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A new life in the sun – our immigration to Andalusia

A new life in the sun – an immigration to Spain!

One man, one word … one family in chaos and very far from a new life in the sun! “Sooooo … listen when I am ready to retire …”, my father interrupted the conversation at the dinner table one of these nights, “what about that hotel idea in Southern France?”

Let the chaos begin – immigrating to Andalucia

It all started with my childhood dream – owning a small hotel in Southern France. I would host lots of nice guests and I’d have chickens, pigs, goats, dogs, cats, you name it. My dad always shared that dream (with fewer animals that is) and together, we painted our picture of a small, delightful country hotel in the most vivid colours. Life went on, I grew up and for a long while our dream remained just that – a dream. My dad run his own forwarding business and I ended up owning a wine shop. Until the day, discussions about my dad’s upcoming retirement and what he’d do with his “free time” became a topic around the family table. Spending his golden years as a couch potato in front of the TV was not an option – he made that crystal clear. So that night he raised THE question that should forever change the lives of two families. My dad and I instantly picked up where we had left off a lifetime ago and dived head over heals into discussions on how to make it happen. Neither my mum nor my husband stood a chance to object …

A new life in the sun – Almeria

However, in the end, it didn’t turn out to be France, and we went to search for our new life in the sun in Andalucia. More precisely: For our new life in the sun we chose Almeria. For instance, Real Estate was way too expensive and legislation a nightmare. Above all,  the overall weather did not impress us either. So we looked for an alternative and Andalusia as an “All-year-round-good-weather-region” was discovered. What followed was what felt like an endless search for the right place. What we saw was either too small, too big, way off the beaten track, had miserable access, or a ridiculous pool. Added to that were four persons’ must-haves and nice-to-haves, so we were looking at a pretty impossible task …

And then we found it!

Our new home in Almeria

What we really loved about this spot was the fact that there were all those beautiful unspoiled beaches. The nature between sea, beach, and mountains: being able to be active and to laze around at the same time. Firstly, there’s the impressive natural park of Cabo de Gata, the one and only desert of Europe in Tabernas and the grottoes of Sorbas. Secondly, my passion – the wine-producing regions of the Rio de Andarax and the Rio de Almanzora, olive oil, Jámon, cheese, fish, fruits, and vegetables … We were on fire, and we submitted a bid, foolishly thinking that the worst was over. Little did we know what was still to come! Following a nerve-racking period of waiting, there were heated discussions, tears and rants. Agreements and misunderstandings, upcoming fears, and sudden doubts. In short, everybody’s emotions were on a roller coaster. Our families faced their most difficult challenge ever.

In the end, it all worked out. We discovered this beautiful spot! And we knew it could become the perfect place for our guests to spend a truly relaxing holiday. It was this story that inspired me to write the blog article about Mojácar and the 3 reasons why I will never leave this place and why you should plan a stay. Believe me, it took a lot of hard work to turn what was a rundown Cortijo, into the gem it is today. But it has been worth every minute and every cent. Still want to hear more? … about us moving, the trials and tribulations of reconstruction? And the endless obstacles before we were, where we are today? Can’t wait to meet you and show you our Cortijo El Sarmiento – Your Luxury B&B in Andalusia. See you soon! Yvonne & Carsten Marlene & Reiner

The blog of Cortijo El Sarmiento will be written and maintained mostly by me; I’m Yvonne, taking care of your reservations, as well as being your attendant on-site.

Der Blog von Cortijo El Sarmiento wird hauptsächlich von mir geschrieben und gepflegt, ich bin Yvonne und kümmere mich um deine Reservierungen und bin auch deine Ansprechpartnerin vor Ort.

Als Weinliebhaber und Sonnenanbeter hat es mich – zusammen mit Carsten – im Jahr 2014 nach Andalusien verschlagen. Natürlich haben wir uns schon vorher in die Region verliebt, aber aus der Leidenschaft für die Provinz Almería und Andalusien im Allgemeinen ist irgendwann dieser Blog entstanden.

Ich bin weder professionelle Journalistin noch Schriftstellerin. Alles, was hier entsteht, kommt von Herzen, ist immer meine persönliche Meinung und erhebt keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit. :-)

Profis sind wir in unserem Job. Wir sind Gastgeber in unserem wunderschönen Refugium in Mojácar. Wenn ihr uns kennenlernen wollt, freuen wir uns auf euren Besuch und organisieren gerne alle Ausflüge, über die ich hier berichte. Bitte habt Verständnis dafür, dass wir diesen Service nur für Gäste anbieten können, die bei uns wohnen.

Zu unseren wunderschönen Zimmern geht es hier…

a couple in sun chairs on a beach watching the sunset

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