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2 bedrooms, sleeps 2 or 4

Rustic cottage high in Las Alpujarras

Standing alone on an almond orchard, this old rustic cottage is built against a rocky cliff, just above the tiny mountain hamlet of Atalbeitar ...

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Review Icon"We really enjoyed the house and had a lovely, lazy holiday there. The scenery is so beautiful. Thank you so much! "

Previous Guest (Jun 2016)

Review Icon"The villa was beautiful; very clean, well-designed, cool, cosy and gorgeous. The pool was perfect too. Thank you so much. The owner was very friendly and helpful when we arrived as well. "

Previous Guest (Jul 2014)

Review Icon"Thank you for introducing us to such a wonderful place – lovely cottage – ideal location. We have had both an interesting and relaxing break and shall keep it in our memories forever. "

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Review Icon"Thank you for renting your beautiful house to us. We had a wonderful and quite magical visit, and like so many others before us, we will certainly visit Las Alpujarras again."

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Bedrooms

Two (one double, one twin bedded).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

6.5 m x 4 m, 0.9 m - 1.6 m deep).

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Location

On the edge of the hamlet of Atalbeitar in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

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Price

From 390 € to 820 € per week.

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Villa Description

Stepping back through time

Original thick stone walls, traditional beam-and-stone ceilings and all the lovely old nooks and crannies have been carefully retained.

Standing alone on an almond orchard, this rustic old house is built against a rocky cliff planted with cacti and other shrubs, just above the tiny mountain hamlet of Atalbeitar.

It has been completely renovated, although the original thick stone walls, traditional beam-and-stone ceilings and all its lovely old nooks and crannies have been carefully retained. Here, one is transported back to the Spain of days long gone by.

Its wonderful old structure is complimented by bright and cheerful decoration, its French artist owner's touch evident throughout. She knows a thing or two about craft and colour.

On the ground floor one enters the cottage from the covered porch, through the ancient chestnut door, seasoned as only time can, into a hall furnished with comfortable armchairs which create a small sitting area of its own. This is the coolest part of the house on warm summer days.

The clean lines of the arched staircase separates this room from the rock face that forms a natural back wall to the house.

An artist's touch

Bright fabrics and cheerful decoration offers splashes of colour against the white walls; large glass doors fill the space with sunlight.

In pleasing contrast to the traditional and very rustic ground floor, upstairs all is modern and completely refurbished. Bright fabrics offers splashes of colour against the white walls; large glass doors fill the space with sunlight - all under its classically beautiful Alpujarran wood beamed ceiling.

The dining and sitting areas are separated by the staircase and by the curvy shape of the fireplace. A traditional Moorish arch leads through to the kitchen.

The dining area opens to a large terrace which overlooks the little swimming pool, situated four steps below.

This is a wonderful place to take in the views, of the mountains beyond, the village roofs below, the dramatic mountain scenery of Las Alpujarras all around. It's also a perfect spot to relax while keeping an eye on the children splashing about in the pool below.

Magnificent scenery

All around, there are the spectacular mountains, deep valleys and charming little villages of Las Alpujarras to explore.

There is one bedroom on each floor, the lower one a bright and cheerful twin, the top one a soft and romantic double. The decoration is a pleasant mix of rustic and modern. It is a restful place, decently equipped for your holiday.

Parking is on the road just below the nearby the seventeenth-century village church. From there it's just a few steps to the gate and a short stroll through the almond trees to the cottage.

And don't worry, you won't be woken up at all hours by church bells! They only chime for a few minutes each Saturday afternoon for the weekly church service.

Atalbeitar is a tiny village with just a handful of residents, very much off the beaten track and surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery. There are no shops, bars or traffic here. The smallest of the seven villages which make up the ancient Moorish district of La Tahá in the high Alpujarras, life goes on in an unhurried and peaceful way here.

Your mountain hideaway

High in the mountains, the climate is perfect for a stroll through the leafy greenery ... or for just taking it easy.

Nearby Pitres (three kilometres away) has a few bars and restaurants, a small hotel, a decent supermarket and a good health food shop. There is a bank, a clinic and a pharmacy along with a few other shops. Friday morning is market day in the attractive plaza where fresh produce, clothes and crafts can be bought.

More touristy villages such as Bubión and Capileira are a short drive away. All around, there are the spectacular mountains, valleys and gorges of La Alpujarra to explore, as well as its many charming little villages. Right in the centre of the High Alpujarras, many of the most beautiful walks in Europe pass through or near by.

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.

Beyond the dramatic scenery and beautiful Moorish villages of the high mountains, there's magnificent Granada or Mediterranean beaches to choose from. In 45 minutes you can be visiting the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada or just soaking up the city's wonderful culture. A further 20 minutes up the mountain road from Granada will take you to the Sierra Nevada ski resort.

Heading south, you can soon be enjoying a seafood lunch on the beaches of The Costa Tropical in one of the small resort towns, Salobreña, Almuñecar or La Herradura.

Or just take it easy, relaxing here in your mountain hideaway in the sunshine …

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Entrance hall with sitting area
  • Twin bedroom
  • Bathroom (shower only, no bath tub)
  • Covered porch
  • Garden

First floor

  • Living room
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Double bedroom
  • Furnished terrace

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Radio / CD player
  • Small selection of books
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)

Amenities

  • Open fireplace in the living room
  • Radiators in the living room and in the bedrooms
  • Washing machine, Iron & board (on request)
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Cot available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric Oven
  • Electric hob (4 rings)
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • toaster, Kettle
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Filtered swimming pool (6.5 m x 4 m, 0.9 m - 1.6 m deep)
  • Sun beds
  • Shaded terrace
  • Basic outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garden

Notes

Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from the beginning of May until the end of September

We do not consider this property suitable for toddlers

 

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in summer months

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Prices and Seasons

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2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 17th March N/A 650 €
18th March to 23rd June 590 € 1,040 €
24th June to 25th August 820 € 1,560 €
26th August to 13th October 590 € 1,040 €
14th October to 31st December 390 € 650 €

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2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
14th October to 31st December --- ---

Notes

There is a minimum booking period of two weeks from 1st January until 18th March 2017.

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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On the edge of the hamlet of Atalbeitar, 3 km from Pitres (basic facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada)

Location

On the edge of the hamlet of Atalbeitar (no facilities); 3 km from Pitres (restaurants, bars, simple shopping, Friday open market), 30 mins from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

Granada (all facilites) 1¼ hrs.

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

Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1½ hrs

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

Nearest Airports

Granada 1¼ hr; 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 wonderful walking and horse riding countryside (difficult to beat anywhere in Europe).
  • There are seven delightful villages in the old Moorish administrative district of La Taha, ten minutes further on from Bubión, Capileira and the Poqueira Gorge. The terrain is more gentle, less abrupt, and the climate warmer and kinder than other high Alpujarra areas.
  • Pitres is the largest with a population of 400. The other six, including tiny Atalbeitar, are gorgeous little hamlets situated at the end of little roads which go no further. Paths take you from one to another through wonderful countryside.
  • Pitres, 3 km away, is where you will find the Taha’s supermarket, bakery, open-air market on Friday mornings, bars, a couple of restaurants and bank with ATM. It has a large square dominated by a 16th century Mudejar-style church with a distinctive tower. Just outside Pitres is a campsite with a large open air swimming pool that opens to non-campers during the summer months.
  • There are, of course, other lovely high mountain Moorish villages to visit, Bubión (10 minutes away), Capileira (a couple of kilometres further up the valley) and Pampaneira (just below) 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, 25 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!
  • Also an hour 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 1½ 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 above Capileira, a few kilometres away.
  • 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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