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ZA 42

3 bedrooms, sleeps 4 or 6 (plus a child)

Driving over lemons in Las Alpujarras

Deep in "Driving over Lemons" country, this attractive country property looks out far and wide over the Guadalfeo river valley ...

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Review Icon"We had a super holiday. The property was as advertised, very clean, well equipped and we especially enjoyed the pool and the garden, the views and the solitude. It is a lovely house with a really good feel to it. Importantly as well, all of our dealings with you at Rustic Blue went smoothly too, and, throughout, I felt confident that I was dealing with an effective and professional company....many thanks; I hope to use your services again....and have told anyone who will listen to look at your website!"

Chris (Jun 2018)

Review Icon"We have had a great week here! Absolutely loved the views and the villa was just what we needed with lovely balconies to sit and have meals. We all thought the pool was great and enjoyed jumping/diving in! Thank you for our stay!"

Previous Guest (Jul 2015)

Review Icon"Second stay for us here and just as wonderful. Just one sighting of goats (brief, but exciting!) and lots of time spent watching the gentle comings and goings in the valley. The pool remains the best ever. Swimming by moonlight something to remember (a full moon too) As good, if not better than ever. Shooting stars at night, deer a short walk up the road, lots of sun and cooling breezes."

Previous Guest (Sep 2014)

Review Icon"We had a superb stay at ZA42 and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a relaxing week away from it all. The scenery around the cortijo is simply stunning be it for relaxing on one of the patios, a lazy evening barbeque or walking/running around the road/paths behind the property. It is extremely comfortable and you instantly feel 'at home' not like you are staying in a rental property that the owners don't use. The pool is lovely."

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Three (Two double bedded and one twin bedded).

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Private swimming pool

13 m x 5 m, 1.5 m - 2.5 m deep.

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In open countryside, 7 km from Órgiva in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada). *See Notes.

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From 850 € to 1,300 € per week.

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Villa Description

Really enjoyed our stay

"The house was lovely, well kitted out. The sunset while dining on the veranda was very special. All together a great experience".

Deep in "Driving over Lemons" country, this attractive house looks out far and wide over the Guadalfeo river valley.

The original farmhouse is over 100 years old. It has been renovated to a high standard keeping its traditional Andalusian style.

Recently fitted-out and pleasingly decorated it is one of the prime holiday homes to be found in the pretty, quiet and semi-tropical Tíjola area outside Órgiva.

Driving through Tijola you are greeted by purple and pink bougainvillea, banana trees and large date palms as well as olive, orange, lemon and lime trees, grapes and figs. It's blissful countryside.

When the country lane peters out, an unmade track (passable in a normal car, not a low clearance / sports car) leads up to private parking at the house, nicely situated to take advantage of wonderful views and to catch the delicious breeze.

Get away from it all

"We had a lovely, relaxing holiday, lots of swimming in the gorgeous pool, lots of BBQ-ing. A perfect place to totally unwind and chill out".

The cortijo (farmhouse) is painted a soft sandy yellow and the water of the generously-sized swimming pool glistens blue in the sun. There is plenty of living space and several terraces to enjoy both the morning and the evening sun.

A covered porch, one of three shady spots around the house, serves as the entrance-way to a large, stylish dining area by the kitchen. This entrance porch and patio captures the rising sun and is a wonderful place to take your breakfast.

From the kitchen and dining area, two steps up takes you to the open-plan and comfortably furnished living area (with an efficient wood burning stove). Double doors lead outside. There's a DVD and a TV to play them on.

A couple of steps either side of the main room lead to the bedrooms. The master double has an en-suite bathroom; the second bedroom is particularly spacious and can sleep two adults and a child.

We had a great time

"Fabulous views and lots of different places to see them from. Lovely pool that the children adored. The house was well equipped for a family".

A third bedroom, which is also a double, has a comfortable sitting area which looks out through french style doors to the valley below. This and the master bedroom both lead out to a shady rear terrace. This has more wonderful views and is a great place to enjoy evening meals or drinks and watch the sunsets.

Between the master bedroom and the third bedroom there is an extra utility space which is a boon for storing luggage.

Inside the style has lots of charm, including wood beams throughout and tastefully chosen floor tiles. Both main bedrooms and the living area now have air conditioning / heating units.

Outside, the garden flanks the large swimming pool (with steps, ladder and a handrail). With pretty, colourful flower beds surrounding the lawned approach to the splendid, azure-blue pool, it's like an oasis, offering splendid contrast to the mountain scrub all around.

Holiday hideaway

"As soon as you arrive you begin to relax. We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and would recommend it to anyone".

The location remains interestingly semi-wild, the untamed mountain beginning immediately you step outside the property. You really feel pretty much out on your own here; that's if you don't count the wildlife that includes badgers, foxes, ibex, eagles and buzzards!

From the door you there is direct access to a foot path which links the higher mountain villages should you want the challenge, or just for a stroll up to view the valleys from above.

One guest suggests that you "make sure you walk from the house up into the next valley, it's absolutely spectacular". And keen walkers will want to tackle the seven kilometre trek through Tijola to Orgiva.

Just make sure you return before it gets dark!

For those who want to take life a little easier, the light is great for photography, and the views are worthy of painting.

Breathtaking !

"This is just to say how much we enjoyed are stay. The house is well appointed and we did lots of walking, the area is absolutely breathtaking and peaceful".

The nearby market town of Órgiva has several small but well stocked supermarkets and a market every Thursday morning. Typical local food is served in its bars and several restaurants. There is a good pizzeria in town, with a summer orange grove to dine in, popular with tourists and locals alike.

Granada, less than an hour away, is an amazing city of unique shops, an Arab quarter, cafes and restaurants and, of course, the famous Alhambra Palace, with its fantastic architecture and ancient, beautiful gardens dating back to the 11th century.

The Sierra Nevada ski slopes near Granada are about an hour and twenty minutes away. Among Europe's highest resorts it has a long season, normally from the end of November to the end of April or even into May.

Beaches to the south at Salobreña are about a 35 minute drive from here. Or you can travel a little further on to Almuñecar and La Herradura on the Costa Tropical, or to Nerja on the Costa del Sol.

If you prefer something a little more active, there is no better place anywhere to walk, climb, cycle or horse ride than in the magnificent mountain scenery of Las Alpujarras.

Enjoy, too, the eight centuries of Moorish heritage in the traditional, white-washed, high mountain villages.

Clients have remarked "this is just to say how much we enjoyed are stay. The house is well appointed and we did lots of walking, the area is absolutely breathtaking and peaceful".

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa


All on one floor

  • Open-plan sitting / dining room / kitchen
  • 3 bedrooms* :
    • 1 double (master bedroom) with en-suite bathroom (shower only, no bath tub) leading to terrace
    • 1 twin (plus a single bed)
    • 1 double (with a sitting area leading to terrace)
    • *All bedroom windows have mosquito nets
  • Bathroom (shower only, no bath tub)
  • Covered porch and shaded rear terrace (furnished)
  • Gardens and grounds



  • TV (for watching DVD's only)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD player
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)


  • Wood burning stoves in the living room and in the bedroom-cum-second living room
  • Heating / Air Conditioning Units in the living area and the two main bedrooms
  • Washing machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (but not pool towels)
  • Cot available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied


  • Gas Oven
  • Gas hob (4 rings)
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Kettle, Coffee machine
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery


  • Filtered swimming pool (13 m x 5 m, 1.5 - 2.5 m deep)
  • Pool shower
  • Pool terrace
  • Sun beds, sun shade
  • Covered, furnished porch
  • Furnished rear terrace
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garden and grounds
  • Parking


Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from May to the end of September.

The track is passable in a normal car, but not suitable for low clearance / sports cars.

Please, no smoking indoors

The water supply comes from a spring and we recommend buying bottled water for drinking

The plumbing system is biological and therefore cannot process non-biodegradable hygiene products such as sanitary towels and cotton buds. Bins are provided

We do not consider this property to be suitable for children under the age of five (apart from babies not yet walking)

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

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Prices and Seasons

ZA 42

2020 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 3rd May N/A N/A
4th May to 22nd May 910 € 1,760 €
23rd May to 3rd July 1,010 € 1,950 €
4th July to 17th July 1,270 € 2,470 €
18th July to 28th August 1,460 € 2,860 €
29th August to 18th September 1,270 € 2,470 €
19th September to 31st December N/A N/A

ZA 42

2021 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---


The pool is available from 5th May to 28st September 2018

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, 7 km from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada)


In open countryside, 7 km from Órgiva (most facilities) in Las Alpujarras region (Province of Granada).

Granada (all facilites) 55 mins.

Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 40 mins; Almuñecar 55 mins; Nerja 1 hr.

Bubión (high mountain walking and horse riding etc) 30 mins; Capileira 35 mins

Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1¼ hrs

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

Nearest Airports

Granada 55 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 not much 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.
  • 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!
  • Less than an hour 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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