Not far from the village square, this traditional cottage with its wood beamed ceilings and handmade floor tiles is friendly and charming ...
Descending the storybook labyrinth of narrow, winding streets is one of the delights of being in Capileira, but staying at the top of the village near the little shops, restaurants, bars and parking has its attractions, too!
Excellently situated very near the square, yet in a quiet corner where one can sit out, this small village house is built with wood-beamed ceilings and handmade terracotta floor tiles. It's a genuine, traditional village house, at least 300 years old with big old chestnut beams and has plenty of space for two people.
Neatly renovated and comfortably furnished, it is a friendly house with lots of charm, ideal for a couple who want to enjoy the genuine atmosphere of the beautiful Alpujarra mountains and one of its most popular villages.
It has been home-from-home for 15 years now, to couples and single travellers wanting to get to know or hike in the magnificent mountain terrain of Las Alpujarras and, at the same time, enjoy the comfort of a genuine village house.
The original building, dating back to 1700, was completely and rustically restored in 2000. On one storey, with solid chestnut beams, a double living room and space to sit out (in sun or shade), it has the charm of an old friend.
The narrow, traffic-free street (except for a few occasional goats) widens to form a broad, semi-private corner where the house is located. Guests often sit out here in the sun or the shade of the fresno tree.
The old wooden front door opens to a very welcoming room which is divided into a decently equipped kitchen area on the left, sitting space on the other side with a sofa (which can be made up as a single bed if required) and wicker chairs (which can be taken to sit outside). The sitting area can be curtained off from the kitchen.
This leads through to the main living room, furnished in rustic style with a sofa and armchair. The super-efficient, cast-iron Hergom wood-burning stove keeps it all toasty warm in winter; insulation in the roof and thick stone walls help keep the house cool in summer and warm during cooler months. There is a radio, TV and DVD player for quiet nights in.
The bathroom (with shower over the bath tub) leads off at one end. Three steps lead up at the other end to the double bedroom.
The house is well looked after by the owner's sister who lives in the village and is always on hand if guests need anything.
Although, what more could one want? The atmosphere is very relaxing, the furnishings are comfortable enough and it’s a great place to explore from. As well as its winsome cottage atmosphere the other great feature here is, quite simply, its location: just below the village square but in a quiet corner of a traffic-free street. So you're nicely hidden away yet very close to good local facilities - including bar terraces, bakeries and craft shops - which these days include WiFi at café-bars. Trails along the magnificent gorge, down to the river or up into the Sierra Nevada mountains start from your doorstep.
The Mediterranean coast is an hour away and Órgiva, the main market town of Las Alpujarras, is less than half an hour away. Granada is little more than a one hour drive.
The second highest village in Spain, Capileira is spectacularly 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.
An enchanting maze of ancient dwellings, cats and geraniums, hens and goats, nooks and crannies, fountains and sudden, dramatic views - both down the valley and up to the mountain backdrop of Sierra Nevada, where blue skies meet pure white snow cresting the peaks - there are few more beautiful situations anywhere in Europe.
Many folk, from Iceland to New Zealand, have stayed at the cottage and left encouraging comments, including plenty of honeymooners. "Our fantastic rental cottage" is what (not so) Crazy George calls it in the caption to his photo on Flickr. We'll leave you to make your own minds up!
A weekly change of linen and towels is included for rentals of more than one week
Rentals for this property can start and finish on any day of the week
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) 1¼ hrs.
Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 1 hr; Almuñecar 1¼ hrs; Nerja 1½ hrs.
Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1½ hrs
Granada 1¼ hrs; Málaga 2 hrs; Sevilla 3½ hrs.
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