Approaching La Cueva you already feel the special flair. The whole property has got a flow, a well balanced colour combination, repeating decorations, cosy corners and lots of light. Entering from the alleyway you come into the patio with its 2 Moorish style sitting corners and lovely well scented plants, it is painted in a pleasant terracotta colour. The house consists of La Estrella and El Sol, from the patio some stairs lead up to the cave, into which we set a refreshing,solarheated Jacuzzi with its waterfall, next to it we converted an old stable into another shower room with toilet, sink and washing machine. A spiral stair case leads up onto the roof terrace of 100m2 from where you will enjoy magnificent views over the whole village and surrounding mountains. Up here you find 2 shady pergolas with their sitting corners, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, hammocks and a barbecue.
La cueva came into existence by joining a ruined house, a neglected chicken pen and a total ruin. We renovated everything with lots of care and love to the detail,trying to include mainly local materials, like wood, river cane, esparto, stone and terracotta. The result is both very rustic and cosy and at the same time elegant,mixing its own distinct character with a Moorish charm. We are situated in the biggest of the 3 Guajar villages,20 minutes inland from the coast. This is still a living white village of mainly farmers.Sit in your hammock and listen to the mules go by-or watch them from the roof. In the mornings listen out for Jacinto,the fishmonger shouting: ”Vamos al pecao”(come on lets buy fish),or the veggie seller screaming ”niña,papas”. There is an inner patio with 2 Moorish style sitting areas, a unique solarheated Jacuzzi complete with waterfall set into a cave and a nearly 100 m² roof top terrace with 2 pergolas and barbecue. Enjoy the magnificent views all over the valley.
Peace and quiet: This somehow overlooked little jewel offers something for everybody. Away from the tourist hussle-buzzle on the coast, you take a dip into rural Andalusia, here you will experience how time seems to have stood still. Swing in the hammock and soak up the village noises, the mules that go past a few times daily or Jacinto the local fishmonger as he shouts “Vamos pecao”(come and buy fish) or the veggie seller “ niña papas”. Or take a refreshing dip in the cave Jacuzzi a very original place to while a day away. In the evening take your favourite drink, sit up on the terrace and watch the moon rise or set or on moonless nights explore the milky way or count the shooting stars, always with a secret wish. Or visit us over here at La Rueda (Nº29292) for a chat and some coffee and cake. This place is an idyllic as it sounds.
Activities: Directly from the house start short and also longer walks to explore the local mountains. A bit further on you will pass through a small gorge and then come to Guajar Alto, the smallest of the 3 Guajar villages. Wander along the different mule tracks past and through Mediterrenean Olive-Orange-Avocado and Chirimoya groves. Enjoy the almond blossom that starts in February and succumb to the perfume of the orange blossom (El Azahar) in March. Watch the farmers in the planting season or at harvest time. The nearest beach is 20 minutes away and a little bit further you will find still rather untouched and romantic coves. Granada with its famous Alhambra, its charming, Moorish Albayzin and its quaint old town is only 1 hr away. The cosy and original villages of the Alpujarra with its crystal clear streams, refreshing river pools and the snow covered 3000m mountains always invite you to hike and explore and are only 45 minutes away. Come, relax and enjoy!
Local culture: The 700 year era of Moorish-Arabic culture has left its traces all over Andalusia. The mountain terraces with its mentioned acequias(water flows) surround the whole valley. Many of the cultivated produce stem back to the Moors. This influence you will also taste in the local cuisine, the nearly daily eaten migas with sardines or papas a la pobre e.g. the famous air dried ham of the Alpujarra, the different mountain cheeses or the varied fish and stew dishes. All these specialities very often you can sample as a (free) tapa that comes with your (alcoholic)drink. Start you day with a café con leche up in the bar and experience like this the local coffee culture. Ask us about the local handcraft and we will point out workshops that make pottery, wool weavings, leather weavings, leather clothing or woodcraft. Enjoy Andalusian music and experience the bubbly happiness of the locals, who cannot sit still when they hear Flamenco! Olé!
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About Stefan Told
What can we tell you about us? We, that is the boss, Stefan and his foreign wife Naomi and of course the lazy cat Blackey.(He,Austrian, she,British;cat, Spanish) We are all VERY lucky bums and enjoy every day anew living in this wonderful, wonderful part of the world! Naomi and I, we are both from the touristtrade. After some years of working abroad in big hotels ( we met in Geneva), we decided to do some travelling and started with 6 month in Asia. Then, after a bit of work in Austria/Germany we went off again for 2 more years. Returning back to Austria we were thinking of becoming normal and wanted to marry, have children and save up for a house…sounds familiar hey?! Anyway we rented a pub/restaurant in Bavaria and within the first year had a crisis meeting between the 2 of us. We decided, that these above mentioned goals did NOT justify such hard work with so many long hours! So, instead of changing the job, we changed our goals into more travelling, that motivated us enough to keep going for 5 ½ years. So then we stored our few belongings and set off on a new trip, that was in 1992…..You want to know where we went?What we did? What we experienced? Come and spend some time with us, and we will tell you!! Anyway, we came back to Europe in 1999 and started looking for a new home somewhere a bit warmer than in the north. We happened upon this beautiful area and immediately fell in love with it, we looked at La Rueda on a Monday and bought it by Friday, soon after Blackey moved in. After having done up the lot we thought to be able to lead a quiet life and enjoy paradise. Instead we came across this charming ruin in Guajar bought it at the spur of the moment and then saw us nearly 3 years in working clothes…Both La Rueda and La Cueva turned out unique little jewels and we´d be more than happy sharing them with you.
Stefan Told purchased this House in 2003
Why Stefan Told chose Guajar-Faragüit
This place has got something magical about it, so we saw this house and bought it, without thinking very long! And we never will regret it! We are in the country in a small village with super friendly neighbours...and still only 20mins away from the beaches of the Costa Tropical. Here you can just laze the days away or you do some easy or even more advanced hikingtours. Granada is only 1hr away and the villages of the Alpujarra 40mins. A few guests have been here for 7 or 8 times and still always find something new to explore. Come! Even a Spanish TV channel has been here already to film the house for one of their programs!!
What makes this House unique
La Rueda is an idyllic little oasis in the country, surrounded by flowers and bushes, with all its colours and perfumes. This place is perfect to relax and recharge the batteries! At night sit by the pool with your favorite drink and explore the starry skies or experience the rise of the moon...or...or..or just come to unwind and slow down!
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
2 Beautifully restored traditional houses in an unspoilt location
An initial mix up over which house we had booked was quickly resolved giving us the advantage of having time in both. They are a pair of semi-detached houses hidden behind one main entrance, built in a traditional way and well cared for and equipped, the outside space of the cave jacuzzi and rooftop terrace is shared. Guajar-Farguit is in a valley made up of 3 villages with very few tourists. Little to no English is spoken but the people are pleasant and helpful, basic supplies can be got in the local shop, eating out is limited. We had a fantastic holiday hiking locally, visiting beautiful mountain top villages and a night visit to the Generallife Garden at Alhambra ( the palace tours need booking at least two months in advance and we missed out). A car is a must and the roads good, it's not for those who don't enjoy hills.
A dreamy place in the hills
One of the nicest and cleanest apartments I've ever booked. Stefan and Naomi remember every single detail about what their guests might need. I was there for lovely fall weather, although I think 360 out of 365 days per year are beautiful in Guajar-Faraguit. Best was the hiking, even when I was just along the small roads. What beautiful country. The rooftop terrace and pool are very special. Great small kitchen, and good wifi (if you want to just hang in and relax one evening) Thanks, y'all!!!
It was a pleasure having you with us Maggie and letting you enjoy this truely beautiful area. Hope your cold is better by now and you are enjoying the rest of your trip. if you ever feel like another Andalucia experience, you know where we are.
All the best Stefan & Naomi
"...über den Dächern von Guajar-Faragüit..."
Nach einem arbeitsintensiven und nasskalten Sommer in unserer norddeutschen Heimat war unser Aufenthalt in La Cueva Ende September genau das, was wir brauchten: Sonne, Ruhe, Weite, blühende Pflanzen, Beschaulichkeit...Wir haben die Tage mit dem Sonnenaufgang und einem Kaffee auf der Dachterrasse begonnen und mit einem Glas Wein dort oben beendet - nach Sonnenuntergang im Schein der gut durchdachten Beleuchtung oder unterm Sternenhimmel.
Wir haben fast immer selbst gekocht oder gegrillt: alle Utensilien waren vorhanden und die Geräte funktionstüchtig. Die Einrichtung und Ausstattung des Hauses hat unseren Geschmack voll getroffen - die vielen Details der liebevollen Ausgestaltung haben wir nach und nach entdeckt.
Der Kontakt zu dem Vermieter war 100% positiv: es gab eine perfekte Anreisebeschreibung, persönliche Schlüsselübergabe mit Einweisung und Tipps für unseren Aufenthalt. Und ganz wichtig: die Möglichkeit, im Notfall jederzeit Kontakt aufzunehmen.
Wir kommen sehr gerne wieder und empfehlen sehr gerne weiter :))
Nora, Petra und Hermann aus Kiel
Vielen Dank Petra, es war ein Vergnuegen Euch bei uns gehabt zu haben und Euch diese wirklich herrliche Gegend geniessen zu lassen!
...ja und hoffentlich sehen wir uns mal wieder, Ihr wisst ja jetzt wo wir sind, bis dahin alles Gute
Stefan & Naomi
We spent ten days at La Estrella, and had a lovely time. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, including easy access to Grenada, the Nerja caves and local beaches, as well as nearby refreshing swimming holes. The house is filled with character, with a beautiful rooftop terrace with shade, comfortable hammocks and a cool cave jacuzzi below, which makes it an ideal place to laze away the hours between other activities.
The owners were very helpful and gave us many tips about things to see in the area. We'd stay again.
The house is very nice and well maintained
We have had a wonderful time in this lovely house in a small, quiet village near the Alpujarras. From the village it is possible to make beautiful walks through the hills and the villages nearby. There are some very nice beaches half an hour to an hour drive away from the house. So at the end if the afternoon we usually took a swim in the sea. The Sierra Nevada is not far away for the real mountaineers. And if you just want to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small Spanish village the house and pool are perfect. We had nice German neighbours to share the patio with.
A really special vacation for the both of us, we both instantly fell in love with the accomodation which is brilliantly designed and spacious with a charm that is undeniably irresistable. Our hosts too deserve a special mention as they were helpful beyond any expectations I had set before going on our vacation, they really are wonderful people.
We had ourselves a true Andalucian countryside experience due in no small part to the location of the apartment which finds itself surrounded by breathtaking mountains and natural pools. For the more adventurous vacationers there are also a multitude of hiking trails that vary in difficulty, some are even visible from the sun terrace of the apartment! But if the appeal of the countryside life wears thin at any point there are plenty of places to enjoy the bustling atmosphere of city life that are within reasonable driving distances such as Granada, Salobrenna and Marbella.
I cannot stress how amazing this place is, this was one of the best vacations I have ever taken and I would recommend this holiday rental to strangers in the street nevermind just a friend!
The 3 Guajar-villages, of which Faragüit is the biggest, are nestled in a very fertile and green valley, surrounded by mountains. Sometimes the Olive-Orange-Avocado and Chirimoya plantations reach up to the top of these mountains. The Moors left behind the acequias(watering channels) that cross the valley and thanks to which it is so wonderfully fertile. These white Andalusian villages have actually been overlooked by tourism despite their proximity to the sea. Down to the coast, the beach and the next golf course it is 20 minutes to Granada 1hour, to the ski slopes 11/2 hrs and to the Alpujarras 45mins.Faragüit offers everything you might need, a colourful weekly market on Saturdays, a bar/restaurant with good home cooking from the area, a bank/ATM, a few bakeries, supermarket, doctor, pharmacy, besides traders that offer veggies, fruit and fresh fish from their cars. La Cueva is situated in a car free alleyway and therefore very quiet. You can park as near as 200m away.
Golf: Only 20 minutes from us, down on the coast, we have a great golf course with a magnificent setting between Motril and Salobreña. Golf with the sea in your back and the snow covered 3000m mountains of the Sierra Nevada in front of you .In Salobeña another golf course will open soon and yet another halfway to Granada.
Ski: In the winter month you really are lost for choice. Or you go down to the empty beaches and stroll along the sea or you go to Granada to soak up some culture and do some shopping or you go up to the Sierra Nevada to go skiing. Actually you might do the lot in one single day!!! The ski area of the Sierra Nevada is the most modern ski area in Spain and the one with the most sun hours in Europe. Snow is guaranteed it offers long and wide slopes (up to 86km!), very affordable prices and a very pleasant ambience a true international ski resort! Of course all equipment can be rented up in the resort.
Die Preise verstehen sich für das Haus für 2 Personen pro Nacht.Jede extra Aufbettung berechnen wir mit €7,50 pro Person/Nacht. Mindestbuchung: 2 Nächte. Anreisetag und Abreisetag: flexibel. Dies sind Endpreise,es entstehen keine weiteren Kosten, ausser fuer Feuerholz im Winter. Bettwäsche und Handtücher werden von uns gestellt, Pool- und Badetücher bitte selber mitbringen.Bezahlung per Kreditkarte 2% Zuschlag The quoted prices are for two people for the whole house and per night. For each extra person we will charge € 7.50 per night, little children until 4 (or so) will be free of charge, please ask us. Minimum stay is 2 nights. Arrival and departuretime is flexible. These are finalprices, there will be no extra charges, except for the firewood used in winter. We provide linnen and towels, except for beach/pool towels. For payments with creditcard we will need to add a fee of 2%. Les prix sont pour la maison pour 2 personnes par nuit.Chaque lit supplémentaire sera facturé à 7,50 € par personne / nuit. Séjour minimum: 2 nuits. Arrivée et départ: flexible. Ceux-ci sont finales et il n'y a aucun frais supplémentaires, sauf pour le bois de chauffage en hiver. Les draps et serviettes sont fournis par nous, près de la piscine et serviettes de plage se plaisent aporter.Paiement par carte de crédit supplémentaire de 2% Estos precios son para dos personas por noche, por cada persona extra cobramos € 7.50 por noche. Son precios finales sin mas gastos, menos la leña usada en invierno. estancia minima dos noches. Hora de entrada y salida flexible. Proveemos la ropa de cama completa, incluyendo las toallas (menos las de la playa/piscina) y drapos de la cocina. Por pagos de tarjeta cobramos 2% mas.