Casita Imp is one-bedroomed accommodation on two floors which is attached to the owner’s property. Both properties were primarily intended as a family holiday home and therefore the casita has been refurbished to the same high standard as that of the main house. Believed to be around one hundred years old, the casita has the benefit of thick walls that help to keep it cool in the summer and also retain warmth in the winter months. Newly installed underfloor heating and double glazing means that the casita can be let all year round.
Although attached, the accommodation has doors out to two private terraces; one being quite shady, even in the summer months, and the other being a positive sun trap. The latter has views, on the one hand, down to the pool and otherwise an outlook across olive groves to the mountains beyond. The wide field between the property and the hills, is a constant source of interest throughout the year; in the greener months a crop is usually grown and later in the year it will be used to graze goats and sheep, cattle (an unusual sight in these parts) and even a few local horses. From early in the year there are usually hoopoes nesting in nearby trees and, later in the summer, visitors may spot an eagle or two riding the thermals above the field. Skylarks abound and it is not unlikely in the summer months that you will hear a nightingale first thing in the morning.
Solar panels provide hot water for the property and the residual heat from these flows into the pool. Use of the pool is shared with the main house but for much of the year occupants of the casita will find that they have almost exclusive use of the pool. The terraces are equipped with dining table and chairs, sun loungers and parasol .
The aim has been to make the casita a “home from home”. The double bed can also be arranged as two singles, if that is your preference then please say so when booking. A small collection of books, games and CDs are available for our visitors plus a TV and free use of the Internet. The sitting/ dining room has a corner sofa and single arm chair. A good sized shower room (ground floor) has the benefit of a large shower cubicle. The well-equipped newly fitted kitchen has an electric oven/grill, a microwave, 5 ring gas hob and tall fridge/freezer. Hoping to enable our guests to ”travel light”, we have also provided pool towels; cool bag and flasks. Of course, bed linen, bathroom towels, and hairdryer are provided.
We hope that if you just want to chill and travel very little then you will find that the casita is the ideal place. The property is on a country road at the edge of the village and there is almost no passing traffic; at certain times of the year you may hear the locals working on the olives which is one of the main sources of income for many villagers. Generally speaking this is a friendly village, there are two local bars which it is fair to say are quite basic although the food is good in both – you are likely to get tapas in one bar and need to order lunch if you wish to eat at the other. The village has a well equipped local shop, a health centre and a bakery that is open most mornings.
If you are happy to take the car and explore further afield there are excellent restaurants in our local towns, Trabuco and Archidona and, of course in the regional centres of Loja and Antequera. All of these towns have supermarkets, banks and ATMs.
On the other hand, the village is well placed for trips to Granada and Malaga and various beaches on the coast can be reached within an hour or so; in addition there is the beach at the lake at Iznajar, about 40 minutes by car. Probably the most well known attraction in Granada is the spectacular Alhambra but it is not generally known that the historic quarter of Malaga is interesting and its shopping facilities are also worth a visit if you enjoy a spell of retail therapy. A visit to the pedestrianised shopping area close to the cathedral in Malaga makes a great day out especially if you combine it with lunch or dinner; for much of the year it is possible to eat alfresco.
However, if your preference is for the country life, the tracks immediately around the village are varied and those above Trabuco, just a few kilometres away, by any standards make accessing the countryside pretty painless. Many of the walks have excellent well maintained level surfaces and are clearly sign-posted. In addition, some walks can be accessed by car which will take you part way up the mountainside – a definite attraction for the less active amongst us!
One of the main features of the property has to be its views; in addition, its slightly elevated position means that it can be more airy in high summer temperatures. Another plus is that although it has a feeling of privacy and being “away from it all”, in fact Casa Imp is less than 10 kilometres from the nearest motorway exit and the airports at Malaga or Granada can each be reached within an hour’s drive.
Just a few notes:
We ask that guests respect our “no smoking” policy.
Although the ground floor of the casita is all on one level, each entrance door is accessed by a flight of 6 steps and there are a further 6 steps down to the pool. Generally, ceiling heights are at least 2m throughout the accommodation although there is one low beam in the living room (approximately 1.85m) and another on the staircase of which prospective (tall) guests should be aware. The first floor bedroom is accessed by an easy rise staircase.