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ZA 10

5 bedrooms, sleeps 4 to 10

An exquisite village house, a work of art

Retaining all its magnificent old character, this village house has been restored and reformed with style, taste and imagination ...

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Bedrooms

Five (all twin bedded; they can be joined together if preferred).

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Pool

Private hamman (internal) pool

5 m x 2 m, 0.70 m deep.

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Location

In the village of Pitres in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

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Price

Sleeping 4 from 700 €  to 880 €.

Sleeping 6 from 1,050 € to 1,310 €.

Sleeping 8 from 1,400 € to 1,750 €.

Sleeping 10 from 1,750 € to 2,190 €.

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Villa Description

A fantastic house

"Fantastic house, mountains and villages. We really like Pitres - not too touristy but has everything you need. We really enjoyed our stay".

No two houses are the same, but some are more different than others. This old village house has been restored and reformed with wonderful style, imagination and taste. Quite simply, it's beautiful!

Let's start with the location. It's in the high mountain village of Pitres, a pueblo that still retains it's old Moorish authenticity. It has a lovely central plaza where the Friday morning market takes place. Very Spanish, it was once the Moorish "capital" of the High Alpujarras and is today the administrative centre for La Taha, the local region comprising eight little villages. It has a population of about 600.

This is a very old house, formerly the village bodega where the locals came with their grapes to have them pressed to make the renowned local vino.

Bit by bit it fell into disrepair and became a ruin although most of the original equipment and machinery remained in situ and intact. It was purchased by a foreign couple (he's South African, she's Irish) who were undaunted by the enormous restoration task which lay ahead.

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What a wonderful stay!

"An absolutely wonderful space - we loved the attention to detail, all the things you have chosen to restore and all the ones you've chosen to leave as they were - be very proud of yourselves!"

Finally, after three years of unremitting hard labour, it was finished and, well, it's a work of art! Much appreciated by clients too … "we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, it's a fantastic house!" is a typical comment.

It's a very big house, on two floors with a terrace on the first floor which crosses over the little street below.

A huge wooden door opens to the wonder world inside, which starts with a wide and welcoming entrance hall. Not many hallways can be described as impressive but this one is, with it's antique stone floor and high beamed ceiling.

The ground floor was originally the practical working part of the house. From the entrance lobby a few stairs lead up to what was once the stables, now transformed into the most amazing internal patio, naturally lit from above and now home to a 'hamman' (an Arabic-syle shallow indoor swimming pool), with its water jets and Moorish arches giving it a wonderful feel, a beautifully cool and calm place to be after a hot day out.

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Truly enjoyed staying here

"We enjoyed sitting on the flowery terrace, chatting with a glass, listening to the evening sounds. Josh loved the cool pool. Great visit to the Alhambra, also beautiful walks around local villages - relaxed now! Thanks".

The original grain storage room and the wine making rooms lead off. The bodega, with its three enormous wooden wine vats taking centre stage has been turned into a highly imaginative bar.

The living space, some 250 square metres, is upstairs. There are two lounges separated by an internal patio which cleverly floods the whole house with light.

At the back of the house is the "winter" lounge, a comfy and warmly decorated area with its sofa and armchairs cosily arranged around the glass fronted wood burning stove, a satellite TV in the corner.

The larger "summer" lounge, where the stairs from below emerge, is equally comfortable, but with a more airy, lighter ambience. Double doors open to the large (45 square metres) furnished terrace. It's a very relaxing spot, with views to either side of the village. Full of hanging flower baskets and pot plants, it is an ideal place for sun bathing, barbecues, eating and drinking.

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Had a great time

"Our 10 day visit passed all too quickly. The lovely casa seemed to possess a hospitality all it's own. Love the old feel with new conveniences. A great home".

The kitchen / dining room leads off from the passageway which links the two lounges. Another wonderful room and, like everywhere else in the house, very tastefully furnished and decorated. It is fully equipped to cater for ten or more people, a delightful blend of kitchen comfort, socialising and special occasion.

There are five bedrooms which lead off from one or other of the two lounges. They are all neatly and attractively furnished, and each has twin beds which can be joined together, if preferred. One has a french door to the terrace, another has a small balcony overlooking the street, and one has a door which leads out to the little lane at the back of the house.

Finally, there is the unique and interesting bathroom arrangement, which comprises three separate cubicles divided by curved walls, each one made private by a beautiful tapestry which pulls across to make a "door".

One has a bath/shower and basin; the other two have large round showers and a basin. In addition, there are two completely private toilets and another double basin. Unusual to say the least, but attractive and imaginative too. There is a third toilet downstairs.

Perfection

"A wonderful, memorable visit. This house anywhere would suffice - just be great, but in these mountains - perfection! Thank you for sharing this beauty".

Pitres has avoided becoming a tourist mecca. Life goes on in an unhurried and peaceful way here. The village has a few bars and restaurants, a small hotel and a decent supermarket, a bank, a clinic and a pharmacy. Friday morning is market day in the plaza where fresh produce, clothes and crafts can be bought.

Just outside the village there is a small camping site with a gorgeous public swimming pool set in an idyllic rural setting with fabulous panoramic views of the mountains in the distance, a fun place to be in the summer.

If you prefer a little more night time action, more touristy villages such as Bubión and Capileira are just a short drive away. Flamenco and live music concerts (jazz, world music and classical) take place from time to time in the summer. Pitres itself had the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra playing in the plaza recently.

All around, there are the spectacular mountains, valleys and gorges of La Alpujarra to explore, as well as its many charming little villages. It's superb walking country, whether you want to embark on challenging, high mountain routes or just a stroll through the leafy greenery along the path to the next village. There are locally run courses and activities ranging from painting and pottery to flamenco and horse riding.

For something just as rewarding but completely different, you can spend a day out in Granada, one of Spain's great cities, or even take a jaunt down to the Med. Both are little more than an hour's drive away.

As one client said, "A wonderful, memorable visit. This house anywhere would suffice - just be great, but in these mountains - perfection! Thank you for sharing this beauty".

Villa Details

The Villa

All the facts and features about the villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Large entrance hallway
  • Steps up to internal patio area, with hamman pool
  • Bodega bar
  • Cloakroom W/C

First floor

  • Two lounge areas (the winter lounge & the summer lounge
  • Kitchen / dining room
  • 5 double bedrooms (twin bedded; the beds can be pushed together if preferred)
  • Shower / bathroom area (bath/shower and basin; two large round showers with basins; two private toilets and a double basin)
  • Furnished terrace

Facilities

Entertainment

  • 26" Satellite TV (UK Channel Information)
    This property has a Freeview box but due to changes to the UK satellite services currently does not receive UK terrestrial programmes, BBC, ITV etc. We will provide updates if this situation changes.
  • DVD
  • HiFi / CD player
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)

Amenities

  • Glass fronted fireplace in the winter lounge
  • Electric radiators in all bedrooms
  • Portable gas heater
  • Washing machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (but not beach towels)
  • Cot available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric oven
  • Gas hob (8 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Kettle, Food processor, Coffee machine
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Other

  • Hamman style internal pool (5 m x 2 m, 0.70m deep)
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  • Terrace furniture including seating, 2 sunloungers, sunshades and a portable barbecue

Notes

The pool is open throughout the year

Care should be taken with very young children. As you can see from the photos, the hamman pool is not gated off from the tiled floor surround

Maid and cooking services can be arranged, if required, for a supplement. Advance notice will be required

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in peak season

Prices are inclusive of electricity heating costs but not firewood (other than for the first night). Firewood is available locally but it can also be bought in advance if arranged prior to arrival

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZA 10

2017 Season Dates Sleeping 4
per week
Sleeping 5/6
per week
7th January to 28th April 880 € 1,310 €
29th April to 22nd September 700 € 1,050 €
23rd September to 15th December 880 € 1,310 €
16th December to 5th January 2018 see note see note
2017 Season Dates Sleeping 7/8
per week
Sleeping 9/10
per week
7th January to 28th April 1,750 € 2,190 €
29th April to 22nd September 1,400 € 1,750 €
23rd September to 15th December 1,750 € 2,190 €
16th December to 5th January 2018 see note see note

ZA 10

2018 Season Dates Sleeping 4
per week
Sleeping 5/6
per week
Prices Pending --- ---
2018 Season Dates Sleeping 7/8
per week
Sleeping 9/10
per week
Prices Pending --- ---

Notes

Prices are dependent on the number of guests occupying the property.

Bookings of less than one week will be accepted (minimum 4 nights). Prices on application.

Prices are are inclusive of electricity heating costs in winter months (but not firewood).

Christmas and New Year (17th December to 6th January 2017 & 16th December to 5th January 2018) the price is 50 Euros per person per night. Minimum 6 guests; minimum stay 5 nights.

Security Deposit

A 250 Euro security deposit is required on each booking. This is held against your credit or debit card and will be cancelled one week after your holiday, subject to any reductions for breakages or damage. See Terms and Conditions for full details.

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ZA 10

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In the village of Pitres (basic facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada)

Location

In the village of Pitres (basic facilities), 35 mins from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

Bubión 5 km; Capileira 6 km.

Granada (all facilites) 1¼ hrs.

Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 1 hr; Almuñecar 1¼ hrs; Nerja 1½ hrs.

Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1¾ hrs

Malaga 2 hrs; Córdoba 3¼ hrs; Ronda 3¼ hrs; Sevilla 3½ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Granada 1¼ hrs; Málaga 2 hrs; Sevilla 3½ hrs.

See our Links Page for web sites of airlines traveling to Andalucia from the UK.

Around and About

This is an excellent base from which to explore this delightful and very beautiful part of Andalucía.

Excursions

  • Here you are high in the mountains, it's walking and horse riding countryside (difficult to beat anywhere in Europe).
  • There are, of course, lovely high mountain Moorish villages to visit, Capileira, Bubión (a couple of kilometres further down the valley) and Pampaneira to name but a few.
  • As well as being very beautiful Moorish villages, all are geared for catering for the walkers and high mountain nature lovers who frequent them; there are bars, restaurants and little shops a plenty.
  • Further down the valley, 35 minutes away, Órgiva is an interesting - many would call it unique - mix of modern Spanish, more traditional Alpujarran characteristics and seekers of an alternative lifestyle. It's an eclectic mix and all the more interesting for it.
  • Here there's everything from supermarkets and pizzerias, banks and building suppliers, camp sites and petrol stations. The weekly (Thursday morning) market is well worth visiting.
  • The Costa Tropical is an hour away. The closest beaches are at Salobreña. Further along the coast, there's bigger Almuñecar, the beautiful bay of La Herradura and then the much more "international" resort of Nerja at the start of the Costa del Sol. With a strong British presence (you can have a curry here ... ) it boasts 16 kilometres of beaches with powdery sand and sparkling clear water.
  • On this stretch of coast you can choose between fairly isolated, beautiful coves or any one of the different sized resort towns. Cheerful, peaceful, laid back places in the best tradition of the Spanish seaside, a relaxed lunch at one of the beach bars is highly recommended - even in winter if the sun is shining!
  • 1¼ hours away, Granada is, of course, a must-see city. Soaring high above is the spectacular back drop of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains. And what a city lies below, a city of classical beauty, the jewel in the Spanish Crown.
  • The mesmerising Alhambra Palace and its exquisite gardens, one of the world's greatest wonders; the narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful walled gardens of the ancient Arab quarter, El Albaicín; the magnificent Cathedral, just one of many superb examples of Renaissance architecture; the caves of Sacramonte, nostalgic legacy of the gypsies.
  • A city which inspired García Lorca, Andalucía's finest poet, it is, above all, a people's city, full of life and colour, energy and fun.
  • On the northern slopes of Sierra Nevada, top class skiing is 1¾ hours drive away. This can be excellent but avoid weekends, when the Granadinos swarm up from the city.
  • If wonderful mountain scenery is your thing, then stay right here in Las Alpujarras! Between the highest mountains in Spain and the Mediterranean Sea, this is a joyous land of sunshine, snowy mountains and some of the most splendid scenery imaginable. From the snows to the sea, there are panoramic views in every direction, from the peaks of Veleta and Mulhacén to the southern sierras and the Mediterranean beyond.
  • The high mountains have their own special beauty: wild and brooding in winter, they come alive in early summer with the scents of wild herbs and the spectacle of tiny, brilliantly coloured flowers, many of them unique to Sierra Nevada.
  • Altitude and sun have combined to evolve more endemic botanical species in Las Alpujarras than in all the rest of Europe. Mountain goats, wild boar, foxes, eagles, goshawks and partridge inhabit the sierras. Mules and donkeys still labour in the fields, sheep and goats graze the hillsides. Trout fill the rivers.
  • The Moors took refuge in these hills and resisted here, maintaining their customs and way of life for well over a hundred years after they were expelled from Granada in 1492 by their Christian conquerors. Las Alpujarras was their final battlefield in Spain.
  • Their legacy is to be seen everywhere: in the distinctive architecture of the mountain villages and in the intricate system of irrigation waterways which they built and which still keep the landscape green and fertile, fed by the snows melting high in the sierras above.
  • The architecture of the little mountain villages is unique in Europe and is identical to Berber originals in the Atlas mountains of Northern Africa. With dwellings characterised by flat roofs and prominent chimney pots, the villages were built by the Berber settlers whose creation imitated and followed the half-natural, half-man made designs of their own mountain lands.
  • Beautiful in their simplicity, the villages appear to tumble haphazardly down the steep hillsides, connected by a labyrinth of narrow, winding cobbled streets. A picture to behold, glistening white in the sun, roses and geraniums spilling from every nook and cranny.

Activities

  • Las Alpujarras offers some of the finest mountain walking, horse riding and cycling anywhere in Europe. There are fabulous riding stables with excellent horses just a kilometre away from the house.
  • And, of course, here you are reasonably well placed to travel to the ski resort high in La Sierra Nevada.
  • On the Costa Tropical, activities on offer include scuba, cavern and technical diving, as well as horse riding and tennis, paragliding, climbing, and abseiling.

The Area

Las Alpujarras

From the highest mountains in Spain and the Mediterranean Sea, Las Alpujarras is one of the most beautiful regions in the world …
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Pitres

The 'capital' of La Taha district (seven beautiful, tiny villages in the high Alpujarras). There are a few shops and bars; Friday is market day in the attractive plaza …

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