In a secluded, rural location in the lower foothills of Las Alpujarras, this pretty holiday house has olive groves, orange trees and soft green grass for playing on.
"Thank you for a perfect, restful week. We were wowed every day by the spectacular panoramic views of the mountains from the roof terrace and loved strolling in the gorgeous olive and orange groves in the grounds. The villa was comfortable and clean, the private swimming pool was wonderful and there was everything we needed for our stay. What a peaceful and beautiful place: I am looking forward to returning soon.' "
Three (one double, two twin bedded which can be converted to double beds if preferred) plus one bedroom annexe (with two single beds)
Private swimming pool
8 m x 4 m, 1.2 m - 2 m deep.
In open countryside, 5 minutes from Órgiva in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).
From 850 € to 1,300 € per week.
This cortijo (a country house and garden) is ideal for a relaxing family holiday. The extensive private gardens are delightful, either for resting in quietly or for romping around in.
The house is in the whitewashed and stone style typical of a traditional cortijo cottage of this area, crisp and neat and well maintained.
The valley hamlet of Tijolas (pronounced 'tickle her'!) winds through peaceful countryside and it's a convenient 20 minute walk into Orgiva town. Prickly pear, eucalyptus and pines line the way while little birds flutter off as you approach. It seems that every house along the Tijolas road has an abundance of flowers and fruit trees, not to mention the hectares of (some very ancient) olive groves.
The cortijo is set slightly back from the (very quiet) road into town, a paved driveway takes you up from the road to a circular turning area in front of the house. You can leave your car here but there is also more parking space below the property, all in all there is plenty of space for five cars.
The main part of the house, as you go in, is on one storey but then drops down to the next level, at the back of the house, which is where most of the bedrooms are.
Stepping inside from the front door, this 'ground' floor consists of a kitchen/diner with a lounge area, a double bedroom and a convenient cloakroom.
The lounge area has two double-seater sofas arranged around a coffee table and two armchairs with leg-rest stools. For winter holidays there is a wood burning stove in the corner guaranteed to keep you cosy and snug. There is a 42" widescreen TV with Blu Ray DVD facilities and direct access to the pool terrace from the living room's French windows. The dining table seats six and a high chair is available for a very little guest.
The kitchen is zoned off from the living/dining area by brick partition walls with open arches. Although fairly small, the kitchen is well-equipped with a double sink, four-ring gas hob and electric oven, dishwasher and fridge freezer. There is a washing machine and ironing facilities which are in a separate utility space downstairs.
To the right of the front door is a cloakroom with a washbasin and wc, and behind this cloakroom is a double bedroom. The bedroom is bright and airy, with a large window which lets in a lot of light.
Leading down from this floor are ten steps which take you to the lower part of the house.
Staying on this level though, let's move outside for a bit.
The pool terrace is a splash away from the outdoor breakfast patio and only a few steps from the double doors of the living room. The swimming pool has plenty of space around the pool for sunbeds and is so close to the house, forgetting your book or cold beer won't be any inconvenience!
There are two more garden terraces below the pool, connected by a series of steps. The extensive garden grounds are private from neighbours and fenced in all around (the pool is not separately gated so children need to be supervised).
The gardens are delightful - with mature trees, mostly olives and oranges, with palms, bananas and yuccas. A huge variety of plants adds more interest with roses, jasmine and herbs all adding to the scent of summer. At the side of the house has to be one of the tallest cacti we have ever seen - it's a real green giant - amazing!
Going back to the inside of the house and taking the ten stairs down to the lower level, we go down to the bedrooms.
The bedroom to the right of the stairs is a double bedroom with a picture window. Its two single beds can be pushed together to make one double bed or it can be a twin bedded room - whichever you prefer. This bedroom has en suite bathroom facilities which, due to a nifty door arrangement, can either be locked on one side so that its use is exclusive to the bedroom, or unlocked so that it can be a bathroom for other guests in the house but keeping the bedroom private.
The bathroom has a bath tub with a shower over, wc, hand basin, mirror and heated towel rail, all the fittings are of a modern, clean style.
Between this bedroom and the final bedroom in the main part of the house is a convenient laundry area housing the washing machine and a sink.
The final double bedroom in the main house is almost identical to the first bedroom on this floor, having an en suite bathroom (but with a walk-in shower, not a bath) it also has a bidet.
Leading through directly by double doors is another bedroom 'addition'. Especially suitable for children, this twin bedded room is an annexe to the main house incorporating the original, exterior stone wall on one side and glass bricks on another. One wall has a big window and a door which leads to the lower garden terrace. The bedroom has two single beds - it's quirky and fun.
To eat al fresco here, in natural surroundings, is an absolute pleasure. The house has a shaded dining terrace with mountain views of the Sierra Lujar, jasmine climbing through the ironwork and palms trees swaying in the breeze.
If you are holidaying in the winter sunshine, you'll experience the truly breathtaking colour contrast between the blue, blue sky, the white mountain snow and the vibrant oranges still in their trees.
The house is an attractive, sun-filled place suitable for all the family and on top of that, the location is perfect for entertainment to suit everyone. Historical Granada and the 'must see' Alhambra are an hour's drive away, the beach is only half an hour away, Almuñecar (40 mins' drive) has a fun waterpark.
Venturing into the Sierra Nevada national park, very close by, you have the charming white villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira. These picturesque mountain villages of the Poqueira Valley have retained many of their traditional features from times gone by.
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from May until mid October
Rentals for this property run from Saturday to Saturday in high season
Bed linen and towels are changed weekly
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.
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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