Casa Chica is a pretty house on the edge of the ancient and sleepy hamlet of Bayacas, a 10 minute drive, or 25 minute walk along the Rio Chico from Orgiva. The Rio Chico runs through the village from the snow-capped high Sierra Nevada towards Orgiva, a bustling market town. On a clear day you can see the Mediterranean in the distance. The house is beautifully renovated in the traditional Moorish style with original chestnut beams, alcoves, hand-made tiles and fireplace and is well equipped with all modern equipment. There is a large roof terrace, and 2 other terraces, and swimming pool (4.5m x 3.6m) all facing south or south-east, where you can enjoy the stunning views, listen to the goat herd passing and village life. In the village is one of the oldest churches in Las Alpujarras and also riding stables. There is a strenuous walk up past some ruins to Carataunas where there is a bar/restaurant. There is some lovely walks in all directions, through olives, avocado, almond, orange and lemon groves.
House near Orgiva,00878 Las Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain - Village House with Pool, Near Orgiva, Granada Province, Beautifully Restored on 2 Floors 70
- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Nov 2018
About Sally Birtwell
Sal and Andy live in and run a Healing Retreat Centre in the Heart of the Cotswolds but we have another house, because we have a passion for restoring ruins in beautiful places! We have 6 children who are all grown up and doing interesting things, and Andy is trying to sell his water purifying business in Hitchin (a long way from home). We have lived in the area for about 39 years and our 7 grandchildren live up the road and 3 in Brighton. We spend our time running our businesses and seeing our family and visiting our house in Spain to 'get away from it all', but whatever 'it' is seems to come with us! Andy loves tinkering with his old cars and mowers and actually mowing on some ancient machine and Sal loves singing and dancing and a million other things.
Sally Birtwell purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why Sally Birtwell chose Órgiva
We fell in love with this village because it feels as if it is still in the last century (or two) and yet it is walking distance to the market town of Orgiva with lots of vibrant bars and restaurants and alternative shops. We first read about the region in Driving over lemons by Chris Stewart, with his hilarious tales of buying a derelict house close by, and his dealings with his neighbours, and we wanted to experience this beautiful and historic place before it changed irrevocably with tourism and commerce. The area is still traditionally farmed and our neighbour still uses mules. The architecture is original Moorish It is utterly unspoilt and quiet with the tinkling sound of goat bells as they are driven through the valley. We first came to the area as we were attracted to Cortijo Romero, an Alternative Retreat Centre near Orgiva. We came back many times and eventually the spell of the whole area bewitched us.
What makes this Cottage unique
We have the best of all worlds in that it is in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada- Las Alpujarras - with ancient mule tracks between the old pueblos blancos (Moorish white villages) and in a few miles of hairpin bends you are in the very high Sierras and can walk to Mulhacen, the highest peak of over 4,800 metres The village is full of almond lemon and orange trees, avocados and vines, and colourful Mediterranean plants. It only takes 35 minutes to drive to the Costa Tropical with lovely fish restaurants and warm Mediterranean sea. Then there is the amazing cultural city of Granada and the Alhambra Palace less than an hour away where you can stroll through the old Arab quarter. And for us, the added benefit of being able to get to the Ski resort in an hour and half. With the new motorway it takes an hour and a half from Malaga Airport, and we often stay the night there when we arrive at the airport, and enjoy downtown Malage, and the beaches on the way to the house. So really we have everything we possible need at our fingeretips.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Rustic villa in small Spanish village for people who like to get away from everything
A place to totally relax in there's no bars or restaurants or shops in village so need to drive to local villages
Plenty of walking trails and lovely views from terrace
Really enjoyed our week there only downside the roof top terrace needs furniture updating
Beautiful, Quiet and Restful
We had a wonderful holiday. All the facilities were good and the accommodation worked really well for us. The pool is blessing at the end of a hard day walking or sightseeing. We visited Granada, Ronda, Malaga, Orgiva, Salobrena and Marbella. Went to several beaches and walked around the local area and having the odd lazy day at the house.
Casa Chica - La Casa Bonita.
We stayed for ten days in June 2017. All four adults enjoyed our stay immensely. Not only the panoramic views, collage of sweet scented flowers but the orchestral accompaniment of birdsong. Casa Chica is tastefully built and decorated in true Spanish rural style. It is a haven from the pressures of life to sit on the rooftop terrace or by the pool and relax in sunshine. Casa Chica is truly La Casa Bonita. V.Forde, Dublin, Ireland.
A wonderful place to relax and unwind.
A perfect place to relax and unwind. The house is beautiful, very comfortable and is fitted out in a lovely Moorish style. Such a wonderful retreat it was so hard to tear ourselves away. Nothing to do all day other than enjoy the views, relax on one of several terraces, dip in the pool and listen to the bird song or occasional the sound of the goat herd passing through. Good location also is you wish to be more active and visit the lovely white towns and villages of the Alpujarras. We definitely hope to return. A real gem.
Thanks so much for your lovely review, we can't wait to get out there ourselves, it's one of our favourite places. Do come back!
We've just arrived back from a week's stay. We had a wonderful time. The house was lovely, spacious (we were five), very welcoming, nicely kept and clean for our arrival. I liked that there are a lot of bathrooms/toilets. The views are gorgeous and I really liked Orgiva, the nearest town. There was more going on there than I had thought.
Thanks to Sally for giving us the opportunity to stay in her house and thanks to Yves and Janet next door for helping us out with a few bits and bobs.
I highly recommend this rental property.
Katie and Francois
My dream house! Beautiful local tiles everywhere, cosy log stove, terraces & plunge pool.
This beautifully created holiday home is thoughtfully laid out and very pretty - you could stay put for a whole week enjoying local walks and sunshine.
The kitchen is very well appointed with a great juicing machine for the lovely local oranges. An excellent log burning stove creates a cosy evening atmosphere (we visited in spring - not needed in summer, I imagine). Various terraces and a plunge pool give lots of options for sitting out. Amazing views from the roof terrace, alongside a BBQ and lots of seating, lounging chairs. Bayacas itself is tiny, very rustic and pedestrianised but it's a v.short walk to car park. Bars, cafes, shops are all a short drive away in Orgiva. The next door neighbour manages the property so is very easy to contact.
Costa Tropical - Salobrena 40 minutes drive through picturesque gorge - nearest nicest beach La Guardia - to La Caleta - good beach restaurants (chiringuitas). Mostly Spanish tourists
60 minutes drive to La Herradura (lots of great chiringuitas).
1 hr 10 to Nerja - white sand, picturesque bay (English tourists).
In between Salobrena and Nerja are National Park beaches which you have to walk down to, no facilities, lovely coves. Driving east go to Castell del Ferro or just before Playa Rijana.
2 hours to Malaga or Almeria,
1 hour Granada.
Car hire essential (we can recommend companies for Malaga and Granada).
1hr.30 mins to Sierra Nevada Ski resort
35 mins to the Costa Tropical
Orgiva (nearest market town) 5km, 10 mins drive, 25 mins walk, 3km.
Granada (Alhambra Palace and the Albaycin) 60km (1 hour)
Almeria and Spaghetti Western film sets between 1 -1.5 hours.
Pampaneiro/Bubion and Capilleira (pueblos blancos) 20-30 mins drive. Trevelez (highest inhabited village in Europe) 50 mins drive.
Costa Tropical (less developed than Costa del Sol) 45km, 35 mins.
Seville 3 hours we can advise on secluded coves in National Park.
Riding stable in Bayacas. Yoga in Orgiva (walkable). Skiing is 1 hour 35 mins at the excellent resort of Pradoliano (Solynieve) in the Sierra Nevada. You can hire skis boots and lift pass for a day. Fantastic walks along ancient mule tracks to medieval villages. The village has a weekly tapas party on Friday nights at the 'plaza' where everyone is welcome and on winter evenings they have a brazier burning logs, a bar and tapas, a creperie, and live music. We can send you more detailed info about the area, restaurants (including fantastic vegetarian). There are good supermarkets in Orgiva, lots of excellent restaurants and banks.
Booking Notes: 30% when booking and balance payable 2 weeks before. Changeover Day: Flexible changeover day at the moment. Logs extra