THE Malaga Urban Planning Department has revoked planning permission for a hotel at the Cortijo Jurado, in Campanillas (Malaga). The property is commonly known in Malaga as la casa encantada (the haunted house) as there have been numerous reports of mysterious voices and strange sounds at the mansion, which is among the best known ‘haunted’ buildings in Spain.
Work ceased at the site in 2007 when the promoter, Mirador de Campanillas, was embargoed. The planning permission had been extended in 2009, but the department is now going to withdraw it, meaning that the city hall could sell it at the end of this year to allow work to continue.
However, the promoter has 15 days to appeal, and three months to apply for a new license. It has been put up for auction twice, although both have been suspended due to errors in the organization.
The building is in a state of disrepair since the structure was exposed to air and damp after work begun. The shell of the hotel, which planned to open in 2006, is below the main building.
Cortijo Jurado is a massive 19th century mansion that lies in ruins just off the A-357. It was built by the influential Heredia family from Malaga.
Legend tells the story of how the Heredia family, together with members of other rich families, kidnapped young girls aged between 18 and 21, on whom they carried out sinister satanic rituals, involving rape and murder. Their bodies are said to be buried deep within the property.
Whilst it is true that many young girls did disappear during this period, nothing was ever proven to connect their disappearance to the Heredia family. Many say they used their money and influence to evade justice.
By Jennifer Leighfield