Village House with Pool and Walled Gardens in Peaceful Rural Surroundings
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
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.
Member since: 2001
- 175 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- 3 doubles, 1 x twin, 1 travel cot, stair gates
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- There is a cold water outdoor shower by the swimming pool
- 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....moreless
- Books For Adults
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Seating for 10 people
- Basic Soaps
- Hair Dryer
- 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
- Pantry Items
- Beach Towels
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
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Early Summer 2017
Apr 29 - Jul 7, 2017
7 night min stay
High Summer 2017
Jul 8 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 30 - Nov 4, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $254.17
- Secure Online Transaction Fee $7.63
- Welcome basket $21.60
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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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.
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.
Year Purchased: 1999
About: 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.
Why Melegís, Granada, Spain:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Restaurant with a view within a short walk.
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Ground floor bedroom
Panoramic sitting room on top floor
Chill out room off patio and summer kitchen
View from second floor window
summer house and bridge
The garden cats who keep the rodents away
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