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ZA 21

10 bedrooms, sleeps 20

A whole mountain to yourself...more or less

This restored and extended farmhouse, set in an extensive 60 acre estate, has three ecological vineyard, tennis court and even a helipad to arrive in style.

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Review Icon"Long overdue now, but in case of use, I can report that our group had a wonderful stay there. The setting is stunning: beautiful, stately hills and vineyards all around, with a timeless atmosphere and a real sense of being part of the landscape. Nestled amongst this the guesthouses are comfortable and authentic, and ideal for a large group as there are plenty of spots to be both together and have time apart. Simon is a colourful and attentive host, and always game for an activity (archery and wine-making were popular) if anyone can tear themselves away from the pool. It's a beautiful place to get away to. "

Niall (Jul 2016)

Review Icon"A unique holiday, from wine tasting in the bodega to pool fun with the kids."

Previous Guest (Aug 2015)

Review Icon"When I get older, losing my hair many years from now, I will still keep the memories of this fantastic 2015 New Year! "

Previous Guest (Dec 2014)

Review Icon"An absolute pleasure to be here. My love affair with Spain has begun & we hope to come back soon for a return archery match. "

Previous Guest (Nov 2014)

Review Icon"A magical & very special place - I loved every second & hope very much to come back soon."

Previous Guest (Sep 2014)

Review Icon"We were very pleased with the delicious food & with the great hospitality. We'll recommend this place to anyone we meet back home in Sweden. "

Previous Guest (Feb 2014)

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Bedrooms

Ten (six doubles, four twin bedded).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

12 m x 6 m, 1 m - 2.2 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 15 minutes from Alfornon in La Contraviesa region (Province of Granada).

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Price

From 2,870 € to 3,930 € per week.

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Villa Description

Dip at the pool, sip at the pool bar

"A unique holiday, from wine tasting in the bodega to pool fun with the kids."

After years of searching, here in this setting, our Scottish host found the ruins of a centuries-old, abandoned farm house. He chose to bring this cortijo back to life and have it as his home. The project took over three years to complete. Each window, door, beam, tile, reja … has been reclaimed from elsewhere in Andalucía to reproduce an authentic rustic farm house reminiscent of a 19th century cortijo. The 60 acre estate consists of four separate properties: the owner's house and three rental cottages called Bodega, Veleta and Campana.

The cortijo is situated 4 km from the country road, a reasonably well kept track takes you through a sea of almonds, olives, figs and vines to a soaring outlook over the rolling, south-facing slopes of the Contraviesa.

Welcome to the wine-growing region of the Alpujarras! This is where the grapes grow fat and ripe with all the sunshine they soak up.

A sun and seclusion blend

An ideal location for bigger parties or a few families to holiday together. With three separate cottages that can be interconnected, you get privacy as well.

The style throughout is traditional with ochre coloured rendered walls, red-tiled roofs, chestnut beams, timber and cane ceilings and terracotta floors. While not professing to be at all luxury, the ambience is comfortable, light and airy while at the same time being quirky and full of character.

Two of the self-catering cottages can be interconnected when required, making it ideal for bookings for several families with children, or perhaps workshop groups, for example yoga retreats or painting courses.

The first and smallest of the cottages is Bodega. It is laid out all on one floor (it sleeps four – one double bedded room and one twin with a shared en suite bathroom). You enter through a 'stable' door directly into the open-plan living room and kitchen. With its high wood-beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls and big open fire-place, there is something striking about this room – possibly the flood of light that shines in through the French windows, leading out onto the fantastic 90 metre terrace.

Birds, bees and flowers, nothing more

After a while here, even the gentle hum of the pool bar fridge will sound loud. Tranquillity at its very best.

This magnificent south facing terrace, complete with built-in barbecue (which converts into an open fire for post dinner warmth into the evening), is ideal for enjoying the spectacular sunsets of this area, al fresco dinners and then on into the night, gazing at the display of the most astonishing night skies. Please note this terrace is not safe for unsupervised children, the railing is not child proof.

Both the bedrooms of Bodega Cottage are off the main living room. The twin bedroom (with built-in beds) also has doors onto the terrace. The one bathroom with bath and separate shower is en suite for both bedrooms.

Court or table tennis, boules or badminton - your call

There is a full-size and well maintained tennis court as well as table tennis. Swimming and archery too, if that's your thing.

The other two cottages, Campana and Veleta, are both on three levels and can be interconnected. Both have large private terraces. If rented as a whole, the door between the living rooms can be opened making one large room with enough seating and dining space for the group.

Campana is entered through a narrow, well equipped, kitchen up a few steps into the living room, long dining table with sofas and armchairs cosily arranged around the fireplace. Through an archway, on this level there is a bathroom, downstairs to the two twin bedrooms, both with doors out onto a private 50 metre terrace, that runs along the front of the property. Or upstairs to the two double bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom.

Veleta is entered from the covered terrace to the side of the house, into the living room. It has a similar layout to Campana except there are three double bedrooms, one en suite and one twin bedded with a second bathroom.

A full-size tennis court has this unbeatable backdrop and you will feel like you are playing tennis on top of the world. Outdoor table tennis is available too, just below the tennis court on a grass terrace.

A short and pleasant stroll down from the house is the helipad - for those who want to arrive in style. There are children’s swings, a boules/ badminton court, and a further walk through the olive groves brings you to an archery range. So there's fun to be had by all, whether it be relaxing by the pool, swimming laps, playing tennis, practising your skills at archery or just contemplating the view.

Vineyards surround the property

With its own ecological vineyards, wine-making facilities and bodega, this is very much a working wine-producing finca.

The estate farms some 3000 almond trees, 500 olive trees and a good number of fig trees.

And recently three new vineyards have replaced the old with six different grape varieties including Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo and Macabeo, producing more than 2000 litres of wine per year.

Almonds are harvested towards the end of September, just before the grape picking and wine- making, then on to the olive gathering in November. Anyone interested is welcome to participate and experience the joys of these harvests.

Traditional and functional

This is a welcoming and charming property with an air of the 'old colonial' about it.

Whatever the season, the landscape is rich with colour. From mid-January the almond trees start to blossom, by mid-March the Contraviesa is alive with carpets of multi-coloured wild flowers, a spectacular sight that people travel from far and wide to see.

Set up above the house is the fabulous 12 x 6 m, ozone-treated, swimming pool, with the most wonderful panoramic views. There is plenty of space for everyone to lounge around the pool, with a little something prepared in the bar of the conveniently located pool house – complete with kitchen and shower room, nothing is missing.

And just breathe in ... the air all around is scented with rosemary, thyme and wild lavender.

Plenty of space for all...

"After a hectic year we came seeking beauty, relaxation & solitude & found it in spades! What an utterly magical place."

When the cottages are booked together, a fun holiday can be had with all the family including the very young to the young at heart. The altitude of the villa (3000 ft above sea level) means that the summer heat is not as intense as further inland or on the coast. For rentals outside the summer season each cottage has an open fireplace (with wood included in the price) and central heating throughout.

There is full wifi coverage, so you needn't feel completely cut off during your holiday time out.

...and space enough for one

Relax on your own terrace or take a long walk in any direction. Or simply lie back in one of the hammocks under the shade of the chambao.

The Contraviesa mountain range rises between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean sea. Whether approaching from the south or the north, the drive to this holiday retreat is stunning. The north side takes you up to the almost perpetual snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the south down to the shimmering blue Mediterranean sea – on clear days across to the mountains of Morocco.

There are plenty of activities on the estate itself, but the Contraviesa offers a whole host of interesting days out if you are looking for a change.

The coast is easy to get to, about thirty minutes' drive, so a day at the beach, with a fresh seafood lunch thrown in, could be on the menu. Once on the coast, the motorway can take you further afield, directly to Málaga or Almería, either for their airports or for exploration in their own right.

Granada is roughly an hour away and is a city well worth taking time to visit. Not only is there the renowned Alhambra (it really is something special), there is the Moorish quarter of the Albacín, historical architecture, flamenco, lively tapas bars and general Spanish buzz. Granada also offers skiing at Sierra Nevada from December to April.

For golf enthusiasts, the Santa Clara complex just south of Granada offers decent level golf at reasonable rates. There are international standard courses further along the coast around Málaga.

Set in this wine-producing area of Andalucía, this villa has its focus on tranquil relaxation. With the added interest of its vineyards and bodega it will surely make for a fun holiday with a difference.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Bodega

  • Open plan living room / dining area
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  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 double with shared en-suite bathroom (bath tub with shower and separate shower cubicle)
    • 1 twin with shared en-suite bathroom (as above)
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  • Kitchen
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  • 90 sqr mtr terrace with barbecue

Campana

  • Open plan living room / dining area
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  • 4 bedrooms :
    • 2 double (one with en-suite bathroom)
    • 2 twin bedded
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  • Separate bathroom
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  • Kitchen
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  • 50 sqr mtr private terrace

Veleta

  • Open plan living room / dining area
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  • 4 bedrooms :
    • 3 doubles (one with en-suite bathroom)
    • 1 twin bedded
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  • Bathroom (shared between other bedrooms)
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  • Kitchen
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  • 70 sqr mtr private terrace

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Local and satellite TV (UK Channel Information)
    Due to changes to the UK satellite services this property currently does not receive UK terrestrial programmes, BBC, ITV etc.
  • DVD (may not be available for rentals of single cottage only)
  • CD/Radio/iPod dock at pool bar.
  • WiFi internet access (bring your own devices)

General Amenities

  • Open fireplaces in each of the living rooms
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  • Portable fans
  • All linen is provided (including beach/pool towels)
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  • Cot & Highchair available (on request).

Kitchen (each cottage)

  • Electric Oven
  • Electric hob (4 rings Bodega and Valeta)
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Dishwasher (in Bodega and Campana)
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Cafetiere
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery
  • Essential store cupboard items

Outdoors

  • Ozone filtered swimming pool (approx. 12 m x 6 m, 1 m - 2.2 m deep)
  • Pool showers (One alongside the pool, second in the pool house bathroom)
  • Sun beds
  • Pool terrace with pool bar and kitchen
  • Pool and Night lighting
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  • Furnished (shaded) dining terrace (at each cottage) and the pool bar
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  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture for each cottage and at the pool bar
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  • Barbecue (on the large terrace and at the pool terrace)
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  • Garden and grounds
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  • Full size tennis courts (Tennis Racquets and balls provided)
  • Table tennis in lawned area (Bats and balls provided)
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  • Covered relaxation and yoga area away from main property
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  • Helipad
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  • Covered parking for up to 6 vehicles

Notes

The swimming pool will be open from April to October inclusive.

Please, no smoking indoors.

The villa is remote and whilst the 4km track is negotiable in an ordinary car, you do need to drive slowly and with care.

Wine and organic olive oil from the finca can be purchased at the property.

Firewood and heating costs are included in the price.

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

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZA 21

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
7th January to 7th April 2,870 € 5,740 €
8th April to 21st April 3,930 € 7,860 €
22nd April to 16th June 2,870 € 5,740 €
17th June to 1st September 3,930 € 7,860 €
2nd September to 15th December 2,870 € 5,740 €
16th December to 5th January 2018 3,930 € 7,860 €

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2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---

Notes

Prices are inclusive of firewood and heating costs.

Security Deposit

A 350 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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Villa Location

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

Location

In open countryside, accessed by a 4 km track (see note above) 15mins from Alfornon (some facilities), 25 mins from Sorvilán (most facilities). 40mins from Órgiva, in Las Alpujarras region and 1 hour from Motril on the coast (all facilities).

Granada (all facilites) 1½ hours.

Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 1 hour; Almuñecar 1¼ hours; Nerja 1½ hours.

Bubión (high mountain walking and horse riding etc) 1 hour 10 mins; Capileira 1 hour 20 mins.

Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1¾ hrs.

Malaga 1¾ hrs; Córdoba 3 hrs; Ronda 3¼ hrs; Sevilla 4 hrs.

Nearest Airports

Almeria 1 hr; Granada 1½ hrs; Málaga 1¾ 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.
  • Lanjarón is is famous for its mineral water which is sold throughout Spain and beyond, while its spa waters have been celebrated for centuries for their curative properties and are considered to be some of the best in the country. Try them for yourself at the town′s Balneario where you can indulge in a whole range of treatments.
  • While the Balneario is open (March to December), the town is full of mainly elderly visitors who come from all over Spain to take the waters.
  • Overlooking the town is a rocky outcrop capped by a ruined Moorish castle. Legend has it that the Moorish ruler of Lanjarón threw himself from the castle tower, rather than surrender, when he realised that the Christian army, led by the Catholic King Fernando, was going to be victorious.
  • Stretched out along the main street are various bars and restaurants, as well as a tourist information office.
  • The Costa Tropical is just 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 an hour and a half 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.
  • And, of course, here you are 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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