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ZA37(5)

2 bedrooms sleeps 4

Cosy and romantic in beautiful surroundings

Designed by a renowned expert on classical Moorish work, this is one of five top quality rental apartments in a magnificent mountain setting ...

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Review Icon"A lovely, quiet, well thought out place in a stunningly beautiful area. We've been twice and will certainly be going back. We have stayed in two of the apartments, which are separate and you can stay blissfully unaware of the others. The walks are varied and wonderful, and the views are indescribably beautiful. Highly recommended, although there is a temptation not to tell anyone else about it, just to keep it to ourselves."

Previous Guest (Jun 2015)

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Bedrooms

Two (one double, one twin bedded).

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Pool

Shared swimming pool

Circular, 10m diameter, 2.6 m deep.

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Location

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

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Price

From 830 € to 940 € per week.

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Villa Description

The farmhouse estate

"Exceptionally peaceful, surrounded by mountians and far reaching views. Spectacular walks to waterfalls and much more, all on your doorstep. If you like peace and quiet and hiking in the mountains, this is the place to be".

This magnificent farmhouse, four kilometres from the pretty village of Pitres, is situated high in the mountains (1,450 metres above sea level) at the end of a forestry track.

Set in a 17 acre estate, completely on its own with nothing but gorgeous mountain terrain all around, the vast views which opens up in front of you are fantastic, over the southern Sierras to the Mediterranean Sea beyond.

Designed by a renowned expert on classical Moorish work, the cortijo (farmhouse) is built in traditional style entirely from mountain stone. It is surrounded by very attractive gardens which include a 10 metre diameter circular swimming pool (2.6 m deep all round) and bathing terrace.

It's a delightfully quiet place. Hidden courtyards and patios provide sanctuaries of shade and greenery, others offer privacy in the sun. The gentle murmur of a spring or fountain never seems far away.

Fantastic, amazing!

"This mountain retreat was all we had hoped for and more. Our accommodation was very well thought out, very comfortable and private. We absolutely loved it and will definitely stay there again".

There are five apartments, each of them quite separate and private.

They are a little different in design and in facilities offered but all have been decorated and furnished to the same high standard, with handcrafted cupboards, finely detailed woodwork and Arabic tile work. WiFi internet and satellite TV come as standard.

Four have one bedroom (some also have a double sofabed); the fifth (this one) has two bedrooms (one double and one twin).

This apartment, "El Taller", is described in more detail below.

The owner, a master carpenter and who built this magnificent place from scratch over the past 18 years, has an apartment here too. Clients are nothing but fulsome in their praise of his friendly hospitality, advice and local knowledge. As one guest said, "he was always on hand to offer advice on the local area, but was never intrusive - a perfect balance."

What a wonderful experience

"So peaceful. A perfect spot in the middle of the Sierra Nevada. The owner was so helpful, the apartment was cleaner then my mother's house, hard to do! The property was beautiful, the views just breathtaking".

The gardens are beautiful and so, too, are the views, down to the Sierras de Lújar and Contraviesa with the Mediterranean Sea beyond. On a clear day it's possible to see Morocco, far away across the sea.

To the north, the peaks of Mulhacen and Veleta, snow-capped for much of the year, dominate the rugged mountain scene.

The pool area is situated on one side of the farmhouse, where it cannot disturb any of the guests. Although shared with the other guests, it's both intimate and inviting, large enough for all. Note that it's deep, 2.6m - there's no shallow end! Sunloungers and sun shades are set around the pool terrace and the southerly views are fabulous.

Although there are solar panels that begin to warm the water from early spring, because of the altitude here swimming in April and May is only for the brave hearted. But from June onwards it's a real treat, and very refreshing too in the hot, strong summer sun.

Behind the pool, a short track connects to the famed European GR7 footpath which crosses the Alpujarras before continuing all the way to, we are told, Greece ... There are, of course, any number of rather shorter walks in the mountains here, all of them truly wonderful.

Here you are in authentic, high mountain Spain, with hundreds of square miles of magnificent, wild and brooding scenery to revel in. It's incredibly beautiful.

Just birdsong and the distant clinking of goat bells to keep you company, the scents of lavender and rosemary pervading the crystal-clear mountain air.

At night a million stars shine like diamonds from a pollution free, pure sky. It's a brilliant spectacle, a spectacular show which has to be seen to be believed. Once seen, it's one you will never forget.

El Taller

"We have only praise and can truly say it’s the most beautiful and welcoming home. El Taller was extremely comfortable and well equipped, the grounds beautiful and inviting, the scenery and views uplifting and relaxing".

2 bedrooms; sleeps 2 or 4

The largest and most complete of all the apartments, it is beautifully beamed, tiled and fitted out.

Entrance is from a furnished, shady porch area, opposite which sunbeds are placed in the lawned garden with views through the trees.

A breakfast / dining area set for four leads on to the spacious, stylish country kitchen. The highlight is the vast living / dining room which accounts for nearly half of the apartment’s 100 m², with sofas, armchairs, an open fireplace and a dining table that can seat eight people.

The apartment sleeps 4 people very comfortably in two en-suite bedrooms, one double bedded, one twin bedded.

Underfloor heating keeps the apartment warm during winter months, in addition to the log fire in the living room.

Stunning!

"There are lovely walks to do in the immediate area, and the villages of Bubion, Capileira and Pampaneira are all within easy reach. We can only say positive things and will definitely return!"

Nearby Pitres (four kilometres away, a 20 minute walk - although 45 minutes back as it's uphill) has a few bars and restaurants, a small hotel, a decent supermarket and a good health food shop. There is a bank, a clinic and a pharmacy along with a few other shops. Friday morning is market day in the attractive plaza where fresh produce, clothes and crafts can be bought.

Five kilometres away, Capileira is the second highest village in Spain, moulded onto the mountainscape 1,435 metres above sea level. Its old streets - happily too narrow for cars - entwine and criss-cross their way a full hundred metres down the side of the gorge.

It's an enchanting maze of ancient dwellings, their cats and geraniums, hens and goats, nooks and crannies, fountains and sudden, dramatic views - both down the valley to Capileira's attractive sisters, Bubión and Pampaneira, and up to the mountain backdrop of Sierra Nevada, where blue skies meet pure white snow cresting the peaks.

And, for something just as rewarding but completely different, you can spend a day out in Granada, one of Spain's great cities, or even take a jaunt down to the Med.

And what better after a day out exploring the hills and dales than to return here, to quality accommodation which combines originality and style with comfort and convenience.

Villa Details

The Villa

All the facts and features about the villa

Distribution

El Taller : all on one floor

  • Entry from the estate gardens via a shaded and furnished private patio
  • Kitchen / breakfast room
  • Living / dining room with an open fireplace
  • 2 bedrooms:
    • 1 double with en-suite bathroom (walk-in shower only, no bath tub)
    • 1 twin bedded, with en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub)
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Facilities

Entertainment

  • Satellite TV (some channels in English; also German, French etc)
  • DVD
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)

Amenities

  • Open fireplace in the living / dining room
  • Underfloor central heating
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  • Portable Fans (on request)
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric Oven
  • Gas hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Toaster, Kettle, Coffee maker
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Private terrace
  • Sun beds
  • Outdoor dining furniture

Shared Facilities

  • Laundry Room (with washing machine and iron & board)
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  • Solar heated, 10 m circular swimming pool, 2.6 m deep
  • Pool terrace
  • Sun beds, sun shades
  • Gardens and grounds
  • Parking

Notes

Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from mid April until mid October. It's solar heated but, even so, at this altitude the normal swimming season is from late May to mid September

Rentals for this property run normally from Saturday to Saturday in high season although other start and finish days may be possible

 

 

 

For details of the other apartments on the estate, click on the links below:

El Atico (1 bedroom, sleeps 2)

El Estudio (1 bedroom, sleeps 2/4)

El Tinado (1 bedroom, sleeps 2/4)

El Patio (1 bedroom, sleeps 2/4)

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZA 37(5) Taller

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 6th January 940 € 1,880 €
7th January to 7th April 830 € 1,660 €
8th April to 21st April 940 € 1,880 €
22nd April to 30th June 830 € 1,660 €
1st July to 15th September 940 € 1,880 €
16th September to 15th December 830 € 1,660 €
16th December to 5th January 2018 940 € 1,880 €

ZA 37(5) Taller

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

Notes

The maximum capacity of this property is 4 people, but for flexibility, an additional supplementary bed is available. Please add 110€ per week to the above prices if required.

From November to April inclusive, there is an additional charge of 50€ per week for winter heating. This is paid locally to the owner on arrival.

Firewood is available from the owner and is 8€ per basket. Paid for locally as required.

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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Villa Location

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In open countryside, 4 km from Pitres (basic facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada)

Location

In open countryside, accessed by a 2 km forestry track, a little rough in places but managable in an ordinary car (driven slowly), 4 km from Pitres (basic facilities), 40 mins from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

Capileira 5km; Bubión 6km

Granada (all facilites) 1½ hrs.

Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 1¼ hrs; Almuñecar 1½ hrs; Nerja 1¾ hrs.

Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1¾ hrs

Malaga 2¼ hrs; Córdoba 3½ hrs; Ronda 3½ hrs; Sevilla 4 hrs.

Nearest Airports

Granada 1½ hrs; Málaga 2¼ hrs; Sevilla 4 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

  • Here you are high in the mountains, it's walking and horse riding countryside (difficult to beat anywhere in Europe).
  • There are, of course, lovely high mountain Moorish villages to visit, Capileira, Bubión (a couple of kilometres further down the valley) and Pampaneira to name but a few.
  • As well as being very beautiful Moorish villages, all are geared for catering for the walkers and high mountain nature lovers who frequent them; there are bars, restaurants and little shops a plenty.
  • Further down the valley, 40 minutes away, Órgiva is an interesting - many would call it unique - mix of modern Spanish, more traditional Alpujarran characteristics and seekers of an alternative lifestyle. It's an eclectic mix and all the more interesting for it.
  • Here there's everything from supermarkets and pizzerias, banks and building suppliers, camp sites and petrol stations. The weekly (Thursday morning) market is well worth visiting.
  • The Costa Tropical is 1¼ hours 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!
  • 1½ hours 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. There are fabulous riding stables with excellent horses just a kilometre away from the house.
  • 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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Pitres

The 'capital' of La Taha district (seven beautiful, tiny villages in the high Alpujarras). There are a few shops and bars; Friday is market day in the attractive plaza …

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