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Secluded Secluded Stone Cottage with Pool in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Laroles, Las Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain - Tranquil Location with Sea and Mountain Views

A secluded mountain stone cottage in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, set in five acres of private grounds, Piedras Enciso offers a tranquil haven for nature lovers. From the covered terrace adjacent to the cortijo, the mosaic terrace or relaxing on the day bed beside the natural spring water fed pool, guests can enjoy superb panoramic views of the mountains and valleys. The mature gardens of roses, lavender, grape vines and salvias offer abundant colour. There are over 80 old roses including Gallicas, Portlands and Albas - pinks, blues, purples and whites predominating! Formerly in a state of ruin, Piedras Enciso has been charmingly restored with natural slate floors and chestnut beams. Positioned amongst traditional Moorish terraces in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, it is 20 minutes drive from the summit for skiing in Winter, and an hour and a half from the coast. Located along a 2km track with the local village 10 minutes drive. An ideal setting for those wishing to escape the stresses of daily life and lose all sense of time.

Nicky Foster
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 9, 2018

About Nicky Foster

I have lived in Spain for the last eleven years in the village of Mairena. I bought Piedras Enciso 25 years ago when it stood as a stone ruin surrounded by lush green meadow and wild flowers, and spent the next few years renovating it. I have a house in the village which I am still renovating! I love all things traditional, and hopefully this reflects in the way the cottage is decorated. I have a great love for plants and the garden borders are now filled with an abundance of colour. I spent many holidays at Piedras Enciso when the stress of work and London life got too much, and still go there to escape when village life becomes too hectic!

I ran a business in the UK in paint production, colour design/decoration and workshops teaching special paint finishes. I hope to run workshops here which will be available to guests staying at the cottage, maybe as soon as this summer!

Nicky Foster purchased this cottage in 1989

Why Nicky Foster chose Nevada

A chance event led me to finding Piedras Enciso - staying at a friend's house, having an idle afternoon and a long-standing dream of living in the mountains. She was selling properties and took me to see a derelict stone building surrounded by mountains, valleys and wild flowers. I wanted something remote - away from people and noise and Piedras has all of this.

What makes this cottage unique

Peacefulness, a loss of sense of time, bird noise, bees humming, goat bells, sun, blue sky, breathtaking views, millions of stars at night, clean air, vegetables fresh from the garden, geckos, crickets, deep quiet sleep.


Nevada Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bedroom 1 with adjacent bathroom including bath & shower, toilet and basin. Bedroom 2 with en-suite basin and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and ceiling mosquito net with direct access to the covered terrace. Direct access from living room. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and capacity for a 3rd single, with separate access from the covered terrace. Can also be a double.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is powered by solar electricity which is a 12-volt supply. Guests should bring a car charger or power monkey for mobile phones and laptops/ tablets. Heating is supplied by a wood-burning stove and gas heaters. As Bedroom 2 is a separate access from the main part of the cottage, this may be unsuitable for small children. Outside: The cottage has two lawns, one below the covered terrace and one adjacent to the house and pool. It is surrounded by almond, cherry, chestnut and willow trees. The borders flanking the lawns are abundant with flowers during the summer months including a lavender hedge, roses, rosemary, cystus and honeysuckle. The land beyond is ideal for walking with the GR7 located close by offering a link to the mountain villages to the East and West. Above the cottage lies the National Park which is accessible by foot. Maps and walking routes are available. A barbecue is available, although use is restricted during the dryer weeks of the summer. The pool is a plunge pool, approximately 3m x 6m with no shallow end. It is fed by a natural spring and maintained with a minimum of chlorine. There is a four poster day bed at the pool side which offers shade as well as a place to relax! Utility Room: There is no washing machine at the cottage. A clothes washing service is available in the village for approx €8 per load. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided, with a changeover after a week's stay upon request. Swimming pool towels not provided. Other: The covered terrace extends the length of the cottage for al fresco dining with amazing views of the mountains and valleys below and the sea on a clear day!


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Secluded Secluded Stone Cottage with Pool in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park
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A Heavenly Week with the Family

  • 5 of 5

What an idyllic time we had at this beautiful house in the countryside.

We were met by Nicky in the nearby village, and she guided us along the long and bumpy track to the house.

You can see the years of love and work that have been poured in to the house and garden to make it what it is today - a little piece of heaven.

Nicky's generous nature shines through. We greatly appreciated the beautiful welcome gifts of fruits, snacks, local honey and wine.

Staying here is about changing the pace of your life. Slowing down. Noticing every sound, scent and scene from nature. I was so enthralled I didn't even manage to get to the end of a single book.

The weather was perfect. Shady spots under the arbour and the pool bring instant relief during the hottest hours of the day.

On a practical note, there is plenty of hot water from the gas boiler, and a gas fridge with a small freezer box, keeps food fresh. There are LED lamps in each of the rooms, but the system trips out if too many are used at once. There were lots of candles, to give an atmospheric boost, once it got dark.

We walked along the footpath (the walk of the chestnuts) about a mile and half, to the bakery and supermarkets of Laroles, when we didn't fancy bringing the hire car along the track again. Harder work on the way back up, but so worth it for the incredible views.

Our son, aged 22 and daughter 19 stayed with us, and loved it as much as we did. We are all hoping to come back again, and can't recommend it enough.

Thank you for everything Nicky xx

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Quiet,peaceful, relaxing cottage

  • 4 of 5

We as a family of four had a really great two weeks staying in this cottage. Believe it when Nicky says it is secluded, the track to the cottage is about 1km long and fairly rough and winding. the cottage and gardens are beautiful it has everything that you need but is fairly basic. the double bed was very comfortable. The covered terrace is an excellent area of outside space for eating or just sitting and reading. The pool was great and much used by us, it is quite small and doesn't have a shallow end but that wasn't a problem for us. The local town is very nice and has everything that you need, shops bank etc. We had a nice relaxing time and a digital detox away from it all. Thanks Nicky

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, relaxing cottage in fantastic scenery

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has everything you need for a 'get away from it all' holiday. The pool and day bed are wonderful and the cottage surprisingly cool in the heat. The gardens are beautiful and it's so relaxing to sit in and soak up the smell of lavender.

The track to the cottage is a little bumpy but our rented Nissan Note managed OK but ideally a small 4x4 would be better.

I would recommend learning some Spanish but people are v helpful anyway and we managed! If you have a problem, Nicky is always more than happy to help! She even had our lost luggage delivered to her house so we wouldn't have to wait in at the cottage.

Nicky and Enrique were wonderful hosts and even let us watch the watering of the plants using the traditional watering methods designed and used by the Moors in the region. We all thought this was amazing!

I would thoroughly recommend this to any one who enjoys a quiet holiday away from the crowds.

Thank you so much for a lovely holiday Nicky and Enrique and Pina the doggie! xxxx

From the Moores

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Hidden Gem!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing time here. The place is just stunning. You feel all tucked away from the world in your own little patch of paradise. The owner was lovely, helpful and welcoming we could have asked for more...... But 9 months later our beautiful daughter was born! 😍

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We will be Returning

  • 5 of 5

Having not been on holiday for ten years, my partner and I decided in June 2013 that a trip to Andalucía was in order. On reading the description and on seeing the accompanying photos, we agreed on a visit to Nicky’s beautiful mountain cortijo, including a short trip to Granada and the Alhambra. Indeed, we enjoyed the Alpujarras so much that we have since returned to Piedras three times – within a fourteen month period - for both long and short breaks.

And what is it that makes Piedras so appealing? Firstly, that Nicky has created the perfect rural idyll free from modernity comprising stunning gardens, a pool with a daybed that could be described as too comfortable and simple, natural interiors that incorporate local slate and wood. Secondly, despite the property sitting at 1450 metres above sea level and being located 50km inland, you can see the Mediterranean on a clear day and the mountain tops of North Africa beyond. Thirdly, the property is suitably tucked away to afford you absolute privacy. And, with no phone, no internet, no television, no street lights, no mains electricity or water, a stay at solar-powered and spring-fed Piedras offers insight into how a life in balance with nature really looks. However if you do need a ‘modern life’ fix, all is close at hand; the scattering of nearby Moorish villages offer excellent local cuisine (and free Wi-Fi), as well as bars, banks, shops, chemists… and with Granada and Almeria both within easy reach, city life too can be enjoyed.

And will we be returning? Yes and soon, as there is still so much for us to experience — we are yet to have a beach day, partly due to the comfort and perfect isolation of Piedras!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

It was the most beautiful place; the countryside and the property. We enjoyed the privacy that the remote location gave us and had the most relaxing holiday ever.

The "road" to the property was very narrow and bumpy coursing us to burst a tire so we were glad to have paid for extra cover on the hire car insurance. This was the only problem that we had during our stay so all in all we'd recommend this property to anyone who likes total peace and relaxation.

The gardens were full of sweet smelling flowers like lavender and roses which made relaxing on the day bed even nicer; in fact it was hard to leave the property to go out and see the local area!

We also loved sharing the house with the resident gecko's; fun to watch them scamper around the wall and ceiling.

Really didn't want to come home and now looking forward to visiting again (need to learn more Spanish though; the locals tried their best to understand us but we were glad the owner was so helpful when it came to sorting the tire out).

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Fiestas are a regular event in the region with each village holding a fiesta over the summer months. Decorative painting workshops and cookery courses are available from time to time. Horse riding is 20 minutes drive. Yoga and massage are also available upon request. Details of current events and activities are provided in the cottage.


There are many beaches on the coast, with the nearest being at Adra or Almerimar, both a 1 hour's drive. Other beaches worth visiting are at Las Negras and the pretty fishing village of Agua Amarga, a one hour, 45 minute drive.


The nearest airport is Almeria, a one and half hour's drive. Airlines include Easyjet, Ryanair, Monarch. Malaga is a three hour drive and Granada a two hour drive. Hire of a car is essential.


The closest village to the cottage is Laroles which offers a small bank (including cash machine), bakery and supermarket, with the pretty Moorish villages of Jubar, Mairena, Mecina al Fahar within a 10km radius. The nearest local town is Ugijar. Walking to Laroles takes approximately 20 minutes, and 40 minutes walking back.

Further Details:

There are many local restaurants in surrounding villages, notably El Sitio above Jubar offering good food and amazing views with dining al fresco during the summer. Also good is Las Chimenaes in Mairena. With Granada only 2 hours drive, a visit to the Alhambra is a must!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

Payment & Cancellation
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon booking with the balance due 40 days prior to arrival. We regret that we cannot offer a refund on the balance payment for cancellations after 40 days before arrival, except in special circumstances. We will do our best to help if we can.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. It is advisable for guests to time their journey to arrive during daylight hours to allow for orientation.

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week in euros. Monthly lets available on request. A log supplement for the winter months of 50 euros per week is applicable. Discounts for more than a two week stay are available. Details on request.

Please enquire if shorter breaks are required. We can offer less than 7 nights during the summer months, subject to availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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