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Secluded 2 floor country villa stunning view calm organic garden child-safe pool

Secluded 2 floor country villa stunning view calm organic garden child-safe pool

Overview

Property

Updated: 17-May-2016
Fully Equiped Bbq fire place Playground Panoramic Views Large Lush Tropical Organic Garden. Nature Calm Peace 2 min by Car-10 min Walk to Órgiva

Cortijo El Potro is a spacious two-floor Andalusian villa set in absolute natural tranquility. This is located in a lush and beautiful property surrounded by nature in an authentic Mediterranean setting. The whole property is 3000sqm and is organic-certificated. The garden contains various orange, avocado and centenarian olive trees and many other Mediterranean fruit trees. You can even pick our delicious lemons and oranges and make fresh juice all the way from November to June. There is a playground area as well as a childproof pool area with lawn all around. The villa Cortijo El Potro is characterised by its large kitchen and dining area, the wide living room with the open fireplace and the bright bedrooms – which have one bathroom attached to each. One of the bedrooms has direct access to a large, beautiful sunny terrace with great views of the garden, the valley and the mountains. Everything is tastefully decorated, fully and well-furnished and very well equipped. The house contains all you need (for example, sharp kitchen knives, large red wine glasses, quality mattresses, bed linens and towels). All of these will certainly guarantee a restful, fun and relaxing holiday.

The swimming pool (9x4m plus a shallow part) and the lawn area surrounding it are fenced and completely childproof. The lush garden is very child-friendly and it has a playground with a slide tower, tire swing, rocking horse, toys and a football field with one goal.

The property is only 1km away from town (10-15 minutes walking distance) but it still provides with all the quietness and tranquility of pure nature to make your holiday as pleasant and relaxing as possible.

There are two other holiday houses in the property land (3000 sqm) which we also rent out. The pool area is shared by all houses within the property. All holiday houses have their own garden area and barbecue.

I live in the ground floor of the other house and will be totally available to help out with any queries, suggestions, ideas and touristic information if necessary.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

We are able to share our experience gathered here over 20 years and offer you practical tips on activities, hikes, beaches, restaurants, cultural events, ticket reservations (for example, Alhambra tickets), etc. so that you are able to experience the authentic Andalusian culture.

In addition, we can organise and facilitate flamenco classes, cooking courses, riding tours, alpine hiking tours and ski days.

We can arrange car hire from Malaga Airport with a very efficient car rental company with excellent services (small company, no queuing, quick and personalised service, no pre-charged petrol, etc.). The service refers to a new air conditioned car with full comprehensive insurance without any excess for two named drivers.

Staying with us, a visit to the Alhambra in Granada is an absolute must. The Alhambra is Europe’s largest and best preserved Moorish (Arabic-Medieval) palace and fortress-building, with unimaginable beauty and refinement. As it is also one of Europe’s most visited monuments, we recommend booking tickets in advance (ideally with a few months´ notice) following this link:

http://www.ticketmaster.es/nav/landings/en/mucho_mas/entradas_alhambra/entradas.html

To print out the tickets at the cash point of the Caixa Bank in Órgiva or at the Alhambra entrance, it is important to present the same credit/cash card which was used for the online payment.

PRICING INFORMATION

Our prices are for the entire estate (house, garden and pool) for up to 4 adults. Any extra bedding is charged 10€ per day. But extra bedding for children fewer than 12 is free.

The rate includes all utilities such as Wi-Fi, gas, electricity, firewood (during winter), a pantry with the essentials (spices, vinegar, oil, sugar, coffee, tea, cocoa/hot chocolate, spaghetti, canned tomato, dish soap, laundry soap, etc.).

The final cleaning fee of 45€ is for our professional cleaning staff and the 40€ for the complete welcome service set which contains the following:

Complete clean linen set of quality bedding, bed rugs, towels (hand/facial, bathing, pool/beach), kitchen cloths, sponges, set soap and toilet paper, candles and matches.

A welcome food pack for a first snack with bread, cheese, eggs, olives, yogurt, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, milk, water, juice, beer, a bottle of wine and a fruit bowl.

Personalized reception at a meeting point in the village as well the guiding and the introduction to the property.

These fees will be charged upon your arrival only once as one single payment, as it is a unique value, independent of the length of your stay. This will ensure that you will find the property in spotless condition giving your holiday the perfect start.

We provide high chairs and cots for free.

Changeover day is on Saturdays during summer season (start of July to end of August). The rest of the year we can be flexible and arrange for a different day of the week.

Over low season we can offer on bookings of several weeks’ interesting discounts. From November to March we also offer long let rates for 800€ - 1.200€ per month (depending of dates and length of stay) on special conditions (min. two months). We can also offer special rates for last minutes bookings.

The price includes 10% VAT and a house insurance including liability.

STANDARDS

Our property is a lawful family-tourism business which is registered and monitored by the Spanish Tourism Authority (Consejería de Turismo y Deporte) which guarantees the highest standards for safety, hygiene and quality. It also has the official Andalusian seal ACROCOLOR as an organic olive and orange farm.

We have over 20 years of experience as landlords and the continuous improvement of the houses will guarantee our guests a thoroughly smooth and relaxing holiday. This can be confirmed by the excellent feedback left by our wonderful guests (please check our reviews).

CONTACTING US

We respond to every request even if the house is already booked. If you do not receive a reply it may be due to a technical issue or an error in the email address that you specified. Therefore, feel free to call our phone number and we will call you back as soon as possible.

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

The property is located in the heart of the Alpujarras, in the green and lush south slopes of Sierra Nevada with its breathtaking landscapes and mild and sunny microclimate all year round. You will have the perfect opportunity to experience and enjoy the authentic and genuine Andalucia intimately, away from the busy touristic spots. Straight from the house, you can enjoy wonderful walks through the valley or up to the hills. By car, you can have amazing excursions to the high part of the 'Las Alpujarras' with its white and picturesque mountain villages or to the snow-covered peaks of Sierra Nevada. The mountain chain reaches an altitude of 3484m and is replete with a unique wildlife, beautiful rivers and pristine lagoons. The house is only 25 minutes driving distance to the coast, 40 minutes to Granada (one of the most beautiful and lively historic and cultural cities in the world) and little over than one hour to Sierra Nevada ski resorts.

Day trips can include beautiful destinations such as Cordoba, Ronda or Seville, or National Parks like Sierra de Grazalema, Sierra de Cazorla and Cabo de Gata.

Blessed with gorgeous weather all year round (including winter time), this region will give you an endless variety of activities and events: you can ski all the way from end of November to April; olive harvest for our own biological olive oil begins in December; almond flowering bloom starts in January; in March, Órgiva celebrates its patron saint with spectacular fireworks; during Easter time there are impressive marches and processions; the historical and revered orange blossom El Azahar occurs in April, filling the valley with its enticing scents; May is an excellent month to go hiking; Granada’s famous Féria with daily corridas de toros (bullfighting) happens in June; July and August vibrate with cheerful and animated village festivals; in September you can enjoy the warm waters in the stunning Mediterranean beaches; the Féria of Órgiva (harvest festival) happens in early October; and in November the local bars start to light their open fireplaces where people enjoy roasting chestnuts.

Whatever the season is, the region remains lively and vibrant with enjoyable activities. All over the year and across the whole region (mountains and coast), restaurants, cafes and beach bars by the sea are open and will give you the chance to experience our gorgeous gastronomical culture and the Andalucian lifestyle.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I came across the Alpujarras by chance during my journey through Spain in the mid 80's. This was about the same time as the famous book writer Chris Stewart arrived into the area. Years later he published his bestseller ‘Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia (The Lemons Trilogy)’ where he tells all these funny tales and amazing experiences he had in this very region. I also discovered the same sort of authentic unspoiled paradise as he did. Back then, south of Granada was very different to what it is now. The area was impoverished, there were not many cars around but lots of donkeys instead, TV was a novelty and people actually 'lived' in the bars. There was no VAT tax yet and no motorway for hundreds of miles. Granada was a day journey away and northern Europe a different planet. I was in heaven. I’ve been living in this area for almost 30 years and my children were born and grew up here. I absolutely love this region. Since then, I've been exploring the many things this area has to offer: hiking, skiing, cycling, snorkeling, biking, cooking, climbing and partying, of course. It´s my home and it feels like paradise!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thank you so much. The care and attention to detail you gave to the cortijo has made our stay very comfortable. We have really enjoyed this little slice of Eden and hope to visit you again. Sean Ralph London



‘Dear Oliver, you really should try to get better photographs because the ones you have are definitely not able to show all the beauty of the property. In reality it is much more beautiful than we expected.’ Dani Griffin London



"Courtney and Sophie aged five have had a marvellous week playing with the dogs and swimming in the pool. The aged parents came stressed out and leave at peace with the world, having enjoyed the quiet, the birdsong and the church bells. A wonderful time was had by all-We’ll be back!' Helen Chris Derbyshire.



We spent a brilliant week in this paradise. It is situated in the midst of orange and olive trees and has magnificent views of the mountains. It was such a relaxing place. The house was very well equipped, everything thought of. Sandra & Brian



Just a wonderful place to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. The hosts are friendly and welcoming, the village is 10 minutes walk, and the house, pool, garden and view for me (and my 4yr old son) are perfect. We rebooked for this year as soon as we could.



Oliver was a very gracious host. We felt welcome and were very pleased with our accommodations. The house was so warm and cozy, and plenty prepared for the winter. The weather was sunny and comfortable in the day, fresh in the night. The countryside was lush with citrus and olive trees covering the landscape. It was a beautiful, relaxing vacation. When we visit Spain again, we will stay here.



This vacation home is amazing! My wife, I and our 9 year daughter stayed here and had a wonderfully relaxing time sitting by the pool, eating in, going out for dinner. The view of the mountains from the house is great and there are a number of places to sit - right outside the house, the second floor veranda - and enjoy your morning coffee or in the evening several cold beers or a glass of wine. Oliver is a great host and had many suggestions. You're close to the ocean and and a number of other great sights including the Alhambra. I totally recommend this home. Jul 2014



This cortijo was such a relaxing place to stay.

The swimming pool was absolutely perfect for our 2 year old son with lovely wide steps going into it and a shallow section which he could happily paddle about in without us having to constantly keep hold of him. There is also a nice garden area which allowed for games of football and a tyre swing. The owner, Oliver, also very kindly provided our son with a little pedal bike whilst we were there. The location is also wonderful. Again, the views are just spectacular. Granada is a beautiful city and fantastic for tapas. We also had trips to the beach - not many locations can offer you beach, mountain and city all within close proximity and in such a picturesque setting.
Jul 2002
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We spent a week in November with 4 adults and a baby at the Cortijo el Potro, and we felt we had landed in a piece of paradise. The house is very suitable for a group with diverse needs, such as is the case when traveling with a small child, parents and grant parents, because there are so many options for entertainment right near the house. We could enjoy hikes in the direct environment, walk to town for a bite to eat, visit the mountain villages a short drive away from the house. Also, just hanging out at the house in the garden with all the fruit trees and wonderful mountain views was great. Even though it was November, the weather was wonderful, and we enjoyed the swimming pool a number of times. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

The privileged and quiet area set in absolute natural tranquility right above the village and only 1km away from town (10-15 minutes walking and 2 minutes by car). This is the perfect location to explore the immediate wild surroundings, Las Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada, Granada and the Costa Tropical.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Granada, (Malaga oder Almeria 120 Km) at 45 Miles Nearest Barpub : Orgiva at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Motril at 18 Miles Nearest Golf : Motril at 18 Miles Nearest Train : Granada at 35 Miles Nearest Motorway : Lanjaron at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Orgiva at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Sierra Nevada at 50 Miles Nearest Beach : Salobreña at 18 Miles

Cortijo El Potro is just 1km away from the town Órgiva, with easy access by car and it only takes about 10 minutes walk to reach it. The property is located in the south-faced slopes of the impressive Sierra Nevada and just 30 minutes away from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Costa Tropical.

This region is characterised by its lush Mediterranean landscape with diverse and fertile vegetation, Europe´s cleanest starry sky and over 300 days of sunshine a year.

Sierra Nevada provides the region with fresh water, which finds its way through the ‘Acequias’ all along into the terraced fields. Acequias are ancient Moorish irrigation channels built into the rocks which cross the hilts all over the region. There are amazing opportunities to explore the stunning nature with pleasurable walks and hiking tours.

The closest town, Órgiva, is a lively, southern Andalusian town, picturesquely situated in a large valley in the middle of a wild mountain landscape, surrounded by rivers, olive and orange groves between Granada and the coast. It has numerous street cafes, bars, restaurants, terraces, small shops, a weekly market and an old-fashioned market hall with fish, meat and vegetable stands. Órgiva also has supermarkets, organic shops, banks, a post office and an emergency hospital.

Only 7 km away is the traditional spa-town Lanjarón, with its ancient but recently renovated baths offering various wellness services.

Granada is situated just 50km away from the house. Its marvelous and indescribable beauty with breathtaking Moorish-medieval palaces of the Alhambra makes this city one of the true gems of Europe.

There are three excellent golf courses within the radius of 30km from the property.

And there is also, of course, Sierra Nevada. This is Spain´s most modern ski resort and the one with the most sunny days in the whole Europe. It has an altitude between 2000m and 3400m over 110km of slopes. High snow, long and wide pistes, reasonable prices and a surprisingly comfortable atmosphere make Sierra Nevada an exceptional ski destination.

After a ski day, there will be a fire in the fireplace and a freshly squeezed orange juice waiting for you in the house. On request, you can also book an irresistible hot Finnish wood-fired sauna.

The privileged location of this property gives you the unique opportunity to choose between going skiing in the Sierra Nevada, enjoying the urban and cultural buzz of Granada, sunbathing on the beach, exploring the local nature or staying in the house having a barbecue in the garden.

CULTURE AND FOOD

The nearly 800-year-long period Moors and Arab culture has influenced the landscapes of Alpujarra more than any other Spanish regions. The culture of the Moors is reflected in the architecture as well as in the arts and crafts, music and cooking. But above all, the Moors cultivated the land, built terraces and irrigation ditches, and brought a variety of plants and fruits from the East that shaped the landscape until the present days. Órgiva is known for its millenary olive trees, some which were planted by the Romans, with their powerful, distinctive gnarled trunks. Today there is an interesting addition to the old traditional alternative culture of artists, craftspeople, organic farmers or shops, Arabian tearooms, yoga and flamenco schools and a Buddhist center.

Culinary highlights in Órgiva: Spain is a gourmet's paradise and a country that enjoys the pleasure of food. The cuisine of the Alpujarra lives from the natural flavor of its products due to the unique combination of different altitudes, temperatures, natural waters and microclimate. As such, its cuisine oozes of colorful and vibrant taste. There is a vast myriad of delicious stews (including the world-famous paella), air-dried mountain ham, salames, chorizos, mountain cheese, seafood, fresh vegetables, wine, Cava, Sidra, and other local dishes which are considered world-class foods. Many of these specialties are served as tapas (delicious nibbles that come with a drink – beer, glass of wine or sherry).

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Pentecost
14 May 2016 - 27 May 2016
5 night minimum stay
£572
for 5 nights
From
£114
£595
 
 
Spring
28 May 2016 - 24 Jun 2016
5 night minimum stay
£457
for 5 nights
From
£91
£518
£1,974
 
 
Summer
25 Jun 2016 - 15 Jul 2016
5 night minimum stay
£572
for 5 nights
From
£114
£595
 
 
High Summer
16 Jul 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£747
for 7 nights
£747
 
 
Summer
27 Aug 2016 - 16 Sep 2016
5 night minimum stay
£572
for 5 nights
From
£114
£595
 
 
Autumn
17 Sep 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
5 night minimum stay
£457
for 5 nights
From
£91
£518
£1,974
 
 
Winter
5 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£116
for 2 nights
From
£58
From
£76
Fri,Sat,Sun
£442
£1,212
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£116
for 2 nights
From
£58
From
£76
Fri,Sat,Sun
£442
£1,212
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Our prices are for the entire estate (house, garden and pool) for up to 4 adults. Any extra bedding is charged 10€ per day. But extra bedding for children under 12 is free. The rate includes all utilities such as Wi-Fi, gas, electricity, firewood (during winter), a pantry with the essentials (spices, vinegar, oil, sugar, coffee, tea, cocoa/hot chocolate, spaghetti, canned tomato, dish soap, laundry soap, etc.).
There is a final cleaning fee of 45€ for our professional cleaning staff plus 40€ for a complete set which contains the following: complete laundry, quality bedding, bed rugs, towels (hand/facial, bathing, pool/beach), kitchen cloths, sponges, set soap and toilet paper, candles and matches, and a welcome food pack for a first snack (bread, butter, cheese, eggs, olives, yogurt, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, milk, water, juice, beer, a bottle of wine and a fruit bowl), a personalized reception at a meeting point in the village and introduction to the property. These fees will be charged upon your arrival only once as one single payment, as it is a unique value, independent of the length of your stay. This will ensure that you will find the property in spotless condition giving your holiday the perfect start.

Over low season we can offer on bookings of several weeks’ interesting discounts. From November to March we also offer long let rates for 800€ - 1.200€ per month (depending of dates and length of stay) on special conditions (min. two months).
Because of the versatile pricing specification options (day-week-month-weekend rates), it could come to price overlaps. In these cases, we calculate the best rate for you.

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Facilities

From the Owner

Cortijo El Potro is a wonderful and spacious two-floor Andalusian villa with a gorgeous Mediterranean garden, large swimming pool area, cozy and bright indoors, a sunny terrace and a breathtaking view of the mountains. Secluded and yet close to town, its quality standards, finishing details and comfort guarantees a lovely place for the whole family to enjoy a wonderful, fun and relaxing holiday. Its special location offers the unique opportunity to discover the natural Andalucía with its ancient Moorish villages, mountainous landscapes, Mediterranean beaches, the mighty Sierra Nevada and the historic town of Granada among many other spectacular sites. I am more than happy to share my knowledge gathered over the last three decades to give you suggestions on the best places to visit, the local foods to enjoy and all the unmissable activities you can experience in this Andalusian treasure.

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • diving
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 90 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom fully equipped attached to bedroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Hair dryer, all towels, soap, toilet paper are all prepared
  • Bathroom fully equipped - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Hair dryer, all towels, soap, toilet paper are all prepared
  • All bathrooms are fully equipped with hair dryer, step booster, children’s stool of solid wooden furniture and Arabic bathroom tiles on the walls. Hand-facial-bathing and pool/beach towels, a set of soap, shower gel and toilet paper is always provided.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Large bedroom, 12 sqm with attached bathroom - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, Direct access to the sun terrace by a very wide patio door
  • Cozy bedroom 10 sqm - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, The beds can be moved together to get one large double bed
  • All bedrooms are equipped with new and good quality 2 meters sprung mattresses and continental quilts with very good cotton coatings, all new and of European standard in size and quality. The large Bedroom has direct access to the sun terrace by a very wide patio door. The excellent construction and insulation and thermo-glazed windows make a winter evening or a siesta on a hot summer afternoon to a pleasantly pleasure. High chairs and cots with complete bedding will be provided on request at no charge.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Water Sports Gear

Meals

  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • On the subject “homeowner lives in the same grounds”: We as homeowners are aware that our guests not only trust about a certain amount of money, it is about about something much more valuable; a part of their annual holidays. In this regard, your holiday is guaranteed in good hands. Small, weekly work on the land, such as cleaning the pool and watering are the only moments in which I have to appear briefly in the garden. Otherwise, I take extraordinary regardless of the preferences of our guests, whether they are looking for some contact rather they prefer a private and peaceful holiday. On the subject sharing the pool area with other guests: The whole property and its gardens are lush generous and the type of accommodation, the area and the booking process directly with us via the Internet reached guests with a trusting, open, flexible, natural and very easy going profile. Since we rent, we had only very positive experiences in this way.

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