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Village House with Pool and Walled Gardens in Peaceful Rural Surroundings

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Last updated: 09/20/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Costa Tropical - Granada house description

Approaching via the traditional narrow streets of whitewashed houses in the middle of the village, you drive up to the front door of an unassuming three-storied building. Step inside and the surprises begin. The layout of each floor makes it seem as though the house gets bigger as you go higher. Stepping outside is like walking into an oasis. Lush grass, abundant greenery, lots of shade and a riot of flowers and fruit-all leading to and surrounding the pool. But there's more. Through an iron gate is an orchard with a large summer house and a tree house for the kids.

The top floor of Dos Hermanas (two sisters) was originally a hayloft only accessible by ladder from the floor below. It is now a fine high-ceilinged open plan living area with its own kitchen and views up the mountain on one side and across the valley on the other.


The House:: The house is a converted village mill with massive walls and beamed ceilings. It is designed for both summer and winter living. For the summer, when much of the time is spent outside, on the ground floor there is a quiet, cool TV room with two sofa beds next to a fully equipped kitchen leading onto a partially shaded patio over-looking the garden and the pool. When it is too chilly to have dinner outside there is a second fully equipped kitchen on the 'mirador' top floor with a dining area with views up the mountain, a fire-place and two separate sitting areas. One of these has a small balcony from which you can watch the sun set across the valley.

Dos Hermanas means two sisters and is named after the two sisters who lived here 15 years ago. The outside looks much the same as it did then. It's what we've done inside that surprises. You are in the middle of a village of white-washed houses and around 800 souls. The 'Casa de Cultura' (house of culture) where the doctor holds a weekly surgery, local artists hold exhibitions and those who work on the land come to slake their thirst - is a goat's dropping's throw away. From here, everything else in the village is within walking distance - the shops (both), the bar-restaurants (both), the panaderia, the church.

Bedrooms: On the middle floor there are 3 double rooms, the largest of which has a double bed that can be separated into two singles. There is a bathroom with bath/shower and lavatory on this level.
The ground floor bedroom has a child's suspended bunk bed and a single bed, plus a child's cot. Since this room is at street and garden level it is also suitable for someone with mobility problems. On this level there is a walk-in shower in the 'bathroom'.

Cars: If you are flying and hiring a car, small cars are best in Spanish villages where the roads can be very narrow. If you're worrying about fitting your luggage into small cars do bear in mind that in the Summer clothes dry very quickly on the outside washing-line which means you can get away with packing a minimum of clothing. There is a washing-machine in the house. There are also books (including cookery books) and children's toys and games in the house.

What do you want to do?: If you want to bathe in the sun and the pool, and eat and drink then Dos Hermanas will tick your boxes. if you want to sit in the shade and enjoy the heat then it's equally good. The fertile Lecrin Valley (lecrin comes from the Arabic for happy) has been fought over since Roman times. Irrigated by water from the snows of the Sierra Nevada and planted with orange, lemon, almond and olive trees, has its own unique climate. It never gets too hot. i.e. it rarely gets over 35C, and usually cools down enough at night for you to sleep well.

If you enjoy cooking then there are lots of Spanish recipes in the house for you to try, and a gas-powered paella pan for cooking in the garden under the shade of a lemon tree. With fridges in each of the two kitchens there is plenty of room to store a big supermarket shop. But you can get most basic items from the shop in the village a minute's walk away. Durcal, a town 10 minutes drive away, offers a good sized supermarket with fresh fish and meat, and Granada offers hypermarkets. The fresh fish at Carrefour is worth a trip.

If you want to use the house as a base and go out on excursions the sea is a 30 minute drive to the south. Granada, 20 minutes north, provides retail therapy, cultural therapy ( visiting The Alhambra has to be booked well in advance but you should do this online from the UK) and more tapas bars than you can throw a cocktail stick at. For the children a water park allows them to combine getting wet with mild peril.

Half an hour to the east and you are in the legendary Alpujarras. If you haven't read the legends then they're in the house, including Brenan's 'South From Granada' and Chris Stewart's 'Driving Over Lemons' et. seq.

Seville to the west is within striking distance, but do bear in mind that in summer it's one of the hottest cities on earth.

The heat also has a bearing on the plans of those who want to walk. Avoid July and August since they are simply too hot, but at other times Dos Hermanas is a great place to start from and come back to for lots of hillside rambles. There are lots of guidebooks and maps in the house.

When do you want to go?: In the summer season we stick to minimum stays of one week, Saturday to Saturday. We know that midweek flight costs can make a crucial difference to the total outlay for your holiday, but it rarely works out for us coordinating one midweek finish with another midweek start. Outside the peak months of June-August we can be more flexible. You could of course fly midweek to somewhere in Spain, hire a car and tour for a few days either side of a week at Dos Hermanas.

Since Ryanair stopped flying to Granada, Malaga has returned to 'nearest airport' status. An alternative you could explore though is London-Madrid-Granada with BA/Iberia. This is often competitive on price but, unless you're lucky with connections, you can have a lengthy wait at Madrid airport, whose award-winning charm wears thin after three hours. You might also look at Easyjet to Barcelona where there's a connection to Granada with Veuling (no, me neither).

Property Type

  • House
  • 175 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

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          • Bathroom: toilet, shower

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          • There is a cold water outdoor shower at the sunnier end of the swimming pool...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • The house has two fitted kitchens - one downstairs for the summer and one on the top floor for when it's cooler. As a result it has two freezers, fridges, hobs, ovens, dishwashers and microwaves. Through the iron gate in the garden is a further orchard with a large summer house and a tree house. Small cars are much easier in narrow streets....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books For Adults
              • Games
              • Toys
              • DVD Player
              • Television

              Theme

              • Family
              • Away From It All

              Attractions

              • Restaurants
              • Water Parks

              Leisure Activities

              • Walking
              • Horseback Riding

              Location Type

              • Rural
              • Village

              sports and adventure activities

              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Mountain Biking

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                  Dining

                  • Dining Room
                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Seating for 10 people

                  General

                  • Internet:

                    WiFi throughout the house and garden...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Parking On Street
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Firewood
                  • Local Maps
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Heating
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Fireplace

                  Kitchen

                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Toaster
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Microwave
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Freezer
                  • Stove
                  • Oven
                  • Grill

                  Outside

                  • Barbecue
                  • Beach Towels
                  • Patio
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Terrace
                  • Balcony

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Private Pool
                       

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                      Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      £120
                      £700
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                      £600

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                      Location

                      5 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Exit 160 on Granada- Motril motorway
                      20 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      beach

                      Car: Recommended

                      Melegis is one of the flatter villages in the Lecrin Valley on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada, 3 km west of the motorway from Granada to the sea. It overlooks the Beznar dam which is 10 minutes walk from the village. Neighbouring villages are Lecrin, closer to the motorway, Murchas, Restabal and Conchar .

                      Other Activities: great place for walking

                      Golf: There is an 18 hole golf course half-way between Melegis and Granada and a 9 hole course along side the shore at Motril. Details are in the information book in the house.

                       

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                      Photos

                      • Shaded patio

                        Shaded patio

                      • Bedroom 2

                        Bedroom 2

                      • View from upstairs window

                        View from upstairs window

                      • Tree house in the Huerto

                        Tree house in the Huerto

                      • Lush gardens are kept green by the traditional acequias (irrigation channels).

                        Lush gardens are kept green by the traditional acequias (irrigation channels).

                      • Giant Paella being made at the Melegis Festival

                        Giant Paella being made at the Melegis Festival

                      • Summer house in the huerto

                        Summer house in the huerto

                      • Panoramic view of the upstairs dining/living area

                        Panoramic view of the upstairs dining/living area

                      • Master Bedroom

                        Master Bedroom

                      • Bedroom 3

                        Bedroom 3

                      • Garden, pool, mountains

                        Garden, pool, mountains

                      • The goats coming home

                        The goats coming home

                      • Summer house and patio in the Huerto

                        Summer house and patio in the Huerto

                      • Freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning

                        Freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning

                      • Gato Gato! The resident rat catcher...

                        Gato Gato! The resident rat catcher...

                      £86 - £120 per night (GBP)
                      2

                      4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 8

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