use of the
generator, and manual chlorination. Bottled water can be bought locally.
Heating is by wood in open fireplace, wood-burning stove and
bottled-gas heaters. Little or no heating is required from mid-April to
mid-October but at other times of year warm clothing is also required.
In this same summer period there is very little rain with almost
continuous sunshine. In winter it can be warm and sunny by day but
heavy rain is also possible, sometimes for several days at a time. Snow
only occasionally falls, usually in February and although this can be
heavy, it is normally gone within a few days. 'Shirt-sleeve' weather is
not unusual in January and other winter months but warm clothing and
waterproofs are essential. An umbrella is useful especially in Spring
when it can be warm as well as wet.