Villa in Valle de Lecrin, Lecrin Valley, Granada Province, Andalucia, Spain - Generously Proportioned For Maximum Comfort, Ideal For Large Groups of Families and Friends
- English, French, Spanish, Dutch
About Marijke Peters
Hi, my name is Marijke. My parents live here in Chite (pronounced "Cheetay") during the winter months but return to England in the summer. They would like people to enjoy staying in their home during the summer months and make use of the pool and garden, so I'm here to help run the rental side. Please get in touch with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Marijke Peters purchased this Villa in 2001
Why Marijke Peters chose Lecrín
Our family wanted an easy place to escape to where it was warm, where we could swim, garden, cook and relax with friends and family. We love the variety the area has to offer: Chite is in a beautiful, tranquil setting in a valley surrounded by citrus groves, and with the convenience of town shops and markets close by. A short drive can take you to the culture and life in Granada, or up high to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, or to the subtropical climate down at the beach. Here you can appreciate a more laid back way of life, enjoy both culture and nature, or simply be comfortable at home lounging in the shade by the pool. Steeped in rural charm, Chite is a world away from the UK but only an hour and half's drive from Malaga or thirty minutes from Granada.
What makes this Villa unique
The villa has the benefit of being a spacious family home that is well loved, considered and functional. Every effort has been made to help life here run smoothly. The house and garden is on three levels offering plenty of different spaces where you can choose to spend your time, either in the sun or shade, alone or with your group. Whether taking in the morning views across the valley or gathering for your evening barbecue whilst catching the last rays of sun, it really is a joy to be in.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
A very characterful house, plenty of space for 10 of us. Particularly enjoyed the two large shady terraces for lunch and dinners. Nice bathrooms with local tiles. A good pool to cool off. Explored a bit of the area. Good fast road for easy access to both Granada and the coast. Had a lovely holiday, with something for everyone from 76 to 3 - great tapas, sun, sea and sangria, pottery, hot springs, amazing daily bread van, WiFi good, village v quiet.
Room for Improvements
We had a great time in the house and loved the Lecrin valley, none of the below comments stopped us from having a happy & lovely family holiday. The below is meant as useful & constructive criticism.
The kitchen was very well equipped and we loved our terrace meals and the heated pool meant the kids spent hours in the water which was great, what a brilliant idea to have the water solar heated. Emma couldn’t have been more welcoming and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our family time in your house and exploring the local area. Thank you too for your helpful notes / books on the area etc.
Mark and I and our two kids were in the downstairs area, in bedroom next to the “ play room “ on the ground floor. The room was shabbily dressed and hadn’t been given much decorative attention, When we opened our window on to the garden there was a dirty looking rug rolled up, along side a high chair and a bed with a mattress that didn’t look like it was supposed to be used.They all looked they had been dumped there.The brown sheets reminded me of the 1970’s and didn’t make us feel too good either. Our two kids were in the play room, luckily they are both little, but I wouldnt have been happy if they had been adults, as the room was a cut through and there was no privacy - so I wouldnt consider this a bedroom. The top sheet was a duvet cover, which barely covered them.
None of the above prevented us from having a good time ........
Perfect for our family
My wife and I flew into Granada (a friendly-sized airport) and spent two nights in Granada next to the Alhambra - well worth a visit.
We arrived ahead of the family - 3 of 7 years or less and 2 teenagers, the rest parents with us grand-parents - and we found we had plenty of room and plenty of equipment for catering for ourselves, good-sized fridge/freezer and a large Mercadona (supermarket) 10 minutes away. Pool and garden were lovely and kept everybody happy. The only issue was the winding, narrow road (about 1k) down to Lower Chite, the last part of the journey to the villa with limited passing places if you happen to meet a car coming the other way. Don't be tempted to go the way the Satnav would suggest, however, unless you have a Fiat 500 sized car: the narrow roads in the village are very scary and it's easy to get completely stuck!
Lovely part of the world, dramatic scenery on the edge of the Alpujarra region south of the Sierra Nevada - particularly interesting if you are (like me) a Chris Stewart fan ('Driving over Lemons' etc).
Ideal Family Holiday!!!
We had all had a fantastic 2 week break. The villa was perfect for all our needs. A big family holiday with a 3 year old to a 76 year old! Plenty of space so the 11 of us weren't on top of each other, room layout perfect. The pool was a BIG hit with all especially for a cool off in the sun and sit reading in the shade. A great location to explore the area - local villages for lunch etc, the mountains, Granada - something for all. A big thank you to Marijke, Emma and Richard for all your help! We highly recommend!!!!!
Really glad you enjoyed yourselves and made good use of the pool. Please come back!
Lovely house and garden
Great ambience and the sun terrace is a great place to eat and chat ( we visited in April). Very comfortable house to stay in with a huge kitchen. There were 10 of us in the party and that worked well. However, the bedrooms downstairs are not as nice and felt quite cold as we were early in the year. The furnishings in the house are a bit tired and the garden furniture needs updating.
Fantastic location, brilliant views
In terms of location, this was perfect. There were 12 of us, ranging from 19 to 68 on a family holiday for my birthday. The views are fantastic, breathtaking in fact. It is located in a small village about ½ an hour from Grenada. It has a great sized pool which was solar powered and was like jumping into a bath when we went there in July. Marjike was very helpful with dealing with our enquiries prior to our holiday and sent some useful information prior to our stay.
There is an information booklet in the villa which needs updating as it states that everywhere is shut on a Sunday which isn’t the case. The main supermarket is about 5 minutes away by car and stocks pretty much everything you need. And, best of it is…..food/drink was cheap as chips as it is out of the tourist area. For 12 adults, we ate and drank like kings and queens for the full week. We have budgeted food and drink at £100 a person but it actually worked out at £75 per person (and we got through a lot of wine and beer!).
If you walk into the village there are various local bars and for each drink you order, you get a free tapas (in one of the bars we went to, we actually got a choice of about 8!). These are almost like light lunches rather than finger food. We had lots of variety including paella, mini burgers and fries, pasta with bolognaise, chorizo…..the list goes on). We did not see any other holiday makers as it is effectively off the beaten tourist track which suited us completely. There are a few ex-pats that live around that area (don’t blame them) which included Emma who was on call if we needed anything.
There are also a number of mini supermarkets in the village which stock most things. Be sure to go to the garage as it seems to stock absolutely everything including beautiful pottery. We didn’t find the butchers until the last day and having had a peak through the window, I would definitely recommend seeking this out first.
So, all in all, a fantastic holiday, if you want sun and relaxation in a fantastic setting. There were a few downsides which were a bit disappointing. The property is very tired and lacking in TLC. In our bedroom the mattress was stained, all bedding in all rooms was very old and in need of an upgrade. In the downstairs area, there are three rooms but this is almost like a self contained area of the house with a mini kitchen section. Downside of this is part of the house is that the beds were awful. My sister and her husband had
Special interest holidays:
Walking is a must in this area. We are in close proximity to the GR7, the G142 and the Sulayr High Sierra Circuit which at over 2000m altitude is cool even in the high summer months. Also try the Monachil Gorge walk, one of the most exciting gorge walks in the whole of Spain.
Horseriding can be arranged in the Sierra from Lanjaron. Cycle hire details are in the house.
There is a local, regular Spanish/English language exchange called Intercambio which guests are free to join in with, if they fancy practising the lingo!
Nerja Caves on the coast provide a welcome cool family outing, with over 5 km of stalagmite covered interiors, one claiming to be the largest in the discovered world measuring 32m high.
A 25 minute drive along the new motorway takes you to the beach resort of Salobreña on the Costa Tropical. A beach town beloved by Spaniards for its fantastic fish restaurants and low slung charm. You can find delightful little-known beaches to the East and West of Salobreña - just ask! Almunecar offers a hang-glider's paradise at Playa Velilla and Aqualand is a great option for kids.
Malaga airport is 90 mins quiet drive along the motorway.
Granada airport is a 30 mins drive. Direct flights with BA from London City. Also connections from Madrid, Barcelona and Paris.
Car-hire is definitely recommended but not essential. There are frequent buses from Malaga and Granada.
12 minute walk to Talara, our nearest village with all amenities, bars, shops, bank, restaurants etc.
Durcal - market town and supermarket 7km
Granada - 35km
Salobreña - 35km
Lanjaron - 11km
Orgiva - 29km
A 15 minute radius provides you with 7 pretty lower Alpujarran villages, all celebrating their "fiesta mayor" during the summer season. Follow the fireworks to find the party!
Aqua Tropic Water Park - 47km
Aguaola Water Park Granada - 36km
Nerja Caves - 66km
Monachil Gorge - 36km
The local baker delivers to the door. You can buy bread, croissants, ciabatta and all sorts of pastries for breakfast. A van with fresh fish and one selling eggs calls in the street outside weekly. Nearby Talara has a great butchers for your barbecues, where you can practise your Spanish or just point out what you'd like! For a large supermarket shop, Durcal is ten minutes away and also has a lively weekly market selling local produce from the province: artisan cheese, bread, roasted chickens, spices etc.
We can arrange for a local chef to come to the house to cook for your party. She offers a variety of regional specialities, including good local wines.
As well as the unmissable Alhambra Palace, the city of Granada has a great science park for children, an open air cinema, theatre hall, bustling shops and busy tapas bars serving all night. There are Moorish tea houses, flamenco performances and the fabulous Hammam Al Andalus where you can enjoy the Arabic influence on Andalucian culture in a spa setting.
The nearby village of Nigüelas has a great open air bar putting on local bands and flamenco fusion in a laid back atmosphere. Concerts, film nights and fiestas vie for your attention during the summer months. The valley is teeming with creative energy and the only problem you might encounter is which event to take in. You might need to stay for longer!