|Space||1,614 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Carmen de Pepita is the name for our two bedroomed accommodation sleeping up to six people. Made up of two inter-connecting apartments connecting through a sunny terrace with amazing views this gives ideal living space a family with teenagers for example or two couples holidaying together. Shared social space but private accommodation. The best of both worlds.
On the first floor there are two bedrooms separated by that lovely terrace. The spacious bedroom at the back of the house is simply furnished and has great views over the countryside. The pretty bedroom at the front of the house is off the first floor living space and has a beamed ceiling and lovely old iron double bed painted blue. There is a wardrobe space and a beautiful turquoise wet room with shower, wc and washbasin. Shuttered doors open on to the quiet cobbled street below and there are views over the terracotta roofs to the bell tower of the church Santa Maria de la Incarnacion.
The first floor living room has an Art Deco/Moroccan theme with its beamed ceiling, terracotta floor and red deco sofa. A useful feature is the mezzanine day bed which turns into an extra single sleeping area at night. There is a small screen and dvd player for watching films or listening to music. In winter the space is warmed by the latest eco pellet stove. Like the bedroom double doors open onto the street and to views of this ancient Arabic quarter of town.
At the back of the first floor accommodation you will find a blue tiled Andalusian kitchen with sink, gas hob, fridge and table and chairs. This leads out onto the spacious terrace with table, chairs and a barbecue for alfresco dining. A wonderful place to take breakfast or relax with a glass of wine as the sun goes down. There are sunbeds for relaxing with a good book or taking a siesta before heading out to the famous tapas bars.
Downstairs you have another kitchen- this one has a 5 ring gas hob and an oven and grill and fridge freezer. It leads out onto a wide terrace and sunny courtyard. There’s a living room/library with cosy wood burning stove and for avid readers we have over 1000 books. This is an ideal space for the comfortable folding bed if you need to accommodate a teenager in their own space. Downstairs you will also find the wet room and the washing machine.
If you like the sound of the house but only want one apartment we rent downstairs (Carmen) and the First Floor (Cervantes) separately.
Please note you are renting the ground and first floor of the house. We have another attic apartment Lorca on the second floor. The apartments are accessed through a common hallway but each has a lockable door.
The house is situated in the heart of the ancient Arabic quarter of this lively Spanish town. It is in a quiet location with fabulous views of the Andalucian countryside at the back and the historic centre at the front. In five minutes you could be walking in the scenic gorge or browsing in the little artisan shops for regional food and drink, local products and handmade crafts.
Lively tapas bar where the tapas are still free and a good glass of Rioja can be had for €2 are five minutes walk away and you will be spoiled for choice. There are restaurants and coffee bars nearby and plenty of local shops from supermarkets to fishmongers, grocers to bakeries. Everything you need for a happy holiday is in Alhama de Granada. Guests say Alhama has a special kind of magic and we agree!
I (Alizon) am a writer and a lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature. John is a photographer and gardener. We have both found creative inspiration living and staying at the house. In the ground floor library/living room there are over a 1000 books ranging from crime novels, to poetry, from art and photography books to travel guides. Books are also distributed throughout the house in various nooks and crannies and you can always find a good place to curl up and read.
We both have an interest in Art and Design and this is reflected in the house where original art work is on display and where thought and care has gone into the unique look of each floor. We love film and tv too and there are plenty of dvds and boxed sets to keep you amused and entertained.
We both have eclectic tastes in music although Punk rock is our first love. John has many punk records plus music books and other collectibles. Guests often comment on how they loved our film and music collection.
We live in Lancaster where I teach and John takes photographs and tends gardens. We are also developing our design company upcycling vintage furniture.
I am currently working on my second novel, several short stories and a poetry collection as well as writing my lifestyle blog.
I have four grown up daughters and two grandchildren which also keep me busy.
Our house in Alhama is our own go-to place for rest and retreat and for recharging our creative energy. We hope you get the same out the house as we do.
If you are interested in organising a creative event or book club holiday please get in touch as we can find extra accommodation should our own house not be big enough.
Alizon Robertson purchased this house in 2006
We bought the house in 2006 and spent what precious time we had in lovingly restoring it. I chose Andalucia because I have always been drawn to Spain and this part of the world seemed as Spanish as you could get. We wanted real Spain and that's what we got. We started looking in Alhama as a friend at work had bought a house here and recommended it. We came with an open mind and asked the agent to show us a wider area. When we arrived we walked down from the house we were renting and saw the gorge for the first time, had our first free tapas and sat in Ochoa bar. We were in love. We told the agent the next day. We only want Alhama nowhere else. When we go out driving in the area we always see if there's any where better, but there isn't. Alhama de Granda is the best town in Spain! When we bought the house it needed lots of work to bring it to guest standard - there was even an ostrich living in the garden. This gave the house its name: Carmen de Pepita - 'the garden of Pepita'. Pepita has long gone to 'the campo' now, but the garden flourishes on what she left behind. We fell in love with the house because of the fantastic views. You just can't beat looking out over rolling hills and olive groves with a glass of something in hand. We know we are biased, but we think our house is the best holiday home for the views we have! It really does have the wow factor! We didn't want a house where you need a 4x4 to get to it down a 4km track. Some people like isolation, but we don't. We like an authentic town where you can wander down for a drink, choose from a variety of bars, chat to locals and enjoy some good food without arguing whose turn it is to drive (It would be mine as John doesn't)! We fell in love with Alhama for its beauty, the friendliness of the people and the lively tapas bars. The whole place is full of life and yet at the same time really restorative. It's truly magical and everyone who stays says the same.”
The house has been designed as romantic hideaway where you can get away from it all, yet have access to lively bars, and shops. From the terrace you can watch the light change over the olive groves, see the farmer plough his field, the goatherd drive his animals home and spot many birds of prey. Summer evenings bring spectacular shows of shooting stars.
In a few minutes you can walk to the magnificent gorge with its ruined flour mills and abundance of flora and fauna. Five minutes brings you to two traditional squares surrounded by lively bars where the tapas are still free and top quality Rioja is served. A short drive takes you to the hot springs after which the town is named. Swimming can be in one of the local poos or at Lake Bermajales only a 15 minute drive away. An artist's and writer's paradise.
Absolutely love the way Alizon has renovated this property, she has retained the soul of the place whilst also incorporating those essential modern facilities we all require! The apartment Cervantes, that my husband and I stayed in, was perfect for us, it had a really good feel to it, was very comfortable, well appointed and having the balcony, with those far reaching views, really made the stay for us. Alhama is such a tranquil place, the old arab quarter where the house is located is truly delightful with its quiet narrow streets and ancient buildings and then there's the setting on the edge of the gorge: just stunning! Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, there's a great dvd film collection with books and mags as well in the house. Highly recommended!
We have recently spent a very happy few days in Cervantes. We were delighted by its charm and lightness and splendid views. It was our second time there and, in the three years between our two stays, we spent every holiday slightly regretting we had not returned to cervantes and Alhama de Granada! The town is such a lively yet relaxed place to be and the surrounding countryside is great for walking. The tourist information in the town sell a book for 5 euros which is full of great walks that can be done in the area. We went to bermejales lake to swim and swam at the big outdoor hotel pool which never had a single other person in it. We loved spending our evenings on the terrace - taking in the hills - and would head out late for dinner when life in the town got busy and lively. We had a brilliant week - Thank you Alizon.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
2 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.