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ZL 111

4 bedrooms, sleeps 8 / 9

Character and tradition in a fine old country house

An old farmhouse in a lovely rural location, converted into an intimate country house rental property which remains true to its history and traditions ...

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Review Icon"We brought most of the family to Andalucía this year. Lovely week, fantastic house, fantastic weather. Seen a lot in most places of Andalucía. Alhambra, the coast, caves, local market. We only spent a week, but felt like a fortnight. Thanks from the international family, "

Previous Guest (Aug 2014)

Review Icon"Thank you for a wonderful stay! The house is beautiful, the views stunning, Pepa’s food is Godsend and you wonderful swimming pool the highlight of it all. We have all loved it relaxing and happy holiday. All the very best, "

Previous Guest (Jul 2014)

Review Icon"Thank you very much for the warm welcome in your lovely house. We spent a great time there and hope we will be able to return one day! Gracias!!"

Previous Guest (May 2014)

Review Icon"Thank you for a most enjoyable stay. The views are excellent and the scent of orange blossom is very powering. The location is ideal being almost half distant from both Granada and the sea."

Previous Guest (May 2014)

Review Icon"We both thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and being so welcome to your property – a real Shangri la. Your “pino” is truly magnificent standing guard ever such a peaceful refuge. This is the right antidote to the mad world of commercialison! We truly hope to make a return here in the not too distant future. All our very best wishes to you,"

Previous Guest (Apr 2014)

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Bedrooms

Four (one double, three twin bedded).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

8 m x 4 m, 1.4 - 1.7 m deep.

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Location

300 metres from Albuñuelas in El Valle de Lecrín region (Province of Granada).

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Price

From 1,810 € to 2,410 € per week.

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Villa Description

A peaceful ambience

The romantic traditions of this fine old house have been carefully retained. It's as if the antique and period furnishings have the ability to slow down time.

A beautiful old farmhouse in a lovely rural location, now converted into a delightfully intimate country house holiday rental property of excellent quality.

The cortijo has a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere, it's as if the antique furnishings have the ability to slow down time itself. Throughout, decoration and furnishings are tastefully in keeping with the romantic tradition of this fine old house.

There is a large sitting room downstairs where the original tiled floor and beamed ceiling have been retained, an attractive mix of rustic decor, original paintings and period furniture. The windows frame picturesque scenes of the gardens and the valley below.

Leading off the salon is the dining room with the fireplace and an art deco dining table seating up to 10 persons and a modern, well equipped kitchen,opening on to the rear patio.

Times gone by

"Light colours on the walls balance the dark impact of the old wooden beams. Airy rooms, flowers and the use of crisp fabrics and delicious bedlinen induce a lovely colonial atmosphere".

The bedrooms are located on the first floor, individually decorated in soft pastel colours and some with their original high, beamed ceilings. All have en-suite bath or shower rooms in delicate Granada tiles.

The Blue room is decorated in French powder blue and has twin beds which can be joined. The windows over look the pool on one side and the olive groves on the other.

The Rose room is twin bedded and has splended views of the village and hills beyond.

The Ochre room has antique twin beds and a spacious sitting area and has views of the terrace and orange groves below.

The double bedded Yellow room has a beamed ceiling and overlooks the rose filled patio below. An adjoining sitting room alongside (where an extra single bed can be accommodated, if required) makes this an ideal family suite.

Dappled shade

The cobbled terrace at the front offers a tranquil sitting area under the shade of the magnificent Aleppo pine which rises high, high above the farmhouse.

One guest's comment was, "Light colours on the walls balance the dark impact of the old wooden beams. Airy rooms, flowers and the use of crisp fabrics and delicious bedlinen induce a lovely colonial atmosphere".

The wide, cobbled terrace at the front offers a cool, tranquil sitting area under the shade of the magnificent, gargantuan and very old Aleppo pine tree which rises high, high above the old farmhouse. Not only is it a magnificent tree, it also casts delightful, dappled shade over the terrace.

Just one of many superb outside spaces here, this is a great place to take drinks and tapas in the evening, watching the sun sinking slowly over distant mountains, casting its beautiful evening rays over the village in the valley below.

There are very pretty gardens too, which include a secluded, flower-filled furnished patio immediately behind the house which is a perfect spot to take your meals al fresco.

Mature gardens

There are a variety of attractive garden areas to choose from, each with a different planting theme and ambience.

Here, an enormous glass table (it can seat 12) sits in a pergola bedecked with beautiful yellow roses which clamber all over. There's a barbecue alongside and other casual seating too in this lovely patio, full of mature flowering shrubs and colourful pot plants.

The mature gardens all around have been extended and developed. A short walk away from the house along the garden path, there is a romantic garden around the gazebo (another lovely feature here, beautifully decorative and furnished with table and chairs) replete with thyme, rosemary, scented roses and jasmin.

On a different level there's a grassy area around the pool with cypress trees, myrtle and lavender.

The swimming pool (gated and heated by solar panels) is a delightful spot with its lawned surround and vistas over the joyous countryside beyond. Stairs lead down to orange and lemon groves and a vegetable patch with courgettes and pumpkins.

The pool is overlooked by the property immediately behind but this small apartment has the same owners as the rental house. It is where they (a lovely Spanish / Scottish couple) move to when their main residence is rented. They do, of course, keep a proper and appropriate distance, happy to be of assistance but observing guests privacy at all times.

Views, of the little village of Albuñuelas in the river valley below, the surrounding groves of oranges and lemons, almonds and olives, and to the pine-covered mountains beyond are superb.

Joyous countryside

Bordered by the Sierra de Albuñuelas and the Sierra de Guajar, there are beautiful walks with wonderful vistas at every turn.

It's just a short stroll from here to Albuñuelas, a traditional little 'pueblo' with a population of just over 1,000 inhabitants.

Nestling into the hillside above the gorge of the Rio Santo - it enjoys a spectacular position at the head of the Lecrin Valley.

La Sierra de Albuñuelas rises up behind to 1.426 metres. The campesinos will be seen farming the surrounding terraces, as often as not with their mules in tow. The main crops here are citrus and semi tropical fruit, olives and almonds.

The name of the village derives from an Arab word meaning abundance - a fitting superlative for the surrounding orchards heavily laden with oranges, lemons, medlars, pomegranates, persimmons, custard apples, avocados and vines weighed down with grapes.

A land of plenty

Surrounding orchards are heavily laden with oranges, lemons, medlars, pomegranates, persimmons, custard apples, avocados and grape vines.

Some of the most dramatic views to be had anywhere in the valley are to be found here - bordered by the Sierra de Albuñuelas (where fugitives lived after the Spanish Civil War) and the Sierra de Guajar - with wonderful vistas across to the Alpujarras and the Sierra Nevada.

The land is replete with pines, olive trees, wild flowers, aromatic plants and natural springs. Thanks to its lush vegetation, the area is also a natural reserve for birds and animals such as pheasant and doves, rabbit, wild boar, deer and mountain goats.

The streets of Albuñuelas are redolent with the Moorish history of the area. Among the flower draped houses in the narrow cobbled streets you will find the remnants of a 14th century Arab tower, communal stone wash houses and elaborately tiled fountains, as well as a 17th century Archbishop's palace.

Life changes slowly here. The cavernous ground floors of the houses are still used to stable the mules and dogs, along with rabbits, turkeys, chickens and pigs at various times of the year.

Captivated by its beauty

Traveling south from Granada, the Moors reached a land which had everything they prized. They named it El Valle de Lecrín - the Valley of Happiness.

The open top floors or 'miradors' are festooned with drying chillies and tomatoes at the end of the summer and hams and chorizo sausages being cured after the matanza - the killing of pigs in January.

These jostle for space with bougainvillea and jasmine tumbling over balustrades. On summer evenings neighbours sit on their doorsteps chatting happily and old men keep alive the craft of esparto grass weaving to make baskets and panniers for the mules.

Two bakeries deliver fresh bread and cakes each day and the fish vendor arrives with the morning's catch of fish, fresh from the Mediterranean.

There are several bars, mostly traditional, local establishments, a couple of small supermarkets, a pharmacy and a local doctor. On the last Thursday morning of each month there is a full street market selling everything from different types of olives to pots and pans. On other Thursdays it's a smaller affair.

Granada or the deep blue sea

Just 15 minutes away from the motorway which runs between Granada and the Mediterranean, this is an ideal holiday location.

All delightfully rural, yet from here it's little more than half an hour to Mediterranean beaches (heading south) and to the magnificent city of Granada, in the opposite direction. The new motorway (which runs from Granada to the coast) will quickly and easily take you in either direction.

The world famous La Alhambra in Granada is a must visit and the city itself is not to be missed, either.

The beaches of Granada's Costa Tropical are, in many ways, more attractive than those of the Costa del Sol further west. The coastline here is much more rugged and this has protected it from excessive tourist development. The pebbly/sand - rather than golden sand - beaches also contribute to keeping the trappings of mass tourism at bay.

There are some wonderful coves and bays to explore as well as the resort towns of Almuñecar (which has an excellent summer jazz festival), fashionable Nerja (which does have beautiful, sandy beaches), Salobreña (the closest of them all, just half an hour away) and, last but not least, La Herradura.

This means "horseshoe" and gets its name from the contours of the beautiful bay which it graces. It's a pretty town, not much more than a fishing village really, but with sufficient concessions to tourism to provide a choice of restaurants, beach bars and night spots.

The beautiful mountain terrain of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Las Alpujarras, is another delightful day trip from here. The G7 walking route and horse trekking start from the front door.

The cities of Sevilla and Córdoba are further afield but, now connected to Granada by fast and comparatively empty motorways, still within easy visiting distance.

What can be better than this: a lovely old farmhouse full of character and old fashioned charm, with pretty gardens and delightful views, set in a beautiful rural location half way between Granada and the sea?

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry room
  • Various furnished terraces
  • Gardens and grounds

First floor

  • 4 bedrooms :
    • 1 suite (comprising a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a separate living room where an additional bed can be accommodated if required)
    • 3 twin bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms

Facilities

Entertainment

  • TV (Spanish programmes only)
  • DVD
  • Radio / CD
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)

Amenities

  • Glass fronted fireplace in the dining room
  • Central Heating throughout
  • Double glazing
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  • Portable Fans
  • Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron & board
  • Safe (available on request)
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Bathrobes, slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Cot and highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric Oven
  • Gas / electric hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Coffee machine
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Gated, solar heated, filtered swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.4 - 1.7 m deep) with underwater lighting
  • Pool shower
  • Pool terrace
  • Sun beds, sun shades
  • Gazebo (furnished)
  • Pergola (furnished)
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (portable)
  • Night lighting
  • Gardens and grounds
  • Parking

Notes

Weather permitting, the swimming pool (which has solar heating) will be open from April to mid October, possibly longer

Please, no smoking in the house

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in peak season but some flexibility may be possible

 

 

Prices (below) include two hours maid service each day except Sundays and Bank Holidays

A welcome pack is included in the price

Cooking can be arranged on request (payable locally)

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZL 111

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
7th January to 7th April 1,810 € 3,350 €
8th April to 21st April 2,410 € 4,460 €
22nd April to 2nd June 2,050 € 3,610 €
3rd June to 8th September 2,410 € 4,460 €
9th September to 20th October 2,050 € 3,610 €
21st October to 15th December 1,810 € 3,350 €
16th December to 5th January 2018 2,410 € 4,460 €

ZL 111

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

Notes

Prices include two hours maid service each day except Sundays and Bank Holidays

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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In open countryside, 300 metres from Albuñuelas (basic facilities) in El Valle de Lecrín region (Province of Granada)

Location

In open countryside, 300 metres (a 5 minute walk) from Albuñuelas (basic facilities, supermarkets, chemist, restaurants, bars); 15 km from Dúrcal (most facilities) in El Valle de Lecrín region (Province of Granada).

Granada 35 mins.

Salobreña (and beaches) 35 mins; Almuñecar 50 mins; La Herradura 1 hr; Nerja 1¼ hrs.

Málaga 1¾ hrs; Córdoba 2¾ hrs; Sevilla 3¼ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Granada 45 mins; Málaga 1¾ hrs; Sevilla 3¼ 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 half way (more or less) between Granada and the beaches of the Costa Tropical. Both are little more than half 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.
  • However, Nerja's most spectacular attraction is undoubtedly its magnificent caves - a series of huge caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and home to the world’s largest stalagmite, a 32 metre high column measuring 13 metres by 7 metres at its base. Located three kilometres out of town there are archaeological treasures galore including paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains.
  • One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert hall, where many fabulous performances (classical and flamenco) are staged during the summer. The International Festival of Music and Dance takes place in mid July each year.
  • Even closer than Nerja, just on the other side of the huge Cerro Gordo promontory to the west of La Herradura lies a splendid but isolated beach, Playa de Cantarriján. It's a favourite spot for many. Part of the sand and shingle beach has been designated a nudist bathing area, although the western end is normally occupied by conventional sunbathers. There are a couple of good beachbars/ restaurants open throughout the season.
  • On this stretch of coast there are plenty of 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!
  • In the opposite direction, 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 an hour's 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 take a trip to Las Alpujarras. In little more than an hour you can be in the high mountain, Moorish villages such as Bubión or Capileira.
  • 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.

Activities

  • There are lots of lovely walks in the surrounding hills, valleys and orchards of the Sierras de Albuñuelas and Guajar. The GR7 passes through the valley. Guided walks and horse riding are offered locally.
  • 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.
  • In Granada there are a million things to do, it's a students paradise, with everything from flamenco dancing and guitar to Spanish language lessons available.

The Area

El Valle de Lecrín

South from Granada lies a vast and fertile valley encompassed within a bowl of mountains. The Moors named it the Valley of Happiness …
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Albuñuelas

The name means 'abundance' in Arabic - a fitting superlative for the heavily laden orchards around a village redolent with Moorish history …

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