Hidden among olive and orange groves in a peaceful, rural location, this cottage has a warm, comfortable feel ...
"How to tell you how much we appreciated your kindness and care along those too short days. The cortijo is a lovely place. We enjoyed each minute."
"It's time to leave this oasis of calm & beauty and return to the real world. The house is a home away from home but better. Sunshine, fresh ripe fruit straight from the trees outside the door, a pool with fantastic views so when relaxing you don't feel so bad about not going sightseeing – again. A huge thank you to our wonderful hosts – you made our stay even better with all your help and advice. When friend and family ask for tips on Spain – yours will be the first name from our lips."
"Our last day, it seems impossible we have only been here two weeks. It has been so wonderful and relaxing. The 'real world' seems a million miles away. The owners showed us all the best places to eat and visit, but best of all showed us how to relax. So thank you both for welcoming us into your home."
"What a wonderful location!! And a beautiful house! We were really impressed with all the lovely little touches. Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality."
Two (one double, one twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
9 m x 2.8 m, 1.5 - 1.8 m deep.
In open countryside, 5 minutes from Órgiva in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).
Sleeping 2 from 690 € to 1,220 € per week.
Sleeping 4 from 750 € to 1,220 € per week.
This casita (cottage) built in the traditional Alpujarran style, is a five minute drive from the market town of Órgiva, set back a couple of hundred metres from the small country lane which winds through the countryside away from town.
It's a peaceful, rural location, hidden among olive and orange groves within mature fragrant gardens. Views are superb, with the often snow capped peaks of Sierra Nevada to the north and graceful Sierra Lújar dominating the horizon to the south.
The garden is lovely, full of exotic, perfumed flowering shrubs and trees, all watered by the springs and melting snows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The gardens are alive with bees, butterflies and a mixture of African, Northern and Southern European birds. Beyond are citrus and olive trees.
Inside, it has very nicely decorated using traditional rustic touches like wooden beams, ceramic tiles and rustic floors. Walls are painted in warm, natural colours to enhance its comfortable, cheerful atmosphere.
The owners are constantly refurbishing and improving things to keep it always up to date, a really enjoyable and happy holiday home.
Entrance to the casita is from the covered porch, where a table and seating is provided for you to enjoy breakfast in the morning sunshine or lunch in the shade of the large avocado tree.
It's a beautiful spot, all around is wonderful tranquillity amid the semi-tropical vegetation.
This leads into an open plan living area where there is a wood burning stove, comfortable seating and the dining table. There is a flat screen TV and DVD with access to UK satellite programmes. Wi-Fi internet is available.
The little kitchen area behind was newly refitted in January 2010, designed in the local country style.
There is a range style oven, fridge with small freezer, microwave, electric kettle and toaster as well as plenty of glassware, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.
There are two spacious bedrooms, one with a king sized double bed and the other with twin beds. Each bedroom has a fitted wardrobe, electric fan and romantic mosquito curtains and is decorated with Moorish influences.
The bathroom is also spacious (bath tub with shower over) and is flooded with extra light from the small coloured glass dome in the roof.
The English owners live in the original farmhouse, some 50 metres or so away from the cottage. Although close by, they take every care to ensure that guests staying at the casita will enjoy peace and privacy.
The Guest Book is full of compliments about their kindness, hospitality, help and advice.
Not to mention Pauline's fresh baked bread, eggs laid by their hens and the fresh fruit and vegetables picked from the garden (they always provide a welcome pack using home grown ingredients whenever possible).
Guests have exclusive use of the elegantly shaped swimming pool which is situated between the two properties. At the owners end of the pool a high screen blocks their view, giving guests privacy when using the pool.
There is a barbecue, and sun beds (with mattresses) for relaxing by the pool or in the tranquil gardens.
There is also a table and chairs by the pool if you prefer to have a relaxing lunch here, taking in the stunning mountain views.
A perfect retreat from life's hustle and bustle, here you can rest up and laze around in complete peace and enjoy all that is beautiful about this wonderful part of rural Spain.
The following is a typical entry in the Guest Book: "This charming casita has lived up to all expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the wonderfully relaxing surroundings. Thank you for being such charming hosts".
There are many more on a similar theme. Such as "A lovely corner of paradise. The Casita is wonderful, the views exquisite and we couldn't have asked for more. Sipping our cava at night listening to the various sounds of nature made us relaxed and able to forget all the stresses of London life. Thanks for all your help and for having such a wonderful place".
And, "It's time to leave this oasis of calm and beauty and return to the real world. The Casita is a home away from home - but better. Sunshine, fresh ripe fruit straight from the trees outside the door, a pool with fantastic views ... Thank you very much for a wonderful holiday, it has been delightful".
Órgiva is just a few minutes drive away from the Casita or a pleasant 20-25 minute walk. It attracts people from all over Europe, many of them enthused by Chris Stewart's books about the area, "Driving over Lemons" and "Parrot in a Pepper Tree" among them.
Most facilities are to be found including cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, shops, pharmacies and small supermarkets. A popular weekly market takes place on Thursday mornings.
Granada, less than an hour away, is an amazing city of unique shops, an Arab quarter, cafes and restaurants and, of course, the famous Alhambra Palace, with its fantastic architecture and ancient, beautiful gardens dating back to the 11th century.
The Sierra Nevada ski slopes near Granada are about an hour and twenty minutes away. Among Europe's highest resorts it has a long season, normally from the end of November to the end of April or even into May.
Beaches to the south at Salobreña are about a 35 minute drive from here. Or you can travel a little further on to Almuñecar and La Herradura on the Costa Tropical, or to Nerja on the Costa del Sol.
If you prefer something a little more active, there is no better place anywhere to walk, climb, cycle or horse ride than in the magnificent mountain scenery of Las Alpujarras.
Enjoy, too, the eight centuries of Moorish heritage in the traditional, white-washed, high mountain villages.
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)
A welcome pack is included. Home produced olive oil, homemade jam, fresh baked bread, wine, beer, water, milk, butter, fruit (in season) and eggs (from the owners hens, when possible) are included.
Plus store cupboard items - teas, coffee etc.
Bed linen and towels are changed twice weekly
Rentals for this property run from Saturday to Saturday in high season
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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