GERALD BRENAN’S HOUSE IN CHURRIANA.
After living for many years in Yegen, a small village in the Alpujarra of Granada, Gerald Brenan left in 1934 and with his new wife, the American poet Gamel Woolsey, bought a house in Churriana, a village close to
When the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936, Brenan and Woolsey decided to stay on at first, but the situation became so dangerous that they finally returned to
On his return to
On the 7th of January 1953, Brenan and Woolsey finally returned to live in their Churriana house, which they had left in charge of their servants, Antonio and Rosario. The house and the garden were miraculously intact after the war and very much the same as when they had left, except that they had a couple of tenants occupying the ground floor, an Englishman and a French woman. Brenan and Woolsey were happy to be back, although the tenants refused to leave, which created an uncomfortable atmosphere as well as making the home less convenient to live in.
In those days, before the tourist invasion began in the late 50s, promoted by Franco’s new policy of slowly opening
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