This property consists of three traditional Pyrenean farm buildings — “bordas,” in the local Aranese language — that were renovated and reconfigured in 2000 to create a “coto,” or compound, with a total of six bedrooms. Where possible, the original stone and wood were retained or refinished in the renovation, said Keith Kirwen, aproperty consultant in the Val d’Aran who is brokering the sale on behalf of the owner. Exteriors are native stone, the roofs slate. The interior walls are lime plaster, and the wooden beams and trimwork are cherry, oak and fir. An oil furnace powers a radiant-heat system throughout the compound. – nytimes
The barn and the house on the property have been joined by a passageway, creating a total of about 5,100 square feet of interior space. The first floor of the main house is configured as a great room, housing a double-height living area with a fireplace and mountain views, a dining area, and an eat-in kitchen. The kitchen counters are stainless steel, and top-of-the-line appliances include a Lacanche gas range. – nytimes Continue reading
Toledo is a municipality located in central Spain, 70 km (43 miles ) south of Madrid. It is the capital of the province of Toledo and the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha.Toledo is known as the “Imperial City” for having been the main venue of the court of Charles I, and as the “City of the Three Cultures”, having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews. In 1085, the city fell to Alfonso VI of Castile as the first major city in the Christian Reconquista. Toledo has a history in the production of bladed weapons, which are now popular souvenirs of the city.
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