Village House with Pool and Walled Gardens in Peaceful Rural Surroundings
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- Minimum stay:4-7 nights
- 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).
- 175 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- 3 doubles, 1 x Bunk beds, 1 cot. and 1 travel cot
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- 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
- DVD Player
- Books - Fiction / Non-Fiction
- Away From It All
- Water Parks
- Horse Riding
sports and adventure activities
- Mountain Biking
- Freshwater Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Dining Room
- Child's Highchair
- Iron & Board
- Parking On Street
- Hair Dryer
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Basic Soaps
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Cooking Utensils
- Pantry Items
- 4 Ring Stove
- Beach Towels
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
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Comments from Owner Guestbook
Comments from Owner Guestbook
December 05. We have really enjoyed our stay---. House was superb and all the surrounding villages. It's the best Christmas we have ever had. Horse riding was good but very scary. We have booked to come again next year. SP. Sept 06. What a great time we had at DH. The house was so well kitted out and cool. Why did so many people tell us we wouldn't be able to sleep at night with the heat? Your garden is gorgeous and our eldest had a blast in the pool. She was in before breakfast each morning and we had to drag her out at night fall. I am very jealous of you. What a lovely house in a great village. Thanks v much. FH June 07. We had a great week in Melegis and your house there is truly wonderful.... Again many thanks and I certainly hope that we are able to make use of your wonderful home again. NS
- Guest HRGuestBook2787 (HR GuestBook)
- Date of stay 12/01/07
- Review Submitted 12/06/07
You need to visit yourself!Guest comment entered by manager
You need to visit yourself!
What a great time we have had at Dos Hermanas two years running. The house has everything you could possibly wish for:- ....Days lulling on the hammock with a good book, children playing in the pool, and collecting fruit from the trees. .....The bread man coming in the morning, looking from the top floor to place your order, carting your warm delicious goods up the stairs using the pulley system .....Walking through the quaint white washed villages, stopping for a cana or two .....Climbing the hills to see the wonderous view from the top .....Fishing for crayfish in the lake, having them on the BBQ later!! ....Visiting Festival Restibal...Paella for over 60 people, live music, dancing, fair, amusements and general 'marcha' .....Lessons with Encarna the neighbour on how to make Natillas with Goats milk ...... Going to milk the goats in the morning, fresh warm goats milk for breakfast ....I could go on and on and on about the delights that will await you when you visit Dos hermanas...but you need to visit yourself. I would love to be able to spend two months a year in this wonderful, perfect house
- Guest Helen
- Date of stay 08/20/12
- Review Submitted 05/11/13
What a find!Guest comment entered by manager
What a find!
We came accross Dos Hermanas quite by chance and what a find it turned out to be. We holidayed with our three children aged 6, 4 and 3 along with another family with their two young children and it was a perfect week for all concerned. The house provides cool welcome relief from the Spanish summer heat and the garden and pool are idyllic. Hammocks for lazing in and a pretty, lush walled garden all add to the magic of this hidden place. We even visited the local goat herder who allowed the children to milk the goats. We love it so much we're going back this year for two weeks rather than one! Lucy and Kevin
- Guest Lucy and Kevin
- Date of stay 08/13/12
- Review Submitted 05/06/13
Hope to Visit AgainGuest comment entered by manager
Hope to Visit Again
Thank you for a fantastic holiday in Dos Hermanas. From lazing by the pool and lying in hammocks under the shady trees to picking oranges for breakfast and lemons for our evening gin and tonic it was an idylic place to be. The house was perfect for 2 families to share and offered a lovely cool space from the warm sun. Local markets, a flamenco festival, a trip to Greneda and a beautiful day by the river in Trevelez - the highest village in Spain - made for some great memories. We hope we can visit again.
- Guest Tim
- Date of stay 07/09/12
- Review Submitted 05/02/13
Such a beautiful place
Such a beautiful place
We stayed at Dos Hemanas August 2009 - We had a wonderful time there. The house was everything and more that we could have asked for - full of character, fully equipped, clean and spacious over the three levels. The 6 children and 4 adults had so much fun in the pool and tree house area. We had some lovely walks finding the lake and catching the Crayfish was a highlight, as was the goats, and all the foraging. Granada was a lovely city to visit too. Oh and the bread man coming round every morning with the chocolate croissants for breakfast was a real treat. We have some great memories of our 2 week holiday in melegis and would love to come back again soon. Would recommend this to everyone.
- Guest Marnie Barsby (King's Lynn, Norfolk)
- Date of stay 08/15/09
- Review Submitted 09/15/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Manager response: We're delighted to have such appreciative guests. We bought the house ten years ago as a ruin. We were lucky to have a sympathetic Australian architect who designed the bedrooms and bathrooms and turned the hay-loft on the top floor into a large open plan living area with views up the mountain on one side and across the valley on the other. A couple of years later we bought the 'huerto' or orchard next door to prevent it being built on. This is now the site of a summer house and tree-house. We put in the irrigation channels along the four sides, planted the pepper tree which is now huge and added an olive tree and almond tree to the existing orange and lemon trees. We go there three times a year and love it too.
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Dec 21 - Jan 4, 2014
4 night min stay
Jun 1 - Sep 7, 2014
7 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
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View from upstairs window
Tree house in the Huerto
Lush gardens are kept green by the traditional acequias (irrigation channels).
Giant Paella being made at the Melegis Festival
Summer house in the huerto
Panoramic view of the upstairs dining/living area
Garden, pool, mountains
The goats coming home
Summer house and patio in the Huerto
Freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning
Gato Gato! The resident rat catcher...
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