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Zoe Cawthorn

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish

Luxurious Moorish style villa & apartment, pool, Boules, ping pong, sleeps 1-10 - Villa Castano

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday villa in Sierra Nevada Area - Cortijo El Castano

A Place in the Sun 'Arabian arches and mosaics echo the style of the Alhambra'

Sunbathe by the private pool in the peace and quiet amongst the olive groves of Tijola, near Orgiva, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Enjoy the wonderful sunsets and star gaze at night, wtih a glass of wine after enjoying a BBQ. Buy your vegetables and fresh fish from the small local market town of Orgiva. Visit the white washed Berber villages which cling to the southern slopes of Spain’s highest mountain range or visit the Alhambra Palace and go shopping or eat out in the famous city of Granada. Recently described by Chris Stewart in his best selling book 'Driving Over Lemons' this rural area offers peace and tranquillity with easy access to the bars, restaurants and supermarkets in Orgiva. Just 1 hour south of Granada and 1 hr 40 mins east of Malaga, with the coast and golf only 35 mins away and skiing in the winter, just 1 hour 15 mins, the villa has been designed with the 16th century Alhambra Palace in mind, but with all the luxuries and comforts of the 21 century. We live next door so any questions or problems please just knock on the door.

Details for holiday villa Villa Castano, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

This villa has two double bedrooms: one with double bed, the other with twin beds. Both with ceiling fans, air-conditioning, central heating, large fitted wardrobes and luxury bed linen. Fabulous views from every window. Each bedroom has a TV point and aerial*. Bathroom: beautifully tiled with luxury fitted shower, heated towel rail and radiator. Spectacular views. Kitchen: Fully fitted, modern and very well equipped, with large fridge/freezer, split level electric oven with eye level grill, gas and electric hob, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave. The kitchen window overlooks the Moorish courtyard. Living Room: Comfortably furnished. Ceiling fan, Satellite TV, video/DVD recorder, (the owners have a library of videos and DVDs available), wood burning stove and radiator. Enjoy the dramatic views of the Contraviesa mountains from the living room and terrace. Outside Area: There are various outside dining and relaxing areas
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Zoe Cawthorn (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish

About Zoe Cawthorn

Nigel and I (Zoe) met in 1998 and realised that we both had a desire to live in the sun. We started looking for our dream place in the year 2000. The minute we discovered this beautiful area of Spain, we knew that this is where we wanted to be. We bought the property in 2003 and spent the next 3 years renovating it to bring it up to date. We wanted to make sure that it was updated to a high level of comfort. We have been pleased with the comments people have given us about how much they have enjoyed the property. As we live next door we are always on hand to fix any problems as soon as possible.

Zoe Cawthorn purchased this villa in 2003

Why Zoe Cawthorn chose Sierra Nevada Area

The location and views were what attracted us to the property! We knew that we would be renovating any property that we bought, so our main concern was the views and the location. Just two and a half kilometres from the market town of Origva and with spectacular views of the mountains, we find that everyone who stays here loves it. Some of the best walking areas of Europe are all around. It is so easy to access so many places from here - the beach 30 mins drive and the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada just over an hours drive away. It is so easy to access motorways to visit Granada, the coast, Cordoba and Sevilla. The mountain villages are within easy reach - the property ideally located for most things.

What makes this villa unique

The house is surrounded by olive groves, orange and lemon trees, avacado and pomigranate trees. The water system that the Moors introduced still runs down from the Sierra Nevada mountains to this day, which means the area is unusually green for Spain. We had a blank canvass when we bought this house so after visiting Granada and Morocco many times, we gave it the style that is so right for this area - the last place the Moors lived before returning back to Morocco. You will see some of the features that we have put in, on the website, but you will see many more when you visit the house. We brought many pieces of furniture from Morocco including a fountain which is in the small courtyard.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Nigel and Zoe

A large thank you for our lovely and relaxing holiday. From the luxury of the villa to the beauty of the garden, we can't imagine a better place for Nayana to have had her first holiday abroad. It has been completely stress-free as she has settled so well here, thoroughly enjoying splashing in the pool.

We shall miss the jasmine filled air, star filled skies and the only "noise' being the birdsong.

It has felt like a real haven.

We will certainly recommend this home from home to all our friends.

Hope to be back here again one day.

With kind wishes and fond memories
Apr 2011
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based on 38 holidaymaker reviews

Villa Castano
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 59 reviews

Didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

It's always a good sign when you feel you could stay for another week which was how we felt on this, our 3rd visit, to this property. This time we stayed in the villa on the ground floor whereas previously we'd been in the apartment upstairs. We loved the villa because of its direct access to a private garden with loungers, hammock and outdoor terrace. It was very chilled out and a perfect place if you like a quiet break but with plenty to visit if you get bored. The pool and garden alone (not to mention English TV!) are a complete delight. Coming back again!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was confident that you would enjoy the villa as much as you have enjoyed the apartment for the last 2 visits, which was why on your third visit I suggested a change. Both places have their advantages and I am so glad that you have experienced them both. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Nigel and Zoe
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We loved the Villa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Villa which was a nice change of pace from Granada. Orgiva is a small town but it is relaxing and the Villa was wonderful. We would highly recommend this place for anyone traveling in the area.

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are happy that you enjoyed your experience of our small town and in particular our villa. Thanks again Zoe and Nigel
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Relaxing 2 weeks with family in October 2015

  • 5 of 5

We (family with 2 kids of 11 and 13 y) spent 2 weeks in October 2015 in villa Castano. The villa was well equipped (especially the dish washer is not found that often in other properties) and clean, everything was in good condition. We enjoyed relaxing in the quiet garden or jumping into the pool after some trips in the surroundings. We had our meals on the terrace all days.

Zoe and Nigel are very kind, all conversation and arrangements took place without any problems.

If you are looking for a quiet and undisturbed holiday we can definitely recommend it !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It helps the arrangements when your English is so good! My German relies a lot on the internet translating services! We are pleased that you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to maybe seeing you all again sometime.
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Great, relaxing and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved this place was there with my husband and 2 boys aged 12 and 10. We stayed in the apartment which was spotless, very comfortable and felt just like home. Outside the views were amazing a great place to unwind. The boys loved the pool and the ping pong and we all had a great nights sleep. Would love to stay there again Zoe and Nigel were so welcoming and helpful it was great and thanks to them

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and thank you for taking care of our home so well. We look forward to seeing you all again sometime soon.
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We loved this place

  • 5 of 5

This was so much more than a base for walking and exploring the region. The villa is in a beautiful setting with views to the hills and its own lovely garden and pool. We just wish we could have stayed there longer.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great that you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to seeing you again maybe? Nigel and Zoe
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Lovely accommodation!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. The setting was beautiful and we enjoyed 6 days of sunshine while we were there. The only reason i'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because we would have loved to enjoy the pool more. The weather was nice and warm in the days but cool at night and the pool temp was just too cold to swim. We did enjoy lounging around the pool in the sun and our two year old loved the yard to play in. Very close to the town of Orgiva where we enjoyed several meals at Barraka bar, i would highly recommend. The hosts were helpful when we had questions about things to do in the area. We stayed in the apartment which can be 1,2 or 3 rooms. The kitchen was well equipped and the living room was very cosy. The biggest bonus was the orange and lemon trees in the backyard that were FULL of fruit!! We lived off oranges most of our trip! Would definitely consider staying here again if in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Typical Spanish Bars in the town of Orgiva
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Malaga and Almeria.
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Approx 35 mins drive
Nearest Train
55 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Typical Spanish resturants in the town of Orgiva
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Approx one hour and 15 minutes drive
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Whilst not being a large town Orgiva, capital of the Alpujarras holds a weekly market in the town. There are many tapas bars, restaurants and small supermarkets. There are also 2 health food shops and a herbalist pharmacy. Enjoying many fiestas throughout the year, this is very much a Spanish town.

Lanjaron is a spa town, where the Spanish have enjoyed spa treatments for over 100 years. The minerals found in the different waters are said to be an aid for any number of ailments. Visit the fascinating city of Granada with its spectacular Alhambra Palace, and the old Moorish quarters of the Albaicin. Shop in the town centre or just enjoy the hustle and bustle of the street restaurants and cafés in this ancient student city.

Just 35 mins away are the relaxing beaches of the Costa Tropical. The white villages built by the Moors have a charm and style unique to this area. Spend the day visiting different villages and discovering some of the local crafts, still practiced in the region.

Other Activities: Petanque/Boules, table-tennis and badminton facilities all available at the villa


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Orgiva, Sierra Nevada Area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
1 May 2016 - 7 Jul 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak season -V
8 Jul 2016 - 6 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
7 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Christmas, Easter and Spanish Fiestas are classed as Peak Season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Sierra Nevada Area in Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Large shower enclosure (with jets), basin, toilet, bidet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot
  • Both bedrooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fans and central heating for the winter. Lovely views of the pool and garden area.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
This is a holiday place for the adventurous families or couples who want to get away from it all. Many historic places can be reached from this unique area. There is a spa town only 15 minutes drive away and many tourist attractions within half an hours drive. The area properties and area are in a romantic setting. If you want to do any walking or sports this is the ideal place, including kayaking or skiing etc.

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