|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Private pool which is solar heated and has an eco sterilization system which treats the pool water with salt water milder than tear drops thus no use of nasty chemicals this means no irritation to skin or eyes ( available May to mid October
Above the new pool deck is another terrace with sun loungers and an extra set of table and chairs . This is a wonderful place to chill and splash both day and night , whilst looking over the lights of Baza and beyond .
The cave house consists of 2 bedrooms, a double and a twin, both have ample storage facilities. There is a very cosy snug room that can very comfortably sleep another person. A nicely sized, well equipped kitchen diner has been added on to the cave along with a modern shower room . The cool but cosy lounge has a log fire to take the chill off during the depths of winter but during the summer it is welcome retreat from the heat during the day. Central to the cave is the games / reading room, well equipped with a CD/ radio / ipod station, the acoustics are excellent in the cave. Also there is a good supply of books and DVDs.
Directly outside the front door is a good sized, walled private patio with table, chairs and BBQ . Just above the cave is another terrace where you can sit and enjoy the uninterrupted panoramic views of Baza and the Altiplano beyond
We bought the property in November 2010 , as soon as we saw the panoramic view of Baza and the altiplano beyond ,we knew we had to have it. So we sold up in the Algarve and left the sea view for mountain living in the Sierra de Baza. Wild horses would not drag us away now. The property consists of our ' cortijo ' farmhouse and 2 caves, one is still waiting to be reformed. We still remain part of the Baza co-operative selling the many almonds and olives we grow here. We do intend to make more of our farmland during the next few years. At the moment the only livestock we have is chickens and Big George the rooster, if you feed them they may be kind enough to leave you a few free range eggs now and again. At the back of the property is miles of unspoilt countryside you could walk for days. We are at the end of the road here so we have no passing traffic.
Although we live on the same grounds we respect peoples privacy but should you wish to join us for a glass of Tinto verano or cerveza we are always glad to share our experiences of the area and to listen to details of your day, we still feel relatively newbies to this area as there is so much to discover.
We are both children and pet friendly and should either need looking after whilst you enjoy time to yourselves, subject to availability, we are only to glad to look after them, for a small fee.
The beauty of living here is the rural atmosphere, the majority of the time you can only hear the birds and the distant church bells but we are still close enough to easily walk down to the town centre with it's wealth of friendly people and it's typical Spanish streets, shops and tapas bars. Not forgetting the excellent busy market which is held on a Wednesday morning.
We wanted to try traditional Spanish living and this place was the perfect getaway retreat. Situated in the hills offering serene views. We enjoyed our brief stay, the children loved it. The owners have thoughtfully provided a well stocked interesting library with modern DVDs and books. We were treated to freshly laid eggs and varied breakfast for our use which we were not expecting as it was a self catering place which normally do not provide this. The owners are a lovely friendly couple. When we got into Baza we got lost but Gordon came out straight away and rescued us! Anytime we needed anything, we just rang a bell in the courtyard and they appeared like genies.
This is a comfortable quaint cave house in very good condition and all the mod cons. We highly recommend it if you want to try cave living and want to escape hustle and bustle, but want to be near enough to get to it easily.
Very good value for money. Thanks Pat and Gordon.
Thank you Pat & Gordon for letting us stay in your delightful cave house, and as we arrived late afternoon on a Sunday the welcome pack was much appreciated. The views from Yabba Doo terrace and from pool area are amazing. The cave is spacious and well equipped and if there is any thing you need just ask and it appears. The only thing we would have liked is a lock on bathroom door. It is the ideal place for exploring and we went to Negratin lake and the spa, Alhambra, Castril for the bull run and the best day out of all was going to Fort Bravo & Texas Hollywood near Almeria where they filmed spaghetti westerns. In this area you get free tapas every time you order a drink.
Fantastic quirky cave house with all mod cons and home comforts. Spotlessly clean and tidy, with lovely terraces to sit out and take in the breathtaking views.
The hosts are perfect and really go out of their way to help in any way they can.
I would recommend this holiday property to anyone who wants to experience a taste of the real Spain and all it has to offer.
Truly one of the most magical holidays our family have enjoyed. Cuevas Bazavista is a delight, a unique experience that three generations of our family loved equally.
Pat and Gordon were the perfect hosts - hospitable, welcoming and friendly but never intrusive. Their help in navigating the local area, finding things to do and places to go, and even putting us in contact with a local bicycle hire service, was invaluable. And the freshly laid eggs their hens provided were most welcome too.
The cave house itself is a lovely size for four or five people - bedrooms are cool even in high summer thanks to being effectively underground, and the kitchen is well-equipped and quite spacious. Outside, the patio is adorned with an impressive vine, and around the newly-built pool are prickly pear and figs. I can't speak to the prickly pears, but the figs were delicious.
The pool is not large, it's a pool for relaxing in, not swimming lengths, but it is so very welcome on hot days. From the poolside, or the covered bench on the hillside above the house, the views over the town of Baza are stunning - whether you're watching birds circling lazily in the heat, or the occasional sporadic thunderstorm (only one in our two week stay, and what a show the lightning put on) or even just gazing at the stars, you won't ever want to go inside.
All the practicalities were taken care of - fresh linen and towels were provided twice during our stay, the bathroom is nicely furnished and every thing we could think of was provided - even books and some DVDs, although we made very little use of them, to be fair.
Baza itself is a medium sized town just beginning to take advantages of its history and present itself to tourists. There are three small museums, many churches and historic buildings, an amazing weekly market and a large variety of interesting places to visit within an hour or two's drive. A hire car is probably essential to get the best out of a visit, as Baza has no station (although it does have a bus station, if you're determined not to drive). We enjoyed trips to Granada (the Alhambra is an absolute must), the baths at the Negratin Reservoir, and to the beach at the seaside town of Garrucha, but just driving through the stunning landscapes of the Sierra Nevada and the Altiplano was as memorable a part of the holiday.
Thanks, Pat and Gordon, for everything - and we hope to see you again some day. ¡Hasta luego!
A lovely cave house with everything you need. The owners live next door but you wouldn't know it! They respected our privacy, but were there if we needed assistance. Very easy to find with the directions Pat and Gordon gave us. They are animal friendly and there is plenty of space for dogs to run around. The cave was the perfect temperature and very comfy. Outside area very nice especially the little terrace at the top. At night the stars look lovely. we were lucky to have seen some shooting stars!
The nearby town was very clean and relaxed with very polite and friendly people. Prices were normal so that was good as we have 3 children!!
The beautiful Lake Negratin is close by and lovely to swim in. The Wild West town is around 1 1/2 hours away but don't let the sat nav take you through the mountains as it takes much longer.
We will definitely go back there and would highly recommend staying at Pat and Gordons cave house, best nights sleep you will get anywhere!
A los niños les encanta la idea de dormir en una casa cueva y esta propiedad cumple con lo buscado por los pequeños. La decoración es bonita y la casa segura para los más enanos. El entorno es ideal para ellos: gallinero cerca, sitios para trepar, petanca... Los dueños nos recogieron en el pueblo aunque está a escasos 5 minutos en coche. Bajábamos al pueblo andando por la cuesta que llega hasta la casa. En la cocina, con especias de todo tipo, café, sal, azúcar e infusiones, nos esperaban tomates, leche, huevos, pan y bacon, ideal para cuando llegas de viaje deseando picar algo.
Hemos estado dos días en Cueva Bazavista y ha sido formidable. La casa es muy acogedora, limpia, perfecta, los dueños se ofrecieron a recogernos al pueblo. Al llegar nos tenían preparado como cortesía café, así como pan, huevos, cerveza, agua, beicon y leche. Incluso no hubo problema al pedirles que retrasasemos la hora de salida. Un encanto. Recomendaremos esta casa a nuestros amigos. Un beso.
Located on the lower slopes of the Sierra de Baza mountain range and overlooking the National historic town of Baza, the view continues with one of the best possible of the Altiplano. It's only a short 10 minute walk down to the town and to it's many cultural attractions, tapas bars and restaurants . The cave house is in a wonderful quiet rural setting and it is easy to forget the hubbub of tradition Spanish life is just down the road. The town is a historians dream with the museum , Arabic baths, the Muslim Medina and the ancient fortress ' the Alcazabar.
Surrounding the cave house is the diverse range of Landscapes and towns that are so emblematic of this area, with the Sierras and the nearby national parks ( ideal for ramblers) to the arid ' Bad lands ' and then across to the vast fertile valley.
A short drive away is lake Negratin, with it's own beach, swimming and canoe trips. The backdrop to this beautiful lake is Mount Jabalcon where on a good day you can watch the paragliding or parasailing. On the side of the lake, just past Zujar is a thermal baths and it is lovely to take in the scenery whilst lazing about in the hot, allegedly good for you waters. The tapas bar awaits you for afterwards.
The interesting heritage of the cave houses can be found in all the the towns within this area, inhabited since time immemorial, first dug out by the Moors are now proving popular as Eco tourist retreats. The people of Baza still live a life of ancient customs and traditions mainly based around religion or farming. There are many fiestas throughout the year, one of the biggest is the Cascamorras in September. If there isn't a reason for a celebration in Baza then more often than not one of the nearby towns such as Cullar, Benamaurel, Castillejar, Orce or Freila will have found a reason to party.
Although Baza is a step back in time, only an hours drive away, is the cosmopolitan city of Granada, the capital of this province and again steeped in the history of Islamic culture with the most famous attraction being the world heritage site of the Alhambra ( it is advisable to prebook entrance tickets). The city centre has the most wonderful atmosphere for either shop till you drop or people watch at one of the numerous tapas bars. The famous ski resorts of the Sierra Nevada are only another 30 minutes drive away. On the way back it is well worth a stop at Guadix, with it's Bohemian atmosphere. It is surrounded by a fascinating 'termite mound' type of landscape. An array of lovely pottery is available around this area.
From Baza it is an easy and interesting drive to many of the coastal resorts the nearest being Garrucha, approx an hour away - this is an old time beach resort for those who no longer thought they existed. It's neighbour Mojacar is in contrast more refined with it's newer apartment buildings and tourist shops. The old town Mojacar,set in the hillside, is a wonderful place to take in the scenery and unwind. The nearby town of Vera has a water park and further down the coast nearer to Almeria you will find several cowboy / western style theme parks inc Mini Hollywood and Western Leone.
Back here to the less hustle bustle life for those who enjoy photography there is a wealth of opportunity from the bird life , the scenery , the architecture or the typical Spanish life. For the more adventurous ramblers there is the Castril gorge walk, I have not done it and don't intend to but many have and say it is Gorgeous ( excuse the pun ;-) Even the quiet life around here can fill your day.
Nearest airports are
Granada - approx 1 hr 15 mins away
Almeria - approx 1 hr 45 mins
Murcia - approx 2 hours
Alicante - approx 2 hrs 45 mins
Malaga - approx 2 hrs 45 mins
Own transport or car hire is recommended but airport transfers can be arranged.
Please note the washing machine is in the main house and not the cavehouse and there is a small charge of 4 euros per wash, which includes detergent.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.