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Superbly Appointed 2-Bedroom Townhouse With Air-con, Wi-fi and Stunning Views



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Townhouse in Cortijo Grande Valley, Almeria, Spain. Stunning location but only 15 minutes' drive to fabulous beaches

VERY IMPORTANT: This property complies with all aspects of the new legislation for holiday rental properties introduced by the Junta de Andalucia on 11 May 2016. Our identification number is CTC-201652993. Before booking a holiday rental property in this area, you are strongly advised to request the identification number to avoid being forced to vacate an illegal holiday rental property by the police.

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Shh! Keep it a secret! Don't tell anyone about this Secret Escape, but in March 2014, a Telegraph newspaper article listed Andalucia number one of the "World's Top 20 Places for the Good Life", with a special mention of the area around Vera and Mojacar. Come for a taste of our amazing area....

For those seeking tranquillity in a truly stunning natural setting yet within reach of all facilities, this superbly appointed 2-bedroom air-conditioned townhouse (built 1975) enjoys one of the very best locations within the idyllic El Cortijo Grande valley. El Cortijo Grande was originally a traditional Spanish village with orange groves and when the old golf course was developed in the 1970's, the original buildings were retained and now form the clubhouse and bar/restaurant for the now-reopened rustic 9-hole golf course (a 3 minute stroll away).

The newer buildings from the 1970's match the old ones and our house has been refitted in the traditional Rustica style. The French doors open onto a private terrace with views of the orange groves & cypress trees, the Sierra Cabrera mountains, the hilltop village of Mojacar Pueblo and the Mediterranean sea.

Enjoy the time-warp experience of being in this amazing protected valley where nothing at all has been built for more than 25 years. The house has every mod con, from a king-size bed to satellite TV, plus wi-fi broadband and wall-mounted air conditioning units in every room which meet the standards laid down by the Junta's new holiday rental legislation.

The reviews from previous guests and their comments in our visitor's book testify to our dedication in providing the best possible accommodation to accompany the stunning views.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My wife and I live much of the year in this Levante area of Almeria province in Andalucia. We checked out several countries to buy a place to spend winter in the sun. We did cruises & viewing trips, but everywhere we fancied was either over-developed, or becoming over-developed. After visiting friends here in 2006, we finally found what we were looking for - an area of outstanding natural beauty, no high-rise buildings, welcoming people, low-density population - and quiet roads! Before each rental, we prepare our house to meticulous standards for our guests, using our 74-point checklist. We even de-crumb the toaster and clean out the kettle! Although we get a lot of return visitors, we love helping new guests discover the delights of the valley and the wonderfully scenic Levante area.

Speaks English, Spanish, Sorry, we're not fluent in Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Jim, many thanks for the use of the wonderful accommodation, very comfortable (and warm). We very much hope to be able to use the townhouse in the future, in particular the patio area. A fantastic view! Regards DW.

This place is paradise. We've never found a better view anywhere. See you next year ! J.M.

This place is the real deal. We walked for miles around the valley and up to Cabrera, saw kingfishers, wagtails and bee-eaters. We spent a lot of time chilling out around the pool at Los Limoneros, nice place! After quite a few indifferent holidays in noisy apartments, this was so peaceful that we sometimes missed quite a lot of the day sleeping. S.S.
May 2007
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18 Reviews

based on 18 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderfully peaceful, beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

We were so grateful to you Jim and Connie, for coming to meet us, and guide us to the beautiful valley that is Cortijo Grand, also for the most generous welcome pack that we have ever had, so thoughtful after a long days travel.

The weather was absolutely perfect for the entire two weeks, and the view from the bedroom when we woke up in the morning was really wonderful.... To be able to have breakfast and dinner outside on the veranda overlooking the same view was really special, something we were NOT able to do in the South of France last August.

The big bonus was having two really authentic Spanish restaurants within walking distance , then only five miles to Majacar to have a really terrific dinner and a fantastic flamenco show. You also gave us such useful advise on all the attractions. Many thanks to you both.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice property in a great location

  • 3 of 5

Everything was as listed on website and was reasonably clean and well maintained. Jim and Connie gave excellent service especially in meeting us off the motorway and taking us to house. If you want a nice very quiet location you could not do much better thin this place. Sadly the golf course is in very poor condition, we saw more goats on it than golfers! Would highly recommend Los pastores bar and restaurant in cortijo cabrera and Almazara bar just around the corner from the house. I would recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments, Roger. Apologies for the dust under the bed but it was definitely all swept and mopped for your arrival. We live in a land of dust and we had some high winds which didn't help. We really need some rain for the golf course, but it's been sparse this year.
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Peace, tranquility and amazing views

  • 5 of 5

Sea views are all very well, but all you’re looking at is wáter. At this townhouse, the views of the golf course and the Cabrera hills are ever-changing throughout the day. It was a joy to sit on the terrace and just watch the colours and shadows change as the sun got lower in the sky, and you can still see the sea in the distance. My partner and I enjoyed exploring this beautiful unspoilt área of Andalusia and sampling some great-value restaurants, but we always made an effort to return to the townhouse by late afternoon to sit out with a drink and just soak in the winter warmth and the views of the valley.

The owner Jim’s organisation with our booking was faultless and better than we’re ever experienced on any holiday of any kind!. He sent us advance info and directions, and even met us coming off the motorway for us to follow him down to the house. The house was spotless and equipped with everything we could wish for. A lovely welcome pack of food and drinks was there for our arrival, there were tissues in every room, liquid soap, shower gel. In addition to mod cons such as air con, microwave etc there is a coffee maker, a juicer, a cool box. The wifi was reliable, nothing like as fast as the UK (hey, this is rural Spain) but fine for emails and googling for info about the área.

We have already booked our next visit and can’t wait to return. That says it all. Next time we'll try to spend less time chilling out on the terrace and more time exploring.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great mountain views

  • 4 of 5

Jim very helpful on arrival, great lmformation pack and useful food items.

Enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A hidden paradise

  • 5 of 5

Karen 4 was everything we had hoped for and more. From our first meeting with our hosts, who guided us to their house they did everything to make our holiday perfect. The welcome pack was very welcome indeed. And the view from the terrace WOW! from early morn till late at night it never failed to impress and uplift.The info on places to visit, restaurants and a guide to the Andalusian language was invaluable. After a busy day it was wonderful to retu

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kath. A review like yours is the thing that makes it all worthwhile. It was a real pleasure meeting you both and we hope to see you again before too long. With thanks and best wishes. Jim.
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Views are fantastic

  • 4 of 5

Everything you need for a relaxing week in the sun. The views from the terrace are fantastic and Jim leaves you plenty of information on the surrounding area.Overall a great week and Jim & Connie are there if you need them.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought our townhouse as a holiday home to spend our winters and rent out in summer. We hadn't planned to buy a townhouse in Cortijo Grande, but after viewing other property in the area, we went out for a drive one day and stumbled onto something like a scene from "The Sound of Music", except this was January and folk were sunbathing on their terraces and balconies. In 2007, we decided that we wanted to live in this wonderful unspoilt area full time, but we needed a bigger house, so we now have a villa in nearby Bédar village and rent our townhouse all year round. Apart from the views, we love the fact that the valley is tucked away from the holiday crowds, yet only 15 minutes from the coast. The main Mediterranean motorway is less than 10 minutes away, so getting around is easy.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Almeria at 75 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Los Pinos bar/restaurant at 120 Metres Nearest Ferry : Almeria Port at 84 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Approx. 100 metres to clubhouse at 100 Metres Nearest Motorway : Junction 520, A-7 Autovia del Mediterraneo at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : La Almazara bar/restaurant at 200 Metres Nearest Ski : Sierra Nevada at 180 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Mojacar at 18 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

For nature lovers, leave the car at the townhouse. There are plenty of easy walks, including the remains of an ancient mosque and even the old airfield and control tower featured in an Indiana Jones film. The valley is renowned for being a bird-watcher's paradise - we have seen storks on the golf course, kingfishers, bee-eaters, wagtails and there are an abundance of hoopoes. The Moorish village of Cabrera, just up the hill from Cortijo Grande, has riding stables plus a very attractive Italian restaurant and a wonderful Moroccan restaurant.

Also available within 15 minutes drive, surfing, sailing, tennis, water skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving, cycling, fishing and mountain biking.

There is an adventure centre at the new Hostal Rural, about half a mile from the entrance to Cortijo Grande - check it out on www.extremeadvmojacar.com. The Hostal Rural is a massive complex with a beach bar, swimming pool and two restaurants - there are monthly shows of authentic gypsy flamenco - Andalucia is the home of flamenco and we get to enjoy singers, guitarists and some fabulous dancers.


The lovely beaches of Mojacar & Garrucha are less than 15 minutes' drive. There's a new marina at Garrucha with bars & restaurants. 10 minutes further on, Villaricos has a small marina, a beach and a picturesque coastal road north to Aguilas. To the south, there is a spectacular drive to the nearby Cabo de Gata national park with photo stops. Here you will find beautiful scenery, flamingoes, windmills, botanical gardens and enchanting little fishing villages with boats parked up on the beaches.


Almeria airport is within 45 minutes motorway drive. Murcia airport is around 80 minutes' drive on the AP-7 toll motorway. There are plenty of flights into Alicante airport which takes us 1 hour 50 minutes using the main A-7 motorway. Drivers will relish the quiet roads around here - not even a traffic light within miles! Access to the townhouse is easy - the stone-arched entrance to Cortijo Grande is less than 3km from junction 520 of the N-340 motorway. Full directions are provided.


The townhouse is a 6-minute drive from the town of Turre which has lots of shops, bars, restaurants, banks, supermarket, chemist, post office and a market on Fridays. The delightful hilltop village of Mojacar Pueblo is another 5 minutes away and leads down to the playa. Almeria city is less than an hour away, and well worth a day trip for its enormous fortress (free admission), Cathedral and harbour side. Granada and the Alhambra Palace can be reached in just over 2 hours.

Further Details:

'Los Pinos' restaurant is a minute's walk from the house, and previous guests have much enjoyed a drink or a meal in the charming courtyard. The Spanish-run cosy and atmospheric 'Almazara' bar/restaurant is in a 300-year old building a 3-minute stroll away. "Naciamento" is a renowned vegetarian restaurant.

The new Hostal Rural is near the entrance to Cortijo Grande and has a huge restaurant, a swimming pool and a pool bar. They do a 3-course dinner for 12.50 euros which includes generous main course including lamb and swordfish.

There are other bar/restaurants in the valley and up at Cabrera, including the stunning 'Riad Cabrera' Moroccan restaurant and Los Pastores bar/restaurant in a beautiful courtyard setting.

The bustling town of Turre is a 6-minute drive away, where you will find supermarkets, banks and lots of restaurants & bars - lunch for two of 4 tapas and 2 beers costs around 5 euros, and there are Spanish & British restaurants and cafes, plus 2 Indian restaurants and a great-value Chinese restaurant. There is a marina and excellent go-karting at nearby Garrucha, a water park and indoor heated pool at Vera. The large and quirky beach resort of Mojacar Playa is less than 15 minutes drive. The ancient Moorish hilltop village of Mojacar Pueblo (seen in the distance from the townhouse) is a must, with its narrow streets, arches and alleyways, great shops, jazz and classical music venues, cultural centre and restaurants. There are other white hilltop villages to visit, including nearby Bédar, and Nijar for ceramics and rugs.

Cabo de Gato national park is a fantastic day out, with its idyllic fishing villages. The Mini Hollywood theme park & zoo, where the spaghetti westerns were made, is about 45 minutes away. In this part of Spain, there are many fiestas during the summer. The sun shines over 300 days a year and Christmas lunch is usually an outdoor event.


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October 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
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1 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
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1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
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1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Strictly no smoking at this property, except on the front porch and terraces.

Changeover Day:
We're flexible regarding changeover days, and we try to be flexible on arrival and departure times. For example, if guests have a late flight time back to the UK, we'll make every effort to accommodate a late exit from our villa on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:
25% deposit to confirm a booking, and balance 6 weeks prior to arrival. Security deposit of £100 against damages also required, fully refundable if no damage is caused during your stay. Deposit & balance may be made by UK or euro bank transfer or Paypal. You can now also pay by credit card via Owners Direct.

Bed linen & towels are included. Weekly change of linen & towels is included, plus management service for maintenance issues or emergencies.
Calor gas is provided for the cooker hob.

A large welcome pack is included, including coffee, tea, sugar, milk, bread, cola, cava and beer, plus local specialities such as cheese, olive oil, chorizo, biscuits, home-made jam and chutney. An information book is provided with instructions for the air-con, TV etc plus recommended days out and great-value bars & restaurants.

Electricity is not included and is charged at cost price per unit (details on request - white meter type tariff provides low running cost of air-con units for sleep comfort at night). Meter read upon arrival & departure. Payment for electricity to be made in cash upon departure. We reduced our prices from 2014 and adopted this policy due to abuse of our air con by previous guests who left it running 24 hours a day.The owners are keen to conserve energy and have fitted energy-saving CFL and LED light bulbs throughout the house.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Although this was originally a golf valley, don't expect a sterile air to the place. It's a 9-hole course, now re-opened and in the process of being restored by volunteers. with the clubhouse and bar in a rustic 300 year old building. There are two bar/restaurants within easy walking distance plus a nearby bar/restaurant with a pool. It's a protected valley and nothing new has been built here since 1986. We get a real kick out of taking new visitors onto the terrace and hearing them say "Wow!" when they see the views. Many of our renters have been keen walkers and birdwatchers. We get a lot of winter lets, as Almeria has the mildest and driest climate in Europe. We're delighted that all our guests have loved how we've developed our house and they have all looked after it really well during their visits.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural


  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 70 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Fully tiled first floor bathroom. White bathroom suite with stepped bath/shower, recessed halogen ceiling lights, washbasin with illuminated mirror, wc, built-in hair dryer. Please note: We supply shower gel and liquid soap, so that our guests don't need to use up their airline baggage weight allowance with these items.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, King-size bed with very thick luxury mattress.
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on first floor bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with luxury UK King size bed, built-in wardrobe, 'rustica' furniture, air-conditioning/heating unit & wide balcony. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, built-in wardrobe, 'rustica' furniture, air-conditioning/heating unit & Juliet balcony.


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


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: There are reverse air-conditioning units in each room, providing chilled air during hot summers and warm air in winter. Sorry, no pets allowed. Smoking only allowed outside on the terrace please. The upper balconies are safe for children. For younger children, we may be able to supply and construct a really nice timber cot at small extra cost and stairgate & high chair at no extra cost. We provide an information pack with recommended days out plus best-value restaurants and tapas bars, and leaflets on attractions in the area. A complimentary welcome pack is included, including basics like coffee, tea, sugar, milk and bread. We also include beer and a bottle of cava to get your holiday started, plus local specialities including cheese, cakes, olive oil and chorizo, plus artisan marmalade or jam and chutney made from local produce. There is a coolbox. There's a small book library and DVDs including some filmed in the area. (Ridley Scott recently filmed "Exodus" in nearby Tabernas). Outside: Sizeable private terrace overlooking the 9-hole golf course with patio table & umbrella and 4 garden chairs, plus 2 sun loungers. Brick barbecue ideal for single-use disposable packs. There are bougainvillea bushes either side of the terrace, plus some oleander hedging, all of which we keep neatly trimmed all year round. There is a rockery with steps leading down to the cactus and aloe vera plants next to the rough at the edge of the fairway. The terrace was newly-tiled in November 2012 and has breathtaking views of the orange groves, the Sierra Cabrera mountains and the Mediterranean sea which can be seen from the edge of the terrace overlooking the valley. We bought the view and the house came with it! There is also a small front terrace, also re-tiled in November 2012, where our guests can sit to catch the early-evening sun. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fully equipped with iron/ironing board, bath and hand towel for each guest, kitchen towels, dishes, cutlery. Our house is scrupulously cleaned and prepared before each let, using our own 74-point checklist. Weekly change of bed linen and towels. You will be met on arrival.

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