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Beautiful townhouse in historic centre with views of the Alhambra

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Views of the Alhambra from the terrace; the historic old town on your doorstep.

Lovingly restored townhouse in the heart of the historical quarter of Granada, the Albayzín. Ideal for a romantic self-catering holiday. Located on cobbled walking lanes in the midst of the historical district, this comfortable home enjoys uninterrupted views of the Alhambra from the terrace, as well as vistas of the Sacromonte valley beyond from the balcony in the lounge. The house is comfortably furnished and equipped, to offer a good standard of accommodation. It provides ample space for couples and families alike. Located in a pedestrian precinct of the historic quarter, it is just 2 minutes walking distance from the cafes and restaurants of Plaza Nueva (the city centre), as well as local craft and gift shops which line the nearby streets.

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More Details

Owner
Maurice Halder
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2017

About Maurice Halder

I work in education in the UK but grew up and trained originally in New Zealand. Later I completed my Masters in the UK. Working in a diverse range of countries, mainly in Asia, has given me the chance to teach in a wide range of systems but also to really enjoy the different cultures that produced them as well.

Maurice Halder purchased this house in 2000

Why Maurice Halder chose Albaicin

My fascination with Spain came initially from literature. It was teaching the work of Federico Garcia Lorca and also the novel 'Leo Africanus' by Amin Maalouf, that finally attracted me to Granada however. I was at an international school in Hong Kong with over 90 different nationalities represented. Granada shared a similar heritage of bringing different cultures together and meeting creatively that I had to visit. Once there I wanted to be more than just an outside observer but part of it in some way. Our house looks across to the Alhambra Palace and also down the Sacromonte valley with its flamenco caves; it just seemed to sum up all that I had read of the place. Granada is also the city where Isabella commissioned Christopher Columbus on a voyage that lead to a European discovery of the Americas so in its own way Granada has offered much to the world we see today. This house similarly has so many facets; its blend of traditonal and modern design attarcted me immediately. While architecturally redesigned within the old walls, there was careful attention to retaining some of the original features. We did have to do some work to complete it before we were able to let it out but that merely gave us the opportunity to also be involved in its creation as well. What we have now it a one of our favourite escapes from the frantic pace of our everyday lives. It may be hard to believe but I was originally looking for a house in a village. Granada has over a million people but the Albaicyn even today functions as a self-contained rural village at its core and our house sits nestled on one of its hills with a glorious view of the Alhambra Palace across the valley.

What makes this house unique

It is located right in the midst of the historic Albacin with its cobbled lanes and unusual eateries. Being in the lower part of the Albaicin it is very easy to explore both the historic quarter and also the the Realejo. Plaza Nueva, the hub of the tourist area, is a 5 minute walk from the house, as is the beautiful cobbled road that follows the meander of the Dauro River and the many medieval stone bridges that span its width invite you to explore even more.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in San Pedro in Albaicín

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • mountain
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • A thoroughly modern tiled bathroom, with a high standard of fixtures, including a wall-sized mirror. The power shower completes this well-appointed room.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Decorated with touches of an antique style but maintaining contemporary levels of comfort, the master bedroom has an ample double bed (150cm x 190cm), bedside table with reading lamp, large wardrobe and a writing desk and chair near the window. The second bedroom has a similar sized bed, bedside table and lamp as well, with a writing desk also situated near the window. The rooms are decorated to match the period and style of the house which has been carefully and thoroughly restored to capture the original atmosphere.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
Notes:
The house has only recently been restored and throughout a high standard of finish has been achieved. Several original features have been incorporated into this modern reinterpretation of the space. The mezzanine kitchen is fully equipped; with stove facilities, ample bench space and all the utensils necessary to dine well at home. The television allows you access to Spanish culture without even leaving the lounge with all the local channels being available.The terrace upstairs allows evenings to be enjoyed over a glass of wine while drinking in the view of the Alhambra across the valley.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.3/5 -
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Beautiful townhouse in historic centre with views of the Alhambra
average rating of 4.2777777 based on 18 reviews
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Noisy due to the park next door that attracts teenagers who are loud until 2 a.m. every night.

  • 2 of 5

It's too bad about the noisy parties next door, it should be a nice place to relax in a really cool neighborhood. We like Granada, it's fun and a lot to do with the different cultures and distinctly different neighborhoods.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that you were not able to enjoy Granada and your stay at our place as much as you had hoped. Like you we are appreciate how genuine our neighbourhood is and that it does still hold on to its musical heritage. Based on your comments however, we have decided to put in double glazing in our front windows to limit it being shared quite so fulsomely with our guests. Again our regrets that the house was not as tranquil as you wanted in the evenings.
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4

Decent House in the Albaicin, with some drawbacks

  • 4 of 5

I enjoyed the stay at this place, overall. It is relatively easy to get to. You should know that most of the Albaicin has no car access. This house was low enough that it wasn't a horrible climb (just one stairway if you can convince a taxi driver to drop you off on San Juan de Los Reyes, a narrow street below). Still, those with lots of luggage will wish they'd packed lighter.

Our host Nadia was brilliant -- very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.

The house is spread out over seven (yes, seven) levels. Every room is on a different floor. It is very well-equipped, with everything you could possibly need, including coffee and tea making facilities.

Now for the downsides: the internet was spotty the first day, but Nadia got it sorted. A repeater / booster is now helping the situation.

The biggest drawback, however, was the noise. The lovely Mirador across from the house is frequented by hippies, ne'er-do-wells, rapscallions, and vagabonds. The windows to the house are of the older type and cannot compete with the noise of the carousing from across the street (also, insulation at the eaves to the kitchen would aid the matter). The good news is that the police usually come at midnight and drive everyone out. The bedroom in the inner part of the house is better isolated, and more comfortable.

The terrace is nice, with a little corner that is incredible. Most of the terrace has a great view of the Albaicin, and the Generalife and the Sacromonte. The little corner at the end has full views of the Alhambra. Settle in there with a tinto de verano, and enjoy all that this charming apartment has to offer.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You clearly were able to enjoy a lot of what the house and its location has to offer. We are now exploring some of the insulation options you suggest to reduce sound from outside.
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5

Fantastic medieval apartment in the heart of Granada

  • 5 of 5

Extremely pleased with our stay. The apartment has an authentic, medieval feel and is located near the river just below the Alhambra. A square-spiral staircase leads from the entryway at the bottom, past bedrooms and bath at various levels up to a dining/family room. A balcony there provides a great view up the valley. A small staircase leads on to a well appointed kitchen. Beyond that, another small set of stairs leads to the roof, from which you have perfect view of the Alhambra. The layout of the property is really cool: a vertical apartment of five small levels. Very cozy and pleasant.

Nadia, our host, was most gracious. We met her at a cafe which was fairly close to the apartment. If you are arriving by car, like us, do not attempt to drive to the apartment! (or cafe meeting spot) There is no parking nearby and a wrong turn can send you on a near-infinite tour of medieval Granada!. Park in the nearest garage and walk! (This may be obvious to many, but hey we're Americans).

The apartment is minutes from the main square, 15-20 minutes to the Alhambra, and a good starting point for exploring old Granada in any direction (all times for walking). Nadia took the time to orient us and point out places of interest and practical amenities. We ran into her many times as she and her family frequent the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and made the most of what our house has to offer.
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5

lovely stay in the heart of Granada

  • 5 of 5

Although it was my first time in Granada I really enjoyed the stay. The flat was very nice, located in the heart of old Granada area. From the rooftop you can see the Alhambra. in the night the view has priceless. Although it is difficult to access to the area by car, you can leave it around and the go by walk. It is plenty of places around.

Nadia was our host, she was very friendly. She provided us maps and tips about what to visit and so on.

I would highly recommend this apartment to those who want to spend a few days in this beautiful city.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful old house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week here, we loved the house, thank you very much! All furnishings are practical and tasteful. Only the construction site of the hotel nearby spoiled our calm somewhat, but that should not be forever ;-)

Please renew pots and pans and cutlery, then everything is perfect,

Thanks again, Family Ruppel

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments - we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and the house. We are also grateful for your suggestions on how to make it even better.
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5

Super convenient - photographer's dream

  • 5 of 5

This is a tall narrow property - each room is on a separate floor. It's really centrally located. There is a small roof terrace where you can eat, and take a million photos of the Alhambra as the sun goes down..... A perfect base for exploring Granada. Immaculately clean and maintained. The owner was a delight to deal with. I'd happily go back and/or recommend it to friends.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Malaga
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Granada
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Granada
Car: not necessary

Within easy walking distance of the Alhambra castle and the gardens of the Generalife, the house is located within the historic medieval center of the Albaicyn. Cathedrals and other sites of interest all within easy reach, as are restaurants, cafes and plazas. The renowned flamenco cave bars of Sacermonte can also be reached on foot, while tours associated with literary figures, such as Federico Garica Lorca, are also on the doorstep. The town of Granada serves as a base for the nearby ski fields of the Sierra Navada and lies about one hour from the coastal resort of Almunecar. Hiking in the Alpujarras or exploring the cave homes of Guadix is also a possibility in the nearby vicinity.

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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Santa Semana
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
2 night minimum stay
£156
for 2 nights
From
£78
£467
£1,419
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£137
for 2 nights
From
£69
£412
£1,236
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee £13.74 per person per night
Damage Deposit £137.37

Note prices quoted are calculated per couple (ie the cost for a TWO persons staying). Rates for single individuals or larger groups are available on request. (There is a decreasing scale with each additional guest approximately 15 euros extra per night). A deposit of 50% of is required in advance to secure a booking. Upon arrival the balance is due, along with a refundable deposit of 150 euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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