El Faro

This is where I live and what has been my largest creative undertaking. My house and gardens. Situated in the Spanish mountains somewhere between Alicante and Valencia. El Faro, which translates as The Lighthouse in Spanish. Situated at the end of a private track this peaceful haven with magnificent views and fresh mountain air will bring you a sense of peace that will not be found on the coast.It has amazing 360 degree views of the mountains and valleys that surround my home. I have never found anywhere as peaceful as this and I feel privileged to be able to share it with people. A house in the mountains with truly amazing views.

 

Three bedrooms available with two bathrooms. One bedroom is a 14m loft with two other sleeping spaces in it if you have kids. The other bedrooms are comfortable doubles. There is a nice modern eat in kitchen with double doors going out onto a terrace with spectacular views and a plunge pool. The garden has many spaces to enjoy the diverse levels and faces of this special place. The light on the mountains at whatever time of year is constantly changing and I guarantee you will fall in love with it and the peace that descends on everyone that comes here. Neither are we without more modern comforts. There is high speed wifi accessible from all over the house and gardens and a comfortable media room with a big screen and surround sound together with a good selection of DVD's. Alternatively help yourself to one of the many books and go and lie in a hammock.

Circa 1998

I have lived here for 20 years now, coming directly from London where I'd lived since I was seventeen. My " find out who the f*#k I am " plan was to put my heart into what ever job I had. This soon eliminated many avenues in life which I knew were impossible for me to follow. I'd worn the tie and the suit, I'd been the cool media man and served many a table in those years yet  soon enough I ended up finding my core delight ! I'd found the joy of creation! My degree is in sculpture and I drifted into gardening and later into design. Alongside which I traveled, fell in love ... you know, the usual. So I left London on a mission to create a garden after a certain experience I had. A year after arriving in Spain, I found a small plot of land for sale, which I bought.

I spent the first 7 years living in a tent ! It was a large dome tent, yet a tent none the less. No water for two years and no fridge or electrics for 7 ! The first Spring was magnificent ! I felt I'd been reborn ! I could not believe this was where I now lived. Flowers and fresh mountain air alongside outdoor showers. Summers were hot and I accustomed myself to the strange eating times and the magnificent fiestas easily enough. Winter was a mixed bag. Sometimes snow and blue skies and other times storms Sometimes so much rain that the track of from my house is blocked by landslides and roads further down the mountain are literally swept away. Then there was the wind in February. Constant, unrelenting.  Day after day, night after night, teasing chapped lips and hands by pretending to stop yet relenting. Penetrating the mind with fear of it never ending.The storms, the intense summer heat, no electricity, the solitude of the mountains all played their part along my journey yet its the wind that I remember the most.

The early years
Today

The house is off grid, run on solar panels. There is a wooden decking in the lower garden along with a plunge pool, zen garden and your own private beach ! The garden I created around the house is a clean curved and easy maintainable garden.

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I've worked the lower land for years, along side my building of the house. The lower land has a spring and this area will be finished with waterfalls, fruit trees, shrubs, flowers and sculptures. What I aim to create here is a natural paradise where I wish to invite people so that they can step away from the harsh world and come and heal themselves in the depths of nature. Basically a magical garden with stunning views. where I see yurts sitting proudly on the remodeled curved walls to house my guests.

He who steps forward