Country House in La Taha, Pitres, High Alpujarra, Sierra Nevada, Andalucia - Peaceful Location Just Outside the Village in the Silence of the Mountain Scenery
Bruno and Pauline van Dunne
- english, french, german, spanish, dutch
About Bruno and Pauline van Dunne
We are a Dutch couple, Bruno a retired engineer and Pauline, a qualified occupational therapist. We have traveled all over the world and we now live in Holland, though we still travel a lot. Our children have settled in Holland, Australia and France and we have three grandchildren. We enjoy gardening, skiing, hiking in the mountains, tennis and field hockey. Pauline played the violin in the Delfts Symphonie Orkest (www.hetdso.nl), a high quality amateur orchestra. Ivan is the caretaker of the Cortijo. He is British and lives in Mecina, a village in the valley below us. He will welcome you, show you around and help you when needed. Liz, his partner makes the most wonderful cakes and jams. Loli is a young Spanish lady who does the cleaning and the laundry service.
Bruno and Pauline van Dunne purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Bruno and Pauline van Dunne chose La Taha
A 'cortijo' is a small farm, or farmhouse. 'Suerte' means luck, chance, fate or good fortune. It was our good fortune (or perhaps fate) to acquire this rustic farmhouse, and we hope that you will be fortunate enough to visit Cortijo la Suerte.
What makes this Villa unique
Cortijo la Suerte provides comfort, simplicity and privacy, and gives us an authentic experience of Spanish rural life. It is a charming holiday home in the Alpujarras region of Andalucia in southern Spain. You will love the tranquility of the house and the superb and unspoiled environment, relax at the large private pool and enjoy the pretty local village of Pitres, visit the neighbouring villages, wander through the rustic farmland and trek the rugged hillsides and mountain slopes.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Danger of partly unfenced pool and steep slopes.
Arrival not later than 9 p.m.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Amazing getaway. The rooms are all basic but comfortable, the master bed is very comfortable and I slept great. The kitchen is nice and big and has everything you need for cooking. The covered patio and upstairs terrace are amazing and pictures do not do them justice. The pool is incredible, as well as the yard. The house is completely isolated and surrounded by incredible nature and views, yet only a 5 minute drive up to the nearest pueblo. Communication with Bruno and Pauline was excellent. Ivan, the caretaker was very helpful and friendly. I cannot wait to come back to this unique cortijo!
One of the reasons we rent our Cortijo is to let others enjoy it as we do. We are happy this was clearly the case with you. We hope that more people will share your experience that living in a self supporting house can be just as relaxed as one would wish.
Very beautiful location with amazing mountain views.
Would definitely return to this solar powered house near the small village of Pitres in the Sierra Nevada. Plan your trip to arrive no later than 8 pm due to the winding mountain roads. The final drive to the house is on single track dirt road and I would not do it for the first time in the dark. House is well maintained. Pool is very comforting in the summer. This is a great place to get away from it all and enjoy the pleasures of simple Andalucian life. Pitres has a few bars for tapas, a grocery store and a cash machine. What else do you need?
Please be sure that our caretaker will guide you to the cortijo, so access will not give any problems if you arrive during daylight.
Wunderbar ruhige Lage
Sehr schönes Haus und wunderbares Anwesen. Einmalige Lage. Wir haben uns sehr willkommen gefühlt und die Zeit sehr genossen. Absolut empfehlenswert.
We are so happy that you enjoyed our Cortijo! Thanks for your nice review.
Pauline and Bruno
The main beach at Salobrena is about 1 hour away. The Costa del Sol is a fairly well developed stretch of coastline, but there are also a number of less well known bays along protected stretches of coast.
Granada is the closest airport at 1 hour 30 minutes drive and is served by Ryanair (from Stansted and Liverpool) and by Monarch (from Gatwick). Malaga is served by most other airlines and is about 2hrs and 10 minutes by car. You can reach us via public transport, but car hire is highly recommended and very easy to arrange. We will be happy to advice you.
Orgiva is the closest town of any significant size and is about 40 mins away. Pitres is within walking distance and has shops, a bank, bars,restaurants and 24/7 medical centre. Local villages Mecina and Portugos and Busquistar have more restaurants. The city of Granada with the world famous Alhmbra Palace is one hour and fifteen minutes by car. The Sierra Nevada ski slopes are roughly 2 hours away. Everything else to enjoy your holiday is on the doorstep, visit the famous white villages in the Poqeira valley (10 min)
The Alpujarras is a wonderful place for a holiday and for relaxing generally. It is ideal for walking and offers a vast range of options from challenging high level snow line walks to casual meanderings around the valley. Wherever you go you are accompanied by the sound of water, either from the racing Rio Trevelez and Rio Poqueira, or from the innumerable irrigation channels delivering water to the cultivated land. It is a unique area, treasured by the Moors until they were expelled by the Christians in the 15th century, and there are still many signs of their occupation. Most notably the syle of Berber architecture, little white box houses with flat grey roofs supported by sturdy chestnut timbers.
Many people choose to use this area as a base for visiting the city of Granada and the magical Alhambra palace, or for day trips to the coast, but many more are content to simply relax and unwind, enjoying one of the most tranquil holiday spots in Europe. Every season has something special to offer in an area famed for its array of wild flora and fauna. Other activities you can pursue here include painting, horse riding, paragliding, cannoning, guided walks, cycling, mountain biking, sitting, thinking and mellowing. There are a variety of restaurants around, including vegetarian establishments. There are local produce markets, bakeries, a travelling greengrocery van and a fish van to meet all needs. Once you are here, there's no need to leave!