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ZA 17

3+1 bedrooms, sleeps 6+2

Olives and oranges ... with a twist of lemon

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Property update: This property has new pool and garden furniture. Please see the Notes in the Details section for further information...

In a secluded, rural location in the lower foothills of Las Alpujarras, this pretty holiday house
has olive groves, orange trees and soft green grass for playing on.

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Review Icon"We just wanted to say a big thank you from all 7 of us! We loved staying at ZA17 and had a fantastic week. We didn’t even end up going out for dinner any night as we were enjoying the outdoor terrace so much and love to cook – so enjoyed lovely evenings there. The pool area and gardens were fantastic – and the house had everything we needed. Definitely a trip we will remember and hope to go back some day."

Kadeeya (Sep 2017)

Review Icon"This property met all our expectations and much more, it is a very special place. We were awestruck by the lovely welcome, beautiful surroundings and relaxed feel of your home."

Paul (Jun 2017)

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Three (one double, two twin bedded which can be converted to double beds if preferred) plus one bedroom annexe (with two single beds)

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Private swimming pool

8 m x 4 m, 1.2 m - 2 m deep.

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In open countryside, 5 minutes from Órgiva in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

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From 1,040 € to 1,370 € per week.

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Villa Description

In a Spanish country garden

Within an easy walk from the town of Órgiva is the picturesque neighbourhood of Tijolas, all olive groves and cottage gardens.

This cortijo (a country house and garden) is ideal for a relaxing family holiday. The extensive private gardens are delightful, either for resting in quietly or for romping around in.

The house is in the whitewashed and stone style typical of a traditional cortijo cottage of this area, crisp and neat and well maintained.

The valley hamlet of Tijolas (pronounced 'tickle her'!) winds through peaceful countryside and it's a convenient 20 minute walk into Orgiva town. Prickly pear, eucalyptus and pines line the way while little birds flutter off as you approach. It seems that every house along the Tijolas road has an abundance of flowers and fruit trees, not to mention the hectares of (some very ancient) olive groves.

Spectacular mountains

The mountains of the Sierra Lujar rise up in front and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada are behind, stunning in winter with white snow on its summit.

The cortijo is set slightly back from the (very quiet) road into town, a paved driveway takes you up from the road  to a circular turning area in front of the house. You can leave your car here but there is also more parking space below the property, all in all there is plenty of space for five cars.

The main part of the house, as you go in, is on one storey but then drops down to the next level, at the back of the house, which is where most of the bedrooms are.

Stepping inside from the front door, this 'ground' floor consists of a kitchen/diner with a lounge area, a double bedroom and a convenient cloakroom.

Sunshine included

The kitchen has everything you need - including sunshine, which floods in through its big window.

The lounge area has two double-seater sofas arranged around a coffee table and two armchairs with leg-rest stools. For winter holidays there is a wood burning stove in the corner guaranteed to keep you cosy and snug. There is a 42" widescreen TV with Blu Ray DVD facilities and direct access to the pool terrace from the living room's French windows. The dining table seats six and a high chair is available for a very little guest.

The kitchen is zoned off from the living/dining area by brick partition walls with open arches. Although fairly small, the kitchen is well-equipped with a double sink, four-ring gas hob and electric oven, dishwasher and fridge freezer. There is a washing machine and ironing facilities which are in a separate utility space downstairs.

To the right of the front door is a cloakroom with a washbasin and wc, and behind this cloakroom is a double bedroom. The bedroom is bright and airy, with a large window which lets in a lot of light.

Leading down from this floor are ten steps which take you to the lower part of the house.

Staying on this level though, let's move outside for a bit.

The pool terrace is a splash away from the outdoor breakfast patio and only a few steps from the double doors of the living room. The swimming pool has plenty of space around the pool for sunbeds and is so close to the house, forgetting your book or cold beer won't be any inconvenience!

Relaxing in the warm Spanish sun

Imagine: olive trees gently rustling, cicadas chirping and a rippling turquoise pool for a dip now and then.

There are two more garden terraces below the pool, connected by a series of steps. The extensive garden grounds are private from neighbours and fenced in all around (the pool is not separately gated so children need to be supervised).

The gardens are delightful - with mature trees, mostly olives and oranges, with palms, bananas and yuccas. A huge variety of plants adds more interest with roses, jasmine and herbs all adding to the scent of summer. At the side of the house has to be one of the tallest cacti we have ever seen - it's a real green giant - amazing!

Going back to the inside of the house and taking the ten stairs down to the lower level, we go down to the bedrooms.

So peaceful, so restful

With its dramatic mountain backdrop, the lovely gardens of this cortijo really steal the show.

The bedroom to the right of the stairs is a double bedroom with a picture window. Its two single beds can be pushed together to make one double bed or it can be a twin bedded room - whichever you prefer. This bedroom has en suite bathroom facilities which, due to a nifty door arrangement, can either be locked on one side so that its use is exclusive to the bedroom, or unlocked so that it can be a bathroom for other guests in the house but keeping the bedroom private.

The bathroom has a bath tub with a shower over, wc, hand basin, mirror and heated towel rail, all the fittings are of a modern, clean style.

Between this bedroom and the final bedroom in the main part of the house is a convenient laundry area housing the washing machine and a sink.

The final double bedroom in the main house is almost identical to the first bedroom on this floor, having an en suite bathroom (but with a walk-in shower, not a bath) it also has a bidet.

Leading through directly by double doors is another bedroom 'addition'. Especially suitable for children, this twin bedded room is an annexe to the main house incorporating the original, exterior stone wall on one side and glass bricks on another. One wall has a big window and a door which leads to the lower garden terrace. The bedroom has two single beds - it's quirky and fun.

So much to do!

The location is great for all sorts of holiday activities: the beach, the mountains, Granada and ... of course, just chilling out.

To eat al fresco here, in natural surroundings, is an absolute pleasure. The house has a shaded dining terrace with mountain views of the Sierra Lujar, jasmine climbing through the ironwork and palms trees swaying in the breeze.

If you are holidaying in the winter sunshine, you'll experience the truly breathtaking colour contrast between the blue, blue sky, the white mountain snow and the vibrant oranges still in their trees.

The house is an attractive, sun-filled place suitable for all the family and on top of that, the location is perfect for entertainment to suit everyone. Historical Granada and the 'must see' Alhambra are an hour's drive away, the beach is only half an hour away, Almuñecar (40 mins' drive) has a fun waterpark.

Venturing into the Sierra Nevada national park, very close by, you have the charming white villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira. These picturesque mountain villages of the Poqueira Valley have retained many of their traditional features from times gone by.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa


Ground floor

  • Covered, furnished porch
  • Living room / kitchen / dining room
  • 1 double bedroom
  • Cloakroom with WC and basin
  • Gardens and pool terrace

Lower floor

  • 3 bedrooms:
    • 2 doubles - can be converted to twin bedded (both en suite, one with bathtub and shower over, the other with walk-in shower and bidet)
    • 1 twin bedded (access via double bedroom or garden)
  • Utility area
  • Gardens



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


  • Woodburner in the living room
  • Electric radiators in the bedrooms
  • Portable fans
  • Washing machine, iron and board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Cot and highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied


  • Electric grill / oven
  • Gas hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Toaster, kettle, coffee pot and electric juicer
  • Cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery


  • Filtered swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.20 - 2.0 m deep)
  • Pool shower
  • Pool terrace
  • Sun beds
  • Shaded, furnished dining terrace
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (Weber portable charcoal)
  • Garden
  • Parking


Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from May until mid October.

For summer 2017, this property now has new garden furniture with new chairs and sofa on the roof terrace, six new sun loungers for the pool area and a new Weber barbecue.

Rentals for this property run from Saturday to Saturday in high season





Bed linen and towels are changed weekly

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Prices and Seasons

ZA 17

2019 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 31st May N/A N/A
1st June to 28th June 1,240 € 2,480 €
29th June to 30th August 1,370 € 2,740 €
31st August to 13th September 1,240 € 2,480 €
14th September to 27th September 1,040 € 2,080 €
28th September to 31st December N/A N/A

ZA 17

2020 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---

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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, 5 mins drive from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada)


In open countryside, 5 mins from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

Granada (all facilites) 50 mins.

Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 35 mins; Almuñecar 50 mins; Nerja 1 hr.

Bubión (high mountain walking and horse riding etc) 25 mins; Capileira 30 mins

Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1¼ hrs

Malaga 1½ hrs; Córdoba 3 hrs; Ronda 3 hrs; Sevilla 3½ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Granada 50 mins; Málaga 1½ hrs; Sevilla 3½ 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.


  • Órgiva is a natural communication centre: four roads depart from here, one linking Las Alpujarras with Salobreña and the Costa Tropical to the south; another heads west, through Lanjarón, leading on to Granada. A third one, through Torviscón, takes one through the foothills of the Contraviesa into the remoter villages of the Eastern Alpujarras; the fourth winds up into the Sierra Nevada, ascending to Pampaneira, Bubión, Capileira, Trevélez and the other high mountain villages.
  • Órgiva is an interesting - many would call it unique - mix of modern Spanish, more traditional Alpujarran characteristics and seekers of an alternative lifestyle.
  • All seem to live harmoniously here, local dumper-truck drivers alongside tai-chi practitioners; traditional Spanish Catholics alongside Zen Buddhists. It's an eclectic mix and all the more interesting for it.
  • It has developed service industries to cater for the needs of a very wide catchment area. Everything from supermarkets and pizzerias, banks and building suppliers, camp sites and petrol stations. The weekly (Thursday morning) market is not to be missed.
  • The Costa Tropical is just 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.
  • 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!
  • Just 45 minutes 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 1¼ 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.


  • Las Alpujarras offers some of the finest mountain walking, horse riding and cycling anywhere in Europe.
  • 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.

The Area

Las Alpujarras

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