In 1983 Jonathan and Aurora bought the Cortijo Poqueira. In the picture you can see the state of the property at the time of the acquisition and the ruin that was rehabilitated for use during the time of construction of the houses. The Chestnut tree (Castaño) you see in the picture is the one in which the big house was built around and the one that gives the current name to it, House Castaño.
Start of construction of the House Castaño. Windows detail of that current the dining room.
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The houses were designed by Aurora Susino. Throughout the construction process there is no intervention of architects or builders, only laborers to help Jonathan.
Construction of arc in the master´s bedroom window. The stone was collected on different farms in the area and brought in trucks to our property, about a total of 10 trucks.
Peel and preparation of chestnut wood beams that would be placed later forming the roof of the houses following traditional construction from Arab culture settled in the area between centuries IX to XVI
The material used on top of the chestnut beams can be stone slabs or cane harvested in the fertile valley of Órgiva. In this photo Aurora is placing one by one and tying the canes together to form the roof of the house.
Detail of the pillars of the kitchen entrance that Jonathan designed using wood from the area like chestnut for ceiling beams and pillars, walnut for details like the fireplace, cherry tree for shelves and kitchen counter and blackberry tree for the railing of the stairs.
Once the house was build in the garden levels and planters ...
This picture shows the state of the house in it´s last eight months of construction. Later in 1993 an extension was performed at the home of two bedrooms for the children of Jonathan and Aurora, Lucas and Guillermo.
In the same period of construction of the house another building, to locate the pottery workshop, was running, family profession. Subsequently refurbished in two houses corresponding the upper level to House Nogal. The last photo shows the preparation phase of the clay, drying. Currently this area corresponds to the terrace of the House Nogal.
For 15 years of the workshop, the manufacturing process was entirely handmade pottery.
In the period from 2000 to 2003, Aurora moved to Granada city, starting with the rural tourism business in the Cortijo Poqueira.