Once these were simply traditional farm buildings set in a rural landscape. The olive groves remain, but the farmhouse has changed into a happy, holiday retreat.
"We have been spending a relaxing and regenerating vacation at Tina's beautiful house. The pool is amazing and a perfect place to cool down during the hottest hours of the day. The spot is immersed in the green, not far from the town of Orgiva and the garden is made to seclude the house and provide a proper privacy. Never before have we found such an equipped kitchen and everything was available in the house. As 5 adults, we could enjoy our spaces with all the comfort. A balance between seaside and stunning beaches (Costa Tropical is a jump away), real mountain (Mulhacen is 3,500mt high and the villages on the Alpujarra are well worth a visit) and the culture, history and heritage of Andalusia (Alhambra in Granada is one of the wonder of the world and a "must visit destination") made this holiday memorable (and a true surprise, actually...). We will miss Tina's kindness and her cats. Hopefully, not for too long…"
"We had good vibes about our stay from the start with our delightful host who gave us, before our holiday, excellent information on the facilities at this wonderful villa including clear and concise instructions on how to reach Cortijo Caliz. Much care has been taken by Tina, the owner to make our holiday an enjoyable and memorable experience. Tina greeted us warmly when we arrived and showed us round the villa and beautiful gardens. Waiting for us in the kitchen was a generous welcome pack of food, beers and wine including fruit and milk, snacks and bread. It needs to be mentioned that the kitchen is very well equipped including olive oil, spices, stock cubes and all the little things that make life easier when you're on holiday! We were a party of 8 including a baby of 8 months and the villa is extremely spacious so we were not on top of each other - exactly the opposite - a really fascinating and interesting property. There are plenty of books and games also. The outside area is very extensive with wonderful gardens and a stunning pool. Plenty of shady areas for those hot days and a patio with plenty of seating and a table for eating meals together. It is in a good location to visit fascinating Granada, the Sierra Nevada, the town of Lanjaron and the white villages and of course the coast. I have taken numerous photos and am looking forward to painting some watercolours! Tina is a very friendly yet discreet host who has put a lot of time and effort into making this a wonderful place to stay. Many thanks."
"Just back from a wonderful week in the hills near Orgiva... stunning villa, with everything we needed and the support of Tina who owns this little slice of paradise... Travelled up after week in Nerja with our teens who had a chilled time after their exams... perfect pool, bbq, kitchen, beautiful bedrooms and stunning vistas of the mountains... Great area to sit outside/dine shaded which was needed in the hot sun... Recommend biking in the hills, Granada, Thursday Orgiva market, Le Molino bar for drinks and food and taking winding roads up to wonderful high mountain white villages... a future starting point for a walking holiday in a cooler month... it was a very enjoyable holiday."
"Five of us spent a delightful week relaxing here in a very hot July. The pool is superb and an old olive tree provides shade if you have done with baking in the sun. The views of the mountains are amazing. A car is essential (with aircon in summer) to reach the place, go shopping for provisions in nearby Orgiva - excellent butchers and bakers as well as two supermarkets - and up into the Alpujarras for some superb walking as well as a day's visit to the Alhambra in Granada. The owner, Tuna, is very friendly and happy to provide advice and help if needed; she lives in an annex at the side of the property with her cats and dogs. She keeps the property spotless and was there to welcome us when we arrived."
"We wanted some serious down time, and this was the perfect place. A delightful villa, we didn't want for anything. Wall to wall sunshine and endless blue skies, pure heaven after the weather we have been having in the UK! The pool gets the sun all day, but there are plenty of places of get shade if needed, The most beautiful gardens, well done Tina, with home grown herbs for salads and BBQ's. Loved the terrace, we sat out till silly o'clock watching the hills turn pink as the sun went down, whilst drinks cocktails, with visits from Mr Jones the resident cat. Tina and Azzy were the perfect hosts, can't wait to go back."
"Just (reluctantly) returned home from an amazing time - and already wishing we were back at this fantastic place. Tina and Azzy (and of course Jonesy the cat) made us so welcome from the moment we arrived to the time we left. The house is an absolute oasis of peace and quiet. It's a 5 minute drive to the eclectic town of Orgiva which we also loved. Plenty of great bars and restaurants and a real local Spanish vibe. However we spent most of our time around the superb pool and gardens at the house, which itself is well equipped with everything you will need. Loads of space to spread out and a lovely terrace to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner during the barmy hot days and warm evenings. We absolutely fell in love with the place and the peacefulness of it. Only 45 minutes drive from Granada and the same to the beaches via excellent roads - but nestled in the breathtaking hills with the most incredible views (a trip to the top is a must)! What more can I say? Only that we've never been more sad to be leaving a holiday. We'll definitely be back."
"This villa exceeded all of our expectations. From the warm welcome by the villa owner to the beautiful accommodations - not to mention the pool. The villa offered high-quality living including excellent mattresses in all beds, and the great welcome package was much appreciated by the tired travellers. The villa is situated in a peaceful location 2 km outside the market town of Orgiva. Not impossible to walk but a car is a must. The town offers excellent groceries shopping at an incredibly cheap prices. The mountain scenery all around is simply stunning and the stars are something else to watch at nighttime. The villa owner, Tina, was extremely accommodating and available to provide additional information. She recommended places to visit and restaurants to go to. The best of the holiday was to hang around the pool during the day and to sit on the outdoor patio at night and enjoy the peace and quiet. We were an extended family who doesn't get to see each other too often. We loved the opportunity to enjoy each other's company in this beautiful setting, but also the villa being so big we all had our privacy when we so wanted. The location allows for multiple day trips such as Alhambra in Granada and the quaint little village of Pampaneira. But there's much more! A huge thank you to Tina and we hope to be back soon!"
"My husband and I stayed here for a few days but we could easily have been happy for a month. The house is spacious and totally charming with outdoor spaces and terraces and beamed ceilings The gardens are gorgeous and you can sit by a beautiful pool under an olive tree reading a book in bliss. You feel like you really are in the country with roosters crowing and birds singing and goats and cats ambling."
"We spent two weeks here in July and had a lovely time. Our party of six ranged from a 1 year old to a 61 year old & we all had a great stay. The grounds are stunning, every day I discovered a different plant or flower, and obviously the pool is the jewel in the crown. All the rooms were lovely & by closing windows/doors in the day you could get a nice cool room by night (there are fans too). We felt very well looked after yet also free to do our own thing which was the perfect balance. I'd definitely recommend this villa."
"We could not recommend this place any more if we tried! The house is gorgeous, secluded and we LOVED it! The house is absolutely gorgeous and tucked away in a lovely garden between the mountains of the Alpujarras, with stunning views, big airy rooms, well equipped kitchen (much better than other places we have stayed in) and a fabulous partially covered & walled in patio. It's big enough that you wouldn't feel like you are on top of each other even if you are a full house. "
Five (four doubles, one twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
9 m x 4.5 m, 1.5 m deep.
In open countryside, 2 km from Órgiva in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).
From 1,750 € to 2,280 € per week.
Although close to the busy market town of Órgiva, this house is in Las Barreras, a small hamlet located on its outskirts. Convenient for all shops, banks, restaurants and bars, you are in the countryside amidst olive groves and vegetable gardens. There is definitely a rural feel on the approach to this cheerful holiday villa.
The road to the house is a tarmacked track, easy for any hire car, but a bit rough in places. On either side of the road are neighbours' cortijos (country houses) growing flowers, fruit trees and olive. You might even see an old mule or two. The villa is at the end of a branch of this road and it's very quiet. There's ample parking for three or four cars at the entrance to the house, on the property itself. Leave your car there and walk through the Mediterranean garden beds to the front patio of your holiday home.
Access to the interior can either be from the front patio area or the large, sunny hallway. The hall is a room in itself; it's a suntrap and perfect for settling down with a newspaper. To the left of this sunlounge is a double bedroom decorated in a modest, rustic style. Although not en suite, there is a bathroom next door which has a smart, walk-in shower cubicle.
The entrance hall opens into the split-level living area/dining room which has a high sloping ceiling, white walls and rustic beams, drawing from a bygone era. The house was originally a working farm, parts of it are between 150 and 200 years old so it is steeped in character. The property has been restored and decorated with its farmyard roots in mind: simple and uncluttered. Wooden floors complement the whitewashed walls and original art. The whole effect is spacious and light-filled.
The living area is comfortable and welcoming, with a four- seater sofa, arm chair, chaise longue and coffee table. For entertainment there is a variety of books, 32-inch television (satellite and Sky), Sony sound system and iPod charging. Internet is available via an ethernet cable and an internet router booster has been installed to ensure decent wifi coverage too.
The dining area is on a raised floor, accessed by four wooden steps and is on the same level as the kitchen. The dining table seats eight comfortably (but can be extended to ten).
The kitchen leads off from the raised dining area. It is a big kitchen with stone counter tops, a five-ring gas hob, oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
There is a kitchen table for food preparation and indoor breakfasts. The kitchen leads directly onto the patio and this is a beautiful spot for eating 'al fresco'. The patio dining table seats ten.
When the patio is not in use as somewhere to eat, it serves as another corner to chill out in peace (a sofa has been thoughtfully provided for that very purpose). The beauty of this house is that it has lots of hidden spaces for time to oneself even if holidaying as a large group.
Going back into the house, a stylish feature of the living area is the gallery which runs around two walls and gives access to one of the en-suite double bedrooms. There are five bedrooms in all - four doubles and one twin bedded. Although this house does not have air conditioning, there are fans in every room.
The double bedroom off the gallery has a queen-sized double bed and en suite facilities with both a bath and overhead shower. With its wooden floors and ceiling, this bedroom has a warm and welcoming feel.
The other large double bedroom, reached from the hall and on the west side of the house, is pretty and feminine, decorated in muted turquoise and white. This bedroom also has en suite facilities with a walk-in overhead shower. The bed is a queen-size double bed and can be semi-screened off from the single sofa/bed (suitable for a young child) by a lacy curtain.
This bedroom benefits from a patio balcony planted with jasmine and a grapevine.
A lockable door leads to an adjacent double bedroom (mentioned earlier as being located off the entrance hall/sunlounge). This door can remain unlocked if guests wish, for example if both rooms are being used by parents and children.
Two other bedrooms are located off the living area: one is a double bedded en suite room with a shower, the other is a twin bedded room with a simple, calm aspect. The twin bedded room does not have en suite facilities.
All the beds are made up with good quality bedlinen. Extra pillows and blankets are provided in the chest in the hall for guests to use if they wish. All rooms have the benefit of fly screens so windows can remain open for the breeze.
The pool terrace is close to the house, down a short flight of stone steps and is surrounded by the garden. With all the flowers and trees it is a lovely place to relax in either sun or shade. And it's not far from the kitchen so drinks and snacks are within easy reach! The good sized pool (9m x 4.5m) has an ionising system so minimal chlorine is used. Sunbeds with cushions, parasols, chairs and convenient small tables are provided.
The location of this villa is ideal for all aspects of a Spanish holiday: cuisine, culture, beach life, nature and history.
Let's start with this region's food products. Freshly grown vegetables and fruit are in abundance. The taste of a local tomato is second to none. A bit of salt and olive oil drizzled over the top, is a simple and oh-so-tasty tapas. Add a slice of regional cheese, fresh baked bread, glass of red...Perfection! Of course, there's always the renowned, mountain-cured Trevelez ham which is a 'must try', preferably in the village of Trevelez itself, a short drive away and an interesting day visit.
Other mountain villages to explore are Pampaneira, Capileira and Bubion. These white villages are remnants from the Alpujarra's Moorish past. The picturesque streets with their flowerpots and houses of Berber design are delightful to stroll around and photograph. Handicrafts of wicker work, textiles and hand-woven rugs make original souvenirs.
Half an hour's drive away is the Costa Tropical and its Mediterranean resort towns Salobreña, Almuñecar and Nerja. Different towns offer different beaches, gently shelving shingle, rocky coves, wide sands and smart marinas.
The Costa Tropical offers a variety of eating experiences, from fresh grilled sardines on the beach to more sophisticated restaurant fare. Water sports are catered for: boat trips and scuba diving can be organised.
Other activities which can be arranged are horse riding, mountain biking and hiking. Guided walks are an ideal way to get to know the area. Take a walk with a local guide whose expertise on Alpujarran plant and animal life add another dimension to a day in the country.
For another side of Spanish life, a trip to Granada is less than an hour away. The world-famous Alhambra just cannot be missed. Be sure to book tickets in advance to see the Nasrid Palaces and wonder at the rich civilisation that was Al-Andalus. The Albaicin district is close by the Alhambra, and with its gypsy roots and flamenco connections, even the busking street guitarists are maestros.
The English owners of this house have lived here for many years and love the area. Although on site, they are out of sight, but are more than willing to assist in any way to make your experience of the Alpujarras the best it can be.
The owners of this house live on site in an annex next door. Your privacy is assured although should you need them, they are happy to help.
Although car hire is recommended, airport collections can be arranged in advance at extra cost.
Please, no smoking indoors.
Linen and towels are changed weekly
There is a fenced paddock to the side of the property where the owners' pet dogs live, they are very well behaved.
Because the pool is unfenced and there are some terrace drops, the house is not suitable for toddlers.
A welcome pack is included. Contacts for catering, babysitting, shopping, and holiday activities can be arranged.
Rentals for this property run from Saturday to Saturday but there is flexibility so please ask.
20% discount in the off-season time (July and August).
Valid during year 2020.
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 facilities) 50 mins.
Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 40 mins; Almuñecar 50 mins; Nerja 1 hr.
Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1¼ hrs
Granada 40 mins; Málaga 1½ hrs; Sevilla 3½ hrs.
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