Granada villa rental with private pool in a semi-tropical valley

Lecrin valley, Granada, Andalucia Property Ref: AP40
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    5 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 8/10
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  • Property Ref: AP40

A large, traditional country home offering high standards, gardens and views. Easy drive to Granada, Alhambra palaces and beaches. Maid service included and catering available. Sleeps 8 plus 2 children.

Booking information for AP40

  • Normal check-in time: 4:30 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The price includes 2 hrs maid service (general cleaning except for kitchen) per day, except for Sundays and official holidays.

  • In dry summer months there may be restrictions on barbecue use if forestry regulations are enforced.

  • The swimming pool is open mid-April to mid-October, weather permitting.

Changeover day for AP40

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility, as long as undesirable gaps between bookings are not left in July and August.

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Summary

A large, traditional country home offering high standards, gardens and views. Easy drive to Granada, Alhambra palaces and beaches. Maid service included and catering available. Sleeps 8 plus 2 children.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    5 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    5.5 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 8/10

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet; TV (most channels in Spanish only); DVD; VCR; CD/radio; Plenty of terrace and garden furniture, including sunloungers and sunshades; Private, gated swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.70 m deep); Barbecue.

Self-catering
4-ring hob (2 gas, 2 electric) & electric oven; Microwave; Kettle; Cafetière; Juicer; Blender; Toaster; Fridge freezer; Dishwasher.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Tumble dryer; Iron & board; Fans; Central heating; Wood burning stove in dining room; Hairdryer; Cot (please bring your own bedding) & highchair; All bedding and towels provided; Private parking.

Extras
2 hours' domestic help every day except Sundays.

Notes on Facilities
Barbecue use may be restricted by local fire regulations during summer months.
There are 3 fans available at the house, although the pine tree shades the house and it is not normally hot inside.
Catering or arrival meals should be requested and arranged well in advance of the holiday.
Towels and bed linen are changed twice weekly.

Layout

Ground floor
Reception/sitting room; Dining room and kitchen; WC.

First floor
Bedroom 1: Twin beds, wood-beamed ceiling and en-suite bathroom (walk-in shower and pretty, round, ceramic washbasin); Bedroom 2: Twin beds, wood-beamed ceiling and en-suite bathroom and view; Bedroom 3: Twin beds (antique beds), wood-beamed ceiling, particularly spacious and has a small sofa and en-suite bathroom (a power shower is installed over a half bath) & view; Bedroom 4: Double bed with en-suite bathroom (shower over a half tub and a heated towel rail) and view of the garden patio; Bedroom 5: Two children's beds with en-suite shower room (it is only accessible by passing through Bedroom 4).

Exterior
Extensive furnished terraces; Rear patio garden with furnished gazebo; Utility room; Swimming pool and garden; Private parking.

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Overview

Hidden away at the end of a private drive, this country farmhouse property of dignity and distinction offers an elegant, natural environment and an ideal location, halfway between famed Granada and beaches of the Costa Tropical.

It's all on its own, so succinctly secluded that John Le Carré chose to stay here when writing his novel, "The Constant Gardener".

An iron gate from private parking leads you directly through to a long, cobbled terrace, which opens at the far end of the villa into a vast, sunny, open space, well-furnished and with night-time illumination. Standing in the shade of a giant Aleppo pine, you can spy the local village below and the view stretches right across the valley.

You enter the villa to a reception corner, where a table is piled with maps, books, walking guides – an immediate invitation to explore the environs. Antique furniture is ranged about on the original red-and-white lozenge floor, and this stretches to the end of a high, wood-ceilinged room where a sitting area has comfy sofas and chairs.

Midway along the room is a coffee table whose chairs are positioned to take in the view through a picture window.

A warm, sun-filled Andalusian climate obtains here, so windows may be thrown open to let a breeze play through the downstairs rooms, while any hint of cold is kept well at bay during the brief winter by central heating throughout.

The separate dining room has a table that extends to seat twelve people. It’s contiguous with an extremely good kitchen supplied with stacks of crockery, pots and pans, and it opens at the back to a rear garden, where steps rise to a gazebo in a patio planted round with rosemary, thyme, roses and a pretty mimosa. Also out the back is a laundry room.

A signal advantage of holidays here is the way household chores are taken out of your hands by Pepa, the maid, who provides you with two hours of domestic help a day, except Sunday. For two hours every morning you can forget about cleaning, bed-making and breakfast serving. Extra hours can be contracted if you want help with shopping or cooking.

Back inside, a staircase goes up to the first floor and its five attractive, very comfortable bedrooms. Mattresses are high quality, sheets are smooth cotton and there are double feather pillows. In wardrobes, you’ll find bathrobes and slippers.

All bedrooms have their own bathroom. Note that the fifth and final bedroom, suitable for two children, can only be accessed through the fourth, double bedroom.

The accommodation is consummately pleasing inside, although the Andalucian climate is likely to see you outside a great deal of the time. Whether on the main terrace with its swing seat and views of the valley and the orange and olive orchard below which belongs to the property, in the rear patio and gazebo, and especially in the pool garden.

The swimming pool has a lawn for sunbathing, poolside shower and is mosaic-walled. It’s reached up garden steps and is a private, understandably favourite spot. The pool garden area has a gate, but there are gaps in the hedge so we don't count the perimeter as toddler-proof.

To the rear stands another house, but this belongs to the same owners, and their apartment (if occupied by them), doesn’t overlook you. The arrangement is designed for you to have total privacy.

Bread and croissants can be delivered daily and a fish seller comes by most days, too. Catering can often be provided by Pepa, the maid. Her cooking has been much praised by previous guests for whom she has prepaed meals. Pepa is very good at typical Andalusian dishes and some specifically local ones. She buys the ingredients and cooks the meal, being quite happy to explain her methods as best she can in simple English.

An arrival meal can also be provided if booked in advance.

Otherwise, the local village is a 5-minute walk. It has basic shopping and a couple of bar-restaurants. Albuñuelas is extremely tranquil except for 5 days in August (normally the second week in the month), when the village celebrates its annual fiesta. This can be heard from the villa in case you need to know for complete peace-and-quiet.

Other nearby villages in the valley, joined by country lanes, provide more interesting opportunities to sample genuine Andalucian cooking, and you’re only 30 minutes from large superstores if you want to do a major shop.

The valley setting is one of the main sources of oranges in Granada: you see them everywhere, lemons, too, and almonds. It’s a warm, fertile countryside, where the locals tend to take things pretty easily.

Visitors here appreciate the strategic location: it's just around 40 minutes to the coast for beaches, and less than that to delightful Granada and Lanjarón, gateway to Las Alpujarras.

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Location

Setting

Semi-tropical valley between Granada and the coast

Location

300 metres from Albuñuelas village. 

Albuñuelas 5 mins walk
Simple shopping, bar-restaurants, chemist
Costa Tropical 40 mins
Beaches
Granada 40 mins
and Alhambra Palaces
Sierra Nevada 50 mins
Ski resort
airport Nearest Airports
Granada (GRX) 45 mins
Malaga (AGP) 1 hr 45 mins
Almeria (LEI) 2 hrs

Prices

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Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
06 Jan 201706/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€1,995
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€2,395
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
€2,095
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 08 Sep 201708/09/2017
€2,395
09 Sep 201709/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
€2,095
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
€1,995
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
€2,395
Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
06 Jan 201706/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€1,995
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€2,395
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
€2,095
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 08 Sep 201708/09/2017
€2,395
09 Sep 201709/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
€2,095
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
€1,995
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
€2,395
Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
06 Jan 201706/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
£1,670
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
£2,004
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
£1,753
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 08 Sep 201708/09/2017
£2,004
09 Sep 201709/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
£1,753
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
£1,670
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
£2,004
Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
06 Jan 201706/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
$1,791
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
$2,150
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
$1,881
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 08 Sep 201708/09/2017
$2,150
09 Sep 201709/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
$1,881
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
$1,791
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
$2,150
Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
06 Jan 201706/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
AU$2,546
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
AU$3,057
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
AU$2,674
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 08 Sep 201708/09/2017
AU$3,057
09 Sep 201709/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
AU$2,674
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
AU$2,546
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
AU$3,057
Sleeps up to 10 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
06 Jan 201706/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
CAD$3,687
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
CAD$4,426
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 02 Jun 201702/06/2017
CAD$3,872
03 Jun 201703/06/2017 08 Sep 201708/09/2017
CAD$4,426
09 Sep 201709/09/2017 20 Oct 201720/10/2017
CAD$3,872
21 Oct 201721/10/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
CAD$3,687
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 05 Jan 201805/01/2018
CAD$4,426

Booking information for AP40

  • Normal check-in time: 4:30 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The price includes 2 hrs maid service (general cleaning except for kitchen) per day, except for Sundays and official holidays.

  • In dry summer months there may be restrictions on barbecue use if forestry regulations are enforced.

  • The swimming pool is open mid-April to mid-October, weather permitting.

Changeover day for AP40

  • The start and finish day has some flexibility, as long as undesirable gaps between bookings are not left in July and August.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Gwyneth | May | 2016

A beautiful property with the most amazing terrace, overlooking the Lecrin Valley, perfect for breakfast or the evening aperitif. Pepa is lovely and can cook the most amazing meals, if required. Would definitely love to visit this property again."

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Patricia | August | 2015

We absolutely loved this place. It's in a stunning spot with spectacular views over the valley. A highlight was Pepa, who cooked for us on quite a few evenings, which made for a significantly more relaxing holiday. Her paella is amazing. We did have an issue with noise because we booked in the week of the Fiesta, which I think should really have been mentioned, since there was music blaring up for the valley until 5am for at least four of the ten nights. Another issue was that the house could do with air conditioning, or at least fans in August - at least for those nights when the music's blaring out!"

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Tom | August | 2015

Excellent holiday home for the big family. Fantastic location, excellent house keeper Peppa, Clean. The only part on the downside would be the fifth room (adjoining another room as a walk through). Panadero, fresh bread delivered every day. Can very easy recommend this house to other familys travelling in Sierra Nevada and Granada district."

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Wendy | July | 2015

Thank you for your email requesting feedback. Thank you so much for all your help prior to our arrival at the villa. Your suggestion of the restaurant to stop at on our way to the villa (inland with stunning views) was perfect, great food and service, and such a great start to our holiday :) We had to contact Peppa to let her know we were running late as the flight was slightly delayed and the queue at the airport for the pre-booked cars took much longer than we had anticpated. It was lovely to be so warmly greeted by Peppa upon arrival. The villa looks so picturesque and inviting. The robes, slippers and pool towels advertised as being available do all need to be requested from Peppa upon arrival, as they were all stored in a locked room. We booked an evening meal of paella (as suggested Peppa), which was fanstastic, a real treat! And we got a lovely dessert too. Be good to update the website that it was €12 per head and not the €10 per head as currently advertised. We all loved the view from the terrace, absolutely stunning and we spent most of our daytimes there and in the pool (poolside could do with more shade). The back garden dining area was also really special and where we had our evening meals. Peppa's daily visit to cover chores was very much appreciated (she missed one day as she had a doctors appointment). Unfortunately we didn't cope very well with the summertime heat in the bedrooms during the night-time. We have made it a learning point to not book a summer villa in Spain without aircon upstairs, as we all struggled to sleep. We did know there wasn't aircon but we hadn't been to a villa before without aircon and hadn't realised how much the property heats up during the day. There were fans in two of the bedrooms. We asked Peppa for more and she provided one more on Tuesday so we purchased (and left there) an additional fan. We followed Peppa's advice of keeping the shutters closed during the day but nothing seemed to make a difference We coul only find a bar / restaurant down in the main part of the town which was more than 5-10 mins walk (we explored the area behind us but couldn't find anything there). The town (square) was really relaxed and it felt great to be amongst local people (playing dominos) and families, rather than other tourists. Wonderful coffee and tapas served there. We also enjoyed the chimes of the town clocktower. The highlight of our week was the visit to the Alhambra palace and gardens. It was only a short drive and was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us. I hope this feedback is useful."

Rustical Update

At the time of this reservation the local temperatures were the hottest ever recorded. The information regarding the catering was also updated.

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Alexia | August | 2014

The house in Abuenlas is lovely. Many thanks "

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Sarah | July | 2014

We had a great holiday at this villa in July, the house was very comfortable and the views from the terrace were amazing. We were made to feel very welcome by the owners and by the housekeeper, who also cooked a lovely paella for us one evening! Having fresh bread (and delicious croissants) delivered every morning was a big bonus. However, we were a bit disappointed that there were only four sunbeds round the pool (and they were not in the best condition) which meant that there were not enough for everyone and there was no spare sun umbrella for extra shade. We were also concerned as we specifically booked this villa as it was advertised as having a gated pool area, but the gate was very overgrown with ivy and therefore impossible to lock effectively which, combined with the big holes in the hedge, meant that the pool area wasn't very secure and we couldn't feel relaxed that our two year old would be safe. Overall, we thought it was a beautiful villa in a lovely setting but it needed some newer pool and patio furniture."

Rustical Update

We have now modified the property page content to reflect that the pool is not toddler-friendly, as there are gaps in the perimeter. The owner is aware that the pool and patio furniture needs to be improved.

 

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