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This really is an out-of-way place to stay ; after just a week we came away refereshed and thoroughly rested. The house is a very calm space, with a minimum of 'modern comforts' but nevertheless really comfortable with thoughtful touches - traditional tableware, luxurious seating, a splendid wood fire, hot spring water to wash in, nothing plastic! No internet or telly, but ample entertainment with friendly geckos, birdsong and fascinating views. Lots of books, games, maps and info available about this remote region. During the day the terrace is alive with bees and birds, the smell of lavender and ripe figs. At night solar lighting creates a miniature wonderland in which to sit and watch the bats and the bright stars. We enjoyed walking in the valley, through the almond groves, exploring terraces and ancient acequias. We saw ibex, birds of prey and many rare and aromatic wild plants. The mountain looked different every day with changing light and dramatic clouds.There is some farming going on, the sound of sheep bells, and terraces of vegetables, but at dusk everyone goes home and you literally have the whole of the valley to yourselves. The silence, fresh mountain air and delightful plunge pool, with accompanying ( rather decadent !) day bed, all combine to create a perfect retreat. Nicky is a great host, taking the time to meet us in person and guide us up to the property. The table was piled with bowls of fruit, nuts and honey, ecological wine and flowers from the garden. We could not have been made more welcome. If you like silence, a sense of space, and relish the opportunity to explore a unique and ancient landscape, then you'll enjoy it here. Places like this are hard to find!
The property has accommodation for 4, a double room and a twin room. The outside pool is maintained daily and is clean and big enough to swim in. It is a spacious house with plenty of room to cook and relax. We thought the location was fantastic. The property is situated in a remote location but within 10 minutes drive of the main road to Castaras and other villages. The track leading down to the house is steep and bendy but manageable with ease if taken steadily.
Nigel and Louise were perfect hosts and were always available to offer advice but never intrusive.
All in all we had a great time at this location and would recommend it to others looking for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle.