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Village house with pool and walled gardens in peaceful rural surroundings

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,883 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps a family and friends

Approaching through the traditional narrow streets of whitewashed houses in the middle of the village, you drive up to the front door of an unassuming three-storied building. Step inside and the surprises begin. The layout of each floor makes it seem as though the house gets bigger as you go higher. Stepping outside is like walking into an oasis. Lush grass, abundant greenery, lots of shade and a riot of flowers and fruit-all leading to and surrounding the pool. But there's more. Through an iron gate is an orchard with a large summer house and a tree house for the kids.

The top floor of Dos Hermanas was originally a hayloft only accessible by ladder from the floor below. It is now a fine high-ceilinged open plan living area with its own kitchen and views up the mountain on one side and across the valley on the other.

The House:: The house is a converted village mill with massive walls and beamed ceilings. It is designed for both summer and winter living, with Wi-Fi stretching throughout the house and most of the garden. For the summer, when much of the time is spent outside, on the ground floor there is a quiet, cool TV room with two sofa beds next to a fully equipped kitchen leading onto a partially shaded patio over-looking the garden and the pool. When it is too chilly to have dinner outside there is a second fully equipped kitchen on the 'mirador' top floor with a dining area with views up the mountain, a fire-place and two separate sitting areas. One of these has a small balcony from which you can watch the sun set across the valley.

Dos Hermanas means two sisters and is named after the two sisters who lived here 15 years ago. The outside looks much the same as it did then. It's what we've done inside that surprises. You are in the middle of a village of white-washed houses and around 800 souls. The 'Casa de Cultura' (house of culture) where the doctor holds a weekly surgery, local artists hold exhibitions and those who work on the land come to slake their thirst - is a goat's dropping's throw away. From here, everything else in the village is within walking distance - the shops (both), the bar-restaurants (both), the panaderia, the church.

Bedrooms: On the middle floor there are 3 double rooms, the largest of which has a double bed that can be separated into two singles. There is a bathroom with bath/shower and lavatory on this level.

The ground floor bedroom is a twin room. Since this room is at street and garden level it is also suitable for someone with mobility problems. On this level there is a walk-in shower in the 'bathroom'.

Cars: If you are flying and hiring a car, small cars are best in Spanish villages where the roads can be very narrow. If you're worrying about fitting your luggage into small cars do bear in mind that in the Summer clothes dry very quickly on the outside washing-line which means you can get away with packing a minimum of clothing. There is a washing-machine in the house. There are also books (including cookery books) and children's toys and games in the house.

What do you want to do?: If you want to bathe in the sun and the pool, and eat and drink then Dos Hermanas will tick your boxes. if you want to sit in the shade and enjoy the heat then it's equally good. The fertile Lecrin Valley (lecrin comes from the Arabic for happy) has been fought over since Roman times. Irrigated by water from the snows of the Sierra Nevada and planted with orange, lemon, almond and olive trees, has its own unique climate. It never gets too hot. i.e. it rarely gets over 35C, and usually cools down enough at night for you to sleep well.

If you enjoy cooking then there are lots of Spanish recipes in the house for you to try, and a gas-powered paella pan for cooking in the garden under the shade of a lemon tree. There's a gas barbecue that can be moved around the garden, and a new built in charcoal barbecue by the summer house - this is the perfect place to eat in the evening.

With fridges in each of the two kitchens there is plenty of room to store a big supermarket shop. But you can get most basic items from the shop in the village a minute's walk away. Durcal, a town 10 minutes drive away, offers a good sized supermarket Mercadona with fresh fish and meat, and Granada and Motril on the coast both have hypermarkets.

If you want to use the house as a base and go out on excursions the sea is a 30 minute drive to the south. Granada, 20 minutes north, provides retail therapy, cultural therapy ( visiting The Alhambra has to be booked well in advance but you should do this online from the UK) and more tapas bars than you can throw a cocktail stick at, and fantastic genuine Flamenco at the Casa del Arte Flamenco with exceptional, professional dancers, singers and guitarists. For the children a water park allows them to combine getting wet with mild peril.

Half an hour to the east and you are in the legendary Alpujarras. If you haven't read the legends then they're in the house, including Brenan's 'South From Granada' and Chris Stewart's 'Driving Over Lemons' et. seq.

Seville to the west is within striking distance, but do bear in mind that in summer it's one of the hottest cities on earth.

The heat also has a bearing on the plans of those who want to walk. Avoid July and August since they are simply too hot (unless you get up early), but at other times Dos Hermanas is a great place to start from and come back to for lots of hillside rambles. There are lots of guidebooks and maps in the house.

Malaga and Granada are the closest airports.

Minimum stay: 7 days Saturday to Saturday

More Details

Property Manager
Penelope Middelboe
Member since: 2001
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Penelope Middelboe

A genuine family home. We clubbed together as a family and bought it as a ruin. Children have grown up here and each year we rush to book our precious weeks under the lemons.

Penelope Middelboe purchased this house in 1999

Why Penelope Middelboe chose Melegís

It's real Spain. It's in a beautiful part of the country. You can ski in the winter, mountain walk in the spring and autumn, and chill in the heat of the summer. The heat is never unbearable and yet always guaranteed. The village is high on hills above a dam and cooled by irrigation water from the Sierra. There's a local shop within 3 minutes walking which can supply all your needs. So providing you get up before it closes for siesta time at 2pm you can get your beer, gin, rose, olives, salad, jamon serrano, manchego.... and wander back to the pool and garden.

What makes this house unique

Restaurant with a view within a short walk, Los Naranjos. Book for Sunday lunch. Closed Wednesdays.

Guestbook comments from the manager

The house " Dos Hermanas " is a beautiful property amidst a small white village in a green valley between Granada , Sierra Nevada and the Coast ( all just 30 to 40 km). The house is very cozy, spacious and equipped with everything you need for a peaceful stay. There are even two kitchens , making sure you have a 2nd refrigerator , so you can keep extra food and drinks cool . The garden is lovely and well maintained, with a shaded dining area , citrus trees and a large swimming pool. In an adjacent part of the garden , children can play in a treehouse or spoil the cats. " Dos Hermanas " has given us everything we expected from our southern Spanish adventure. This is ideal for people who like to rest on holiday, in authentic surroundings close to some great attractions ( the Alhambra , the mountains, the coast ). We didn't want to leave. A (small) car is necessary. 100% highly recommended.

Het huis 'dos Hermanas' is een mooie woning middenin een klein wit dorpje in een groene vallei tussen Granada, de Sierra Nevada en de Kust (allemaal op slechts 30 à 40 km). Het huis is zeer gezellig, ruim en voorzien van alles wat je nodig hebt voor een rustig verblijf. Er zijn zelfs 2 keukens, wat maakt dat je een 2de koelkast hebt, waardoor je extra eten en drinken koel kan bewaren. De tuin is heerlijk en goed onderhouden, met een schaduwrijke eethoek, citrusbomen en een ruim zwembad. In een naastliggend deel van de tuin kunnen de kinderen spelen in een boomhut of de poezen verwennen. 'Dos Hermanas' heeft ons alles gegeven wat we verwacht hadden van ons Zuid-Spaans verblijf. Dit is ideaal voor mensen die graag rust hebben op reis en die in een authentieke omgeving dicht bij een aantal mooie attracties (het Alhambra, de bergen, de kust,....) willen verblijven. Een (kleine) auto is wel noodzakelijk. 100% zeker aan te raden.
Aug 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Melegís in Valle de Lecrín

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1883 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There is a cold water outdoor shower by the swimming pool
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    With Balcony - 1 Double Bed
    Ground Floor Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Main - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , can be split into twin beds. Travel cot available.
  • 3 doubles, 1 x twin, 1 travel cot, stair gates
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
Air Conditioning is not needed in this village house with thick walls however electric fans are provided in each bedroom should you need them. The house has two fitted kitchens - one downstairs for the summer and one on the top floor for when it's cooler. As a result it has two freezers, fridges, hobs, ovens, dishwashers and microwaves. Through the iron gate in the garden is a further orchard with a large summer house and a tree house. Small cars are much easier in narrow streets.


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Village house with pool and walled gardens in peaceful rural surroundings
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Exactly as described

  • 5 of 5

Reading the description of this property you picture a gem. A perfectly renovated typically Spanish hideaway. Which is exactly what it is. Having booked the Thursday EasyJet flights into Granada we had spend time exploring the city and the Alhambra and escaped on the Saturday to the tranquility of Melegis. We spent a lovely week relaxing in all the properties hideing holes and swimming in the salt water pool (perfect no chlorine = no prickly heat rashes.) The kitchens and bedrooms are well appointed with everything you need - everything has been thought of for you so relaxing was easy. There is a small local shop but you need a car to reach the supermarket 10 minutes drive away and I'd recommend the bread shop instead of the delivered bread. My husband and his friend had a great time trail running every morning exploring the rambling hills of the Siera Nevada but for the rest of us the short fruit lined walks to the castles described by Penelope proved enough exploring in the August heat. The whitewashed village itself is tranquil with narrow streets and it's old irrigation system. The restaurant has good food and lovely views. The house is a perfect escape from today's fast moving lifestyle. Dos Hermanas gets a big thumbs up from all of us.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We love it and it's great that you did too. Yes, it's very convenient to have flights to Granada from London back again. Granada is a great place to explore. Glad the newly tiled, non-chlorine pool is going down a treat.
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Relaxing home from home

  • 5 of 5

Well equppped, pretty garden, lovely pool. Accommodation homely but fine. Fabulous second floor sitting room with views and breezes.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much. Glad the breezes are still coming in this hot weather. The Lecrin valley, fought over by the Moors and the Christians for its temperate climate, perfect for lemons and oranges, is a whole lot cooler than Granada if you're looking it up on a weather app. Usually more like Motril on the coast.
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  • 5 of 5

Dos Hermanas is a wonderfully stylish and well kept family home in a pretty sleepy village, perfect for a family holiday. We relaxed the moment we arrived and opened the old wooden doors onto the wisteria shaded patio and saw the immaculate big and beautiful garden and pool. All so much more perfect than we had imagined with the summer house, well tended flowers and fruit trees and gorgeous tree house for wee ones.

The house itself is large, cool and comfortable with excellent beds and bathrooms and a variety of seating areas. Although we were mostly outside and only used the downstairs kitchen which is very well appointed, I enjoyed sitting upstairs on the top floor in the early morning with the windows and shutters flung open to take in the stunning views.

Jesus diligently tended the garden and pool every morning before anyone else was awake, even washing down the lovely sun-loungers and lifting all of the fallen fruit of which there was a copious amount. Plenty of lemons and oranges for drinks! Jesus wife whom I believe cleans Dos Hermanas does an equally thorough job on the house as the interior was spotlessly clean.

Melegis is clean and pretty with a shop and bakery although the friendly 'bread man in a van' delivered our fresh bread every morning about 10am. There are two bars with restaurants only a short walk away. We only had complimentary tapas in one, which was excellent, however the very popular Los Narangos had a varied and delicious menu - and complimentary tapas! Melegis is also very well placed for sight seeing in Andalucia.

So, in summary, after many visits to Andalucia in the past, I think we have found our perfect holiday home away from home.

Penelope, many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What can I say? It makes us very happy to see that you get Dos Hermanas the way you do. We love it too. Thank you for taking the time to review in such detail. Penelope
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  • 5 of 5

It is absolutely stunning! The nicest part of Spain I have ever visited, mountains, mountains mountains.

This house is nestled in a quiet and remote Spanish town, with the most exceptional views over Granada, sweet little winding streets, quiet, and absolutely perfect!

It's just 20 mins drive from everything you need from a holiday, white sandy beaches, great restaurants and bakery's, hikes, walks, even skiing.

The big house has an upstairs kitchen/living room for great breakfasts with a view where you can keep cool on those hot summer days, as well as a whole kitchen area downstairs, perfect for indoor/outdoor living, BBQ's - preparing salami, salads and olives for lunch. The downstairs kitchen leads on to a patio buzzing with insects sounds, fresh lemons and oranges, and such sweet smells of nature. The garden area grows fresh herbs, lavender, and fresh fruit which you can add to your lovely Spanish lunches.

The poolside is perfect to read and relax. You will even have two sweet outdoor cats to keep you entertained.

The comfortable bedrooms have a little deck where you can really make the most of the views.

I cannot recommend more! (plus close to airport bonus)

  • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow. A rather overwhelmed owner. Penelope
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Fabulously relaxing perfect family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need for family fun. Beautiful house and garden. We had 6 children aged 10- 15 and they loved the pool, the hammock, the tree house (and of course the wifi).

The house caters well in terms of pots, pans, crockery etc with 2 dishwashers, 2 ovens and 2 fridges (perfect for keeping drinks cold).

Walking to the bread shop each morning soon became part of the routine and we hardly used the car at all for the week. After an initial shop in neighbouring Durcal you can get all provisions in the village.

A trip to the coast was quick and easy with the motorway but to be honest there seemed no reason to leave the house. Sunbathers, swimmers and shade-seekers all happy!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad the two kitchens (ostensibly for winter and summer) are earning their keep!
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An Idyll Fit For a King

  • 5 of 5

Lovingly and tastefully restored, Dos Hermanas is an idyllic home away from home. It's within such easy reach of Granada, and we were thrilled by the obligatory visit to the Alhambra, but really - for the rest of the week we were more than content to lie back and enjoy the delights of Dos Hermanas' beautiful gardens. The pool is just right for a cooling dip, the hammock saw plenty of use and the house has all you need. It's spotless and spacious. If you must step outside, the village is friendly and authentically Andalucían and the local restaurants very welcoming. We can't wait to go back and perhaps next time stir ourselves to enjoy the local walks - which look stunning - and make a tour of those famous Alpujarras villages. But the house itself is what made it a right royal holiday for us. It's just perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The local walks to ruins of Moorish castles are calling you back!
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Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Los Naranjos
Nearest Golf
26 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Exit 160 on Granada- Motril motorway
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Los Naranjos
Nearest Ski
66 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
38 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Melegis is one of the flatter villages in the Lecrin Valley on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada, 3 km west of the motorway from Granada to the sea. It overlooks the Beznar dam which is 10 minutes walk from the village. Neighbouring villages are Lecrin, closer to the motorway, Murchas, Restabal and Conchar. It's a great place for walking - with Moorish ruins and a hermitage within striking distance. The Alhambra Palace is a MUST, as is the ancient town of Granada. Take a drive to the top of the Sierra Nevada, explore the unique architecture of the Moorish Alpujarras, or lunch on the beach. Swimming is best at Nerja which is quite a drive. Make it a day out and eat paella on the beach. Really worth the effort.

Other Activities:

There's a water park at Granada.

Golf: There is an 18 hole golf course half-way between Melegis and Granada and a 9 hole course along side the shore at Motril. Details are in the information book in the house.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Melegís, Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Summer 2018
23 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer 2018
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Welcome basket £17
Secure Online Transaction Fee £6
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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Bookings run from Saturday to Saturday. We don't take bookings for less than a week.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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