This pretty and bright Alpujarran cottage is a place to have fun by the pool, relax in the lovely gardens and drink in the views. A place for the whole family to enjoy.
"We just spend a blissful fortnight in this beautiful casita. The owners were so friendly and helpful and the house has everything you could want for a comfortable stay. You can spend time driving up to through the mountains and have lunch in the perfect little white villages or just relax by the wonderful pool. The gardens around the casita are just beautiful. There are also lovely walks around Tijola and you can walk in to Orgiva where there are lots of cafes, restaurants and shops and a nice market on Thursdays. the coast is just about half an hour away too, so you couldn't be better placed for the perfect holiday in Spain."
"We stayed for 2 weeks at ZA15, the owner and family were extremely welcoming with out being intrusive, the perfect balance. The Villa, gardens and pool are fantastic and beautifully maintained. The villa was spotless and comfortable. A great spot for exploring the mountains with easy and hard walks close by. Also good access to Granada and Alhambra by car and other interesting towns. We had a wonderful time and will be returning. Highly recommended!"
"We stayed in June 14 and so enjoyed the complete peace and tranquillity. Situated just outside Orgiva the house and gardens were to die for with the swimming pool the icing on the cake. Every attention to detail is looked after by the owner and her daughter from the spotless bathrooms to the well kept and beautifully clean pool. We are so hoping to return very soon to this oasis in the hills."
Three (one double, two singles).
Private and gated swimming pool
10 m x 5 m, 1.1 m - 1.3 m deep.
In open countryside, 3 km from Órgiva in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).
From 780 € to 1,460 € per week.
Situated close to the tiny hamlet of Tijola, three kilometres from Órgiva, the "capital" of the Western Alpujarras, this cottage nestles in delightful countryside and enjoys panoramic views, including those to the stunning, snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range. It's a five minute drive, a very pleasant 20 minutes' walk into town. Although you are in the country, you are never far from shops, restaurants and other essential amenities.
Parts of the property are more than 200 years old, but the house has recently been restored and extended, offering attractive and well maintained holiday accommodation. All the rooms are on one level. Children are particularly well catered for, with lots of space to play, a fenced swimming pool, swing and plenty of toys and games to keep them happy. The English owner loves younger guests and fully appreciates that if they are having a good time, the rest of the family will have a great holiday too.
The property has three bedrooms, two singles and one double.The first single bedroom has a view to the garden and a delightful stained glass window (the owner's own work). There is room for storing clothes and, if necessary, space for a foldaway bed to accommodate another child. The second single bedroom has a wardrobe and a window to the side of the house.
The double bedroom is a light, airy room with French windows opening directly out onto a patio terrace. The patio is a real suntrap, overhung with purple bougainvillea, it leads to the garden. This bedroom has a large, well lit mirror above its chest of drawers.
All the bedrooms are decorated in a traditional style with white walls and wooden furniture for a simple, calm effect. They each have portable fans for keeping cool in the summer.
Opposite the bedrooms is the first bathroom with a walk-in shower, wc, Alpujarran-style bowl basin with marble surround and two mirrors (extendable shaving mirror and large wall mirror). A stained glass window and translucent glass bricks are creative touches bringing colour and light into this space. The second bathroom is next to the living area and has a half size bath tub with shower over, wc, sink and views to the garden. Leave the light on in this bathroom at night and the orange and turquoise glass sheds an atmospheric glow onto the dining terrace.
The comfortable living room has wicker chairs, a sofa and a woodburner for the chillier winter evenings. There is a multi-system hi-fi (CD, MP3, radio, tape), flat-screen satellite TV with USB port, DVD player, a selection of books and games and DVDs for all ages.
Separated by a bar counter, this opens through to an Alpujarran-style kitchen / dining area. On one side the kitchen is well equipped with granite work surfaces, a gas cooker, fridge (with freezer compartment), washing machine, microwave, toaster and electric juicer.
The extending oval dining table on the other side of the room can comfortably seat six.
The double doors from the living area lead onto a romantic dining terrace. Shaded by a rambling jasmine, and bordered with lavender and damas de la noche plants, the scent at night is divine.There is no light pollution here so the starscapes are amazing. Come at the right time of year and you'll be able to make a wish on a shooting star.
The gardens and views are absolutely delightful. Superbly maintained all year round, the gardens are arranged in four large, lawned terraces with the pool terrace being at the top.
The fenced and gated private pool is child-safe and can be enjoyed by swimmers and non-swimmers alike as steps lead down to a gentle incline in depth.
The pool terrace is enclosed by a large walled, paved area with sunloungers, table, chairs and pagoda. Tropical planting, offering a floral array of colour whatever the time of year, surrounds the pool along with ancient gnarled olive trees, a magnificent date palm and rustling bamboo, all to enhance your poolside experience!
The first terrace, on the same level as the cottage, has a swing-sofa and canopy and a few shallow steps to the second lawn where there is a child's swing on a magnificent London plane tree.
The third terrace has wooden benches, and like the second, is big enough for running around, sunbathing, admiring the fantastic mountain views and having a picnic lunch.
Although ideally suited for families with children, the cottage is also perfect for those who just want to 'get away from it all'. The peace and quiet of the surroundings and the calming influence of the gardens can't fail to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed by the end of your stay.
The cottage is very private (the English owner lives in the adjoining property but with her own separate access). The owner provides on-site maintenance and regular pool cleaning and, if required, is happy to offer helpful local information and booking advice, enabling you to make the most of your holiday in this very special area.
Nearby Órgiva has a selection of banks, internet cafes, shops, health food shops, bars, restaurants and an impressive fifteenth-century church. Every Thursday there is a colourful market with local produce, arts and crafts, something for everybody.
The area is perfect for climbers, walkers, ornithologists, cyclists, artists and photographers alike. The network of walks which lead through the national park, can often lead to a sighting of a soaring golden eagle or an abundance of wild flowers. Bolted and free climbing are available within a 10 minute drive (the local ibex likely to be your only spectators).
Alternatively, experience the breathtaking beauty of the mountains on horseback or, for those who prefer wheels, quad and mountain biking is an option.
For more tranquil moments, consider taking the waters at the spa town of Lanjaron 12 km away, the Moroccan Baths in Granada, or visit the Buddhist Monastery of Osel Ling where planned retreats are possible. It's an excellent base from which to explore and discover the surrounding flora, fauna and dramatic landscapes of Las Alpujarras, an area renowned for its outstanding natural beauty.
Visit ancient Moorish white villages, with their handwoven rugs, pottery and locally cured hams; the bustling, beautiful city of Granada is an hour's drive away and the sun soaked beaches of the Mediterranean are only forty minutes' drive, ideal for a day out.
Always a popular choice, the guest book is full of comments such as "'Beautiful grounds, charming house and great pool. we loved it!", "We had a wonderful week here, shame it wasn't longer!"
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open throughout the year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from late April to September, inclusive) .
Rentals for this property run from Saturday to Saturday in high season
A basic welcome pack is provided.
Please, no smoking indoors.
High chair can be organised for 20€ per week paid locally.
A security deposit of 150 Euros is payable on arrival (to the house owner). This will be refunded at the end of your stay, subject to reductions for breakages or damage.
Granada (all facilites) 50 mins.
Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 35 mins; Almuñecar 50 mins; Nerja 1 hr.
Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1¼ hrs
Granada 50 mins; Málaga 1½ hrs; Sevilla 3½ hrs.
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