Farmhouse on Private Estate in Lorca, Murcia, Costa Calida - Tranquil setting, packed with natural beauty and wildlife
Casa de la Huerta (the house with a kitchen garden) is situated on a privately owned estate of 305 hectares set amongst Olive groves and Almond trees on old Moorish terraces surrounded by Pine woodland some 15 kms from Lorca in SE Spain. Enjoy the estate with its abundance of nature and spectacular 360 degree views right outside your door whilst you reconnect with family and friends and take life at a slower pace. Walking/Cycle trails on the Estate enable you to explore caves, ruins and tunnels dating back to Roman times as well as discovering the views which are both breathtaking and expansive from almost every angle.
If you can resist the charm of 'La Parrilla' estate for a day or two, try the local produce. The wine, honey, cheese and ham are particularly good. Go to the beach, it's only 45 minutes by car. The golf course is an hours drive and if you want to go further afield there is skiing and the Alhambra Palace in Granada an hour and a half down the road. You'll need at least two weeks here to do all of that though so plan your time wisely as it tends to go very fast when you have a pool, the sun and a beautifully restored rustic villa with all the mod cons.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
We are farmers from Kent who wanted more sunshine and a get-away-from-it-all place. We found La Parrilla on a December afternoon and were amazed at the quiet, peaceful surroundings and the brightness of the natural light. The bird life and animals never cease to impress us, from eagles to wild goats. The estate has not been farmed for 50 years and we cherish its natural beauty. Renovating the property has been our project for the past 12 years, although a great deal of that time has been relaxing and sharing the experience with friends. We have always tried to support the local businesses and the locals are friendly, generous and patient even with our very basic attempts at the Spanish language.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"We had an absolutely fabulous time and returned home more relaxed than ever before after a holiday. It really is the most perfect spot with amazing views and sunsets, it made our summer, our memory banks are now full." Richard and Christine, East Sussex.
"Lovely quiet place, great views and lovely setting. Swimming pool excellent size. Villa very large and has a nice rustic feel to it. Great place to go if you want to get away from everything and clear your head of day-to-day England. Lorca Castle nearby was by far one of the best castles we've been to and great for our kids." Grant and Zoe and family.
"What a wonderful holiday - so relaxing, spent lots of time by the pool - the kids loved it, walking up to the spring at the back of the house - up to the church at the top. Beutiful scenery, bright stars at night and a wonderful golden eagle. Found some lovely little beaches on the road to Vera out of Aguillas (RM333) particularly liked Playa de La Higuerica - perfect for snorkelling - lots of tropical fish and on a less tranquil day the most amazing waves! ...We had a great Paella right on the beach...Aldo is a treasure and was so helpful and charming. Thank you Richard and Jane for a lovely holiday." Clare, Ian, Isabelle, Lucy, Bridie, Nick, Ted, Joseph, Siobhan, Harry and Georgie
1 holidaymaker review
From the Owner
“Lorca is known as the "city of the sun" in this part of Spain. When we first came to Lorca it was undertaking a transformation:new Millennium Bridge lit up at night over the rambla, roads rebuilt but beautiful old churches and medieval buildings still cherished. We went to the Easter Week Fiesta where we watched the parade and were literally swept along into one of the grand churches. Lorcans are passionate about their fiestas and traditions, such dedication is shown by local groups taking 12 months to repair the bottom 30cm of the 200 year-old silken cloaks of the horseriders. This contrasts with the peace and seclusion of La Parrilla, in the hills with 360 degree views, relaxing by the pool overlooking pine, olive and fig trees (not farmed for 40 years) at one with nature.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Good place for all things creative including painting and music. Bird watching, cycling, walking, fruit picking are just some of the things to do on the estate.
The nearest Beach is approx 45 minutes driving
Alicante Airport is 1 1/2 hours away.
Murcia Airport is approx 1 1/4 hours away.
Due to the high cost of flying at weekends we can now take bookings from week days by arrangement.
The closest Village is Parroquia which is about 20 minutes drive away. It has a bar/restuarant and shop. The larger town of Lorca which has all the normal supermarkets and shops is 25 minutes drive. Lorca Castle is considered worth visiting on the way down to Lorca.
El Consejero is a bar/restaurant/shop on the way into Lorca which does a fantastic paella (chicken or sea food), barbecues and tapas. Eroski is a hypermarket in the centre of Lorca which does almost everything. There is a skate park next to Eroski as well as many boule courts and tennis/basketball courts in the nearby area. Bike rental is available on the estate.
- Booking Notes:
Bookings are for a minimum of 4 days. We have a couple who live on the Estate who will do each turnaround.
We can now take bookings on weekdays eg. Tues. to Tues as flights are usually more competitively priced.
Changeover days are Tuesdays or Saturdays. Check in 4.00pm and check out 11.00am.
From the Owner
“Utter peace and tranquility. A refreshing swim in the 45' pool and then dry off whilst swinging under the Altea tree before moving to the expansive terrace for a glass of wine and barbecue. Maybe a jug of lemonade on the picnic table under the almond tree might be more private, away from the family. Fancy a walk before breakfast? Then follow the winding track up the hill to the Hermita del Pradico for spectacular views. As the evenings draw in what better than to sit by a roaring log fire to read or enjoy a game of cards or just partake in conversation. Close the shutters at night and most people have been amazed at how long they sleep, even children, owing to the quiet.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- 3 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 1 Bath Shower WC Bidet Wash Basin. Bathroom 2 Bath Shower WC Wash Basin. Bathroom 3 (pool house) Shower WC Basin.
- 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Bedroom 6
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 + Baby (6 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Double Bed Bedroom 2 - Double Bed Bedroom 3 - Double Bed, Wash Basin, Bidet Bedroom 4 - Twin Beds Library - Single Bed Games Room - triple bunk bed Nursery - Cot
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Ask the caretakers Aldo and Mellie if you would like to use the internet and they will show you to our home with an Ethernet cable. We have tried to keep the old charm of the property with exposed beams original tiles and furnished in a comfortable but rustic fashion. Outside: There is a very large terrace with a BBQ, 2 tables, 2 Umbrellas, 12 chairs. There is also a smaller terrace with a picnic table under a large Almond Tree. There is a Pool House next to the Pool with a fresh water shower and WC. To help you relax we have put a swing under the tall Altea Tree. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and bed linen are fully provided. Bed linen and towels are changed once a week. Other: Library with table, 2 chairs, single bed and bookcase with assortment of books. Games Room with darts board, table football, assortment of games and triple bunk.