I went on holiday to Spain & now I live in a CAVE – we get bats in our spare room & snakes in the kitchen but we love it | The Sun

A BRITISH couple flogged their home in Suffolk and bought a cave in Spain to live in instead.

Amanda and her husband decided to holiday in the sun-kissed country for the first time in 2018 and ended up renting a cave for the trip.

She said they paid to stay in a cave in Galera and fell in love with the area – and the style of life.

Amanda told Mapping Spain: "It was so different to anything we’d stayed in.

"The way of life appeared simple and relaxed."

The pair took two more holidays in Spain, and even honeymooned there in 2019.

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They then decided to take the plunge and view some caves to potentially live in on the Granada/ Almeria border.

She said they loved how each was so unique and heated by wood burners or open fires.

The couple then stumbled on a three-bed cave with an extension after an estate agent pointed them in the right direction.

Amanda added: " Our three bed cave house was a third of the price of our three bed house in Suffolk, in general that’s about right for cave house prices, but you can get unreformed ones for under €20k."

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She said the cave has its own garage and views over the Sierra Maria.

Amanda said living in a cave has transformed their lives, with their few neighbours scattered around.

She added: "Some use their caves as holiday caves so we rarely see them and only a few are permanent.

"We are friends so have each other’s support. It’s a great community.

"Every day the light is different and the view changes, we spend a lot of time outside just watching how things change, listening and watching the birds and the shepherd with his sheep and goat herd."

Amanda said they are not even bothered by the creatures that make their way into their home.

She said: "We have bats in our spare cave, we’ve have donkeys walk over our roof and had a snake fall into the kitchen from our kitchen chimney.

"Cave houses never get boring."

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