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Hi all,
I'd be really interested in getting touch as my partner and I are also currently looking at land in Maella. We'll be coming out in September to start looking.

We would be especially interested in meeting people who have already been through the process. We are looking to go off grid and build a little eco set up.

Would love to hear how it is all going and how it has all been, Maria.

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I'd be really interested in getting touch as my partner and I are also currently looking at land in Maella. We'll be coming out in September to start looking.

We would be especially interested in meeting people who have already been through the process. We are looking to go off grid and build a little eco set up.

Would love to hear how it is all going and how it has all been, Maria.
Hi, do come and see us, we wanted to do the same thing but family issues prevented us, so we are using our beautiful valley just for holidays at present. We may be able to do something together? We have 2.4 hectares an entire valley. When were you thinking of visiting Maella?

Maria

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I think we will also start off as part timers due to work commitments and need of money and the like. We are coming out in September to try and find our spot. When are you going to be there? It sounds amazing...an entire valley!!

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I think we will also start off as part timers due to work commitments and need of money and the like. We are coming out in September to try and find our spot. When are you going to be there? It sounds amazing...an entire valley!!
It is amazing, loads of wildlife, deer, wild boar, hares, lizards.. it is awesome and clouds of butterflies in Spring and Summer. We have 13 terraces of Almond Groves.. We are almost finishing renvovating the little Casita and we have put in an above ground pool. We are in the foothills of the Pyrenees 7km from Maella which is a lovely little village. You have made the right choice, although it is blistering in Summer and it snows in Winter.....which estate agent are you dealing with?

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I am so excited and don't mind the extremes of hot and cold. It sounds like just what we are after. We're not dealing with anyone yet. We have also been arguing the pros and cons of Cantabria vs Maella area. Transport seems better to Aragon though. Which area of hte UK do you travel there from?

Finca casa Aragon seems to be the most effective at internet advertising. Although, I did note the comments above in the thread, not surprising. Know any others who are okay?

How much work is involved with the almond groves, do you harvest and sell the almonds yourselves? How much time do you spend there?

Is the casita built on an existing building? Do you think it would be difficult to get land with permission to build something from scratch?

Aggh, sorry, so may questions.......

We're off to learn a method of building in June.

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I am so excited and don't mind the extremes of hot and cold. It sounds like just what we are after. We're not dealing with anyone yet. We have also been arguing the pros and cons of Cantabria vs Maella area. Transport seems better to Aragon though. Which area of hte UK do you travel there from?

Finca casa Aragon seems to be the most effective at internet advertising. Although, I did note the comments above in the thread, not surprising. Know any others who are okay?

How much work is involved with the almond groves, do you harvest and sell the almonds yourselves? How much time do you spend there?

Is the casita built on an existing building? Do you think it would be difficult to get land with permission to build something from scratch?

Aggh, sorry, so may questions.......

We're off to learn a method of building in June.


In spite of what you may have been told, Jesus, the Maella Mayor loves ex-pats and we had no problem getting permissio to renovate the little casita. But you need to deal with Steve who is our builder and he knows the in and outs and has served us well. We dealt with Finca casaaragon and yes I have my reservations, but they are cheap and seem to sort things out ok, but don't expect any after sales service, which they assure you, that you will get, but you will not.

No we have not harvested the almonds, more the pity, but we have eaten plenty lol and of course they keep well, practically forever. If you are ok with the extremes that is fine. My advice, get a place close to Maella as we have been locked in by bad weather conditions, although to be honest it is ok, as the further away, the better the location. Haggle over the price and you can pay some on 'black money' illegal in UK but still ok in Spain, it simply means you pay some of the asking price as cash, and therefore pay no tax on it. Try if at all possible to get land with water, not easy but important, saves you trips to village to get water, although it is free.

We are not spending much time there at present, as house is nearly done and pool is nearly there, however in time I intend to live there. There are a few expats in Maella and you will easily come across them in village square in the day, we find each other easily lol. It is a nice place and as I said a good choice, but avoid the builder who finca casa will recommend. Go with Steve Banham, he is ours and he is great and his wife is lovely too..

Any more Q's feel free to ask lol

Maria

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Hi. I have also just bought a Finca near Maella, using Finca casa aragon!
We're looking to use it as a holiday home until its habitable and our children are at a sensible stage in their schooling, then we will move there full time, hopefully.
Would your builder friend be able to recommend somewhere that we can hire a medium sized digger from as my other half is in the building trade but has no equipment like that!
We are also looking to buy a cheap second hand car, I know that can be a long shot in Spain, but do you know of any classified ads online that I can check out?
Hopefully we will all meet up in the town square!

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Hi. I have also just bought a Finca near Maella, using Finca casa aragon!
We're looking to use it as a holiday home until its habitable and our children are at a sensible stage in their schooling, then we will move there full time, hopefully.
Would your builder friend be able to recommend somewhere that we can hire a medium sized digger from as my other half is in the building trade but has no equipment like that!
We are also looking to buy a cheap second hand car, I know that can be a long shot in Spain, but do you know of any classified ads online that I can check out?
Hopefully we will all meet up in the town square!
Hi there, you can hire a digger and a man for the day. Not sure how much, ask Ramon at the Builders Merchants near the Petrol Station, where you get the water cubes from. There is a caravan site at Mora d'Ebra that sells second hand cars, tractors and caravans. It is about an hour away from Maella, speak to Ken there and he will sort you out. You head towards Batea and take the right at the roundabout and sign and the Caravan site along that straight road and is on the right just after the garage on the left. We have a 4 x 4 we leave down there to use. We will be there over Easter, see you in the square lol..

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There is a caravan site at Mora d'Ebra that sells second hand cars, tractors and caravans. It is about an hour away from Maella, speak to Ken there and he will sort you out.
We stayed at that caravan site when we viewed our Finca for the first time. This couldn't be better! Thank you so much for the information regarding this and Ramon, I will certainly look him up.

We are heading over for Easter too, I hear we need to bring eggs with us?!

Do you have children?

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We stayed at that caravan site when we viewed our Finca for the first time. This couldn't be better! Thank you so much for the information regarding this and Ramon, I will certainly look him up.

We are heading over for Easter too, I hear we need to bring eggs with us?!

Do you have children?
Good, you may be able to find a car there. Which Finca did you buy and is it close to ours? We are off the track up Rue St Barbara, the La Solobra exit into the mountains. I have three daughters, grown up and three and a half grandchildren. Have not heard about the egg issue lol? Always been able to get plenty when I was there. But when you come to stay you can always get some chickens, everyone keeps them. We are there at Easter so I will contact you on ExPat and we can meet up. /SNIP/

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Maria


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