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Apartment Castallico - Self catering farmhouse apartment with panoramic views

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Updated: 22-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Peace & Tranquility & just a 5 minute walk to authentic, whitwashed village

This unique rural self catering holiday is located on a 2 acre Andalucia finca on the edge of the authentic Spanish village of Lubrin, Almeria in Andalucia. Lubrin pueblo is a typical Andalucian village tucked away some 2000ft in the Sierra de Los Filabres and just 45 minutes inland from Mojacar on the Costa del Almeria.. It’s charm lies in its narrow streets, its white village houses adorned with bright geraniums and bougainvillea, and its endless sunshine. Not forgetting the charming villagers of Lubrin that provide for all the basic holiday necessities and includes 2 Supermarkets, 2 Bakers, 2 Butchers, Bank with ATM machine, Post Office, 3 Restaurants and numerous Tapas Bars where you can get a Menu del Dias for just €12 including wine.

The accommodation is ideally located to provide peace and tranquility yet within walking distance of the village. The finca occupies a hilltop and is surrounded by terraced lawns and Olive, Almond and Pomegranate trees. The self catering apartment is full of character, spacious and with modern amenities. There is a fully equipped kitchen and outside has the benefit of very private terraces to greet the morning sun with a cup of tea or coffee and toast the last rays with a glass of wine.

The mountain views are truly panoramic and on a clear day include the Mediterranean sea. There is a plenty of shade to cool off on those very hot days or just pick a shady spot to read a book, sip a glass of wine or take in the views. If you feel a bit more energetic there is moderate self guided walking and cycling straight out of the main entrance into the surrounding foothills.

Where to go and what to do!

The Cabo de Gata National Park is one of the most beautiful and ecologically rich coastal strips in the western Mediterranean and is the first Natural land and sea park in Andalucia. The drive takes just over an hour and the route down the mountain, via Nijar, is very dramatic. The park offers walks on marked trails and tracks amongst native scrub and grasses, amidst the scent of wild lemon balm and the distinctive aromas of curry plant and herbs. You are able to follow inland trails and coastline.

The ancient Andalusian city of Almeria(1 hour away) lies sheltered at the base of a bay, proudly dominated by the amazing Alcazaba, a huge Moorish citadel with three walled enclosures dating from 995.

The Alhambra in Granada is a very popular place to visit by our guests. It takes just 2 hours to drive to Granada along the Almeria to Sevilla motorway with stunning view. There is a shuttle bus that takes you from the Alhambra direct to the Plaza de Nueva where it’s a short walk to the Cathedral and Royal Chapel.

Best time to go

June to September for "chill" by way of R&R and the swimming pool.

October and November for an Indian Summer.

November through May for winter sun or self guided walking or cycling.

February for the start of Spring and the almond blossom.

March to May for bird watching and wildflowers.

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About the Owner

John Vincent
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
22 January, 2017

About John Vincent

In 1998, after having a holiday home in the Costa Blanca, we visited Almeria to look for a more permanent home for retirement but away from the mass tourism. We stumbled on Lubrin and within the first hour, as we sat in Bar Molino with our wine and tapas variadas and we knew that we had found our Spanish pueblo. After lunch we walked through the narrow streets and observed the children playing “shop” with their cardboard counters and toys they no longer needed. Groups of neighbours were sitting outside the houses talking and fanning themselves to keep cool. It was evident that the family unit was strong and this fact is very important to the reproduction and maintenance of social order. We bought an old cortijo on a 1 hectare finca within a 5 minute walk of the centre of Lubrin. For the next 6 years we rehabilitated the building and converted the terraces into a series of terraced gardens with Almond, Olive and Pomegranate trees set in lawns with borders of Oleander and Grapevines. At the bottom of the land is a well which is now dry but fed a water deposit which we converted to a plunge pool.

John Vincent purchased this apartment in 1998

Why John Vincent chose Costa de Almeria

The landscaping in restful and relaxing and there is a swimming pool to cool down on those hot sunny days. If you are looking for solace and tranquility and an unforgettable experience of Spanish mountain hospitality, from the delightful and charming villagers of Lubrin.

What makes this apartment unique

Peace and tranquillity guaranteed yet just a 5 minute walk from the authentic, white washed Andalucian village of Lubrin

4 Reviews

4.3/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)


A winter retreat

  • 4 of 5

We were a fit elderly couple from Shrewsbury UK It was a very relaxing time with plenty of opportunity to be as energetic or not as we liked. Excellent guides to great walks in the mountains available in the property. All basic needs were catered for the house was cosy with central heating and a very efficient wood burner with plenty of logs supplied.The owners were extremely kind and helpful to the point of putting themselves out togo the extra mile..The situation was delightful along with the very friendly village though strong leg muscles were required to take the short route back from the village. The numerous Tapas bars and eateries were friendly diverse and very reasonably priced.Our visit was to escape winter weather and we could not have had a warmer drier month. The walks among the hills amid the pretty almond trees meant we did not hire a car but had we done so there were lots more villages to visit. We would love to return.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed my week in Lubrin. My hosts were considerate and made me feel welcome. They had provided maps and itemised written details of local walking routes and places of interest and were able to give me information about amenties within the village.

The accomodation has been provided imaginatively and is spacious and private, including a fully equipped kitchen. Outside there is room to sit and admire the attractive views across the nearby area.

This is an ideal, peaceful place to stay for rest and relaxation or to use as a base to visit historical sites and places of interest.

I am definitely planning to return, which is a rare choice personally, as I rarely visit the same place again and have recommended it to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks again for choosing to stay with us and it was a pleasure to ensure you got the best out of your holiday Hasta Pronto
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Lovely stay in a lovely location

  • 4 of 5

We wanted somewhere off the beaten track and Lublin definitely fit the bill. The Cortijo is very well located, only a ten minute walk from the village, although the walk back is steep. John and Maia made us very welcome, the welcome pack was a nice touch. Plenty of books in the library, if you need any help or advice John and Maia are on hand and very knowldegable. Pool is great for a plunge. The accommodation is spot on with lovely views and great outdoor space, loads of lovely walks close by. We did a supermarket shop on our way from Murcia but the local shops can provide all you need and the prices are very fair. The weekly market is fun and full of local colour. Pubs and restaurants are very good, mostly tapas and menu del dia, don't expect cordon bleu although to be fair we didn't leave the village and I know there are other places close by with more varied menus. Not much English spoken (hurrah) so you'll need to hablar un poco espanol.

If you want costa's and Sunday roast don't go, if you like real Spain this is the place for you.

Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mark & Liz, Thanks you for such a stunning review. The pleasure was all ours at having such super visitors Hasta Pronto John & Mair
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The most wonderfully relaxing holiday ever

  • 4 of 5

It was just a different holiday. The property was well kept and comfortable - very rustic and in keeping with the location. John and Mair were so welcoming and supportive and John is always on hand to suggest different places to visit which enables you to get the most out of your holiday. We had a mixture of sightseeing and relaxing on beaches and the holiday gave plenty of chances to relax. Most of our evenings were spent in the local village of Lubrin. The village is unspoilt and gives you a genuine feeling of Spanish life. I would certainly recommend this holiday to anyone and we will definitely be going back.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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From the Owner

The landscaping in restful and relaxing and there is a swimming pool to cool down on those hot sunny days. If you are looking for solace and tranquility and an unforgettable experience of Spanish mountain hospitality, from the delightful and charming villagers of Lubrin.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Almeria at 70 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Lubrin at 500 Metres Nearest Golf : Valle Este at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Autovia del Mediterraneo at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Lubrin at 500 Metres Nearest Beach : Mojacar at 30 Kilometres Car: recommended

Lubrin is conveniently located for exploring Almeria with its diverse and dramatic landscapes, isolated villages and romantic beaches and coves. The Cabo de Gata National Terrestrial and Maritime Park is magical and many guests take the day trip to Granada to marvel at the wonderful Alhambra.

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Updated: 22-Jan-2017


From the Owner

Peace and tranquillity guaranteed yet just a 5 minute walk from the authentic, white washed Andalucian village of Lubrin

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Video Library

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • naturist beach
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 50 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Twin Beds available


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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