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Spanish Taxes

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

24/09/2012

Taxation of Spanish property Local Taxes There are two local property taxes which are both based on the property’s rateable value the

Sotogrande’s courses get ready for the golf season

20/09/2012

As the polo season winds up the golf season begins in earnest. Temperatures drop slightly to a level that is perfect for the pursuit of the noble sport, and the courses are readied for the arrival of new players from across Europe. As one of the finest golf destinations on the continent, Sotogrande proudly boasts five golf clubs that shine on the Costa del Sol and hold their own with the best internationally.

Hotel Club Marítimo – at the heart of Sotogrande

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

12/09/2012

Situated at the furthest point of the Sotogrande marina, the Hotel Club Marítimo occupies a rather private spot that not only enjoys the best views of the boats and Gibraltar, but also looks back on the picturesque marina itself.
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this is a venue with a character and ambience all of its own, and as such can be classed a boutique hotel. With 41 rooms and suites it is, however, quite small as a hotel and sizeable for a boutique establishment, so the Club Marítimo is in every way a unique kind of hotel.

Holmes website maps of Sotogrande prove to be an invaluable tool

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

07/09/2012

Holmes Sotogrande has always worked hard to provide its clients with up to date information about the area. The maps it specially designed for the use of those interested in Sotogrande are a good example of this, and were among the earliest of their kind in Southern Spain. Presented as a handy fold-up map that is easy to keep in handbags, car glove compartments and even in wallets, they are highly popular and have since also made their way onto the Holmes website – creating a whole new range of interactive search and information possibilities.

Sotogrande Marina – pretty hub of a stylish community

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

31/08/2012

Sotogrande is pretty, it’s spacious and well facilitated, but above all it has style. It also has, dare I say

Valderrama, ‘Europe’s finest course in Sotogrande’

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

29/08/2012

Now that is quite a statement to make, but Sotogrande’s most famous golf course has often been described as the

Holmes, the Sotogrande specialist

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

17/08/2012

When Ian and Jackie Bateman first came to Sotogrande it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair. The couple were well travelled and had visited many a beauty spot in the world, but Sotogrande captured their imagination as no other place had ever done. “I think it was the sense of quality and refinement combined with space, freedom and a very laid-back atmosphere that made it stand out for us,” says Jackie.

They decided to make this their home and were able to share their enthusiasm for Sotogrande and its lifestyle when they founded Holmes Property Sales in 1979. “We had young children and thought this would be a fantastic place for them to grow up; in an environment with lots of nature, fresh air and outdoor activities, but also one that is very cosmopolitan and stimulating.”

The European Polo Championship comes to Sotogrande

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

09/08/2012

The news that Sotogrande’s Santa María Polo Club will be hosting the European Polo Championship on 6 September 2012 was greeted with great enthusiasm by lovers of the sport in this part of the world. Already an important European and global centre of polo, the venue has played host to a large number of major international competitions, including the Andalusian Championship.

Sotogrande sailing regattas

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

03/08/2012

When people speak of Sotogrande they usually highlight characteristics such as space, exclusivity, outdoor living and sport. When focusing on sport, golf inevitably comes to the fore, in close connection with Valderrama, yet another famous aspect of Sotogrande is its marina – home to a rich and longstanding tradition of sailing and water sports.
The beating heart of the community is the marina area, with its iconic waterside apartments, shops and cafés painted in soft pastel colours. The first thing you spot when you enter this elegant area is the sight of beautiful boats swaying gently on the waves. This profusion of different vessels, ranging from sailing boats and yachts to large motor boats and those designed for competitive fishing, forms an indelible part of the marina’s landscape, and adds to an ambience of easygoing activity as boatsmen get ready to head out to sea.

Castellar, a rural world on Sotogrande’s doorstep

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

27/07/2012

Lying on a luxurious poolside sun bed in Sotogrande or playing its hallowed golf courses you might think that the Andalusian countryside is far removed, but in reality it begins just over the brow of the low ridge of hills that sweep down into the verdant valleys of Sotogrande and the San Roque Club.

Beyond this oasis of privilege and elegance lies the protected nature of the Parque Natural los Alcornocales, a domain covering no less than 1,677 km2 of wooded highland and valleys. It is a region of untouched Andalusian flora and fauna that includes extensive tracts of olive trees, Mediterranean heath and the ‘alcornocales’ cork oak for which the reserve has been named. A paradise for controlled hunting, fishing and the gathering of wild mushrooms and berries, this pristine landscape is also home to storks, vultures, eagles, otters, deer and even small colonies of seldom-seen wolves and lynx.

Ben Bateman of Holmes Sotogrande – building on strong foundations

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

20/07/2012

Ian and Jackie Bateman have built up an enviable reputation for quality of service, ethical practice and product knowledge over the years, and now a new generation is ready to continue this success and take Holmes Sotogrande into the future.
Having grown up in Sotogrande and within this family-run business, Ben Bateman knows both the company and the location inside out. After ten-years at Holmes he now takes on a more senior role, injecting youthful energy and 21st century know-how into an established and respected real estate firm.

Sotogrande: A Brief History

Jackie Cruz - Manifesto

11/07/2012

In the early 1960s, successful American businessman living in the Philippines, Joseph Rafael McMicking and his wife Mercedes Zobel sent one of their trusted employees on a mission. Fredy Melian who, so the story goes, was already on his way to Spain courtesy of a free plane ticket awarded to him in recognition of his loyalty to SwissAir, was charged with the task of finding a suitable area of land close to the Mediterranean on which the couple could develop a luxury resort.