Sotheby's International Realty - Cordoba, AN

The house has a prime location, and is situated just three minutes walking distance from the city centre, its largest most important square, and the main shopping area. It is in an exclusive, historical, old quarter, considered one of Spain's most interesting. Cordoba being a civic and cultural centre. Nearby is the site of an old church where in the 9th century a mosque existed and where today it's minaret can still be seen. Cordoba was then known as the city of the three cultures where Christians, Jews, and Moslems lived together in harmony. House Entrance: Two beautiful old wooden doors open up on to a large hall, flanked by two white marble pillars which in turn support an archway, which forms a double entrance with a wrought iron gateway. A further archway with similar pillars gives access to a splendid, interior patio. This patio has a Roman fountain, surrounded on three sides by 10 archways and 13 pillars 5 of which have important, capitels dating from the 9th century Madinat al Zahra seat of the Omeya rulers. The paving here is the typically Andaluz dual coloured, hand-laid, patterned stones4 reception rooms have stuccoed ceilings, marble floors throughout, an antique mahogany wooden open fireplace, ( 18th century England). Wooden carved beams in the entrance hall, passage way and separate dining room. All doors are wooden carved, and two doors leading to the dining room are antique, hand carved, from a monastery origin, beautifully up kept in perfect condition. The second open fireplace in the dining room, is 16-17th century, with unique hand decorated tiles, depicting the Royal Austrian family coat of arms its origin. Antique bronze chandeliers hang throughout this area. A guest toilet. Large fitted kitchen, tiled, with separate pantry. Central heating throughout (radiators), including interior patio and separate fitted kitchen.Second exterior patio - 270 sq.m. Similar paving to 1st interior patio. Fountain w/ bronze sculptured head. Tiled swimming pool w/coat of arms carved above on wall. Six surrounding orange trees, one of which produces both oranges and lemons, a rare feature. Flowering plants include bourganvillea, wisteria, jasmin and hibiscus. Car-port for two cars, space for approximately five. Back entrance large garage door, with automatic long distance opening system. 1st floor: Stairs leading up to 1st floor w/mahogany wooden bannister. Two large, impressive gold decorated mirrors hang facing each other on stairway. A glass wooden framed door with coat of arms gives access to the main corridor that leads to the main lounge on the one side, and the ensuite bedrooms on the other. This corridor has wooden framed windows with individual shutters, facing the interior patio below, and gives access to the three, large ensuite bedrooms, with stuccoed ceilings, built in cupboards, and wooden panelled floors.All with TV and satellite connections. Central heating and air conditioning.Main lounge: Impressive antique 17th century Italian Carrara marble open fireplace, largest in the house, reaches to the height of the stuccoed ceiling. Four tall marble pillars divide the fireplace area from the rest of the lounge, and the double beautifully carved wooden doors, matching the remaining other five doors in the house whose origin was a monastery, give a perfect touch to this special room. One of these doors gives access to a separate ensuite bedroom, with built in cupboard. It's window overlooks the exterior garden/patio. This room has an important crystal chandelier. 2nd floor: A separate staircase leads up from the kitchen to the top floor. There is a separate apart- ment, with bathroom, for domestic help. A utility room, and area for the gas heating system. There is extra space here which could be used for added rooms if desired, apart from a covered area for the hanging of laundry.