Sunday, 2 December 2012

Website Update

I recently updated my work website- the new version can be found in the same place,

There are some really great Chile farmland deals around at the moment and I also have a couple of fantastic opportunities in Valparaiso. Feel free to contact me for more info.

In other news, I've been pretty busy recently- lots of travelling around Chile, to Spain and to England & lots of work. 

Life is good.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012


Well, it's been a while since I posted...and I'm so busy at the moment with travelling (I'm getting married and my fiancee is from Barcelona!), work, renovations and construction for myself and for clients that I think it'll be a while before I post again. So this blog is on hiatus until I have more time. I will try to post some photos of my new house in Colchagua soon, though.

As ever, if you're interested in real estate in Chile, please do get in touch by clicking on the Chile Investments logo on the right hand side of the page.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Vina Neyen- Wine & Hiking

Christmas and new year were pretty hectic- the usual eating and drinking too much. It's been a while since I've done any real exercise and I've really missed it. I used to go to the gym pretty much every day and go on fairly regular hikes. There's a gym in Santa Cruz which I joined for a few months but it has really strange opening hours- I don't have much of a schedule as I work for myself, but even I found it hard to work around the gym's times.

So I've been wondering what I could do to get healthy again. In England, you can walk anywhere in the countryside- farmers have to provide paths, gates and stiles for the public to get around. Unfortunately, no such system exists in Chile so if you want to roam the countryside, you need to know who owns it.

So I called a friend, who happens to be the managing director and a member of the family that owns Vina Neyen. Neyen is based in Apalta, where Chile's best red wines come from (Lapostolle is there, so is Montes). The winery makes just one, ultra-premium wine (retailing at about $50.000 pesos in Chile and around US$60-70 in the US), which is, to say the least, pretty drinkable.

They have around 140 hectares of vines planted at the far end of Apalta- it's an amazingly beautiful spot. On top of the vines, they also have around 900 hectares of hillside, covered in native forest with...hiking trails. If you're a tourist in the area, you can do wine tasting followed by either hiking or horse trekking into the hills. I can highly recommend the paid tour- you get to taste a fantastic wine and the hiking is really fun.

Fortunately, I don't have to pay to go hiking and I will be going at least twice a week in a bid to get fit for a whole day trek up Cerro Provincia in Santiago before Winter sets in. I did a half hour climb today (and a 15 minute run back down) and will be increasing that further over the next few weeks. I think the trail goes to the very top of the hill, which borders this beautiful vineyard for sale in the Colchagua Valley. I aim to get up there soon.

View of the vineyard at the start of the trail.

Native forest.

This little pond has been carved out of the rocks by thousands of years of Winter rains and a small spring from the hillside. Amy's about to jump in here.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Colchagua Valley in Wine Enthusiast

Wine Enthusiast, one of the wine world's most important publications just named the Colchagua Valley as one of the top ten wine travel destinations for 2012. Seeing as I live and work here and helped out with some of the tips for the article, I'd have to agree..! Here's the article.

January is looking promising for me in terms of work with a couple of big clients coming down to look at real estate in Colchagua. Plus I have visitors staying in the apartment I have in my house- it's here on VRBO if you're looking for self-catering accommodation in the Colchagua Valley.

And on top of that, I've got the continued construction of my house here in the valley, I'm finishing off renovations in my apartment in Santiago and potentially have another renovation project in Santiago for a client who is buying an amazing apartment in Bellas Artes.

I think this is the busiest I've been in years. Which is good, of course. But it's also a little stressful. At least I had a relaxing Christmas and new year to prepare me for it, spent with friends in Santa Cruz and Valparaiso.

Hope everyone else had a lovely Christmas break.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Whilst I'm away in Ecuador, here's a quick photo of Amy cooling off last week at my new house in Colchagua. She's getting really big...

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Blueberries & Construction

I bought 5 almost full grown blueberry bushes a couple of months ago and planted them at the new house. They were all flowering when I got them and those flowers slowly turned into little berries, which have just ripened. So I had my first fruit harvest a couple of months before the house is even finished. I have to say that blueberry picking has to be one of the world's worst time consuming. But I got about 2 kilos of berries from them and next year I'd expect to at least double that.

And the construction is moving along quickly as well. The rafters are almost in place (in the photos, they look a bit strange- they'll be extended out as an external corridor and the roof will look normal). The exterior is being cement plastered at the moment and the electrician is currently putting in all the tubing so we can plaster inside as well. And I'll have the drinking water connected in a week as well so we can then start with the plumbing work.

I have a bet with a friend that I'll be moved in by February 15th. It'll cost me a very expensive bottle of wine from Neyen (unless I can get a discount...I know the winery's CEO) if I lose...But I'm fairly confident.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Friends In The News- Good & Bad

Some friends from Colchagua recently appeared in different news articles here in Chile...

First, the positive article about some great friends from Malaysia getting our little charity Campo Antiguo into the papers. If you donated money after the earthquake last year and were wondering what has happened since, we're slowly getting things organised. There's been a bit of jockeying for position amongst some of the members, so I've taken a step back until it all gets sorted out, but the intention to set up a cultural centre and help the local community is absolutely still there...we just need to get the politics out of the way.

Here's a google translated version in English. Not the best, but you get the gist.

And the negative article concerns another great friend from here in Colchagua, Mario Lobo, who suffered a terrible car accident back in February and is now close to financial ruin after his insurance company pulled the plug. It's shocking that it's got to the point that the news has had to become public...and it was shocking for me to find this out a few months ago before the article came out. Mario was probably the most generous person I've met (financially and in spirit) and everyone assumed he was very wealthy.

If you want to buy the triplex mentioned in the article then click here. It's an incredible property.

Here's the article that appeared in El Mostrador: Mario Lobo