Another option has now appeared. A chalet in a wood near to where I currently live. It is between Finestrat and Sella – technically it’s in Orxeta I think. There is 9,000 metres of terracing: quite enough for the donkeys.
Unlike the spectacular fisherman’s house that is way above my top offering price, there is no view here. It is much more a Thoreau kind of place. But without the lake. So not a Thoreau kind of place at all really…
The great advantage is that it’s ready to move into, has everything I need for the donkeys, and as a bonus it is fully furnished.
The asking price is €15,000 over my limit but I am offering cash for a quick sale. The estate agent is talking to the owners tomorrow to see if they will accept. It is a very depressed housing market at present so I may be lucky. If not, the search continues.