Back in the mid 80’s I owned a brand new detached house in the UK but was looking for the rural lifestyle in the heart of Wiltshire.  I found a one bedroomed farmworkers cottage in desperate need of renovation….  and fell in love with it.

My offer was accepted and so the chain of purchase began.  A few months into the process the ‘top’ seller upped his price by 10k and it rumbled down the chain.  The owners of the famworkers cottage called me and we decided that we would not be held to ransom and both pulled out of the chain.  However, as part of the conversation it transpired that they wanted a new detached house!!

They came to view my property, loved it, and we agreed to ‘swap’.  The price difference was minimal (10,000)  and was the only money to change hands, there were no estate agent fees for either and the biggest problem was both moving in the same day!!

Browsing the internet recently I noticed an increase in the number of websites offering properties to swap.  Is this the way forward?  So, my experiment is this:

I have a 3 bedroomed apartment in Cuevas del Almanzora in the beautiful province of Almeria in Andalucía.  It’s valued at

£60,5o0 (€72,950 or $96,800) – Freehold

It’s been used as a holiday home by us but circumstances have changed and, whilst not desperate to sell, would be happy with a change of scenery.

I’ll list all the details below, but do you have a property (UK, Europe or elsewhere) which you would consider swapping?

Here’s what’s on offer:

An almost new 101sm build 2nd floor apartment, Apartment in Cuevas del Almanzora, Almería, Andalucía, Southern Spain.

This is a second floor apartment (in a 4 storey building)  It has 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one en suite), a large lounge/diner, a kitchen and a separate utility room and store. The price includes all white goods, all beds, wardrobes in every bedroom, lounge and dining room furniture and curtains.

The main bathroom has been recently remodelled to include a large luxury shower unit. The gas boiler was recently replaced with a new efficient electric model.  The whole apartment has been redecorated throughout.

This is an easy access apartment with a lift to all floors, the underground parking and the roof terrace.  The private underground parking is secure. There are balconies off the lounge and 2 of the bedrooms and a large roof terrace.

There are stunning unobstructed views over the rambla and open countryside.

This will make a beautiful home, second home or holiday home as it is ideally located close to all amenities and only a ten minute drive from the beaches at San Juan, Vera, Palomares and the golf course at desert springs. It is ready to move into as all items such as crockery, linen and wall hangings can be negotiated for a small price.

Mains electric, water and sewage are connected.

A telephone and internet connection are available.

Nearest Airports: Almeria (1 1/2 hours), Murcia (1 1/4 hours via toll road) and Alicante (2 hours)

Flight times from UK are between 2 and 2 hours 30 minutes.

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Cuevas del Almanzora

Cuevas del Almanzora is one of the oldest of Almería’s towns with a rich history and a wonderful climate, promising more than 300 sunny days a year and a close proximity to beautiful beaches.

Cuevas del Almanzora’s name comes from caves in the nearby hills where silver miners lived in the 19th century. Some of these caves have been well preserved and are well worth a visit.

The discovery of silver brought prosperity and you can see evidence of this in the grand houses, avenues and churches in the town.

As well as grand buildings, Cuevas del Almanzora also has everything you need for daily life, including shops, schools, bars, restaurants, a bank, supermarkets and a 24 hour medical centre.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, people come from nearby villages to buy their fresh fruit, meat and vegetables at bargain prices from the street market set up in the Plaza Mayor which sets up under the shade of the old castle.

The beaches at Villaricos and Vera are all close by.

The main beach at Villaricos is an unspoilt golden sandy beach, which is popular with the locals but usually not too crowded.

San uan de los Terreros is extremely popular with the locals in the main summer months, but is definately one of the most beautiful along the coastline.  When it gets too hot to sit on the beach, head for one of the many chiringuitos and spend a few hours sampling the local dishes in the shade of the afternoon.

Clean and safe, Vera’s Blue Flag Las Marinas beach has its own promenade and excellent facilities. It’s also fully accessible for disabled people so that everyone can sunbathe and swim in the sea.

Along the coast, Puerto del Reu beach has excellent facilities for everyone. It’s very busy throughout the summer so a good place for kids to make new friends.

There’s a well established nudist beach here, Playazo de Vera. This is the oldest and longest naturist beach in Spain. It has excellent facilities for water sports and for disabled access.

It’s ideal to swim here in the mornings when the sea is usually quite calm and safe; in the afternoons the waves can be stronger which is good news if you’re into water sports like windsurfing.

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