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Seramarto, Benahavis, Spain

€23,528 Per Week

This is a very private estate hidden away in the hills behind the traditional village of Benahavis.

The property is exceptionally situated and secluded but only five minutes drive from Benahavis and twenty to thirty minutes from the marinas, restaurants and beaches of Puerto Banus, Marbella and Estapona.

The estate comprises of an extensive and historic Spanish manor farmhouse and a more recently built guest house, both centrally heated and furnished with Spanish antiques and Mallorcan fabrics. Incorporating the ruins of a Moorish tower, the house is surrounded by a beautiful and well-known terraced garden which still has the original Moorish irrigation streams and channels. The remainder of the estate consists of several hundred hectares of completely private and totally unspoilt indigenous Iberian woodland, dissected by the Guadalmina River and a series of crystal clear springs and streams and incorporating a small organic farm and productive organic kitchen garden.

Set in several hundred acres, Seramarto is a grand finca sleeping up to 29. Entirely separately, Casa del Rio welcomes 10. The exquisite interiors are adorned with antiques and Andalucian fabrics; there are private pools, and tennis court, a helicopter pad and is fully staffed; with delicious produce prepared daily from the Estate's own organic farm. Marbella: 30 minutes by car.

The main house has many original features, including beautiful antique tile detailing. Cool in the summer the high ceiling large drawing room with its decorative original Spanish wall mounted plates and exposed beams is a delightful relaxing but elegant room, opening onto a terrace with days beds under a shady vine covered pergola. This terrace is one of many where you can spend the day either over looking the gardens or down by the pool.

Casa del Rio From € 5,500 per week

The villa is a comfortable property for a group of friends or family and is furnished with Spanish and European antiques. Set in the foot of the mountains, this is a very peaceful spot beside the Guadalmina River and offers plenty of picture perfect scenery for actively exploring as well as enjoying whilst relaxing. The house has a huge manicured lawn, ideal for the odd ball game! There are many shady terraces for eating or enjoying the stunning gardens. There is also a large roof terrace with huge lounging day beds with gives rise to great views. The pool is privately tucked away at the rear of the house (12m x 7m) and is surrounded by lush gardens and lawns.

Sleeps: 10

Services Housekeeper/cook/daily service 6 days a week, 8 hours per day includes breakfast and lunch. Other meals paid locally Facilities Heated pool 12m x 7m, 1.75-2.55m deep with built in steps Air conditioning in bedrooms Satellite TV WiFi internet DVD and CD player

BUYING IN SPAIN

As you would expect, Spain has a well-established mechanism for buying property.

  • If you’re an EU citizen, buying is straightforward. If you are not, check whether certain restrictions apply to you (such as the time you can spend in Spain).
  • All property transactions in Spain are overseen by a Notary. He/she is there to validate the paperwork, check all necessary taxes are paid and register the property with the Spanish Land Registry. However, it is not the Notary’s role to give you legal advice or represent you.
  • Appoint a fully independent lawyer who speaks your language as well as Spanish, and who has no connection to the selling parties. The local town hall, the nearest British Embassy or online research can help you find one. Your lawyer will check that you are buying from the legal owner; whether there are existing mortgages on the property; if it complies with building regulations; and if there are developments that might affect you.
COSTS

In addition to the purchase price, buyers should allow a further 10-15% for additional fees and taxes. These may include:

  • Your proportion of the Notary’s fees, according to a tariff set by law. Allow for a sum of 0.5% – 1% of the price declared in the deeds.
  • The fees of your ‘abogado’ (your own lawyer). These will depend on the complexity of the purchase, but €1500 - €3000 is a guide figure.
  • The Land Registry fee of around 1% of the sale value.

 

A local capital gains tax, reflecting the gain in value of the property when it is sold, is paid by the seller. However, if that seller is non-resident in Spain and fails to pay it, be aware that the burden can fall on you as the buyer.

ONGOING COSTS

Routine costs and charges of owning a property in Spain include:

  • A property ownership tax (the ImpuestoSobreBienesInmuebles (IBI)). This local tax is charged at between 0.4% and 1.1% of the valorcatastral. The good news is that this is based on the administrative value of the property, which is frequently lower than the market value.
  • A wealth tax. For non-residents, there is a tax to pay on assets you own in the country. This starts above a threshold of €700,000 per person.
  • Personal Income tax. If you’re a non-resident and you don’t receive rental or any other income in Spain, you pay one-quarter of the 2% of the valorcatastral. If you are a landlord, allow a tax bill of about 25% of the gross income.

If and when you come to sell, Capital Gains Tax (Impuesto de Plusvalia) will apply. At the time of writing, this stood at 19%.

Please note: This article reflects Aylesford’s current understanding of property legislation in Spain and the Balearic Islands. It is offered for general guidance only; specialist legal and tax advice should always be taken for any property transaction.

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