El Pocico (“the Little Well” in Spanish) is a group of typical local rural houses owing its name to the not-so-distant times when rainfall was more abundant and seasonal in the area. In those times, there used to be natural water springs in front of the house complex–someelderly locals even report that there used to bea waterwheel pumping the water up for drinking.
Located in the region of Murcia, the property covers 59.3 hectares (146.5 acres) including cultivated land–almond, olive and carob trees–and areas of scruband pine copses. Part of this area is now undergoing reforestation.
Those keen on astronomy will find plenty of interesthere. The place is faraway from light pollution, and the stars and constellations – and, sometimes, wonderful moonlit nights – are there to be enjoyed on the estate.
Our guests can enjoy our swimming pool, in harmony with the environment and perfect for the long, sunny, typical Mediterranean days. For the winter, the houses are fitted with fireplaces to create a warm, homely atmosphere.
The surroundings are perfect for getting away from it all and doingoutdoor activities like horse riding, trekking, observing plantsand animals, or simply having a breakwith family and/or friends.
The history of El Pocico goes back about five generations with the Baños family. The Baños were a family of farm workers who started began the irrelationship with this place in the early 19th century, when one young Baños began to workas astable ladon the Torrecillas estate, to the north of El Pocico, which at the time was included in that property. He was trying to avoid conscription at a time when King Ferdinand VII issued a military order to send troops to South America, where the wars of independence were breaking out.
He lived in a cavewhere the countryrural house is located today. After he got married, the cavebecame too small for his needs, and he built part of what is the main house. That was the origin of the residential complex, which wasgradually established by subsequent generations according to their requirements.
In the late seventies, El Pocico was made independent from the property of Torrecillas and came into the possession of Mrs. Pilar Martínez Palomo, my great aunt, whilethe Baños family remained there as sharecroppers until the late nineties. They then rescinded their share cropping agreement, ending a relationship of almost 200 years with the property and the Palomo family, and moved to nearby Cartagena to start their own business. Abandoned, the house decayed as time went by. However, the spirit and energy of the Baños family is still alive within these walls and in the surroundings.
The idea of restoring the houses stems from the romantic, sentimental initiative of two people determined to prevent all those years of history crumbling and fading away. My great-aunt Pilar and I dreamed of bringing these houses back to life, andwhy not the whole estate while we were at it?!!
Twelve years after this idea was dreamt up, it became possible thanks to a European subsidy via the Campoder association and the vital financial help of my parents, the emotional support of a wonderful family, the good advice of the Torrecillas estate manager and, above all, Aunt Pili. Sadly, she passed away three years ago at the age of 91, but, wherever she is now, she is sure to be sending the big-hearted, supportive strength of her spirit to us, and she is bound to be delighted to see our dream coming true.
The most prominent is the eagleowl, which likes to hunt in El Pocico, and also the golden eagle and the Bonelli’s eagle, which from time to time reveal themselves by taking flight from one of the nearby olive trees. Then there is the great tit, the long-tailed tit, the crested tit, the serin, the crossbill, the bearded vulture and more.And that is withoutforgetting the mammals: the rabbit, the fox, the wild boar, and other more elusive ones like the wildcat, the badger, and the weasel.
Corvera is a smallvillage with justover 2,000 inhabitants largely involved in agricultural activities. This village offers a variety of restaurants (La Venta del Cojo, El Perillas, Los Cazadores. Las Pepinas…) so you cansavour the local traditional dishes: paella, gachasmigas, grilled meat and others.It also has a couple of excellent, atmosphericcake shops and two barswhere visitors can have a nice cocktail or beer and play pool. Corvera’s Sunday street market offers wonderful, home-grownfresh produce.
22 kilometres from El Pocico by motorway is the city of Murcia, whose cathedral tower is the second tallest in Spain, after Seville’s. Around the cathedral is the old town with the famous, magical streets of the Trapería, where you can find the former Casinodesigned by Bolarín in 1852, with its Moorish courtyard, excellent library, central courtyard, magnificent dance hall, and the beautiful ladies’powder room, and the Platería, Plaza Santo Domingo, the Romea theatre, and other tourist attractions.
The city is overlookedby the Cresta del Gallo peak in the Carrascoy mountain range, where the locals like to go and picnic atthe spot called El Valle. About 30 kilometres south of El Pocico by motorway is the amazing city of Cartagena and the beach. This ancient city is not to be missed, particularly Carthago harbour, the Roman theatre, the Military Castle, Isaac Peral’s submarine, the Town Hall, the Faro de Navidad lighthouse, and the beaches of Calblanque and La Cala. The Mar Menor salty lagoon and town of San Pedro del Pinatar are also 30 km away by motorway. The town has Salinas (salt flats) and therapeuticwaters to offer, as well as a long list of beaches, the most famous of which is La Manga, the strip of sand that separates the Mar Menor from the Mediterranean.
Our rural accommodation complex is 2 kilometres (1.24 miles) from the little village of Corvera (Murcia), at the base of the Carrascoy mountain range, which containsa natural park with wonderful fauna. There is a particularly varied rangeof birds.