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500 Year Old Stone House In Whitewashed Hamlet In The Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada

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Updated: 27-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

House in Ferreirola, Alpujarras, Andalucia - Spectacular Views From Roof Terrace And Balcony

An authentic 500 year old stone and beamed house situated in Ferreirola in the High Alpujarra Mountains; with roof terrace and balcony providing spectacular views all around. The tiny whitewashed hamlet is tucked away from the world, near Pitres in the Sierra Nevada National Park and ideal for walkers and those looking for a peaceful and beautiful environment. There are bars and restaurants within walking distance and a larger village (Pitres, bank, market etc))4km away. It is about 2.5 hours from Malaga airport and around 1. 25 hour to Granada.

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About the Owner

Barbara Lynch
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
27 March, 2017

About Barbara Lynch


Most people ask how long I have been here. The answer is 21 years - and I only came here for a month originally, so beware this place is addictive; I have clients who have just made their 19th visit.

Ferreirola is a tiny village in the mountains about an hour 15 minutes from Granada but actually a world away.Visitors have compared the area to Nepal or the Atlas mountains but, to me, it is an unique haven from the world, - beautiful, safe, with clear air and light and populated by real people.

Come here if you love walking, mountains, or just lazing in the sun and reading. We have a great collection of books.

Mostly you will find that you just sit and stare at the scenery in amazement and listen to the silence - possible from the terrace of one of the bars in the nearby villages!

Barbara Lynch purchased this house in 1994

Why Barbara Lynch chose Alpujarra de la Sierra

I fell in love with the place. It is remote but you can even get here by bus from Granada if you are patient.

What makes this house unique

Peace, stunning views, great walking. A feeling of having stepped off the busy world.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We have been back nine years running we love it so much" (Pam and Roj Moody) 2009.

"We fell in love with the area and Barbara helped us buy a house near hers". Judith Hinman and Alan Green

"I wanted to stay forever". Terry Binns

"Can we book for next year, please?" Jack and Linda Green
Feb 2003
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Guestbook comments from the owner

"We have been back nine years running we love it so much" (Pam and Roj Moody) 2009.

"We fell in love with the area and Barbara helped us buy a house near hers". Judith Hinman and Alan Green

"I wanted to stay forever". Terry Binns

"Can we book for next year, please?" Jack and Linda Green
Feb 2003
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11 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

SW Scotland

A traditional village house

  • 4 of 5

We loved it. Homely and spacious (well for the two of us anyway) with it's own roof terrace adjoining the owner's (but separated by a high wall) , and a lovely covered terrace adjoining the living room, cooler in the day. The house is in the lovely 'white' village of Fereirolla, with great views from both terraces over the surrounding countryside which has wonderful walks, one beginning quite literally from right outside the front door. It was so peaceful, more than we would have expected in a village location. We were able to walk to an excellent French vegetarian restaurant, and a more cheap and cheerful pizzeria ( both around 15 minutes) for dinner in the evenings, and it's a short car ride to Pitres which has a very good supermarket and bakery. Barbara is a very nice host and couldn't have been more helpful. What can I say...we loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Perfect guests! There are two other eating places as well within walking distance and the hotel lets non guests swim in their glorious outside pool for a modest 5 euros.
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Traditional house in an old Moorish village.

  • 5 of 5

Casa Barbara is a traditional Moorish house in a small village at the end of the road. There is great walking all around and good access to Mulhacen (bus from Capiliera to 8,800' and good track to the summit). The supermarket and bakery in Pitres are good, and eating your evening meal on the balcony every evening a rare treat (especially if you come from Scotland!!). The history of the area is fascinating and we found lots of endemic plants. Barbara's warm welcome, knowledge and love of the area will see us back again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Frankfurt, Germany

Einfach wunderschön!

  • 5 of 5

Dies war unser erster Aufenthalt in der Casa Barbara - und ganz sicher nicht der letzte! Ferreirola ist ein wunderschönes kleines maurisches Dörfchen und gehört zu den sieben Dörfern der Großgemeinde "La Taha". Die sieben Dörfer liegen auf rund 950 bis 1.400 m Höhe in den Alpujarras, einer der Sierra Nevada im Süden vorgelagerten Gebirgsregion. In Ferreirola endet die Straße und von nun an geht es nur noch zu Fuß weiter - ein Paradies für Wanderer. Trotz der Abgeschiedenheit des Dorfes gibt es mehrere Bars und Restaurants im 1.5km entfernten Mecina, in Pitres (ca. 10 Minuten Autofahrt/ 30 Minuten zu Fuß bergan) gibt es einen sehr gut bestückten Supermarkt und sogar eine 24 Stunden Ambulanz und eine Apotheke für Notfälle. Die Küste (Salobrena) ist in einer 1 Stunde Autofahrt zu erreichen, Granada in ca. 1.5 Stunden.

Die Casa Barbara ist ein 500 Jahre altes maurisches Häuschen, das von seiner Besitzerin Barbara - einer sehr netten englischen Lady - liebevoll restauriert wurde und seinen ursprünglichen Charme dadurch erhalten hat. Alles ist zweckmäßig und gemütlich eingerichtet. Für kalte Tage gibt es einen Gas- und einen Holzofen. Neben einem Balkon, der sowohl vor Hitze als auch vor Kälte schützt, gibt es eine wunderschöne Dachterasse, von der aus man einen atemberaubenden Blick auf die umliegenden Berge hat. Es herrscht eine unglaubliche Ruhe in dem Ferreirola Tal - einziges Geräusch ist der Rio Trevelez in seiner hier sehr tiefen Schlucht.Der Sternenhimmel ist ein Traum! Vor der Casa Barbara kreuzen sich mehrere Wanderwege, die mittelalterliche Ruta Medieval beginnt direkt um die Ecke. Der Einstieg zu den höchsten Gipfeln der Sierra Nevada (Mulhacen und Alcazaba) ist innerhalb von 20 Minuten Autofahrt erreichbar. Wir haben eine wunderschöne Woche in den Alpujarras bei strahlendem Sonnenschein verbracht und wären sehr, sehr gerne noch länger dort gelieben!

Thanks for everything, Barbara - we will be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Christmas and New Year

  • 5 of 5

We had the best week. Wall to wall sunshine for the whole 7 days. A most welcome escape from a cold, wet UK.

Every thing is just so easy at Casa Barbara. The moment we enter we feel 'at home' with a feeling of calmness and peace we find hard to describe. Whatever it is, it keeps us coming back. March can't come quick enough. But hey...enough from me. Go give it a try for yourselves. I KNOW you won't be disappointed :)

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We cant guarantee sunshine every Christmas, but calm and peace we can offer you all year round. Perhaps with the exception of August when everyone comes to visit their family and they indulge in their love of fireworks and street life during the fiesta! Thanks for your review and your visit.
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As Good As Ever

  • 5 of 5

What more can I say than I have already? Just returned from another perfect stay at Casa Barbara and counting down the days until December when we'll be heading back. Go on...book. You won't be disappointed!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Alpujarran idyll

  • 5 of 5

This, our third holiday at Casa Barbara - a traditional Moorish house situated in the tiny "Pueblos Blancos" of Ferreirola, tucked away on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada - as before, did not disappoint.

The warmest of welcomes from Barbara our incredibly helpful and friendly host, the well equipped and spotless kitchen, the pretty balcony overlooking the mountains, the comfy bed, the only sounds the buzzing of lazy bees and darting swifts, you can feel your muscles start to unwind as soon as you arrive.

It's perfect if you appreciate peace and tranquility, walking in the mountains, breathtaking scenery and soaking up the atmosphere of rural Spain.

There are no bars or restaurants in Ferreirola, but a short walk to Mecina Fondales (the next group of villages along) and you'll find a few places to eat, including an excellent vegetarian restaurant. Go a little further afield to some of the other villages in La Taha and you'll find many more restaurants. However, if you decide to "eat in", you will have the "best table in the house" on your very own balcony.

If you feel like enjoying nothing more than a cool drink and a good book, Barbara has thoughtfully provided well stocked bookshelves which include guides to the vast network of walks and maps of the surrounding area, and there's a rooftop terrace with stunning views, perfect for relaxing, but be careful of the low beam as you make your way up!

If you enjoy nightlife, coach tours, beaches or theme parks then this is probably not for you, here you must make your own entertainment. For me, the worst thing about staying at Casa Barbara is going home, it gets that bit harder every time. We'll definitely be returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

I fell in love with the place. It is remote but you can even get here by bus from Granada if you are patient.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Granada Or Malaga at 77 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : mecina at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : motril at 57 Kilometres Nearest Train : granada at 75 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : lanjaron at 38 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Mecina at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : sierra Nevada, Prado llano at 110 Kilometres Nearest Beach : salobreña at 57 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Mountain biking, horse riding ,swimming pool, massage and guided walks in the Sierras all available locally.


Less than an hour´s drive to the beaches of the 'Costa Tropical'.


2.5hours from Malaga airport.1.25 hours to Granada Airport A car is very useful here, although it is possible to reach the village by public transport. The last bus leaves Granada at 16.30pm. There are 3 a day.


Granada with the splendour of the Alhambra is just over

1 hour away. The owner can recommend a pretty and quiet hotel by the cathedral .

The famous whitewashed villages of the High Alpujarras are all around us and the coast at Salobreña just an hour away.

Further Details:

Ferreirola is part of La Taha de Pitres, a grouping of

7 small villages dating back from the times when the Alpujarras were occupied by the Moors whose architecture and terrace hillsides are very much still part of the landscape. The villages are whitewashed and have steep, winding streets where it is still common to see donkeys and shepherds with their flocks passing through. The area is famous for its mineral water springs, air-dried hams and inexpensive rugs and pottery.

We enjoy over 320 days a year of sunshine and have beautiful spring flowers and blossom as early as February. The autumn and winter months usually bring warm days with crisp nights and the altitude (around 1000m) means that it is never unbearably hot in summer. There are no cars allowed in the narrow streets of Ferreirola and the only sounds are birds or sheep bells. There are, however,

4 restaurants and bars within walking distance and a larger village (Pitres) just 4km away.

Ferreirola has a daily bread van between 1.00pm and 2.00pm, a fruit van on Thursday mornings and a fish van on Tuesday mornings. It is only 1km to Mecina which has a family run bar and restaurant, a vegetarian restaurant, a music bar and a hotel with pool. There are many varied and inexpensive restaurants in nearby villages and the bars still give complimentary tapas with wine and beer.

Pitres, 4km away has a bank, chemist, baker, supermarket,restaurant, bars and a 24-hour health centre. There is an outdoor swimming pool at the campsite.

Serious walkers can scale the Mulhacen (3,482m) or Veleta at 3,398m. Guided service available. There are also local facilities for mountain biking, horse-riding, and flamenco dance and guitar lessons.

Prices and Availability

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Booking Notes:

Changeover Day:.

Any day check in after 5pm. .check out by 11.30 if other clients are coming in the same day.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week is 245 pounds for 2 persons. An extra 10 pounds per night is charged for each extra person. Heating: the rental price includes electricity, hot water and gas for the cooker. In winter we supply firewood for the first night free of charge and further wood can be bought at the petrol station you pass on the way up just after the village of Pampaneira. Ask for Leña (lenya). For long stays we can arrange a half dumper of wood to be delivered for 70 euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Peace, stunning views, great walking. A feeling of having stepped off the busy world.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic


  • 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 ...


  • limited accessibility ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 40 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has wc, shower and sink. We supply soap and towels.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 (2 Connecting Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 double bedroom. 1 twin bedroom leading from the the double bedroom. The beds have sprung mattresses and duvets and we have used local furniture and fabrics to decorate.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The property has a balcony and roof terrace, free Wifi, a spacious book-filled living room, double bedroom leading to a 2nd twin bedroom, a rustic but well equipped kitchen and a bathroom with shower, wc and sink and plentiful hot water. All accommodation is on the 1st floor. The house and the entire area would prove very difficult for anyone with mobility problems. The owner lives next door and is happy to help with knowledge of the area. Otherwise unobtrusive! New we now offer free wifi to visitors Sorry, no cats, I am allergic. Dogs OK. Outside: From the living room there is a south-facing covered balcony with seating and on the roof a sunny terrace for sunbathing or stargazing. From here the views of the mountains and sky are beautiful and at certain times of the year you can see eagles overhead. There is a table, lounging chairs and barbecue. Several of the local signposted walks along ancient mule trails start just outside the house, which is on the edge of the village. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included. Bring your own beach towels please. The house is cleaned thoroughly between clients and we can arrange for a cleaning service while you are here too.We can also provide a pack of basic provisions and/or a cooked meal. Other: Everyone's favourite place seems to be the sheltered balcony off the living room. There is a table and chairs for eating and an outside light.

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