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Renovated Stone Cottage With Garden and Private Pool. Cástaras

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Castaras, Central Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain - Peaceful And Secluded Location, Ideal For Walkers And Birdwatchers

'El Cortijillo' is situated in a secluded valley, down a steep track, below the small mountain village of Castaras (800 metres alt), in the Central Alpujarra. The house consists of 2 bedrooms, a double and a twin, both have ample storage facilities. A nicely sized, well equiped Kitchen\Diner is open plan incorporating a Lounge area with 3 seater and 2 seater settees. The Bathroom consists of shower unit, bidet, washbasin and WC. El Cortijillo remains cool throughout the day and a gentle breeze can reduce the heat at night. We provide games, a CD Player and CDs with a selection of different artists, an excellent variety of books including walking guides and history of the area. Directly outside the front door is a good sized and shaded patio area with table and chairs and a Gas BBQ, leading from this is a large play area which used to be the 'threshing circle'. The Private Pool is oval shaped, the deep end is less than 6ft and entry and exit is via wide concrete steps in the shallow end. The views from El Cortijillo are panoramic looking both down the valley to the Contraviesa and towards the village of Castaras. We bought the property in November 2011, having seen it we knew we had to buy it, we sold up in the UK and have not looked back. We live in a large Cortijo which partly consists of the ruins of a Mill dating back to 1750. Amongst the 39 acres we grow Almonds, Olives, Figs and are pretty much self sufficient in relation to fruit and vegetables. We keep Chickens and eggs are generally available. There is only one track down to us so there is no passing traffic and we are surrounded by miles and miles of unspoilt countryside. Although we live within the same grounds we respect peoples privacy but should you wish to join us for a glass of local wine we are always glad to share our experiences of the area and to listen to details of your day. The beauty of living here is the seclusion where you can hear birdsong and the stream gently meandering through the valley, at night there is no light pollution making it excellent for star gazing.

Registration Number : VTAR/GR/01247

Louise Root
Member since: 2002
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Louise Root

We are Nigel & Louise and are both retired from working within the public sector in the UK, we live here at the Rambla permanently. We work within the land, harvesting Almonds and Olives, we live completely off grid using hydropower, wind and solar for our energy requirements.

Louise Root purchased this cottage in 2011

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are here again for a third visit and each holiday surpasses the last!, as always a stunning setting and beautiful El Cortijillo. David,Babs,Rachael,Chris,Elise Croydon July-Aug 2014

A wonderful location!, we will highly recommend to all our friends and Family. Jan & Kevin Dorset Aug 2014

El Cortilljo is one of the best we have stayed in and we've stayed in a few, the location is superb and the house itself very well appointed and comfortable. Bernice, Ben & Adam August 2013

I had a great holiday thank you. Brooke Aged 5 August 2013
May 2002
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cástaras in Alpujarra Granadina

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom with shower, handbasin, toilet and bidet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. Spacious room with double bed, wardrobe with 2 drawers. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, wardrobe with 2 drawers.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Notes on accommodation: The stone built cottage has been recently renovated and extended to a high standard and offers beautiful views down the valley. The accommodation is light and spacious(100sqm), and well insulated. Main lighting runs on solar power (12V), although there is a 220v socket powered by water turbine. A CD stereo player is provided. Internet access is available upon request. Outside: The house is situated on a terrace of almond and fruit trees, with olive trees on the terraces to the rear. Patio doors lead from the kitchen to a paved and shaded patio area. To one side is a traditional stone threshing circle; to the other, the pool and lawn. The oval pool (8x6m) is surrounded by a sun terrace. Sunloungers, outdoor table and chairs and gas barbecue are provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen, including pool towels, are supplied and will be changed weekly. A laundry and cleaning service can be arranged.


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Renovated Stone Cottage With Garden and Private Pool. Cástaras
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Completely exceeded expectations. Wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted to be able to take the property as the odd dates we required ( mid week to week) fitted with our wonderful hosts. We communicated beforehand and they advised us on our route to the property via recommended supermarkets ,filling stations etc. On arriving web were so impressed with the stunning location and to find that the cottage was 'just perfect' for our stay. Over the days we realised what unwinding and relaxing really means . We took full advantage of the pool, solitude and peaceful retreat and enjoyed time with our lovely hosts who were never intrusive but, over the week became warm and generous acquaintances.Our time at El Cortilljo was so very memorable. All was perfect- the cottage well maintained ,clean and easy. The garden simply secluded and the perfect pool to boot. Just brilliant.Thank you Louise and Nigel for a unique stay in your wonderful property. We will recall it in the winter ahead with fondness and envy.

Have a well deserved break and ,who knows??Roger and Vanessa.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are always happy to accommodate our guests on different dates to the 'norm' as we appreciate that costs can vary greatly. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Beautiful, well maintained, clean, amazing villa

  • 5 of 5

We have been back for the 4th time (please see our other reviews) to this amazing property that is found at the bottom of a gorgeous valley, with beautiful views of the mountains. The property once again was clean and maintained to a very high standard.

The nature that surrounds you from swallows flying in and out of their nest, bats skimming the pool in the evening, bee catches coming to roost in the oak tree and the geckos on the walls at night, all this with the peaceful sound of crickets in the distance and a stream gently running past.

Nigel and Louise are the loveliest owners you could wish for; they go the extra mile to ensure your stay is perfect, including baking our son a celebration cake for his exam results and a birthday cake for me.

If you want a relaxing, chilled, sun drenched holiday in beautiful location then this beautiful place with its gorgeous pool is a must.

We also enjoyed a little drive to friendly towns like Cadiar or Lanjaron to enjoy a cold beer and free tapas were the locals welcome you, or trips higher up into the mountains like Trevelez, Pampaneria and Capileira.

We will see you again next year as if you find a place you love why go anywhere else.

Thank you for the laughs, paella and tapas.

Anna Simon and Arron

2 week stay

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Once again thank you for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back for a fifth time next year !
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HI Louise and Nigel

  • 5 of 5

thanks for a great few days at El Cortijillo, very beautiful mountain scenery. We know quite a large part of Las Alpajurras but it was great to visit so many different villages and towns and sample their tapas and wines.

Beautiful cottage and lovely pool and you could not have mad us more welcome. Best wishes to you both, Carol and Malcolm.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing, we are glad that you enjoyed your time at El Cortijo. Perhaps we will see you again.
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Excellent rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in Louise and Nigel's lovely cottage. The road to the cottage is very steep but my husband was an expert by the end of our stay. The cottage itself was immaculate and had everything we needed for our holiday. The pool was fabulous and our two boys loved playing in it. Louise and Nigel were perfect hosts and Louise very kindly made our youngest son a birthday cake which was delicious. The weather was very hot so this did limit our activities somewhat but in cooler weather there would be some great walks to do. We visited Granada for the day and enjoyed the history. We also had a morning in Cadiar and an afternoon in Trevelez. If you are looking for a week of tranquility then this is the place for you.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Due to the heat June and September are probably the best months for walking, perhaps we will see you again then.
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A week of Sundays...

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect location for an utterly relaxing getaway! The cottage, its garden and private pool are very well equipped and maintained and the location is breathtaking. As a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 teenagers) we had a fabulous week enjoying the pool (a lot!), watching the swallows, bats and geckos and stars, walking in the nearby countryside, visiting local towns and villages and truly relaxing. Nigel and Louise are perfect hosts and their hospitality and local knowledge made the week all the more special. We highly recommend this holiday gem.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. Thank you writing a review. Hopefully we will see you again one day.
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A piece of paradise on earth

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for total peace, relaxation and seclusion - you will find it here. The track to the property is a shock to start with and takes a bit of getting used to but it's worth it for the beautiful cortillijo waiting for you at the end. This is a stunning part of Spain and being off grid presented no problem at all.

Nigel and Lou have thought of everything and are fantastic hosts - very welcoming and on hand with any advice on the local area if needed. We will miss the stunning blue skies, watching the amazing swifts and bats and cooling down in the lovely pool. We did 2-3 walks and the views are stunning but probably too hot at this time of year to really go far. The local people are very friendly and welcoming and whilst it's mostly Spanish speaking only - it's not difficult to get by. We will miss the lovely tapas that tend to come out with your round of drinks. Prices in shops and restaurants are incredibly cheap as well. Our favourite places were Bercheles, Juviles and Trevelez but we also loved the little bar in Nieles - it's basic and great for a cold drink and tapas as there isn't really a menu - just whatever Carlos has - but the views from the terrace are great and Carlos is very friendly - even though we couldn't understand all as he only speaks Spanish. We also drove to Granada for the day - took around 2 hours - was very easy and the parking by the Alhambra straight forward.

The Alhambra was amazing and a bargain at 15 euros per head (book in advance or you'll spend a long time queuing).

We loved our time here and felt very lucky to have experienced it.

Thanks Lou and Nige - hope to see you again in future.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you, thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your kind and informative words. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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The coast is 1.5 hours away at Salobrena/Motril.


Granada airport 1 hour 30 mins drive. Malaga and Almeria airports are both 2 hours 30 mins drive. Car hire is available at the airports.


Granada - 1.5 hours.

Orgiva - 50 minutes.

Cadiar - 35 minutes.

Trevelez (highest inhabited village in Europe outside of the Alps) 30 minutes.

Further Details:

The mountain village of Castaras is situated in the central Alpujarras, offering access to both the less touristically explored central and eastern villages, as well as the more well known Orgiva area. The village is small, and at present, the only amenities are two bars and pharmacy, although bakers vans pass by daily, and other mobile stores come on a weekly basis. The nearest shops and restaurants are 30 mins drive away. 'El Cortijillo' is situated 10 minutes by car from the village. Part of this distance consists of unmade up track (approx 1500m). The owners live across the stream from 'El Cortijillo'.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Cástaras, Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jun 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Nightly Rate
6 Aug 2018 - 14 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
15 Aug 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 10% is required on booking, balance 8 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Change over day usually Saturday, but is flexible. Arrive after 4pm, depart 10am (negotiable). We advise that where possible you time your flights so arrival is in daylight to assist orientation.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for property per week in UK Pounds for 3-4 people.
Price for 1-2 people during April / May 2016 = £328.00.
Price for 1-2 people June - Oct 2016 = £384.00.

10% deposit on booking and full payment 8 weeks prior to arrival, bank details given on booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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