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A well appointed village house in a beautiful mountain location.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Ideal base for exploring Granada, the Costa Tropical and the Alpujarras.

The house was derelict but has been rebuilt in the traditional style with wooden beams, tiled floors and shutters. Melegis is off the tourist track and a traditional Spanish village. It is situated just above the church and near to Restaurante Los Naranjos (the orange trees) where there is free WiFi. There is one general store and a bakery. Talara, 5 minutes drive away, has a collection of shops to cover all your needs including English papers & WiFi at Bar Finity

Book ahead on-line for Alhambra tickets and choose early slots during the summer months.

There are three floors:

The top floor is a terrace with BBQ and has spectacular views across the lovely evergreen Lecrin Valley.

The middle floor consists of a sitting area, dining area, well equipped kitchen and a small terrace.

The ground floor has two bedrooms - one double and one twin. There is a bathroom with bath with shower and a separate toilet.

Other features include a log burning stove and heaters, fans, Spanish TV, DVD, microwave, cot and high chair and parking. There is also a washing machine, dishwasher and hairdryers. Wifi is available free at the nearby bar/restaurant, Los Naranjos.

The driving time to the Costa Tropical is 40 minutes, Granada & the Alhambra Palace is 30 minutes as is the beautiful mountain area of the Alpujarra which leads up to the Sierra Nevada. Local walks are among the orange and almond groves and down to the lake. See more about the region on and

The Lecrin Valley is the perfect location to have a quiet and relaxing break and to explore the beautiful surrounding areas.

More Details
Registration Number : VTAR/GR/00575

Dr Helen Jones
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2018

About Dr Helen Jones

Michael & I met at Guy's Hospital Dental School. In 1969 we went to South Africa with our two young sons. We returned in 1977 and settled in Chiddingfold, Surrey.

We enjoy travelling which is just as well because we have one son living in Sydney, another in Boston so we are fortunate that our third son has now moved only a few miles from us. We have 6 grandchildren and enjoy gardening, tennis and the theatre.

Dr Helen Jones purchased this house in 1998

Why Dr Helen Jones chose El Valle

Andalucia is a strange mix of traditional Spain with overtones of Moorish influence which makes it feel quite exotic. Village life in Melegis is slow making it a perfect place to unwind. It is always a joy to walk surrounded by such stunning scenery whether it is through the orange and olive groves above the village or down to the lake. The people are very friendly and will always greet you as you ass by - even the children. The unspoilt coastal town of Salobrena is only 30 minutes away.

There is a bakery, grocery store and two restaurants all within easy walking distance.

What makes this house unique

The house is "L" shaped which adds to its character. It is an upside down house with wonderful views from the top terrace. The bedrooms are on the ground floor so they remain cool in summer. The first floor area is open planned making the most of the space for the sitting, dining and kitchen.

The main road through the village skirts the centre so there is very little traffic passing the house.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in El Valle in Valle de Lecrín

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming


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(9 traveller reviews)

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A well appointed village house in a beautiful mountain location.
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

A really beautiful and well equipped house

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for two wonderful weeks in Casa Veleta!

The house is so beautiful and with a lot of amenities. We have never rented a house before with a kitchen so well equipped. As we stayed in November, we did not expect good weather all the time, but we were so lucky - sun every day! (Of course, we can imagine the problem for the farmers, they needed rain...) In the middle of the day we could enjoy the terrasse, before or after our walks. Anyway, the nights got a bit chilly, so we appreciated the gas stove downstairs as well as the fireplace in the sitting room (surprisingly a Norwegian iron oven from Jøtul) We also liked the duvets in the comfortable beds. The only thing we would liked to have, is the possibility to access the internet in the house. It would be so useful for planning the hikings on a tablet screen - especially as the telephone network also is pretty slow. Anyway, we hade a lot of good hiking, to all the neighboring villages, and some days we used the bus one way and walked back to Melegis. Yamina, the neighbor, is very nice and helpful and even took us for a stroll to show us the bakery and the grocery store. She had a lot to tell and a good sense of humor, so we had some good laugh together. She also gave us som home-made jams. The two weeks passed very quickly, and we could for sure stayed two more. Thanks a lot from two Norwegian women with hiking boots!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Borgny We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in the beautiful valley and that you found the house comfortable. Yamina is a great neighbour and makes our clients so welcome. The nearby cafés do give you easy access to free WiFi but we take your point about having internet in the house. However as it is not occupied for much of the year it would be an expensive addition. So for the time being we will keep it WiFi free and a place to digitally detox a little!
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Charming Town Hall

  • 5 of 5

Pleasant village in the countryside for visit Sierra Nevada, Grenada and the southerne coast.

The house is very lovely.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your holiday.
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Lovely property in the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in the Lecrin Valley numerous times and found this house to be well appointed and perfect for our needs. Yamina the next door neighbour was lovely and even brought us some home made delicacies! The location is great for local bars, resteraunts and walks and well placed to visit the mountains, beaches and of course the beautiful city of Granada.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alison Thank you so much for writing your review. It is much appreciated. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay in Casa Veleta and I have translated your comment about Yamina and forwarded it to her. Best wishes Helen
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Nice relaxing place

  • 5 of 5

I certainly concur with the other review concerning the house (lovely plus great views), the village and surrounding area.

We were there in late April and after we had finished eating each evening we just sat around the BBQ (for the residual heat) drinking and chatting (hope we didn’t upset any of the neighbours with the occasional howl of laughter!).

It was amazing (even at that time of year) as to how much fruit was on the trees – the oranges were so sweet. And the lemons came in useful for the drinks :-)

Concerning visiting the Alhambra – book as early as you can because even in the last week of April it was fully booked up (I checked a week or so before we flew out) and also this was the case well into May as well.

A word of warning driving through the back streets of some towns / villages because we got caught out a couple of times where the “road” just got narrower and narrower and it got very tight especially when we had to turn a corner (I’ve got the dash cam footage to prove it!). Nearby Chite was a classic example – we would recommend parking up at the start of the village and walking around rather than chancing it and potentially getting “stuck” or damaging your car. The marks on the walls in places were proof as to some unfortunate encounters...

The house I would also certainly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The villages do have very narrow streets but most have a parking area on the outskirts. However, when hiring a car it is better to choose one of the smaller models.
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A beautiful house in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely house. The photos of the property are good but it feels more spacious with the open plan kitchen, dining and living area, and a wonderful roof terrace with superb views all around.

The village is a classic small Spanish village with only a few tourists. The locals are often out and about and are very friendly. The location is superb - 20 minutes to Granada, 30 minutes to the beach. Los Alpujarras nearby with the towns of Llanjaron and Orgiva. Pampaneira and Capileira are a must visit. Salobrena is a wonderful beach town with great bars, in particular Resaurante El Penon - gorgeous food and excellent service.

The large supermarket at Durcal is only 10 minutes away and you can get pretty much everything there - though a visit to the market on the edge of Durcal on a Wednesday is to be recommended.

There are lovely walks locally and further afield. Basically you can't better the location if you are wanting to explore the area.

The house was very clean and tidy and has an excellent wood burning stove - we were there in April and the nights were a bit chilly.

Our next door neighbour, who looked after the house, was friendly, positive and crucially didn't speak Spanish too quickly! She even brought us in some fabulous tartes one day! What a star.

There are 2 restaurants in the village, though we only visited Los Naranjos - very well named as the region is prolific with oranges. In fact oranges and lemons abound everywhere you go - pick one off a tree and try it. Extraordinary. The restaurant was good and relaxed - and had wifi (which the house doesn't have). I guess that would be the only thing I would change as wifi is very useful for exploring the area and planning what to do - also for booking the Alhambra online.

All in all, a superb village house which I would thoroughly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Regarding the Wi-Fi, perhaps it is good to take a technological break! It is available at the restaurant Los Naranjos, just 250 metres away, and at Bar Finity in Talara, the nearby town, all for the price of a beer which will come with tapas. For 1 euro you can use the computer and printer at the garage shop in Talará.
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belle maison de village, très bien équipée et stylée. Bel accueil; Thanks !

  • 5 of 5

La "casa Vejeta "correspond parfaitement à ce que nous cherchions : un endroit authentique, cosy et calme pour se reposer après les balades. Vu le temps très froid, nous n'avons pas pu profiter de la terrasse, mais bien du poêle à bois qui chauffe rapidement le salon. Il ne manque rien à l'équipement, tout est meublé avec goût et les "places to be/ to see" bien détaillées dans la documentation sur place. Très bonne communication avec la propriétaire.

Thank you, Helen !

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merciful beaucoup. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes, Helen.
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Malaga Malaga Car Hire provides a good service.
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Los Naranjos
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
80 Kilometres
Nearest Train
38 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Los Naranjos
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Information about the Alhambra Palace & Generalife Gardens, Parador of San Francisco, the Alpujarras, beaches, scenic drives, local walks,restaurants and other amenities.

Read more about the Lecrin Valley at and

The World Heritage Site, the Alhambra Palace, is 30 minutes drive. Buy advance tickets on line and take an early slot in summertime or consider the evening & night time options. See the website for concerts & shows.

The Parador of San Francisco is situated between the Palace and the Generalife Gardens,

Also only 30 minutes drive away are the Alpujarras. Nestled in these mountains are picturesque villages and shops selling local crafts.

Salobrena is the closest beach - 40 minutes of scenic drive. There are excellent beach restaurants and beds/shade for hire. There are also pedalos in the summer season.Driving in the direction of Malaga there are a string of beaches. One of our favourites is Playa de Cabras. It is signposted before Almunecar and an unmade up road takes you to this unspoilt beach. There are two restaurants and beds/shade for hire.

The mountain road, Carretera de la Cabra, from el Suspiro del Moro ( off the Granada coast motorway) to Almúnecar is a spectacular drive - approx. 80 km. Alternatively take the unmade up road from Albunuelas and join it a little further down.

Pools at the Acropolis Bar in nearby Talará and larger public one in Padul.

There are many local walks through the orange,lemon,olive and almond groves going down to the lake or up above the village.

The free monthly magazine “Sentinella” has current events & attractions and can be found in most local shops & bars.


Mercadona – large supermarket – between Niguelas & Dúrcal on the old road. Also in Salobrena, on the right as you enter the town. Open all day.


1. Small grocery shop

Turn left out of the house and take the second turning on the right in front of the new park. A few meters along is a small shop.

2. Small supermarket – Covirán

Continue along the road after a few hundred meters you will see a small shop down a side street,

3. Bakery

Continue further and you will find a bakery set back opposite the sports hall. Bread vans come round about 10.30 -11.00am.


1. Medium supermarket – Corvirán

On the right as you enter the village – well stocked.

2. Butcher /Fish shop near the church.

3. Petrol – garage by the cross roads – small store open till late & also on Sundays.

Please note that most shops close 2 – 4pm and 2.00 pm on Saturdays


Melegís - Los Naranjos - nice terrace - typical Spanish menu – closed Wednesdays.

- La Puenta del Valle – we have not tried this for a while.

Niguelas - La Tasca – Calle Larga 36. Excellent menu – more pricey, lovely views. Best to book +34 958 675 695 184 Car park at entry to village.

Salobrena - La Bahía – turn right along the sea front – free parking, excellent food.

- El Penon – turn right along the sea front – restaurant is on your left – free parking – excellent food.

Various beach cafés along the north beach..

Granada - Las Estrellas , in the Albaycin next to the Mirador de San Nicolas. Excellent food, lovely views - quite pricey. Best to book +34 958 288 793

- Parador – nice terrace, local specialities,quite pricey.

- Café – near the entrance to the Alhambra - garden terrace – good food at reasonable prices.

Beaches - Salobrena – 45 minutes – beach beds & sun shades for hire. Pedalos.

- Playa de Cabra - 55 minutes – continue on the coast road to – Almuneca. After about 3 k. you will see the sign post – takes you down an unmade up road. The second restaurant is very good, Beach beds & sun shades for hire.

Markets - Dúrcal – Wednesday mornings.

La Alpujarra

Going south, take the first turning off the Granada – Motril motorway. This is a scenic drive and you can visit picturesque villages with interesting craft shops.: The spa town of Lanjarón, Orgiva, Pampaniera, Bubión & Capileira.

ATM - Banco Popular in Talará

WiFi - Los Naranjos, Melegís &

- Bar Finity in Talará – English newspapers.

- Petrol Station in Talará – 1euro per hour & printing facilities.

House TV/DVD - All free channels (not BBC) and all Spanish channels.

Emergency - 088 free mobile number

Medical Centre 24 hours - Dúrcal.


1. Walk down to Los Naranjos and turn left. Take the path opposite Calle Nogal down to Lake Beznar. Turn left at the bottom and continue for a while until you come to a path leading back up. Approx. one hour.

2. Turn left out of the house and follow the road up and out of the village. Cross the river and continue until you reach a T-junction. Turn left and the path will lead back. Approx. 40 mins.

Scenic Drive -The mountain road, Carretera de la Cabra, from El Suspiro del Moro ( off the Granada coast motorway) to Almúnecar is a spectacular drive - approx. 80 km.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £44.74

Rates include gas, electricity and wood, post-let cleaning & laundry.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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