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Tranquil Cottage With Private Pool, Set In Pretty Mediterranean garden.

Bedrooms 2
Space 871 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Rural Farmhouse Cottage in Cariatiz, (Sorbas), Nr. Mojacar, Almeria, Spain - Beautiful, Tranquil Location, Outside Dining Areas, Ideal For Breakfast In The Warm Morning Sun

Reef Cottage sleeps 4/5 plus 2 cots, named after its location, built on an ancient fossil reef and surrounded by Almond and Olive trees, where in January and February the almond blossom is absolutely stunning! Reef Cottage is adjacent to Almond Reef farmhouse being the original 150 year old building in the hamlet of Los Josefos and has been lovingly restored to a very high standard, retaining many of the original features.

Reef Cottage Master Bedroom has en-suite shower room; the second bedroom has an adjacent wet room, comfortable lounge and archway to kitchen. Guests have the use of a purpose built barbecue with outside lighting ideal for those long warm evenings, large sun terrace, beautiful garden and pool, with great views of the surrounding mountains.

After dark, stargazers will be delighted with the clarity of the night sky. At Reef Cottage, we can offer you all the facilities you require for a relaxing and sociable stay, in a lovely romantic location and a beautiful unspoilt area of rural Spain. Recently voted one of the World's top 20 places for the good life, this region of southern Spain offers a life as rich in history, culture and cuisine as anywhere in Europe.

The Telegraph newspaper has just voted this area the number one place to live in the world for quality of life - this says it all!

More Details
Registration Number : No RTA: CR/AL/00170

Paul or Diane White
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 July, 2018

About Paul or Diane White

Diane and I moved to Spain from England in Jan 2008, we have 3 children and 7 grandchildren (at the moment). We find the lifestyle in Spain suits us, and have made many good friends and met some interesting! people since arriving.

I am a mad keen motorcyclist and just by chance! the race track at Tabernas is just up the road, so that is where you will find me as often as I can sneak out.

Diane is a chilly morsel so the 320 days of sunshine a year is just to her liking, she can usually be found basking by the pool.

Paul and Diane White.

Paul or Diane White purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Paul or Diane White chose Sorbas

Wonderful views, peace & quiet. Make the most of the beautiful weather all year round. Warm Spring and Autum. Hot Summers and BARMY PRICES -


Guestbook comments from the owner

Rebecca, Nadine, Luga & Margit, from Berlin & Madrid. - Lovely house, everything we needed was here, we enjoyed our stay a lot! Thank you very much for your hospitality! MAY 2012

Annie Logie, from Ross-shire. - Have booked for 6 weeks 2013 - Hope that says everything.

Simon Crafar, Andorra. Jan 2013 Great food, Quiet, Comfy and close to Circuite de Almeria. See you soon.

Nicky Xandora, Oxfordshire Feb-March 2013 - Cycling Heven, Really lovely and very amiable hosts. We stayed for 7 nights I had a lovely room with en-suite, great shower, comfy bed, great food and wine. Brilliant roads for cycling.

Jim, Alison & Charlie, Surrey, August 2013 – Thanks for a great holiday. Pool made if for us. Great for 5yr old Charlie, enjoyed the cats and feeding them, Very clean house and grateful for provisions on arrival. Very relaxing location.

Rob, Chrissie, Neil & Peter, Chertsey, September 2013 – Great Location, First Class Hospitality and so helpful, our second visit and not the last! Thanks.

Kay & Bruce, Maine, USA, February 2014 – Thank you! Thank you! Quite, Peaceful, Authentic Charm, Comfortable, thank you for you kindness professional care over our 5 week stay.

Dave & Bev Thompson, West Midlands, June 2014 – What a gem Reef Cottage is, What a fantastic location and what a brilliant host Paul & Di are. We would definetly come back. All the Best.
Jan 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sorbas in Levante Almeriense

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 871 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 -
    Shower room 2 - Wet Room
  • The pretty en-suite shower room has a roman shower/bath, with floor to ceiling tiles. The wash basin is from the local potteries in Nijar. The second is an elegant shower/wet room again tiled floor to ceiling and is adjacent to second bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , A cot or a childs bed may be added.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom: twin/double bed, 2 bedside cabinets, chest of draws and hanging space, door to en-suite. 2nd Bedroom twin beds, 2 chests of draws, blanket box, hanging space, chair and round glass table. A cot or 3rd bed may be added if required.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • caving
Notes on accommodation: NOTE: Summer time in rural Spain can lead to water shortages which means the mains water is frequently turned off, at Reef Cottage we have the unique facility of back-up water tanks so our quests are not inconvenienced. Mosquito nets are fitted to all windows. There are fans available for the hot summer months and heaters for the cooler months. Utility Room: Washing maching and freezer. The property is cleaned before arrival and on departure. Fresh mattress & pillow protectors on every change over. Other: Payments may also be made by bank transfer to our UK or Spanish bank accounts, if requested on arrival in euros or by Visa, MasterCard, V Pay, Maestro or American Express card. If more accommodation is required please enquire.


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Tranquil Cottage With Private Pool, Set In Pretty Mediterranean garden.
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 10 reviews

The property was very clean tidy everything you need was there and was real Spanish

  • 5 of 5

Paul and Diane mad us very welcome anything needed was no trouble to them.they are very nolageble about the almera area and we think that is important if is you first time to that area has.realy Spanish feel and quiet peaceful would recommend any one to stay there we hade fantastic time from 5th Jan to 2 Feb

Len Teresa

  • Review Submitted: 03-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Len, Teresa. Thank you for choosing to stay with us in Reef Cottage, Diane and I are very pleased you enjoyed your time with us. You certainly made the most of exploring the area (in fact you probably know more then we do now) We hope your future plans come to fruition and look forward to catching up with you in the future. Once again many thanks! Paul & Diane White
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  • 5 of 5

a lovely place to stay . clean property and the setting was so tranquil .our hosts Paul and Diane were so helpful and friendly would recommend this place highly .

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pretty finca near Sorbas

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with Paul and Diane for three lovely days, the sun shone and it was not too cold at nights which was a change for this year.

Their place is a little oasis of charm in the rugged but gorgeous desert that is that part of Andalucia,

The apartment was very Spanish, had everything we needed and the manicured garden and patio areas we all ours to use, either for a sun session in the day or a bbq in the evening.

Both Paul and Dianne were very amenable and could not do enough for us. We had an excellent stay .....

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

As has already been said - Paul & Diane were very friendly & helpful. It's certainly an interesting area with it being so dry (compared to the Granada area where we stayed the first week on holiday). There are plenty of scenic drives around so make sure you get out and explore.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very peaceful away from the rat race !!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Paul & Diane were very friendly & helpful , with a day you felt like you had know them along time , very approachable for advise on trips and we had a great tour around the village with Paul , it was very interesting. The cottage was cosy, clean and had everything you needed . The views and grounds were amazing very enjoyable , still very private if you want time as a couple . We've already booked to go back .

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Quiet - Just as we wanted

  • 4 of 5

This cottage is positioned in a beautiful, peaceful location in the mountains – the tranquility we wanted, yet close enough by car to a number of other villages and towns we wanted to visit and to the beach towns half an hour or so away. The cottage had everything we needed for our two week stay and was spotlessly clean. The garden, with four different areas to laze about in, is wonderful, and Diane and Paul are both really friendly hosts. All in all, a perfect spot for our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Almeria Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Los Martinez
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
El Cortijo Grande Golf
Nearest Train
75 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
El Almendro, La Mela
Nearest Ski
227 Kilometres
Sierra Navada, Granada
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Mojaca Playa
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Reef Cottage and Almond Reef are ideally situated for beautiful long walks, wonderful roads for cycling and motorcycling. We can suggest tracks for walks.

This is a great base for exploring the rich wildlife, birds and flora of eastern Andalucia.

Because of its rural location and because it is at the foot of the Sierra de Los Filabres many birds and flowers can be seen in the immediate vicinity. There are also a number of diverse habitats to explore on easy day trips. The only true desert in Europe at Tabernas, high mountains of the Sierra Nevada and coastal salt lagoons, steppe and volcanic hills of Cabo de Gata are just a few.

Birds typical of the Mediterranean and southern Europe are plentiful and are joined by rare and specialised species such as Trumpeter Finchs and Dupont’s Lark and Sandgrouse as well as a wealth of migrants in spring and autumn.

Anyone who enjoys nature, bird-watching, botany and the outdoors will enjoy exploring the area.


There are numerous coves and beaches; the nearest beach is Mojacar which is approximately 25 minuets drive, where there are great bars and restaurants along the playa. Just drive in either direction of Mojacar and discover many interesting places. Drive inland to Lubrin an interesting village with many places to eat and drink. A little further round is the village of Bedar where there is a wonderful restaurant especially if you like slow roasted lamb or paella


Almeria Airport is situated to the south and is about 45 minutes from Almond Reef. Granada Airport is further south and is about 2 hours drive. Murcia (San Javier) Airport is to the north and about 90 minutes by car. Alicante is further north and about 2 hours drive. The journey from all airports is very easy using quiet motorways.


The centre of the village is about a 15 minute walk. Sorbas is the nearest town at about 10 minutes by car, whilst the larger town of Turre is about 20 minutes away by car. The coastal resorts of Mojacar, Garrucha and Vera are all about 25 minutes away by car.

Further Details:

The nearest shop is in the centre of the village, this small convenience supermarket stocks all the essentials you might need, next to the shop there is a bar which serves good Tapas, opposite there is the Hostal bar which also serves good basic food. There are also a fleet of vans which travel through the villages selling bread, fish, fruit and veg. Nearby is a public swimming pool with another snack bar.

El Almendro in La Mela, is 10 minutes away by car and has a very nice bar/restaurant offering a good menu of the day. The nearby towns of Sorbas, Turre, Mojacar, Garrucha and Vera all have a good selection of major supermarkets, restaurants, bars, banks etc.

The historical town of Sorbas is only 10 minutes away by car and has a 24 hour emergency clinic. The Caves of Sorbas are well worth a visit. This part of Almeria is one of the best known areas for walking in Spain, with tracks starting right outside the house you can walk into the mountains. The National Park of Cabo de Gata, famous for its bird life (especially in Spring and Autumn) is less than thirty minutes drive and the world famous Cazorla National Park is about and hour and a half away. Granada and The Alhambra Palace is a must to visit at only 2 hours distance by motorway.

For film enthusiasts there is Mini Hollywood Film Studio, Oasis Reserva Zoologica, Fort Bravo Cinema Studios and Western Lodge. the desert landscape and climate provides one of the world's great film production centre, all 30/40 minuets drive. Other activities include horse riding, cycling, scuba diving, photography, painting, great roads for motorcycling also Circuto de Almeria for track days, 4x4 and quad bike safari's and much more. For these and further attractions we have a folder and information in the Cortijo for you to browse.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We are totally legal. Our Andalucia Tourism No RTA: CR/AL/00170

Balance of payment may be made in euros or by card on arrival.

We do not require a breakages deposit but we would ask that you replace any broken items on a one for one basis and that you take good care of your holiday accommodation.

Please ensure that you have adequate holiday insureance to cover any necessary cancellations from the point of booking.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible. On same day changeovers we request guests to depart by 10.00 am For late departures we offer you a curtsey room with shower facilities. Evening meals with wine/beer can be provided on request for late arrivals.

Long lets of 1 month minimum, prices from £450 (POUNDS) (low season) price INCLUDING UTILITY BILLS.
Please ask for prices on 3 months or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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