The Mill is a truly unique property, a wonderful rural retreat set in its own private 'barranco' (valley), surrounded by over a hectare of mature woodland and a constantly flowing river cascading down through the finca forming numerous natural pools which are perfect for cooling down in the heat of summer. The Mill house itself offers spacious accommodation over 3 levels and has been carefully restored over several years, retaining much of its rustic charm - the old mill workings and grinding stones are still there - while attention to detail is evident everywhere, with slate stone floors throughout and even LED lights in the bathroom floors and walls! Each of the 3 ensuite bedrooms has its own external entrance - one down beside the river, and the other two leading from a 'tinao' - a feature of Alpujarran/Berber architecture which connects separate rooms. But the star if the show is water - the river, 3 fountains keeping the air cool, and of course, the swimming pool and hot tub.
Additional facilities and information: We think The Mill will be a favourite for families and groups of friends who want to chill out in absolute privacy and wonderfully calming, tranquil surroundings. In fact, the geography and nature of the property lend themselves to finding quiet spots where even individual members of a group can disappear to if they wish! However, there are loads of activities close at hand for guests at The Mill. Take a walk across the little suspension bridge and follow the river to where it joins the famous GR7 walking route. An easy half-hour walk takes you to the top of El Fuerte de Juviles with the remains of a 10th Century Moorish citadel ('Fort') at the top, and a very colourful history! Not surprisingly, the views are terrific and there are plenty of flat grassy areas if you decide to take a picnic. In the house, there is a good library of books and magazines to wile away the hours, and also a selection of board games.
Further afield: The Mill is a 15 minute drive (or 40 minutes by bike) from Trevelez - the highest village in Spain, famous for its cured ham and starting point for walks up Mulhacen (the highest mountain in mainland Spain at over 3400m) taking in the glorious 'Seven Lakes' on the way up. Granada, with The Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens is 90 minutes by car.
Local services: We offer guests a food shopping service so that the fridge is well stocked before you arrive. There's no charge for doing this - just tell us what you'd like and we'll give you the receipt when you arrive. For additional provisions, the village of Juviles is a 2 minute drive from the Mill, with a well-stocked grocers, bank, pharmacy and 3 bars. There are 2 excellent restaurants in Berchules (5 minutes drive), and the local market town of Cadiar is 15 minutes away. Additionally, there are copies of The Rough Guide to Andalucia and Jeremy Rabjohn's excellent 'Holiday Walks in The Alpujarra', along with detailed walking maps of the region in the house which you can take with you whenever you're heading out and about. And we ourselves are always available to help with advice and suggestions for making the most of your stay at The Mill.