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Alpujarra Escape - Casa Rif. Contemporary townhouse with panoramic views...

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property on 2 levels, with soaring views over Orgiva

Casa Rif is a large detached townhouse at the front of the village of Cañar. It has a very large, private roof terrace (60m2) with a heated jacuzzi/spa, BBQ and quality lounge and dining furniture. Everything you need during your stay is close at hand - a well-stocked grocers, pharmacy and 2 excellent bars serving meals and tapas are all only a minute's walk from Casa Rif. Cañar is uniquely situated in the High Alpujarra - nearest village to Orgiva with all its amenities only 10 mins' drive away, yet also, at an altitude of 1150m , the house boasts open views that are truly unrivalled in the region to which no words/pictures could ever do justice. On a clear day, the Rif Mountains of Morocco can be seen. Cañar is totally unspoiled, with the famous GR7 walking route passing through the village, making it accessible to constantly changing scenery. Whether you're interested in walking, cycling, bird watching, riding, exploring further afield, or just relaxing in a totally tranquil environment, you can do as much or as little as you want.

Additional facilities:: All apartments have satellite TV. A selection of DVDs is also available. Canar has a small grocer, bank, pharmacy, 3 bars and a new restaurant. Swimming is available in Orgiva for a small charge.

Further afield:: Golf - nearest golf course is at Salobrena (40 mins). Skiing - the World Championship resort of Pradollano in the Sierra Nevada is 1hr 15 mins away. Paragliding, windsurfing and diving are all available at nearby Salobrena and Almunecar.

In summary:: La Alpujarra presents a truly unique holiday destination - steeped in history and tradition with a wealth of activities available within easy reach, not to mention the extraordinary abundance of wildlife that calls it home. All this combined with the warm climate everyone associates with southern Spain. Further, we fully appreciate that for most people, holidays are the most important times of the year, and we will therefore do our utmost to accommodate any particular needs or requirements you may have in order to have a truly memorable holiday.

More Details

Robin Smith
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2018

About Robin Smith

I'm from Glasgow originally, and in 2004 I decided a change of direction was in order, and hit upon the beautiful Alpujarra region of rural Andalucia to make a fresh start with a holiday rental business - my Alpujarra Escape, you might say! I've never looked back, and I hope my guests love the area as much as I do...

Robin Smith purchased this house in 2005

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Another of our meals is cooked and served by Robin and Steve, whose tastefully furnished apartment in Canar provides our accommodation for two nights. The group was still raving about their roast vegetable paella and strawberries dipped in chocolate at the end of the week.' Barbara Lamplugh, LIVING SPAIN Magazine.

'Thank you for a lovely week in Canar, your hard work and commitment to us was impressive and we have nothing but praise for you both.' M & J Madden, Surrey

'... a wonderful 2 weeks. You have a great place here.' G Van Dyk Watson, London

'Thank you both for a wonderful stay, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the much-needed break. Best of luck for the future, we have already recommended you to family and imagine we will be back ourselves as soon as time allows!' Dr R Ewbank, Glasgow.
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cáñar in Valle de Lecrín

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • swimming
All bedrooms have wardrobes, chests-of-drawers and fans. On the roof terrace, there is a heated jacuzzi/spa. Heating in the winter is provided by gas/oil-filled heaters. Wood for the stove is available to buy locally.


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Alpujarra Escape - Casa Rif. Contemporary townhouse with panoramic views...
average rating of 4.88 based on 26 reviews

Lovely stay beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Really lovely traditional property. Immaculately clean, with a beautiful roof terrace

. We were there in winter so enjoyed the hot tub under the stars and the cozy fire in the living room. Canar is a lovely village...one of the friendliest in the area. It bustles with its own life but as It's up a windy ( but well made) road to just that village it is also very peaceful. Thoroughly recommend. Thanks Robin!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful accommodation in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Canar and hope to be back for many more holidays. Winding up the zig-zagging road to the village we weren't quite sure what to expect! We were met by Robin who was extremely helpful, showing us not just round La Estrella but the whole village. The townhouse was clean with lovely decoration, and nothing can beat having your own private roof terrace (which is huge) and hot tub. We spent our days exploring the ting whitewashed villages along the GR7 walking route, then relaxing our tired muscles in the hot tub before barbecquing on the roof terrace. Lovely holiday accommodation with a really helpful and friendly owner. Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments - I'm really glad you both had a great time in Casa Rif, and look forward to meeting you in Cañar again soon.
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Amazing stay in beautiful townhouse

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and i arrived late after a delayed flight (after midnight) but Robin met us no questions asked and was both helpful and cheerful. Nothing was too much trouble for him and we felt relaxed instantly. On arrival to the apartment we were both very happy to see the place looked just as good in real life as it did in the photos. Also, the place was immaculate. We found the area very relaxing and enjoyed walking along the GR7 to the nearby villages. An added bonus was the wifi that Robin had just installed and the speed of the net was excellent. All in all we had a brilliant time and i wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for posting such a lovely review - glad you had a great time at La Estrella, and hope to see you both again in Cañar sometime soon. Robin
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The place not to miss

  • 5 of 5

Un havre de paix et une vue à couper le souffle. Un petit village typique de l'Andalousie avec ses traditions, une maison magnifique et confortable: tous les ingrédients pour se ressourcer!

Nous avons séjourné 2 fois dans la maison que Robin : nous n'oublions pas la terrasse avec son jacuzzi et sa vue imprenable sur la vallée.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Certainly an escape!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time in Cañar and it was just what we needed following a hectic end to our school terms.

The village itself is quaint and the locals are friendly when you starting chatting to them (well in pidgin-Spanish at least). As we were there in early April everything was relaxed and very quiet save the dogs, cats and other general sounds of the countryside. There are 3 bars of varying quality and a small shop for the basics (although a trip to Orgiva was needed for a more comprehensive stock up).

Robin was very welcoming and helpful. He was keen for us to feedback to him about new aspects of the flat such as the wi-fi (which worked perfectly) and was forthcoming with information about the local area.

The flat itself is a perfect balance of rustic and modern and provides plenty of space for relaxing. As we were only 2 in a space designed for a few more we were spoilt for space and we could definitely imagine returning with more people.

The main attraction to the flat, other than the hot tub of course, was the view from either balcony or the bedroom window. It was breathtaking day and night and you had to double check you were sitting there having dinner in private with such a backdrop.

As previously mentioned we would definitely return here as it is a great location just to relax, to go on walks and visit Granada. This was our first time to Andalucia and we are definitely fans!

Tom & Rosanna

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful mix of relaxation and recreation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at El Nogal. Canar is lovely - you really feel you are in a 'proper' Spanish mountain village, occupied mainly by locals rather than visitors, and with a maze of small alleys running between densely arranged white houses that cling onto the hill slopes. The village shop seemed to have everything you might need and was open 7 days a week, and everyone we passed in the village seemed very friendly.

El Nogal is a lovely apartment - light and airy, and with breathtaking views across to the hills to the south. We never tired of this view - appreciating it from first thing in the morning, through the french doors of our bedroom, to late at night while sipping wine on the balcony. The flat is extremely comfortable - basically having everything you could want but, more than that, furnished with great quality and care. This meant we had a lovely time just pottering around the apartment and balcony, relaxing and 're-charging our batteries', with no feeling that we wanted to rush off.

Saying that, Canar is well-located to visit other attractions and, during our week, we visited Alhambra and Granada, walked up Veleta in the Sierra Nevada, and spent a day by the sea. But our preference was to spend about half a day walking along one of the many wonderful trails in the area (particularly enjoying following the acequia water channels) and about half a day relaxing in and around Canar.

Our stay in Canar was made even more enjoyable for having been arranged very easily with Robin - as he always responded quickly to emails. He then made sure he was there to meet us when we arrived in Canar. This great service continued during the week when, after informing him by text on a Saturday evening that one of our gas bottles had emptied, he arrived at the door within half an hour with a replacement that he fitted. We couldn't fault anything.

A couple of miscellaneous things to mention for info as we wondered beforehand are: a) we got perfect mobile signal at the apartment, including 3G internet access with Orange/EE (although we resisted checking our phones too frequently); and, b) the weather was absolutely gorgeous for us in mid October - about 20-25 degrees each day, although I understand that this might not be the case every year.

So, in summary, a wonderful place, wonderful accommodation and wonderful service from Robin. For us, it was the perfect holiday break and we hope to return again another year.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Malaga - 1.5 hours, Granada - 1 hour by car
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Cañar - choice of two
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
60 Metres
Cañar - choice of two
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Pradollano - Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Salobrena - 40 minutes by car
Car: recommended

Canar overlooks Orgiva in La Alpujarra and is 40 minutes from both the Costa Tropical and Granada with its famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens.


Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn/Winter/Spring 2017-2018
16 Sep 2017 - 15 Jun 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Summer 2018
16 Jun 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn/Winter/Spring 2018-2019
15 Sep 2018 - 14 Jun 2019
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Summer 2019
15 Jun 2019 - 13 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We offer a 10% discount for bookings of 2 weeks or more.

We accept a 25% deposit upon booking, with the balance payable on arrival in Spain, in cash, in Euros.

Extra days (beyond a week) calculated pro-rata. Short breaks of less than a week available outside the high season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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