Cortijo Caliz is a 200 year old, spacious country house with loads of character. It is truly unique and, we think, a bit different from most old houses here - more spacious and light, partly due to the high chestnut-beamed ceiling in the main living room and also the south facing sun-filled entrance hall. This lovely house is comfortably furnished and simply but stylishly decorated to make the most of the light airy rooms.
In the four years we've been letting the house we have had several 4-star reviews (see Trip Advisor: Cortijo Caliz, Ref 113704) and this is largely to do with the comfort and privacy that this holiday home affords. We are confident that anyone would love this house, we have refurbished it with style and filled it with lovely furniture, some modern and some antique, with Moroccan and Spanish influences. The emphasis is on comfort, but this is a stylish house with a wow factor - the large double-height living room with a galleria running along two sides overlooking this bright airy room. A large group can relax in comfort here and enjoy the TV, or the wood burner in the evening, or just the view through the french windows to the mountains.
The house sits in half an acre of cyprus, olive and almond trees stretching across three terraces. On the lower terrace, partly secluded by trees and shrubs, is the 9m (30ft) swimming pool with spacious stone terrace, perfect for sunbathing or relaxing in the shade. There are sun loungers and umbrellas but for most of the day there is shade in one perfect spot, under the old olive tree.
We have spent a lot of time and care creating the beautiful gardens. From the formal entrance garden to the stone path with pretty fountain, and on down to the pool terrace, you will be surrounded by flowers and colourful shrubs. Oleander, hibiscus and bougainvilia bring colour, and the jacaranda and olive trees lend softness and shade. There are 125 trees in all, some of the olives are hundreds of years old.
The living room has a large sofa, chaise-longue and enough armchairs for everyone to relax in comfort. On the mezzanine level next to the living room is the raised dining area which seats 10 comfortably for more formal dining. From there through double doors to the large kitchen with breakfast table, ample work surfaces and plenty of room for group cooking and companionship. There's a pantry and stacks of cupboard space, plus a generous supply of cooking utensils, so if you like to cook you'll be at home.
From the kitchen you walk directly out onto the main south facing patio where there are spectacular views of the southern mountains, with enough shade to ensure comfort even in the middle of the day. There's a sofa and chairs, a BBQ and large Spanish style table for 10. Everything you'll need for perfect al fresco evenings.
The bedrooms are comfortably furnished with good mattresses and the best linens (John Lewis). Some of the rooms have antiques or Moroccan influenced built in cupboards and closets. The bathrooms are bang up to date with good plumbing, including efficient overhead showers and plenty of solar heated water. All five bedrooms are comfortable and stylish. Bedrooms 1 and 2 are the master bedrooms, both are ensuite and have french windows leading onto outdoor terraces.
The house sits in a sheltered hollow, hence the name Caliz meaning chalice, and is about 5 minutes drive from the village. Nestling on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada there are fantastic views in every direction. It is truly a perfect spot.