About the property
- House753 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights
Fireplace BBQ AC-Heat free WIFI Playground Fully Equipped Fenced Pool Lush Natur
Cortijo El Cura is a very cozy, sheltered and idyllic one-floor Andalusian cottage. Located in a completely private and secluded property surrounded by lush nature in an authentic Mediterranean subtropical setting, it oozes absolute natural tranquility. This bowl of beauty is 2.500 sqm and is organic-certificated. The garden is a little piece of heaven and contains various orange, avocado and centenarian olive trees and other Mediterranean fruit trees. You can pick our delicious lemons and oranges and make fresh juice all the way from November to June. There is a playground area and a childproof pool area with green lawn all around. The cottage Cortijo El Cura is characterised by its genuine Moorish-style interiors, a paradise-like garden with sumptuous vegetation and majestic views of the surrounding mountains. All rooms have direct access to a delightful terrace which runs along the south-front of the house. This cottage is fully equipped with top quality facilities and will guarantee the perfect relaxing and pleasurable holiday.
The idyllic terrace is partly covered by an ancient vineyard and is the ideal spot for sunbathing or simply relaxing, taking in the riveting fragrance of the orange blossom (in April) and the ever-changing colours of the spectacular mountains beyond. Right beside the sunny terrace there is a huge stone-built barbecue.
Inside you can enjoy a lovely intimate atmosphere within the thick-stone built walls in an authentic traditional southern Spanish style, with a pleasant indoor temperature all year-round. Both bedrooms, particularly the cozy cave-bedroom carved into the rock, are perfect for an enjoyable siesta on a hot summer afternoon and the open fireplace in the living room gives warmth in the winter evenings. In order to get to the cave-bedroom, you have to walk through the other bedroom. In addition, the house contains air conditioner and a heating system, Internet TV with free video library and free WIFI over the whole house and part of the Garden and pool area.
The new kitchen is fully equipped and has high standard facilities. You will have all that you need (for example, sharp kitchen knives, large red wine glasses, quality mattresses and bed linens, north European standard duvets and towels).
The private swimming pool (3.5x6.5m plus a shallow part, open from April to November) and the lawn area surrounding it are fenced and completely childproof. The lush garden with abundant green vegetation is entirely child-friendly and has a playground, tire swing and a rocking horse.
The property is only 2km away from Órgiva (20 minutes walking distance) and it provides with all the quietness and tranquility of pure nature to make your holiday as pleasant and relaxing as possible.
Over the winter season the house will be heated up with 24 hours in advance to offer a warm and comfortable ambient right from the first day on.
We are able to share our experience gathered here over 20 years and offer you practical tips on activities, hikes, beaches, restaurants, cultural events, ticket reservations (for example, Alhambra tickets), etc. so that you are able to experience the authentic Andalusian culture. In addition, we can organise and facilitate flamenco classes, cooking courses, riding tours, alpine hiking tours and ski days.
We can arrange car hire from Malaga Airport with a very efficient car rental company with excellent services (small company, no queuing, quick and personalized service, no pre-charged petrol, etc.). The service refers to a new air conditioned car with full comprehensive insurance without any excess for two named drivers.
While staying with us, a visit to the Alhambra in Granada is an absolute must. The Alhambra is Europe’s largest and best preserved Moorish (Arabic-Medieval) palace and fortress-building, with unimaginable beauty and refinement. As it is also one of Europe’s most visited monuments.
To visit the Alhambra Palaces we recommend booking tickets ideally with a few months´ notices in advance on the website of the official ticket seller.
To print out the tickets at the ATM of the Caixa Bank here in town or at the Alhambra entrance, it is important to present the same bank card which was used for the online payment.
Our prices are for the entire estate (house, garden and pool) for up to 4 adults. Any extra bedding is charged 10€ per day. But extra bedding for children fewer than 12 is free. The rate includes all utilities such as Wi-Fi, gas, electricity, firewood (during winter), a pantry with the essentials (spices, vinegar, oil, sugar, coffee, tea, cocoa/hot chocolate, spaghetti, canned tomato, dish soap, laundry soap, etc.).
The final cleaning fee of 45€ is for our professional cleaning staff and the 40€ for the complete welcome service set which contains the following:
-The preheating of the house 24 hours before check in during the winter months.
-Complete clean linen set of quality bedding, bed rugs, towels (hand/facial, bathing, pool/beach), kitchen cloths, sponges, set soap -and toilet paper, candles and matches.
-A welcome food pack for a first snack with bread, butter, cheese, eggs, olives, yogurt, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, milk, water, juice, beer, a bottle of wine and a fruit bowl ( if you wish, this can be removed and the fee will be reduced 20€).
-Personalized reception (Also possible at a meeting point in the village), guiding and introduction to the property.
These fees will be charged upon your arrival only once as one single payment, as it is a unique value, independent of the length of your stay. This will ensure that you will find the property in spotless condition giving your holiday the perfect start.
We provide high chairs and cots with full bedding for free.
We accept PETS only on request and keep in case a security deposit of 150€. Pets must be well educated, never jump on any furniture and not cause any dirty or damage to the property, neither be a nuisance for other people. Unfortunately in no case are dogs of dangerous breeds accepted.
Changeover day is on Saturdays during summer season (start of July to end of August). The rest of the year we can be flexible and arrange for a different day of the week. Check in is from 2pm onwards, check out before 12am or according to arrangement.
Over low season we can offer on bookings of several weeks’ interesting discounts. From November to March we also offer long let rates for 800€ - 1.200€ per month (depending of dates and length of stay) on special conditions (min. two months). We can also offer special rates for last minutes bookings.
The price includes 10% VAT and a house insurance including liability.
Our property is a lawful family-tourism business which is registered and monitored by the Spanish Tourism Authority (Consejería de Turismo y Deporte) which guarantees the highest standards for safety, hygiene and quality. It also has the official Andalusian seal ACROCOLOR as an organic olive and orange farm.
We have over 20 years of experience as landlords and the continuous improvement of the houses will guarantee our guests a thoroughly smooth and relaxing holiday. This can be confirmed by the excellent feedback left by our wonderful guests (please check our reviews).
We respond to every request even if the house is already booked. If you do not receive a reply it may be due to a technical issue or an error in the email address that you specified. Therefore, feel free to call our phone number and we will call you back as soon as possible.
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
The property is located in the heart of the Alpujarras, in the green and lush south slopes of Sierra Nevada with its breathtaking landscapes and mild and sunny micro climate all year round. You will have the perfect opportunity to experience and enjoy the authentic and genuine Andalucia intimately, away from the busy touristic spots. Straight from the house, you can enjoy wonderful walks through the valley or up to the hills. By car, you can have amazing excursions to the high part of the 'Las Alpujarras' with its white and picturesque mountain villages or to the snow-covered peaks of Sierra Nevada. The mountain chain reaches an altitude of 3.484 m and is replete with a unique wildlife, beautiful rivers and pristine lagoons. The house is only 25 minutes driving distance to the coast, 40 minutes to Granada (one of the most beautiful and lively historic and cultural cities in the world) and little over than one hour to Sierra Nevada ski resorts.
Day trips can include beautiful destinations such as Cordoba, Ronda or Seville, or National Parks like Sierra de Grazalema, Sierra de Cazorla and Cabo de Gata.
Blessed with gorgeous weather all year round (including winter time), this region will give you an endless variety of activities and events: you can ski all the way from end of November to April; olive harvest for our own biological olive oil begins in December; almond flowering bloom starts in January; in March, Órgiva celebrates its patron saint with spectacular fireworks; during Easter time there are impressive marches and processions; the historical and revered orange blossom El Azahar occurs in April, filling the valley with its enticing scents; May is an excellent month to go hiking; Granada’s famous Féria with daily corridas de toros (bullfighting) happens in June; July and August vibrate with cheerful and animated village festivals; in September you can enjoy the warm waters in the stunning Mediterranean beaches; the Feria of Órgiva (harvest festival) happens in early October; and in November the local bars start to light their open fireplaces where people enjoy roasting chestnuts.
Whatever the season is, the region remains lively and vibrant with enjoyable activities. All over the year and across the whole region (mountains and coast), restaurants, cafes and beach bars by the sea are open and will give you the chance
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About Oliver Baun
I came across the Alpujarras by chance during my journey through Spain in the mid 80's. This was about the same time as the famous book writer Chris Stewart arrived into the area. Years later he published his bestseller ‘Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia (The Lemons Trilogy)’ where he tells all these funny tales and amazing experiences he had in this very region. I also discovered the same sort of authentic unspoiled paradise as he did. Back then, south of Granada was very different to what it is now. The area was impoverished, there were not many cars around but lots of donkeys instead, TV was a novelty and people actually 'lived' in the bars. There was no VAT tax yet and no motorway for hundreds of miles. Granada was a day journey away and northern Europe a different planet. I was in heaven. I’ve been living in this area for almost 30 years and my children were born and grew up here. I absolutely love this region. Since then, I've been exploring the many things this area has to offer: hiking, skiing, cycling, snorkeling, biking, cooking, climbing and partying, of course. It´s my home and it feels like paradise!
Oliver Baun purchased this House in 1995
Why Oliver Baun chose Órgiva
The privileged and quiet area set in absolute natural and private tranquility in a fertile valley and only 1 mile away from town (15-20 minutes walking and 2 minutes by car). This is the perfect location to explore the immediate wild surroundings, Las Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada, Granada and the Costa Tropical.
What makes this House unique
El Cura is a stunning, paradise-like Andalusian villa in a perfectly tranquil location with a gorgeous and lush Mediterranean garden, beautiful swimming pool area, cozy and comfortable indoors, a long sunny terrace and a breathtaking view of the mountains. Secluded and yet close to town, its quality standards, finishing details and comfort guarantees a lovely place for the whole family to enjoy a wonderful, fun and relaxing holiday. Its special location offers the unique opportunity to discover the natural Andalucía with its ancient Moorish villages, mountainous landscapes, Mediterranean beaches, the mighty Sierra Nevada and the historic town of Granada among many other spectacular sites. I am more than happy to share my knowledge gathered over the last three decades to give you suggestions on the best places to visit, the local foods to enjoy and all the unmissable activities you can experience in this Andalusian treasure.
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Fantastic cottage in a stunning location!
We had a brilliant holiday exploring the local area and enjoying the lovely private pool. The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed. The hosts were very welcoming and helpful. The garden is great with loads of space for the children to play and beautiful fruit trees. We even made lemonade. Our children (aged 10 and 7) absolutely loved the swimming pool. It was particularly good as it has a shallow area on the side which was great for our daughter as she could splash about without having to swim all the time. The village of Orgiva is great for general amenities and we had fun exploring some of the very picturesque villages higher up the mountains. It is a great location for running. I was able to run from the house every morning and would love to return and explore more. Overall a fantastic holiday.
A perfect holiday hideaway
What can I say...the secluded and enticing pool, the beautiful garden with orange, lemon and fig trees, the mountain views and the well stocked and very authentic villa.
We (family of 4, 2 kids aged 12 and 10) had a fab time. We explored the local area; the beautiful hilltop villages of Capiliera and Bubion, the stunning city of Granada and the amazing Alhambra palace and the many breath taking walks in the Sierra Nevada and Alpajurras (where often we didn't see anyone else). Hard to imagine that 40 minutes in the other direction are the many popular beaches.
This villa would be a great stay any time of year as the landscapes around are forever changing but always beautiful (would be nice to see the mountains covered in snow). I am sure we will be back!
The Briodys (last 2 weeks of August 2017)
Nice, clean, quiet
The property is fantastic property well secluded.
The overall impression is absolutely very good. We have now stayed at 5 different properties in Orgiva, and the last three of them have all been with Oliver. The reason for this is simple, everything work out seamless. Oliver has several properties that can be hired, all of them are absolutely favourable, but for different needs and purposes. All are completely equipped and you are well taken care of from the point you are entering Orgiva.
Whenever coming back, we will not look for anything else.
Well done Oliver !
Bonny and Kjell
Beautiful, quiet, relaxing....a slow pace not offered in the cities.
We arrived a little early in the tourist season, we would love to visit again later in the summer when the vines are grown in, all the trees are at their fullest and the pool is just a couple degrees warmer. Our stay here closed off family vacation and we're glad we had several days of quiet in the cottage before returning to our own busy city life.
The home is close to Orgiva (plenty of supermarkets and ATMs) walking distance to several restaurants and a great place to base if you're interested in getting into Granada or the white villages higher in the mountains.
Very fond memories.
We loved this house
We arranged a meeting with the owner in town and he guided us to our villa. Oliver is a pleasant and helpful person. Our house was comfortable, clean and well organised. The villa was rather close to Orgiva. It took a 25 minutes walk to Orgiva and 20 minutes to walk back. Walking back in the dark is not very pleasant because there are no lights along the street to the villa.
The garden was big and very nice. Unfortunately the water of the swimming pool was too cold (end of March) to swim..
Cortijo El Cura is just 1 mile away from the town Órgiva, with easy access by car and it only takes about 20 minutes walk to reach it. The property is located in fertile valley of the Guadalfeo river within the south-faced slopes of the impressive Sierra Nevada and just 30 minutes away from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Costa Tropical.
This region is characterised by its lush Mediterranean landscape with diverse and fertile vegetation, Europe´s cleanest starry sky and over 300 days of sunshine a year.
Sierra Nevada provides the region with fresh water, which finds its way through the ‘Acequias’ all along into the terraced fields. Acequias are ancient Moorish irrigation channels built into the rocks which cross the hilts all over the region. There are amazing opportunities to explore the stunning nature with pleasurable walks and hiking tours.
The closest town, Órgiva, is a lively, southern Andalusian town, picturesquely situated in a large valley in the middle of a wild mountain landscape, surrounded by rivers, olive and orange groves between Granada and the coast. It has numerous street cafes, bars, restaurants, terraces, small shops, a weekly market and an old-fashioned market hall with fish, meat and vegetable stands. Órgiva also has supermarkets, organic shops, banks, a post office and an emergency hospital.
Only 7km away is the traditional spa-town Lanjarón, with its ancient but recently renovated baths offering various wellness services.
Granada is situated just 50km away from the house. Its marvelous and indescribable beauty with breathtaking Moorish-medieval palaces of the Alhambra makes this city one of the true gems of Europe.
There are three excellent golf courses within the radius of 30km from the property.
And there is also, of course, Sierra Nevada. This is Spain´s most modern ski resort and the one with the most sunny days in the whole Europe. It has an altitude between 2000m and 3400m over 110km of slopes. High snow, long and wide pistes, reasonable prices and a surprisingly comfortable atmosphere make Sierra Nevada an exceptional ski destination.
After a ski day, there will be a fire in the fireplace and a freshly squeezed orange juice waiting for you in the house. On request, you can also book an irresistible hot Finnish wood-fired sauna.
The privileged location of this property gives you the unique opportunity to choose between going skiing in the Sierra Nevada, enjoying the urban and cultural buzz of Granada, sunbathing on the beach, exploring the local nature or staying in the house having a barbecue in the garden.
CULTURE AND FOOD
The nearly 800-year-long period Moors and Arab culture has influenced the landscapes of Alpujarra more than any other Spanish regions. The culture of the Moors is reflected in the architecture as well as in the arts and crafts, music and cooking. But above all, the Moors cultivated the land, built terraces and irrigation ditches, and brought a variety of plants and fruits from the East that shaped the landscape until the present days. Órgiva is known for its millenary olive trees, some which were planted by the Romans, with their powerful, distinctive gnarled trunks. Today there is an interesting addition to the old traditional alternative culture of artists, craftspeople, organic farmers or shops, Arabian tearooms, yoga and flamenco schools and a Buddhist center.
Culinary highlights in Órgiva: Spain is a gourmet's paradise and a country that enjoys the pleasure of food. The cuisine of the Alpujarra lives from the natural flavor of its products due to the unique combination of different altitudes, temperatures, natural waters and microclimate. As such, its cuisine oozes of colorful and vibrant taste. There is a vast myriad of delicious stews (including the world-famous paella), air-dried mountain ham, salames, chorizos, mountain cheese, seafood, fresh vegetables, wine, Cava, Sidra, and other local dishes which are considered world-class foods. Many of these specialties are served as tapas (delicious nibbles that come with a drink – beer, glass of wine or sherry).
Additional pricing information
Our prices are for the entire estate (house, garden and pool) for up to 4 adults. Any extra bedding is charged 10€ per day. But extra bedding for children under 12 is free. The rate includes all utilities, as well such as Wi-Fi, gas, electricity, firewood and a pantry with the essentials. There is a final cleaning fee of 45€ for our professional cleaning staff plus 40€ for a complete “arrival set”. These fees will be charged upon your arrival only once as one single payment, as it is a unique value, independent of the length of your stay. Over low season we can offer on bookings of several weeks’ interesting discounts. From November to March we also offer long let rates for 800€ - 1.200€ per month (depending of dates and length of stay) on special conditions (min. two months). Because of the versatile pricing specification options (day-week-month-weekend rates), it could come to price overlaps. In these cases, we calculate the best rate for you. Unsere Preise gelten für das komplette Anwesen für bis zu 4 Personen (bei Extra-Aufbettungen sind Kinder bis 12 Jahre gratis), inklusive aller Nebenkosten, auch Wi-Lan, Gas, Brennholz, Strom und eine kleine 'Basis-Speisekammer'. Nur die Endreinigungsgebühr von 45,- € für unser Putzpersonal und der einmalige Satz von 40,- € für den kompletten Kit an frisch vorbereiteter Ausstattung werden bei Ankunft vor Ort extra abgerechnet, da es sich um einen einmaligen Aufwand handelt, unabhängig von der Dauer des Aufenthaltes. Winterangebote von November bis März bei mehr als 2 Monaten Mietzeit: Je nach Dauer und Datum 800€ - 1.200€ pro Monat zu speziellen Konditionen. In der Wintersaison können wir auf mehrwöchige Buchungen interessante Rabatte geben. Wegen der vielseitigen Möglichkeiten der Preisangaben für Tage, Wochenenden, Wochen und Monate kann es zu Preisüberschneidungen kommen. In solchen Fällen kalkulieren wir den für Sie günstigsten Preis.