El Caprichoso Lodge is situated in the centre of the Costa del Sol, Mijas, Andalucía, southern Spain.
It is a magnificently spacious villa, full of light, with breathtaking, unobstructed views of the mountains and sea. Perfectly situated between the Mediterranean and the white village of Mijas, the Lodge is only a ten-minute drive from the seaside town of Fuengirola, with its many shops and services.
It is a large, modern, 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa, set on two levels, privately owned, and constructed in a synthesis of Hispanic & Nordic styles, with ample space inside.
Featuring high ceilings of pine joists, surrounding wooden balconies and patios, it has an enchanting atmosphere and is ideal for large reunions.
The property is built on an area of 350m2 (total plot 1059m2), with an easily managed garden area, front and side, a large patio (250m2), with a pool. Unlike similar properties, it is designed to require a minimum of costs and maintenance, and is fully-equipped to be run as a rental business.
With solar water heating and parking for 5 cars, it can easily accommodate large families, business staff, golfers, etc.
The Lodge is tucked away in a peaceful, private urbanisation called La Sierrezuela. There is easy access to the main coast roads and motorway, so it is only a 30-minute drive from Malaga airport, or 20 minutes to Marbella.
Entry to the property is restricted by a high retaining wall and remote-control gate, with only one smaller neighbouring house sharing this access.
The Lodge has been built with the utmost care and experience, using expert construction techniques gained from a lifetime working in England, Australia and Spain.
The land was chosen for its superb unobstructed views and ideal private setting.
Excavation was done in such a way as to allow both levels to step out on to firm ground. The foundation is based on an Australian system, called the Raft Foundation, which consists of creating a complete base unit of compacted steel-reinforced concrete over thick double layers of PVC, completely covering the lower floor and patio, leaving a smooth and absolutely water-resistant foundation that also protects against possible earth movements.
The wide roof eves are designed to keep the house cool in the summer, but warm in the winter. The lodge has concrete pillars in every corner of the house, connecting to the floor foundation. The complete roof system is tied in to a concrete lintel that is one full ring beam following the shape of the lodge, so that the building is effectively one complete unit.
The Lodge has been constructed in such a manner as to keep costs and maintenance to the bare minimum. The timber used is a combination of pine from Oregon, Sweden and Russia, which has been specially treated with Xyladecor preservative. Outside beams need only to be brushed with this oil every 3-4 years. The inside beams require no maintenance, although a coat of preservative can be applied every 10 years for aesthetic reasons. The outside walls have been rendered with a special waterproofing agent and then painted with the best PVA paint, making the walls completely impervious to the weather. Again the maintenance required is more for the look of the lodge than for protection from the elements. It would only need a thin coat of paint every 6 years to freshen up the colours. The efficient solar panel system also reduces electricity bills considerably.