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ZA 16

5 bedrooms, sleeps 9

Jasmine, honeysuckle and a thousand roses

This charmingly restored old farmhouse has the most beautiful gardens, breathtaking 360º views and complete tranquillity ...

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The main farmhouse sleeps 5 in three bedrooms (two doubles, one single). The cottage alongside sleeps 4 in two bedrooms (one double, one twin bedded).

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Private swimming pool

8 m x 4 m; 1.4 - 1.8 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 4 km from Pampaneira in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

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From 1,620 € to 1,930 € per week.

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Inspirational beauty

In the foothills of the Sierra Nevada National Park, the fabulous 360 degree views take in Spain's highest mountain peaks.

This charming old farmhouse, draped in vines, has a setting that is so outstanding that it’s difficult to say what is the more impressive, the breathtaking mountain views … or the amazing gardens.

An occasional eagle soaring high overhead or perhaps a passing herd of goats are the only sources of disturbance in an utterly tranquil scene. Here, a horse passing by on the track counts as a major event!

Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada National Park at an altitude of 900 m, and probably about 800 years old, this cortijo (farmhouse) is a little paradise with fabulous 360 degree views of the Sierra Nevada and the surrounding mountains. It even has its own chapel within the grounds.

1½ km off the country road that connects Órgiva to the high Alpujarra, a well maintained dirt track winds through the hills to this wonderful oasis amid the Andalusian countryside.

Amazing gardens

The gardens contain thousands of roses and many fruit trees. The spring air is wonderfully scented with rose, jasmine and honeysuckle.

You step through the main gates onto an emerald green lawn bordered by magnificent flowers and fruit trees. All this verdant greenery has been made possible by irrigation from the snow-melt which is still carried down the mountainside in ancient Moorish acequias (water channels), not to mention a lot of care, skill and devotion.

The 2½ acres of landscaped gardens and wild grounds were established 35 years ago by an Englishman who had a serious passion for roses. He planted hundreds of different species and the results of his labours are here for all who stay at the property to enjoy.

There are roses of every imaginable shape, colour and scent, climbing the walls and lining the herbaceous borders. The quality of air here is beyond comparison, and never more so than on a warm spring morning when the scent of jasmine, honeysuckle and roses pervades the clean mountain air.

Authentic style

The house is a collection of buildings around 800 years old, restored in the local traditional way, with oiled chestnut beams and cane ceilings in every room.

Whilst the garden has certainly matured with time, the rustic old farmhouse and the separate casita (cottage) alongside have probably changed very little in several centuries.

The walls are two feet thick (keeping you cool in summer and cosy in winter) and the ceilings, traditionally lined with cane and exposed chestnut beams, are still only 5' 7" high in some places. So take care to mind your head!

A small price to pay for the privilege of staying in a truly authentic and very traditional Andalusian home.

The main entrance to the farmhouse, almost completely hidden by climbing roses, vines and trees, leads you straight to the upper floor where the three bedrooms are located.

The simply furnished master bedroom (with a double bed) has a small balcony which enjoys spectacular views that extend all the way up the magnificent Poqueira Ravine to the usually snow-capped peak of Mulhacen. At 3,481 metres it's the highest mountain on mainland Spain.

The 'characterful' shower room, which rather unusually includes a bench seat within the shower itself, is alongside the main bedroom. A slightly smaller, second double bedroom and a single bedroom / study complete the distribution on this floor.

A staircase leads down to the lower level and to the sitting room. With cushioned bench seating around the walls, here you can escape the heat of Spanish summer and have a quiet, comfortable siesta! Or, if you are coming in winter, a place to curl up in front of the fire and watch a DVD.

The place is truly blessed

"Just wanted to let you know we had another fantastic time here. Although different to August, the end of May is just as healing and captivating".

The kitchen / dining room, separate from the main house, can be reached from the sitting room (down a couple of stairs and across a small pathway) or can be accessed directly from the garden.

This is the newest addition to the house, having been entirely rebuilt in 2007. Modern and light, with windows on all four sides and air conditioning, it has all the mod-cons you could wish for. The dining table seats 10.

Double doors lead out from the kitchen to a terrace where you can enjoy your meals and the incomparable mountain views which extend all around.

This is just one of several outdoor eating areas you can choose from depending on the time of day and how much shade you want from the sun.

A pool with a view!

From the pool terrace you have an unobstructed view to the top of the highest mountain in Spain, Mulhacén at 3,481 metres.

Just across from the kitchen terrace is the second shower room, which is also separate from the main house.

Decorated in a similar fashion to the interior bathroom, with old Spanish tiles throughout, it's built into the side of the mountain, rather like a cave. A large rock forms part of the ceiling and once again you will need to mind your head.

As we have said, this house is authentically rustic and rural ... it has great character and wonderful natural beauty all around, but is most certainly not a modern penthouse.

The 8 m x 4 m chlorinated swimming pool is a much more recent addition. With 360 degree views of the mountains, a large sun bathing terrace all around and the soft green lawn beyond, the chances are that you will spend a large part of your daytime hours right here. From the pool terrace you have an unobstructed view to the top of the highest mountain in Spain, Mulhacén at 3481m, and down into the valley 500m below.

I just loved the house

"So cool inside during the beautifully hot days outside. The views are incredible, I spent most of the time gazing into the far distance, and the stars at night ..."

Opposite the main house, across a flower filled courtyard, Is a second, smaller house, the casita, once used as a bar for travellers to refresh themselves on their way to and from Órgiva.

It now serves as accommodation for up to four additional guests, comprising two neat, simply decorated bedrooms (one twin and one double) and a bathroom.

The closest village is Pampaneira, four kilometres away, a little high mountain village with a charming central plaza with bars and restaurants spilling out around its perimeter. It also has an information and mountain guide centre as well as several shops selling local handicrafts and regional foods and wines, a grocery store, a chemists and a bank.

The equally beautiful Moorish villages of Bubión and Capileira look down from above. All around, as far as the eye can see, is the stunning scenery of Las Alpujarras.

This range of mountains and valleys on the southern slopes of Sierra Nevada can be favourably compared with Tuscany and Provence as they once were, before tourism took its toll. Wonderful walking and horse riding country, with its amazing variety of flora and fauna and its multitude of pathways through the mountains.

Further afield, Granada is a legend in itself, quintessentially Spanish, both vibrant and ancient. The Alhambra and Albaicin are a "must" to visit.

For Mediterranean beaches, head down to Salobreña, 50 minutes drive away on the Costa Tropical, where one can eat freshly caught, barbecued fish at beachside restaurants.

Or, just sit back and relax here in this oasis of calm tranquillity, enjoy the breathtaking views, the riot of colours and scents in the gardens, and the stunning nature all around.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Main Farmhouse : sleeps 5

Ground floor

  • Double living room
  • Kitchen with dining area (in a separate building alongside)
  • Walk-in shower room (outside, in a cave)
  • Laundry room
  • Gardens, terraces and grounds

First floor

  • 3 bedrooms :
    • 2 doubles
    • 1 single bedded
  • Walk-in shower room

The Casita : sleeps 4

All on one floor

  • Sitting room
  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 double
    • 1 twin bedded
  • Walk-in shower room

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Flat screen TV (for watching DVD's only)
  • DVD
  • Radio / CD player (with iPod connection)
  • iPod docking station
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)

Amenities

  • Glass fronted fireplace in the living room
  • Electric heaters
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  • Air Conditioning in the kitchen / dining room
  • Portable Fans
  • Washing machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Hairdryer
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric Oven
  • Ceramic hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • 2nd Fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Nespresso machine
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Filtered (chlorinated) swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.4m - 1.8m deep) with underwater lighting
  • Pool terrace
  • Pool inflatables and floats
  • Sun beds, Australian sun sail shades
  • 2 other terraces
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (gas)
  • Boule
  • Garden and grounds (which include a small chapel)
  • Parking

Notes

Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open throughout the year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from May to September)

There are many steps, and some steep drops in places but these are all properly fenced. We consider it safe for young children although parents should obviously keep a close eye on them

The best time to see the thousands of roses in full bloom is May / early June

Rentals for this property run from Saturday to Saturday in high season

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZA 16

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
7th January to 7th April 1,620 € 3,240 €
8th April to 21st April 1,930 € 3,860 €
22nd April to 26th May 1,620 € 3,240 €
27th May to 1st September 1,930 € 3,860 €
2nd September to 5th January 2018 1,620 € 3,240 €

ZA 16

2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
6th January to 23rd March 1,620 € 3,240 €
24th March to 6th April 1,930 € 3,860 €
7th April to 25th May 1,620 € 3,240 €
26th May to 31st August 1,930 € 3,860 €
1st September to 4th January 2019 1,620 € 3,240 €

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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In open countryside, 15 mins from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada)

Location

In open countryside, 10 mins from Pampaneira (basic facilities), 15 mins from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

Bubión (high mountain walking and horse riding etc) 15 mins; Capileira 20 mins

Granada (all facilites) 55 mins.

Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 45 mins; Almuñecar 1 hr; Nerja 1¼ hrs.

Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1½ hrs

Malaga 1¾ hrs; Córdoba 3 hrs; Ronda 3 hrs; Sevilla 3½ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Granada 55 mins; Málaga 1¾ 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

  • Órgiva is a natural communication centre: four roads depart from here, one linking Las Alpujarras with Salobreña and the Costa Tropical to the south; another heads west, through Lanjarón, leading on to Granada. A third one, through Torviscón, takes one through the foothills of the Contraviesa into the remoter villages of the Eastern Alpujarras; the fourth winds up into the Sierra Nevada, ascending to Pampaneira, Bubión, Capileira, Trevélez and the other high mountain villages.
  • Órgiva is an interesting - many would call it unique - mix of modern Spanish, more traditional Alpujarran characteristics and seekers of an alternative lifestyle.
  • All seem to live harmoniously here, local dumper-truck drivers alongside tai-chi practitioners; traditional Spanish Catholics alongside Zen Buddhists. It's an eclectic mix and all the more interesting for it.
  • It has developed service industries to cater for the needs of a very wide catchment area. Everything from supermarkets and pizzerias, banks and building suppliers, camp sites and petrol stations. The weekly (Thursday morning) market is not to be missed.
  • The Costa Tropical is less than 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!
  • Just 55 minutes 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.
  • 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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Órgiva

The largest town in the area (pop: 5,000), it is a little market town with a cosmopolitan and eccletic mix of peoples and lifestyles …
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