5 Bed/5 Bath. Comfort. Rural. Super-Special Mountain Views. Easy access town.
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About Caroline Riddell
Hello. I am Caroline married to David. David is retired editor/journalist with the Racing Post and I'm a psychotherapist. I love creating comfort with a bit of style in our home and spent pleasurable times seeking out things to enhance it . David is passionate about music, especially classical and jazz. We both love reading. The villa has a large, diverse library of books, CDs and DVDs. We live in a cottage in Hampshire overlooking fields with horses and pheasants roaming around. We have two cats called Molly and Mungo. When I was 53 I fell ill and we decided that, should I be unable to work, we needed to think about how to fund ourselves without my financial input. So we decided to buy somewhere nice for ourselves to enjoy and to rent out. One year later I was well again and we had found these wonderful Alpujarran mountains in Andalucia. Soon after we bought a ruin on a large plot of land. Now we have a villa.
Caroline Riddell purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Caroline Riddell chose Órgiva
When deciding what we wanted, we knew that the area would have to have lovely bright blue skies, plenty of sunshine especially in the winter. We have tested out the weather more recently in October, November and March and have enjoyed fabulous wall to wall sunshine. The walks are many and various, from easy to extreme!! Wherever you are the views are gorgeous. We found the Alpujarra region because David read 'South from Granada' by Gerald Brenan and then I read 'Driving Over Lemons' by Chris Stewart (our well known local author). Both authors evoked a magical, mountainous terrain mingled with fascinating Spanish culture and history. All of this we found, and more. Why did we buy this particular plot? The rural location, walkable into Orgiva, the wonderful smell of orange blossom, the spectacular uninterrupted mountain views, the peacefulness and, in particular, the opportunity to create something from scratch. We also love being equidistant from the coast and Granada's Alhambra Palace (35 kms).
What makes this Villa unique
Las Alegrias is 5 minutes drive and 15 minutes walk from Orgiva. You can drive almost anywhere you want for holiday experiences within half to one hour. Golf, tennis, seaside, theme parks, historical monuments, wonderful restaurants/tapas bars, skiing in the winter, walking, riding, biking, mountaineering. Or you can stay put at the villa and completely relax sunbathing, swimming or if you prefer to sit in shady spots, there is plenty of choice. The villa has thick walls making it cool inside in the summer and warm in the winter. We offer a spacious, comfortable, modern interior with good quality, strong, comfortable furniture. We don't pretend to be ultra fashionable, we want our place to be easy to use. Our very helpful house manager is always available to help you.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
Children always with an adult at the pool. Only plastic or tin drinking and eating vessels and plates at pool. No glass at poolside. Thank you
Please replace whatever you use in kitchen so next guests enjoy the same choices. Thank you
Please take all your rubbish to the tip before you leave. If not there'll be a 20€ deduction from your refundable deposit. Thank you.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Ideal for a relaxing quiet holiday.
Very secluded with amazing views but only a short walk to restaurants serving great food. The villa is very well equipped and having an extra fridge was useful to keep drinks cool.
Thank you so much for you kind words. best wishes. caroline
Perfection, tranquil, comfortable
We stayed here at Las Alegrias as a family of 8. It suited us perfectly. There is oodles of space, room for privacy, room for family meals; the house is equipped with everything you need and more. The pool is gated - so perfect if you have small children. Everything is spotlessly clean, the garden and pool are fastidiously kept by Sergio who with his wife Celia are on hand and responded with huge good humour to our requests. Don't hesitate. Book it now!
Thank you very much indeed. Your review is a delight and we are so happy you enjoyed Las Alegrias so much. Very warm wishes. David and Caroline
Excellent property with superb view
The villa is lovely, with an unbeatable view! The gated swimming pool sits within a pretty garden looking at the mountains beyond.
The walking nearby is stunning, with paths through typical white villages and into (sometimes steep) hills.
Many thanks to the owners for providing such a comfortable and beautiful place to stay.
Great time in Orgiva house !
We had a such nice time in this warmfull house ! It was like home but with the sun, the wonderfull landscape and the swimmingpool ! :-) The owners are very charming !
Don't hesitate a minut to rent it !
Thank you very much indeed for your kind words. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay and hope that you will all return next year.
Caroline and Davie
Peace nestled in beautiful fragrant garden.
On arrival we were struck by the beauty and privacy of the garden and the scent of summer herbs wafting towards us from the kitchen garden in the court yard, which also contains a lemon tree bursting with massive fruit, perfect for a Gin and Tonic by the pool (which was kept beautifully clean).
All the rooms were spotless. We took our 4 month old baby girl, so asked the owners if they could provide a cot and a fan. They provided two different sized cots and fans so baby was happy. The only suggestion for improvement would be a slightly larger double bed in our room, however the beds in the others' rooms all looked to be a very good size.
The views from the house were great and the best was the view from the dining room table on the patio (or cortijo, as they say out there) of the surrounding mountains.
We particularly enjoyed our trip into the local town to the big Thursday market to buy huge sweet ripe peaches (that you just don't find in the UK) and beautiful almonds too.
I would definitely recommend staying here and we would love to return some day.
Thank you very much for such a kind and thoughtful review and we take note about the bed upstairs - very constructive. We hope you will return one day. All the very best. Caroline and David
Las Alegrias, a beautifull house and garden!
As a family with four teenages girls we enjoyed staying for a week in Las Alegrias. A spacious house with stunning garden and pool. The girls enjoyed the pool, the parents the threes to relax in the shade as July is rather hot!.
Nice surrounding mountains. For a longer hike you have to get a bit higher up, which is only 30 min. by car.
30 minutes south is the Costa Tropical offering a wide variety of secluded beaches and lovely resorts like Salobrena, Almunecar and La Herradura. Many activities: water and theme parks, sailing, water skiing, boat hire, wind surfing, fishing and scuba diving. Loads of beach sun-bed/picnic areas. Enjoy fresh fish of the day at numerous beach cafes. Shopping centers abound with latest international fashions.
Driving from Bilbao would take 8 hrs; from Madrid 4-5 hrs. Otherwise hire a car at Malaga (80 mins) or Granada (35mins) airports. Motorways are excellent; views spectacular. 'A' roads are good; 'B' roads can be twisty but you don't need a 4-wheel-drive. A single track tarmac road leads from main road to the villa. Orgiva is a 5 minute drive, however we often walk it (15 mins) taking a torch at night. Off-tarmac mountain roads need a 4-wheel drive.
Malaga airport is 80 minutes drive. Orgiva market town is 5 minutes drive and 15 minutes walk. The coast, Costa Tropical, is 30 minutes drive. The water theme park in Salobrena is 40 mins drive. Granada and its airport are 35 mins drive. The Alhambra Palace is 30 minutes drive. Granada ski resort is 60 mins drive (good road). Bubion 30 mins. See all the beautiful Alpujarran mountain villages within a day. Spaghetti Westerns' film-set and theme park: 2 hours drive. Good bus service from Orgiva.
When arriving at Malaga Airport on a Saturday it is a good idea to stock up on food and supplies as shops in Orgiva are closed on Sunday - we will give you directions to a very good superstore called Al Campo in Motril - it is worth visiting before taking the road north toward Orgiva/Granada.
Orgiva market town is packed full of small supermarkets, individual food/beverage shops, restaurants, cafes and tapas bars. Luckily you will more often than not be given free tapas when you drink at a bar - this habit seems to be dwindling in other areas of Spain. The market every Thursday morning sells fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, shoes, bags, clothes and jewellery (amongst many other things). There are numerous banks (open 9am-2pm) and ATMs.
Orgiva is the main market town in Las Alpujarras and has been made famous in three books by our local author, Chris Stewart: 'Driving Over Lemons', 'A Parrot in a Pear Tree' and 'The Almond Appreciation Society'. All in our comprehensive library. WiFi installed at villa.
The nearby town of Lanjaron bottles its wonderful spring water and houses a Balneario (spa) where you be pampered with massage or other treatments. The mountain villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira take 30 minutes to reach and are beautiful.
Jazz or flamenco are often advertised locally. If a saint's day falls during your stay there may well be a fiesta which always includes fireworks, eating, drinking, dancing and singing in the streets. Spanish children stay up late to enjoy the fun with their families.
Malaga is the airport of choice (80 minutes) as there are so many different flights, and the drive to Orgiva is easy with some spectacular sea and mountain views on the way. If you are lucky enough to find a flight into Granada, it is our nearest airport (40 minutes).