- Villa2152 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay5 - 7 nights
Muriel and Laureano
- english, french, spanish, dutch
- Calendar last updated:
- 16 Nov 2018
About Muriel and Laureano
It is a return to his roots for Laureano who wanted to share with its family his love for its origins and the wild nature. As for Muriel who is child psychiatrist, she knows the importance of light, warmth and serenity on physical but also mental well-being. The villa has been fitted with lots of care and attention so that everyone feels good in it, feels at home and enjoys this magical place.
Muriel and Laureano purchased this Villa in 2012
Why Muriel and Laureano chose Albox
To make you discover this earthly paradise
What makes this Villa unique
Quietness, serenity and rest guaranteed No air, light and noise pollution Beautiful views day and night Fauna and flora in protected area Fittings to feel at home with maximum comfort Children welcome SERVICE CHARGES "ABRITEL-Homeways" REFUND FROM 14 CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
An extremely peaceful location for a get-away-from-everyone holiday
The major plus point for us was the extreme peace and quiet we enjoyed and the chance to wake up undisturbed by anyone or anything. Silence is so rare in our lives and the chance to experience it for two weeks was magical. All you can see are the mountains, sky and surrounding fields full of almond trees. All you can hear is birdsong and bees humming.
The villa is well equipped and I felt comfortable doing more cooking there than I normally would on holiday. Small touches such as an international adaptor, hairdryers and shopping bags were very useful, as was lots of English DVDs and Xbox games. There was a lot of international television but sadly nothing in English, however Netflix came to the rescue and worked well considering the remote location. As we went in mid-October we didn't use the pool room facilities, the plancha or the pool. The pool was delightful to look at but far too cold in October - we're not that hardy! so we'll have to go back to try it out.
Although there is sleeping space for 8, I would say there is only room for 4 adults comfortably in the villa, unless you spend all your time outdoors. Again, not a problem in summer.
It is worth emphasising the remoteness of the villa because with the beauty of the peace and silence comes a 25 minute drive before you reach civilisation. We loved being remote, but the practicalities of being so far away from everyone meant that we spent a lot more time driving than we wanted to (and we love exploring by car so that is saying something). The twisty mountain roads were also the cause of several bouts of travel sickness amongst us adults, particularly in the dark, so consider if this would cause you a problem. Be prepared for the last 200m to the villa which is an extremely steep, uneven track of stones so when hiring a car, make it something a bit more robust.
However this is a jewel of an area with plenty to do and places to explore, including Grenada and Murcia. We would definitely return. Thanks particularly to the owners for their prompt contact, extremely helpful and friendly approach and fast return of our deposit.
Thank you for your comment. We hope to welcome you again during your next vacation so that you can enjoy the pool and the beautiful andalusian sun that unfortunately was not at the rendezvous during your stay....
Very enjoyable - stunning area and villa - limited places to eat on an evening
Fantastic 'well stocked' (as in cutlery/crockery/vinegars/spices etc etc) family villa (although there was only two of us - we love space to ourselves) - great place for cooking and eating outdoors. Pool area is amazing - views are spectacular and because surrounding villas are unoccupied we found the privacy - just the way we like it. Only down side for us as a couple - we choose not to cook for ourselves on holiday - tend to have jaunt out somewhere for a coffee - then back for lunch and relax (again) so found choices of where to eat on an evening (locally) very limited - either restaurant at the garage where food was OK and people very friendly - and patient with our attempts at Spanish with 'Google' - only other place was the nearby monastery just up the hill from the Villa - again food was OK - didn't find it outstanding as others had seemed to but again very friendly (menu only in Spanish - translation thanks again to Google) - We enjoyed the villa, had a lovely welcome from Mary who we by chance met up with at the garage restaurant on the Friday (festival night) and had a wonderful night with her and Carl enjoying their translations of locals conversations. Would I go back - YES - one thing to watch out for if you arrive on a Sunday afternoon there are NO supermarkets open in Albox to do your shopping - so shop a bit nearer to Almeria where there are some open. Otherwise it means a trip out the next day - which we usually like to keep as a total chill day. Overall a lovely relaxing place, and thanks to the owners there is nothing you will be short of. They have made a lovely haven with their care and love.
Thank you for your kind comment. We are delighted that you enjoyed our villa. Too bad that you did not find the Mary-di store located at 10 minutes from the villa and very well provided (GPS coordinates are noted in the welcime booklet ). We want to point out that there are many choices of very good restaurants at 30 minutes from the villa in Albox but especially in Velez Rubio. Don'tt hesitate to consult also our welcome booklet or contact us for our advice.
Totally relaxing stay. The beautiful view of the hills dotted with almond trees combined with no traffic or crowds makes this villa location perfect for anyone looking to chill, At night, the view of the milky way and the orange mars is a wonder to see especially those that have too much light pollution at home. I even spotted Andromeda through my binoculars. The pool is large and cool perfect for a dip when the sun is too hot. The recent addition of the pergola with a screen was a great idea as this is a better shield from the sun than the parasols. There is no air conditioning in the house with fans to keep you cool. We found that even in mid August we didn't have the fans switched on all the time as the temperature inside the house was fine.
So, if you're looking for a completely relaxing holiday and savour that feeling of nothing to do apart from chilling out - this one is for you.
Thank you for your comment. We are delighted that you have enjoyed the beautiful nature around our villa and the beautiful starry nights ! Looking forward to welcoming you back to our villa.
If your looking for that away from it all location....
If you are looking for isolation then this is the place for you. We loved the peace and beauty of the surrounding area, you can park the car, lock the gates and be at peace with the world. It is a long drive to the nearest large town of Albox, so it is essential that you do your shopping prior to arrival. We didn't drive around a lot, so we never found out if there was a local shop to go to. The house, it's name translates to Once upon a time, didn't really reach to fairytale heights for us. At night there are lights which come on which helps to promote the fairytale nature. The house is full of everything you need, you just need to hunt into the array of cupboards to find it. Yes, its a bit of an adventure!. There are three bedrooms in the main house and a double in an annex to the summer kitchen. The master bedroom, we felt was a bit of a disappointment, the bed had two single mattresses on top of what seemed to be a double. You feel very precarious pearched on it. The owners suggested we use the annex bedroom, but that didn't work for us. On the outside, the patio surrounds the house on three sides and there are different places to sit and eat. We loved the opportunity to eat outside. The steps lead down to to pool and summer kitchen, We used the pool at lot. It's a very good size and the water cooled us down when we felt too hot. We didn't take the opportunity to use the summer kitchen with it griddle for barbecues.
Overall, the house is an interesting one, with plenty of character. If the owners are seeking a fairytale destination, then its a work in progress. It needs more to make it so. Would we go again, then yes we would. The location is fantastic for solitude and views over the surrounding countryside. The owners require paperwork to be signed and returned. It's a bit onerous compared to other villas that we have booked using this site. Overall we had a very good week's holiday.
Thank you for your comment. We are delighted that you enjoyed the environment around our villa. On the other hand, we are disappointed that you did not use the tools that we have made available (mobile homeway welcome book and reception booklet), which offer a lot of information and useful tips, and that you didn't touch base to let us know about the problems that you had. We could have fixed them either directly or by sending someone from our team. Regarding the documents, we would like to reassure potential future guests that the contract protects not only the owner but also the tenant. Also, since we like to do things properly. We ask our guests to fill out a form beforehand so that we can prepare the house as best we can for your stay.
Quiet and remote, relaxing stay
We stayed here with 4 children aged 8-16. The pool and wifi were great for them. There was a pool table and table tennis but they were so packed into the summer kitchen under piles of inflatables they were unused during our stay. The boules pitch was enjoyed though.
The villa is over stocked with crockery, cutlery and so many dining spaces. There is plenty of cupboard space available in the bedrooms.
We were unlucky in having power issues for the 1st 24hrs and then when the power returned, one of the fridges didn't recover. This meant we had to shop for fresh food/water every couple of days during our two week stay costing a fair bit in fuel as, be warned, it's an hour's round trip to the supermarket. Should all run smoothly, this wouldn't be a problem however.
Jackie & Denis were on hand for any help we needed and Muriel & Laureano kept in touch too.
The area is stunning - lunch at the monastery is a must. We also travelled to Vera, Mojácar, Tabernas (mini Hollywood) and Roquetas de Mar (for the aquarium). Roads are easy to follow but not for the car sick :)
We had a lovely evening watching the Perseids meteors as the sky is so clear here.
It's location means there was no need for air con (we visited in a very hot August) as the temperature cooled at nights and was a couple of degrees colour than Albox during the day too.
The pool was mostly a pleasant temperature - I believe keeping it covered helps keep it warmer, but the pool cover roller was broken so we didn't use this.
There were the usual flies and wasps/bees you find in the summer but were pretty much harmless. The local dog paid regular visits too - he liked to take shade under the cars (check before your drive!!)
We had a very restful and relaxing stay here in this stunning area.
Thank you for your comment. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our villa.
Indeed, there have been problems of electricity throughout the region because of thunderstorms.
Once the problem was solved by the company, fortunately, the main refrigerator was restarted while the supplementary refrigerator of the summer kitchen broke down a few days later. It has since been replaced.
Note that the ping-pong table is designed for outdoor use, it can be moved easily on the terrace. As for billiards, it was placed on wheels to facilitate its displacement. The pneumatic toys for the pool can also be moved easily or even deflated if they are found too bulky.
Splendid villa in the middle of nature
This secluded villa is the perfect getaway if you'd like to forget the stress of your daily commute and way too frustrating days at work. The villa is located in the middle of nature with great views all around and a sense of peacefulness you would never find in more touristic areas. It is well equipped and unlike other villas you have a feeling of a house you could live in all year round. The hosts and local contacts are helpfull during every step of your booking and stay. During the last week of June we went the weather was perfect, 30°C during the day and 20°C at night thanks to the mountain breeze. Please just keep in mind you will be quite secluded, the nearest shop is a 30-40 min drive. We loved it but seeing other reviews some people missed this point in the description. If you want to have a family vacation or just a romantic getaway this is the perfect place. We will surely come back as soon as we can!
Thank you for your comment. We are glad that you had a pleasant holidays in our villa.
Indeed,you have to ride +/- 30 minutes by car to reach stores
It's why the villa contains 2 combi-fridges (in the villa and the summer kitchen)
You must know that at 10 minutes from the villa, you can find a bakery that also sells products of first necessity, a petrol station, a restaurant and a bar (the informations are in the welcome booklet).
The villa is part of a small hamlet of some houses which are not inhabited all the time and therefore actually give the impression of isolation sometimes ....
In the protected area “Natura 2000” in the Andalusian mountain “Sierra de Las Estancias” and 1100 m in altitude.
Secluded fenced villa located amongst almond orchards
5x10 m private pool
No air, noise and light pollution (ideal for astronomy)
Rest, quietness and serenity guaranteed
In the region, there are many different activities to suit all tastes and all ages: nature, sport, festivities, history, culture, agro-tourism, gastronomy, nightlife, shopping, etc.
Abundant documentation at your disposal in the villa
Close to the Monastery El Saliente: 5 km
Albox and Velez Rubio : 25 km
Lorca, Cartagena : 40 km
Close to the nature reserve El Cabo de Gata and the beaches of the Almeria coastline : 50 km
Tabernas, olive oil and “Spanish Hollywood”: 75 km
Calar Alto: astronomic centre with the 3 greatest telescopes of Continental Europe: 80 km
Negratin Lake: 80 km
Granada and Alhambra: 150 km
Sierra Nevada: 170 km
Easy access and 2 nice motorways including exits located 25 km from the villa
Airports: Almeria (90 km), Murcia (140 km), Alicante (170 km) and Granada (150 km)
Additional pricing information
Paiement uniquement sur compte bancaire. - Pour plus de 2 semaines consécutives, frais de service Homeway pris en charge. Acompte de 25 % à la réservation, - Solde au maximum 6 semaines avant le début de la location. - Caution de 400 € au plus tard 6 semaines avant le début de la location, restitution au maximum 2 semaines après la fin de la location.- Possibilité de séjour plus court sur demande aux propriétaires.