Casa del Jardin. Traditional Andalucian Holiday Home in Acequias, Lecrin Valley, nr Granada, Costa Tropical, Sierra Nevada. Casa Señorial, Surrounded by Walled Garden & Large Pool.
Casa del jardin is a two bedroomed apartment overlooking the pool and gardens of Casa Tia Maria. The entrance is from the pool patio via the large balcony and double wooden doors to enter.
Entering the house there is an open plan living room, kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is equipped with gas stove, oven, fridge, microwave and plenty of work surface and cupboards. The electric hot water heater is in the kitchen and the washing up area overlooks the pool patio. In the living room area there are two sofas, a music centre, and pine table and chairs. Winter heating is provided by an excellent Hergom cast iron woodburner. There are two bedrooms and large bathroom, the master bedroom has a king-size double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers, and the twin bedded room has a balcony overlooking the pool patio.
Finally, there is a large garden and pool. Unlike many in the area, this is a reasonable size garden and pool (5 mt by 9 mt) where you can eat alfresco or just lie in the peace and quiet of the afternoon, if you want to get away from it all.
The house is well furnished generally. with garden furniture on the terrace and outside in the patio. WiFi internet is also available.
Acequias is a charming village set mid way between Granada and the Costa Tropical on the west-facing slopes of the Valley of Lecrin.
Cerro Grande and El Zahor, the hills overlooking Acequias and neighbouring Niguelas can be seen from the garden, and the walk to Niguelas is one of several which can be made from the house; straight out of the front door you leave the village and within five minutes you will be in glorious countryside.
Niguelas is larger village with an attractive range of bars, restaurants and cultural events, including music. Last year we saw a Japanese classical guitar maestro there!
The agriculture of the area is mixed with olive and almond groves, and various other trees such as oranges, lemons, pomegranate, carob, plum and cherry.
Rising above this lush irrigated countryside you have the mountains and foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The scenery is simply amazing.
It would be hard to find a quiet village with better access to Granada, the Costa Tropical or the Sierra Nevada, all of which are within 30 minutes drive. Indeed you can walk from Acequias up the Rio Torrente straight into the Sierra Nevada National Park, leading you to the walk of the Seven Waterfalls, taking you past the village of Niguelas en route. Acequias and Niguelas villages both have olive mill museums.
The Valley of Lecrin is a startlingly beautiful area which occupies one of the most privileged positions in Spain. The area itself is midway between the Costa Tropical, famous for its verdant cultivation of exotic fruits and sugar cane, and the city of Granada, home to the Alhambra and the Albaicin, Spain´s most potent historic attractions.
So much history abounds around the city of Granada that it would be impossible to tell all here. Home to the last empire of Spain´s Moorish era, Granada was finally taken by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492 after more than 700 years of Moorish civilisation, which shaped the city and the area for ever.
All of Granada's attractions are within easy reach of the house, as are the various beaches and resorts of the Costa Tropical. Last but not least, the south facing villages of the Sierra Nevada are also a short drive away. This area, known as the Alpujarra, has been written about by Gerald Brenan ("South from Granada") and Chris Stewart ("Driving Over Lemons").
Granada is the capital of the province with the same name, situated in the eastern part of the region of Andalusia. Geographical and scenic diversity charactizes the land. There is the coastal area with its warm climate; the extensive, fertile Genil plain; and the mountainous regions with a colder climate, where we find the 3,481 meter Mulhacén, the biggest peak on the peninsula of Spain. The city of Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains at the confluences of the Darro and Genil rivers. Its unique history has bestowed it with an artistic grandeur embracing Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. As the last Moorish capital on the Iberian peninsula, it also holds great symbolic value.
There is something to do, something to see and places to go every day of your holiday, or you can simply let go and watch the world slip by from the comfort of the garden terrace.