Wednesday, January 28, 2009

La Hacienda - Sotogrande

We've had a great time in Spain. Not only have we seen lots of interesting places and experienced great food, we have had time to spend with family - which has been priceless. It's been fun to play with Sylvia and Savanna and experience life with David and Loretta in their new surroundings.

The HOLT home in Sotogrande is in a wonderful location with beautiful homes, stores, restaurants, schools, golf and marinas in close proximity. David only has to drive about 15-20 minutes to the port of Algeciras to work, which is nice. Their community is gated with security personal at the entrance point and it's so pretty with the hills and lush vegetation everywhere. I enjoyed this excerpt from an article about Sotogrande in a local magazine...... "Sotogrande's diversity and exclusivity deems this to be a mini paradise. Mansions, villas and apartments with their private moorings set a colourful and luxurious backdrop and exude an enviable way of life."

The house, itself, is also amazing!! They have 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 living areas, a playroom, an office, a huge pool (complete with statues, electric awnings and a large yard), 4 separate decks, lemon trees, avocado trees, a spacious dining room, and a very large, very Spanish kitchen!! They also have a gated parking area for their cars and a front garden with plants and landscaping galore.

I am most impressed with the views from the house, which are spectacular!! You can even see the Mediterranean and the Rock of Gibraltar on clear days. I think I would begin every morning on the deck with cafe' con leche! What a wonderful setting to begin their new life!!
While we have enjoyed our trip to Spain, we are headed back in the morning - very early!! We need to leave the house by 4am to make our 7am flight. My route goes through Paris and Charles is on a different flight through Madrid and Miami. We should arrive home just hours apart. We carry with us fond memories of Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco and wish our best to David, Loretta and the girls. Buena suerte a mi familia. Hasta Luego, Espana!

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