First of all, “CONGRATULATIONS” Makems!! 😀
We had already opened a Halifax Account in Spain for our financial transactions when buying at Green Hills. When we got our money returned to us, our lawyer paid it into this account. We then transfered it to the Halifax account we had opened in the UK, FREE OF ANY CHARGEs My husband phoned and emailed them in Spain on a Monday morning. The money arrived into the UK a/c on Wednesday in sterling. We then moved it to our main bank a/c, HSBC, who charged us £25.00. All very easy and painless. We do keep a balance in the Spanish account for the time being until all of our affairs are finalised.
I am so pleased for you. It will give many others hope!