About the property
- Villa2303 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay1 - 14 nights
Fusion of Bali & Morocco,self catering villa in Andalucia set up as primary home
Recently back on the rental market after a major exterior refurbishment including a newly refurbished swimming pool with state of the art automatic pool cover which heats the water and beautiful wide terracing for relaxing, our property is designed and set up as a home rather than just for holiday purposes. This makes it a bit more special. Located just outside the market town of Orgiva (15-20 mins walk) in the Tijola area of Las Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada, Granada, the villa is set in the country within a walled garden in a small residential enclave, private and quiet, with a delightful garden and large swimming pool (approx 11.5 x 5.6 m). The pool and dining terraces are also newly tiled as is a shady sunken garden area. Part of this self catering villa in Andalucia is 200 years old - a wonderful beamed ceiling in the living area reaching up over a mezzanine gallery at the end of the dining area gives character. The roof is newly insulated and most doors and windows are now double glazed which helps to keep the house cool in summer and warm in winter. The furnishing style is a fusion of Bali and Morocco style with splashes of Spanish colour. The views of the Lujar to the front are breathtaking and the often snow-capped Sierra Nevada behind us give another perspective. Furnishings are of a high quality. It's an easy 30 mins drive to long stretches of beach at Motril and Salobrena and about 50 minutes drive to the fascinating city of Granada.
This property is a registered Vivienda Rural for private rentals. No agencies or marketing please. VTAR/GR/00977.
ORGIVA, Las Alpujarras, Andalucia: Orgiva is a market town just 15-20 minutes walk away with supermarkets, banks, bars, cafes and a selection of restaurants among which a couple are notably good. Its pretty church with twin towers is a landmark in the region and its bustling street market on Thursdays brings together the produce of the region – a heady mix of herbs and spices pervade the air while the fruit and vegetable stalls heave with locally grown produce in season - avocados, mangoes, pineapples, plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, grapes, figs and much more. There are two well-stocked health food stores and a vegetarian Moroccan restaurant for those on special diets.
ACTIVITIES - Places to see and things to do: The popular activities are walking (with plenty of guided walks), horse riding and bird watching but you can also go mountain biking and paragliding. There is also golf near Motril and, in winter you can reach the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada within 75 minutes.
The Alhambra Palace in Granada is recognised as one of the great wonders of the world, and the fascinating city of Granada is one of the prettiest and most interesting towns in Europe. There is so much to see and do, you won’t tire from going back time and time again.
The most important thing is to leave room in your suitcase to take home the flavours of Andalucia – delicious teas, exceptional honey, an incredible selection of fresh herbs and spices, jams, chorizo, local hams and cheese.
Pet and Smoking Allergies: The household is strictly non-smoking. Although we do not allow visitors to bring pets, there is a household cat, Nala, who is very independent and well taken care of but would love the occasional bit of loving attention!
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 2018
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I bought this property for my grown up children and me to enjoy as a retreat from our incredibly hectic work schedules. There was never an intention to rent it and for the first few years it was kept just for us. Then we started to rent for July and August only because we always spend this time back in the UK, mostly in Scotland which is our real home, and it seemed silly to leave the house empty and not at least try and recoup some of the running costs especially as I was on the point of retirement. We have always kept the rental rates lower than the average for the standard of property and the facilities offered because we want it to be affordable for just a couple staying who want high standards and good privacy. This way we have built up a wonderful client base of appreciative guests, many of whom have returned each year. I have now retired from a busy career running my own travel related and travel publishing businesses and the main family home is no longer in London - we have moved to West Sussex so will probably spend less time in Spain during the summer. For 2017, we will rent at any time between April and November when we are not there ourselves.
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Why Please send enquiry message to Feona before giving payment details in system. chose Órgiva
Everyone who comes to stay or rents our house says it is special. I think the reviews that have been written illustrate this well. Our gardener and housekeeper take care of the place with loving care and provide a discreet but very good service to rental guests which is probably quite unusual. No other rental villa I know of in the area offers a house and pool cleaning service every 3/4 days during your stay. We also have very good neighbours who are always willing to be helpful and good neighbourly relationships are very important to us, but we also very much value our privacy.
What makes this Villa unique
When we decided to buy a house in Spain we wanted to be away from the Costas (which we knew very well) and yet be within easy reach of a good town and the coast. Andalucia was our preferred region - we love it. My search started online when I put 'Andalucia property' into the search bar - this property was the first one I saw on the first site I went to. The picture was one taken of the view across the swimming pool - at that moment, I remember saying to my daughter 'that house has got our name on it!' When we came out for a 10-day intense house hunting exercise through the region (coast and inland areas), this was the first house we looked at and in the end it was the house we came back to buy! It wasn't just the view (which was a huge selling point) or that the garden was gorgeous; the clincher was that it was a completely walled space so we had absolute privacy. This is a place where you can definitely get naked if you are that way inclined! We liked that we could walk to town to get the bread if we didn't want to drive, or walk in for dinner and not worry about having more than one drink! It is uphill on the way in so not a walk for the feint-hearted but it's an easy stroll home on a beautiful summer's evening. Whenever we arrive and open the doors to the garden and pool, you can't escape the sense of well-being. It is a place which truly nurtures the soul and where we feel the stress melting away as we sink into our chairs, glass in hand, drinking in the view. That feeling that we have escaped from the world is still the same when we arrive today as it was back in 2006. We love it!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
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A very special place!
I almost don't want to tell everyone how fantastic this villa is! From the moment you arrive you will feel at home and relaxed and will be enthralled by the view! The house is immaculate and very well equipped. The living area is cosy and the kitchen has every utensil you could need. The beds are big and comfy. On arrival we received a lovely welcome pack and there were vases of fresh flowers and drinking water by the bedside! It gets even better outside as the garden and pool area are spectacular! Very well maintained the garden is full of pretty flowers with lovely scents and the pool is large. The garden is private and very peaceful and the views all around are lovely and in May, the mountains nearby had snow on them! All in all, you will not want to leave and like us you will want to return again and again!
Thank you Audrey for taking the time to write this great review. I know that our next door neighbours loved meeting you and we look forward to having you back next May - the space is held. And, don't worry, we are only planning to rent a very few weeks a year so the homely feel won't get lost and there will only ever be a few people that will get the opportunity to discover the secrets of this place!
Lovely house in tranquil relaxing setting
We spent a lovely relaxing week at the property. The garden is beautiful with lots of sunny and shady spots to sit and relax in. Orgíva had all we needed for shopping etc. We enjoyed trips to Granada and the white villages and walking in the hillsides around Orgíva.
Our second visit to La Palmeira, this time with our daughter. This villa has become a favourite for its tranquility, comfort, larger than average pool and barbecue, well equipped kitchen and, above all, Nala, the beautiful cat who regularly graces us with her presence. Two supermarkets are nearby in the town, which is just about walkable in decent shoes, and day trips (by car - essential) to the pretty white villages in the mountains or Granada are easily achieved (this time we visited the glorious Alhambra and the old quarter of the city). However, the view from the pool at the villa may entrance you so much that all you want to do is bask in the sun on a lounger and gaze! We have already booked our return for next year.
Thank you for this helpful review and for being such wonderful guests. I have little doubt that Nala will be very much looking forward to your return! All the best, F
Fantastic villa with a big pool and luxury outdoor area and gardens. Home from home!
The villa was really well kept, clean and homely. Luxurious and peaceful pool and garden area with a large pool. 15 mins walk to Orgiva or 5 min drive. Orchiva is a lovely town with a few nice restaurants and bars and Granada was an easy drive. Owner provided comprehensive info on the property and the area - we could not have wished for anything more a perfect week in the sun!
Thanks so much for this review, and with such speed! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay. It has been such a pleasure communicating with you and thank you for being such great guests. All the best, F
A really superb place to stay, especially in Spring when it is not too hot and the garden is at its best. Three very comfortable bedrooms each with a bathroom, and a very well equipped kitchen. Large, warm pool, not overlooked. We explored the bars and restaurants of Orgiva but also drove up into the hills to find pretty little villages, lots of fantastic walks with dramatic views, some not for the faint hearted. Easy drive to Granada and the Alhambra which is not to be missed. A gem.
Thank you so much Ivan for a lovely write-up. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay although from your email it sounds like you challenged yourselves on some of those walks! The scenery in the Alpujarras is quite breathtaking, especially as you approach the Sierra Nevada National Park. We look forward to welcoming you again one day soon.
Little paradise in the Alpujarras
The house is very spacious, cosy and well equipped and you feel immediately at home. The reception by Enrique and Merce is very welcoming.
But even in April you can spend most of the time in the fantastic garden with views on the Sierra Lujar and Sierra Nevada and enjoy the magnificent pool.
For lovers of authenticity Alpujarras is the place to be. Surrounding are beautiful, lots of opportunities for cycling (if you like serious climbing), hiking, sightseeing and only a 40 minute drive to the nice beaches in nature reserve Los Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo such as Playa de Cantarriján.
We sure hope to return here!
How wonderful it was to receive your activity reports during your stay and thank you for being such great guests - I am so pleased you enjoyed the house and the Alpujarras. We look forward to welcoming you back any time.
Rural Andalucia is famous for its little white villages that cling precipitously to dramatic hillsides and a way of life that is still quaintly of a different era in spite of the region’s popularity with tourists. The views are often breathtaking and none more so than in the Alpujarras, a range of hills which form the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Granada. The area was first brought to notice in Gerald Brenan’s book, South of Grenada but it was Chris Stewart’s ‘Driving over Lemons’ that captured the magic of life in the Alpujarras. Our nearest town is the picturesque market town of Orgiva.
Andalucia is culturally rich – you should try to experience a little of the passion and history of this fabulous region.
Locally - take a breathtaking drive into The Alpujarrras – this is the region so wonderfully experienced through the books – Driving Over Lemons and A Parrot in the Pepper Tree. The author, Chris Stewart actually just lives a couple of miles or so along the road. Travel up to the Poqueira Ravine. As well as the white villages of Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira there are plenty of other pretty villages as well, with narrow cobbled streets where you can pick up local souvenirs. You can pick up locally made hand-painted pottery and fabulous “shaggy” rugs and wall hangings or air cured jamon (ham) from Trevelez.
Pampaneira has a 16th century parish church and a lovely plaza with comfortable shady bars which serve excellent tapas where you can sit and while away a sunny afternoon. This village has been winner of the National Tourism Prize for Best Kept Spanish Village. There is a very good local restaurant ‘Ruta de Mulhacen’ and a fantastic shop where they make their own chocolate where you can taste before you buy – great to eat and to take home for presents!
Beyond Pampaneira there is a turn off to the right to the villages of Mecina, Mecinilla and Fondales – this is a beautiful area for walks. There is a great Argentinian run pizzeria in Mecina as well as a hotel with good food. If anyone tries to tell you that the vegetarian restaurant is good, ignore them – it consistently serves the worst food imaginable in spite of being owned and run by a supposed French chef!
In Bubión on the last Sunday but one in August the wars between the Christians versus Moors are celebrated. Apart from the attractions inherent in this place, for those interested the Poqueira Ravine is the birthplace of the child who is destined to be the next Dalai Lama.
Continue your journey up to the High Alpujarras for spectacular scenery and on to Trevelez where they dry the famous local hams in the wind.
The Alpujarras were the last stronghold of the Moors and the romantic fable tells of the last Moor who let out a great sigh and shed a tear as he fled from this wonderful countryside avoiding the Catholic conquest in the 15th Century.
Another interesting trip is to the spa town of Lanjaron, where you can take the water! The spa water has important minerals to treat a variety of ailments – the fountain situated on the right just as you are going out of the town is renown for its mineral quality, so why not take your empty bottles and pick up some seriously good free water!
In Granada you must visit the The Alhambra Palace & Generalife Gardens (you must book a long time ahead online) – they are wonderful examples of Islamic architecture and the water gardens are cool places of tranquillity. You should certainly set aside the whole long day especially if you want to include a walk down into town to see the Cathedral and the shops - well worth a visit.
Granada itself is fascinating with plenty to see and do by day and night. If you are interested in culture and to learn about what Granada offers, we recommend you purchase a dedicated guide book or research online before you leave the UK.
If you feel like a longer drive and perhaps, even an overnight stay, then include a trip to Seville, Ronda, Toledo, Madrid or Cordoba. All these ancient Spanish towns have a wonderful history, and we are especially impressed by the orange trees lining the roads, shady plazas where you can sit down and people watch.
The Coast – La Costa Tropical
There are some good coastal towns and a great many beaches within easy reach between Motril and Nerja including Salobrena, Almunecar and La Herradura. Please follow this link to a good website for beach information: http://www.granadaspain.co.uk/what-to-do/best-beaches-costa-tropical-granada/
Additional pricing information
Rates are for 2-4 people. Costs for additional people are shown. We ask that you ONLY USE THE ENQUIRY BUTTON (and not place an online booking request) until we have time to complete any direct communications about your requirements. We find it can be really helpful to have an exchange of emails before you commit to an online booking/give payment details so please message us through the system so we can chat and make sure there is a two-way fit for the property. Airconditioning / heating: costs for use of airconditioning/heating are not included in rental and are taken from the security deposit according to meter readings although in the last two years we haven't had to charge any extras (house is really well insulated so usage can be minimal and not noticeable enough to charge for!) Children: Depending on the circumstances (age, no of adults in party etc), we may not accept children. If you are travelling with children under 12 years old, please let us have full details (ages, ability to swim and whether they can share a room - no more than two children per room) and contact us prior to booking. Also please advise us if you have any special needs. Allergies: please note that there is a household cat so let us know before placing an online booking request if you have an allergy. Due to the high maintenance requirements of the property, we prefer to leave 24 hours between bookings but when this is not possible, the gardener may need to complete some work during the following day. This is always done with prior notice. We may be able to offer a satisfactory compromise. Arrival time at villa: after 16.00, preferably after 17.00, subject to confirmation. Departure time from villa: Before 10am. We may be able to vary these times depending on how bookings are falling on either side of your dates. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to let us know using the ENQUIRY BUTTON before placing a booking request. Thank you.