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Village house with pool and walled gardens in peaceful rural surroundings

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps a family and friends

Approaching through 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 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, with Wi-Fi stretching throughout the house and most of the garden. 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 is a twin room. 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 Mercadona 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 (unless you get up early), 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 2016, for the summer season we may continue trialling Sunday-Sunday lets as visitors have found flights can be cheaper. But ask and we'll let you know if we can do Saturday-Saturday. 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.

More Details

Property Manager
Penelope Middelboe
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 8, 2017

About Penelope Middelboe

A genuine family home. We clubbed together as a family and bought it as a ruin. Children have grown up here and each year we rush to book our precious weeks under the lemons.

Penelope Middelboe purchased this house in 1999

Why Penelope Middelboe chose Andalucia

It's real Spain. It's in a beautiful part of the country. You can ski in the winter, mountain walk in the spring and autumn, and chill in the heat of the summer. The heat is never unbearable and yet always guaranteed. The village is high on hills above a dam and cooled by irrigation water from the Sierra. There's a local shop within 3 minutes walking which can supply all your needs. So providing you get up before it closes for siesta time at 2pm you can get your beer, gin, rose, olives, salad, jamon serrano, manchego.... and wander back to the pool and garden.

What makes this house unique

Restaurant with a view within a short walk.

Guestbook comments from the manager

The house " Dos Hermanas " is a beautiful property amidst a small white village in a green valley between Granada , Sierra Nevada and the Coast ( all just 30 to 40 km). The house is very cozy, spacious and equipped with everything you need for a peaceful stay. There are even two kitchens , making sure you have a 2nd refrigerator , so you can keep extra food and drinks cool . The garden is lovely and well maintained, with a shaded dining area , citrus trees and a large swimming pool. In an adjacent part of the garden , children can play in a treehouse or spoil the cats. " Dos Hermanas " has given us everything we expected from our southern Spanish adventure. This is ideal for people who like to rest on holiday, in authentic surroundings close to some great attractions ( the Alhambra , the mountains, the coast ). We didn't want to leave. A (small) car is necessary. 100% highly recommended.

Het huis 'dos Hermanas' is een mooie woning middenin een klein wit dorpje in een groene vallei tussen Granada, de Sierra Nevada en de Kust (allemaal op slechts 30 à 40 km). Het huis is zeer gezellig, ruim en voorzien van alles wat je nodig hebt voor een rustig verblijf. Er zijn zelfs 2 keukens, wat maakt dat je een 2de koelkast hebt, waardoor je extra eten en drinken koel kan bewaren. De tuin is heerlijk en goed onderhouden, met een schaduwrijke eethoek, citrusbomen en een ruim zwembad. In een naastliggend deel van de tuin kunnen de kinderen spelen in een boomhut of de poezen verwennen. 'Dos Hermanas' heeft ons alles gegeven wat we verwacht hadden van ons Zuid-Spaans verblijf. Dit is ideaal voor mensen die graag rust hebben op reis en die in een authentieke omgeving dicht bij een aantal mooie attracties (het Alhambra, de bergen, de kust,....) willen verblijven. Een (kleine) auto is wel noodzakelijk. 100% zeker aan te raden.
Aug 2016
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Village house with pool and walled gardens in peaceful rural surroundings
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

It is absolutely stunning! The nicest part of Spain I have ever visited, mountains, mountains mountains.

This house is nestled in a quiet and remote Spanish town, with the most exceptional views over Granada, sweet little winding streets, quiet, and absolutely perfect!

It's just 20 mins drive from everything you need from a holiday, white sandy beaches, great restaurants and bakery's, hikes, walks, even skiing.

The big house has an upstairs kitchen/living room for great breakfasts with a view where you can keep cool on those hot summer days, as well as a whole kitchen area downstairs, perfect for indoor/outdoor living, BBQ's - preparing salami, salads and olives for lunch. The downstairs kitchen leads on to a patio buzzing with insects sounds, fresh lemons and oranges, and such sweet smells of nature. The garden area grows fresh herbs, lavender, and fresh fruit which you can add to your lovely Spanish lunches.

The poolside is perfect to read and relax. You will even have two sweet outdoor cats to keep you entertained.

The comfortable bedrooms have a little deck where you can really make the most of the views.

I cannot recommend more! (plus close to airport bonus)

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow. A rather overwhelmed owner. Penelope
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Fabulously relaxing perfect family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need for family fun. Beautiful house and garden. We had 6 children aged 10- 15 and they loved the pool, the hammock, the tree house (and of course the wifi).

The house caters well in terms of pots, pans, crockery etc with 2 dishwashers, 2 ovens and 2 fridges (perfect for keeping drinks cold).

Walking to the bread shop each morning soon became part of the routine and we hardly used the car at all for the week. After an initial shop in neighbouring Durcal you can get all provisions in the village.

A trip to the coast was quick and easy with the motorway but to be honest there seemed no reason to leave the house. Sunbathers, swimmers and shade-seekers all happy!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad the two kitchens (ostensibly for winter and summer) are earning their keep!
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An Idyll Fit For a King

  • 5 of 5

Lovingly and tastefully restored, Dos Hermanas is an idyllic home away from home. It's within such easy reach of Granada, and we were thrilled by the obligatory visit to the Alhambra, but really - for the rest of the week we were more than content to lie back and enjoy the delights of Dos Hermanas' beautiful gardens. The pool is just right for a cooling dip, the hammock saw plenty of use and the house has all you need. It's spotless and spacious. If you must step outside, the village is friendly and authentically Andalucían and the local restaurants very welcoming. We can't wait to go back and perhaps next time stir ourselves to enjoy the local walks - which look stunning - and make a tour of those famous Alpujarras villages. But the house itself is what made it a right royal holiday for us. It's just perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The local walks to ruins of Moorish castles are calling you back!
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A beautifully simple, yet sophisticated house.

  • 5 of 5

Set in a quiet, yet interesting village, with wonderful views, this old house and it's glorious garden made it easy for my family to relax and unwind. The beautiful white interior was clean and comfortable, and highlighted with flashes of Granadan turquoise paintwork and local blue and green pottery. Everything we needed was provided, and the local shops and bakery were well stocked. The children had so much fun playing volleyball in the pool while we dipped in and out or caught up with our reading under the shade of a myriad of orange and lemon trees, or in the cool of the wisteria covered outdoor eating area. Lovely- would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. We love it too. So pleased you understood the house and garden.
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Character and charm

  • 5 of 5

Oranges and lemons picked fresh from the tree. Warm enough to eat lunch out on the lawn. Skiing in the Sierra Nevada. Wine, olives and jamon serrano from the shop in the village. Fires in the evening in the amazing upstairs sitting room and kitchen with panoramic views. Must return in warmer weather to experience the pool and the Andalucian heat.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Place

  • 5 of 5

As a family of 5, including teenagers this place worked really well. The village was beautiful and safe. The kids enjoyed walking to the bakery every morning and buying the bread and other yummies! Lots of Spanish practiced which was great. Granada and the palace a very easy drive away as were lots of other places. A great base. Kids enjoyed the garden and pool but especially the 2 cats. A great place to stay, would recommend. Thank You

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Los Naranjos
Nearest Golf
26 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Exit 160 on Granada- Motril motorway
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Los Naranjos
Nearest Ski
66 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
38 Kilometres
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. It's a great place for walking - with Moorish ruins and a hermitage within striking distance. The Alhambra Palace is a MUST, as is the ancient town of Granada. Take a drive to the top of the Sierra Nevada, explore the unique architecture of the Moorish Alpujarras, or lunch on the beach. Swimming is best at Nerja which is quite a drive. Make it a day out and eat paella on the beach. Really worth the effort.

Other Activities:

There's a water park at Granada.

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.


Rates & Availability

Melegís House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer 2017
Apr 29 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Summer 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
October 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $244
Secure Online Transaction Fee $7
Welcome basket $21

Secure, online payments are subject to an additional 1.5% charge in compensation for the cost of the service. For 2017, in contrast to 2016, we're planning on running bookings from Saturday to Saturday.
We don't take bookings for less than a week.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Melegís House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 175 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • There is a cold water outdoor shower by the swimming pool
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    With Balcony - 1 double
    Ground Floor Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Main - 1 king , can be split into twin beds. Travel cot available.
  • 3 doubles, 1 x twin, 1 travel cot, stair gates
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
Air Conditioning is not needed in this village house with thick walls however electric fans are provided in each bedroom should you need them. 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.

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