Well that’s it ! We have officially moved from our beloved home in southern Spain. After 27 years on the Spanish sun soaked Costa del Sol – we require a more temperate climate! So north we head. And, with the very best of intentions, and more than a tear or two, we have placed our lovely home up for sale.
This is the home we have lived, and loved in for the past 18 years. We now leave her to the next chapter. To new people, who will most assuredly relish in the comfort, and beauty of this home, and her garden. A home perfectly positioned – Under the Spanish Sun ….
So, without further ado, here is a detailed description of Rose View House :
Are you acquainted with the Crespi-Hicks Estate … if not then follow me for a private tour.
I first found this property online. I kept coming across photos of this magnificent home when searching for things like “Beautiful Estate Gardens.” The photos I would save were of serene garden greens against graceful limestone walls of white, and grounds of impeccable design. These where the photos that always caught my attention. I didn’t even know that the photos I had collected were of the same property, until quite recently when I looked through my “Dream Property” folder of images collectively …
We are wintering this year with my father-in-law in England, and he has a lovely garden: Front back and sides ! Now if you have been reading my other posts you will know that The Garden is one of my favourite parts of any abode … and spending time in an English Winter Garden is something I have never done before … So I am Loving It !
Yes its cold, but not as cold as it could be, in fact I believe we are having what is commonly known as a mild Winter. Never the less there are a few things that desperately need attended in an English Garden at this time of year. One of the most important being feeding the garden birds.
So there was this movie. Brilliant movie – Practical Magic – In this movie there was a house. An oh so Beautiful house. A three-story, white Victorian wooden lighthouse. Framed in a white picket fence, an exquisite and carefully tended herb garden, and most wonderfully – a wraparound porch. This is a house where they have chocolate cake for breakfast, and a room full of potions, and spells. Spells cast from fauna grown in their very their own garden. A Perfect home for a good white witch … come on in and see …
Don’t you want to maximize on the fragrances from your garden flowers. Well it’s actually very easy to have your home filled with fresh flower scents. Just grow scented plants beside your doors and windows. But which ones I hear you ask … Well let me introduce you to the world of scented climbers. Plants that are more than willing to carry their fragrance through your home whenever they are in flower:
There are a 2 important points to consider:
And where your doors and windows face (ie. How much sun or shade they get)
Making sure you adhere to the above two necessary conditions of the plant, will ensure it grows happily where you plant it. (Click here for help with that)
A Bedroom balcony is one of the most romantic and relaxing architectural features a home can have. I am fortunate to have one in our home here in Spain. I can honestly tell you that it is my very favorite room! If I can call it a room …
My balcony is accessible through a 3 panel French door (that I designed myself). Which is dressed in double shear cream curtains. These complement the baby blue walls of my bedroom just perfectly.
The Balcony homes a breakfast table set for 2. Just a small round table and 2 matching chairs. There is a large cherub garden ornament who sits of the floor and continually has his nose in a book. And there are also my fragrant garden friends.
This might not be something the average home owner thinks about. Too busy with work, kids and other stuff to really think about the exterior aesthetics of the matching house & garden …
But it is something to be considered. Especially if you are looking to keep the value up on your home. A well thought out garden can make your house look bigger, smaller, more elegant or even create a confused looking home …
Gardens should be adherent with the architectural style of the house. If you have an old traditional cottage type home, then a romantic blousy garden will be more complimentary. Sure, you can include a bit of topiary, or formal planting here and there but on the whole a cottage garden style will be more appropriate.
If you live in a house of more modern architectural style, then a modern garden design will suit.