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The Glass House - An elegant, minimalist villa and pool with beautiful views...

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6. 3 Bedrooms. 3 Baths.

The Glass House began life long ago as a simple one-room 'nave de aperos' - an agricultural building used by local shepherds to sleep in while their flocks of goats grazed the meadows on the mountainside. We took it on in 2006, and gradually extended and transformed it into what you see today - a modern villa in a minimalist style with 3 ensuite bedrooms and a huge 12m swimming pool. We put in as much glass as possible - 15m of sliding doors on the south and west facades, leading onto expansive open sun terraces so that the amazing views to the Sierra Lugar and Mediterranean can be enjoyed from inside as well as outside the house. In fact, every design decision was informed by the views and maintaining a sense of uncluttered space: the terrace handrail is frameless tempered glass; almost everything is white or muted woods and greys - polished cement on the floors and walls, the terraces, the furnishings... even the pool is raised a few feet above ground level at one end to make sure there are as few visual interruptions as possible. Cooler evenings are dealt with by under-floor heating - no distracting radiators!

"Curves don't exist" - our mantra to the builders as the project progressed: clean, straight white lines everywhere, punctuated with the vertical simplicity of cypress trees, framing the strong diagonals of the Sierra Nevada as it rises dramatically on all sides of the house.

The Glass House is just 10 minutes' drive from both Orgiva and the famous villages of the Poqueira Valley - Pampaneira, Bubion and (our favourite) Capileira. The GR7 walking route is just 100m behind the house, so an easy 15 minute stroll will take you to Soportujar for a cold beer and tapas.

Come and enjoy!

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Robin Smith
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Robin Smith

I'm from Glasgow originally, and in 2004 I decided a change of direction was in order, and hit upon the beautiful Alpujarra region of rural Andalucia to make a fresh start with a holiday rental business - my Alpujarra Escape, you might say! I've never looked back, and I hope my guests love the area as much as I do...

Robin Smith purchased this house in 2007


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Carataunas in Alpujarra Granadina

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Wardrobe storage and arm chair
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Wardrobe storage and arm chair
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Wardrobe with 2 drawers
  • All bedrooms with ensuite bathroom facilities.
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • swimming


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The Glass House - An elegant, minimalist villa and pool with beautiful views...
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Chesham, Bucks

Stylish and secluded!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here - earlier in the sprin than we usually come to Spain - and this location was perfect. At night you need heating in March and the underfloor system worked well. It was spacious and well-appointed, and in the evenings when it's not warm enough to eat out, all the glass here makes it feel like you're outside anyway. Robin was really helpful about anything that we needed to ask. The views are superb and we really liked the feeling of privacy and seclusion. It's only 100m or so from the road to the white villages, but well screened visually and from any traffic noise. There is a short unmade track to negotiate, but wide enough for two cars to pass and easily done in a standard saloon, but make sure don't try to put lipstick on during the one minute that it takes!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks David and Lesley, glad you enjoyed your week at the Glass House. The view is what sold the house to me back in 2006 - I never tire of it!
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Wokingham, Berkshire

Stunning .....

  • 5 of 5

Frankly the pictures tell you all you need to know. A beautiful house in a stunning location. Every morning you are treated to the rising sun shining on the mountains opposite. At the end of the day you'll see the most amazing sunsets and skies. A well equipped, tastefully furnished and immaculate contemporary house.

The Alpujarra region is absolutely amazing. So different to the Costa del Sol. Wonderful friendly people, excellent authentic Spanish food and not an all day English breakfast or Irish Pub anywhere.

Your host Robin couldn't be more charming and helpful.

We'll be back ....

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect 50th treat

  • 5 of 5

Spent a wonderful week as a belated 50th birthday treat. The Glass House was the perfect place for this - very high standard both inside and out. The pool is extra special, the bed very comfortable, the kitchen has good quality equipment.

Every time you step out on the terrace, the view takes your breath away. It is just beautiful to sit out with a cup of coffee before sun rise and take in the sight and smell of the countryside. Equally so in the evening with the candles lit on the terrace and a good quality bottle of red for a fraction of what we pay in the UK. Staying at the Glass House ensures peace and quiet and guarantees a relaxing holiday.

Enjoyed our week so much we have booked 2 weeks next year to celebrate another 50th .... we enjoyed it that much x

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for such lovely comments and glad you enjoyed your week at the Glass House. Looking forward to seeing you both for your return visit in 2017!
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A stunning property in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

The Glass House is in a different class to most holiday property rentals. We've stayed in several villas around this area over the last 15 years but never somewhere as beautiful and comfortable as this. It is a superb space for relaxing - both inside and outside the house. It is designed to maximize the light and the views of this incredible area. Our family of five thoroughly enjoyed our stay here - the house was spotless and we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The owner Robin was always on hand if we needed anything and a font of local knowledge. We were already sold on the area, which we'd been to many times,but we'll definitely be back to The Glass House.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Glass House is the perfect retreat from a hectic life. Beautiful views from the most elegant setting. A stunning house with lots of outside space, all finished to an incredibly high standard. I would never tire of the view from the swimming pool and despite close proximity of Orgiva and mountain villages, I was reluctant to leave it!

Honestly a beautiful place to be in every sense and wouldn't hesitate to go back again and again and again. Love it!

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is the most beautifull house we've ever had in the Orgiva area.

Impressive views, great pool and a house with all comfort needed.

It's great to get up in the morning and be part of the fantastic surroundings.

Very warm welcome and good advise from Robin, the owner.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Restaurante Los Llanos
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Santa Clara Granada
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Autovía Sierra Nevada
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Restaurante Los Llanos
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Sol y Nieve
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We offer a generous 10% discount for bookings of 2 weeks or more. For example, a 2 week booking in August would be €2,610.
Wherever possible, we prefer guests to book from Sunday to Sunday, especially in the high summer season. However, we will endeavour to be flexible as we possibly can.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.