Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Gaucin - LA CASA DE LA PALMERA
Self-catering house, 4 apartments, 5 en-suite bedrooms sleeps 10 - 12 Gaucin
Holiday rental year round at La Casa de la Palmera, a large ancient courtyard house / villa in the heart of the mountain village of Gaucin. This is an artist's imaginative conversion of a traditional house into four self contained, self catering apartments, with en-suite facilities (including an artist's studio) around a central courtyard. Apartments all have private outside & inside dining areas, kitchen & bath or shower, great for extended families, friends sharing, art courses / activity groups or to rent separately. There is a communal dining room, shady outer courtyard, and flower filled garden for sunbathing and pool. Broad band wi fi internet connection. Set just below the romantic Moorish Castle of the Eagle, the house is within walking distance of bars and restaurants, and the surrounding mountain countryside is spectacular. Guided walks and bird-watching can be arranged with a local couple. 25 Minutes from Mediterranean beaches, many village pools and river swimming nearby
Spectacular mountain setting: La Casa de la Palmera is located below the Castle of the Eagle in the unspoilt 'white' village of Gaucin with spectacular views of mountains, rooftops and olive groves. The apartments have been decorated in an unconventional imaginative way, emphasising the rustic charm of the original house, with traditional 'Alhambra' hand-made tiles, hand-painted furniture, antique pots, exotic rugs, paintings and limited edition artist's prints. The house featured in the March 2003 issue of House and Garden Magazine, and previously in Gib Air in-flight magazine, and Country Living. The splendid garden packed with exotic plants, shady vine covered pergolas, sun beds and pool, can be enjoyed all year. River, pool and sea swimming are nearby and it is a perfect base for walking, bird- watching, painting and touring. Day trips are possible to Ronda, Seville and Tangiers. We can arrange for guided walks or we can provide advice for you to walk independentlly . Contact us for more information
Flexible accommodation: By combining the different apartments we are able to accommodate any number from 1 - 12. (Not suitable for very young children except babies.) The Courtyard suite and Terrace apartments both sleep 2 but also combine to make a fine 4 bedded self contained unit, and if combined also with the Terracotta room, would sleep 6, and with the studio 8. (this is the whole of the main part of the house) The Moorish Cottage (not shown - details available on our own website) is away from the main house and accommodates 2 (perfect for a honeymoon)but a sofa bed can be added. Camp beds and cots are also available.The best family economy combination is the Courtyard suite and Terracotta room which are adjacent, and for adults the Terrace/Studio combination.
The Terrace suite is a favourite for many couples, as it has a large private terrace with wonderful views of the garden and village. Perfect for a romantic getaway, it is a high gabled room, open-plan living room/ bedroom with kitchenette & large beautifully tiled Moorish bathroom.
All year holiday: During the summer months guests make the most of living and eating outside (each apartment has its own private outside eating area) and there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the communal gardens and pool with a choice of several places to sit in the shade under umbrellas and pergolas, or lounge in the sun, beside the pool or in the garden. We do not have central heating, but in the winter we enjoy a mountain climate often with warm days, and cool evenings around a blazing log fire (warm clothes are a must). Electric heaters and blankets make a winter stay cosy. It may rain heavily in the low season, so guests need to be prepared, but the mountain air, spectacular mists and occasional thunder storms make for a dramatic healthy climate. We can organise walks to suit your personal interest be it birdwatching, botanical, archaeological or simply fun. Check in after 4pm, checkout 10am, although these times may be negotiable.
Details for holiday home Whole House, 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, 5 Bathrooms
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
About Harold Moores, Brenda Hartill
My husband New Zealander, Harold Moores is a retired classical record shop owner and I am his British artist wife Brenda Hartill. We lived in London for many years, where I developed my painting and printmaking career, and Harold built up his West End record shop Harold Moores Records. Palmera was a getaway for us, a place where we could re-charge our batteries, enjoy a relaxed lifestyle with our children in a very safe environment. Now the children have left home, we still see it as a home away from home, and although we live most of the year in the UK, we have enjoyed the many people we have met while letting the house out to others.
Harold Moores, Brenda Hartill purchased this house in 1987
Why Harold Moores, Brenda Hartill chose Gaucin
Palmera was one of the few large original houses left in the village, and we fell in love with it's rustic charm. We felt very strongly that we wanted the house to retain the original ambience and spent many hours sourcing tiles, furniture and rusticpost and dishes to furnish the house. As the artist in the family, I spent many happy hours, and produced a wide variety of art works in the dream studio I built, and for some years I held printmaking courses in the house and garden.
What makes this house unique
Gaucin is a friendly village, and I have often spent time alone in the house, working in the studio and surrounding countryside. The house is set up to provide privacy for each apartment, while offering the possibility of meeting others. We know many people in the village, from Spanish, English, Norwegens, Americans,
Dutch, and New Zealanders, all of whom enjoy the international community settling into a genuine Spanish village. Harold saw the garden as a chance to experiment with his love of exotic plants, and together we created flowery nooks and crannys, places to siesta, sunpbathing by the pool, and shady pergolas over dining terraces.