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Beautiful Self-Contained Detached Casita w/Lg Private Pool & Mountain Views



Updated: 16-Oct-2016
Detached Casita near Algarinejo, Loja, Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Peaceful, Rural Location with Superb Views of Sierra Loja and Olive groves

The well designed spacious Casita Almendra, has been awarded a tourism licence by the Andalucian Tourist Board. It is set within a peaceful, secluded location, amongst rolling hills and olive trees, close to the picturesque market village of Algarinejo, with its many bars and restaurants. The casita is situated just 45 minutes west of Granada Airport and approx 1 hour 20 mins from Malaga. It is located in the large, gated grounds of a Cortijo and has the private use of the larger than average tiled swimming pool. The pool area has tall, stone built walls, allowing sunbathing in total privacy. The casita is ideally located, being within easy reach of Granada, it is situated close to the historic town of Priego de Cordoba, Montefrio and Rio Frio which is well renowned for its trout fishing. There are many different varieties of wild birds, which include the Hoopoe and Golden Oriel. Well sign posted walks are on the door step. The casita is ideally situated to visit the historic cities of Malaga, Granada and Cordoba so the Alhambra is a must, if you are visiting Granada. There is full Wi-Fi connected which is free for clients use. All UK TV channels are available to watch on the flat screen television in the casita, so never miss a football match or Wimbledon.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'At last - a pool you can actually swim proper lengths in! We also could not believe the stars at night. See you next year! Mick and Julie Derbyshire.

'The first time we have been to the 'real Spain' - free tapas in the bars - amazing, the award winning restaurant 'Piolas' on the door step -everyone should eat there once - what an amazing experience.'Kate and Cyril - Yorkshire

A beautiful, comfortable well appointed casita with wonderful views of the olive groves and mountain ranges. A real, attractive Spanish village with all facilities nearby.' (Mr. and Mrs. Kitchen, Lincolnshire).

This is our third year staying at the casita - we arrived as stressed teachers and left feeling relaxed and ready to face anything -even an OFSTED inspection! Thanks Ken and Sue. We have recommended your place to other stressed teachers as you can recharge the batteries here. Dave and Jane West Midlands.
Jul 2007
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20 Reviews

based on 20 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Spain and we were not disappointed. This holiday home is just perfect, spotlessly clean with the most amazing swimming pool. If you want to chill out and relax this is the place for you. Sue the owner is so helpful but discreet and is the definitely the hostess with the mostest, she did the most delicious 'Paella' for us ..... we had a great evening. A wonderful holiday, we will definitely be back if we can get a booking!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you M and D for your lovely review! Hope to see you again next year and hopefully we can get together for another Paella. Lovely to meet you both and so glad that you swam everyday and just chilled and that you found rural Spain similar to rural France....just a bit warmer at that time of the year! x
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Wow and stunning

  • 5 of 5

The casita was really well equipped, has stunning views, was exceptionally clean and beautifully furnished. Algarinejo is a lovely place with exceptional restaurants and good cafe bars. Great family run supermarket here too. Casa Piolas is probably the best restaurant in Andalusia and La Huella a great modern gastrobar. Also loved Montefrio and good tapas to be had at Bar Tokio in Ventorros. Sue was really helpful when needed and invisible when not but always available by phone/whatsapp. Would recommend to anybody and will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear V and A...it was lovely to meet you both and so glad that you had a great time at the casita! We are lucky in Algarinejo...having some amazing restaurants in the village and the taster menu at Piolas is something that has to be tried! Perhaps a good idea not to swim after eating all the courses though ! The Gastro Bar also serves amazing food and no one can believe how cheap it is. Looking forward to seeing you again next year and catching up with what is happening on your island. I will be in contact to confirm your dates. xxx
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Stunning Casita with private garden

  • 5 of 5

Can't recommend this place highly enough! Beautiful setting and fantastic pool...all we had dreamed of. The bird life was amazing and we even had Golden Oriels nesting in a tree near by. Fantastic walks right on the doorstep.

Spacious well thought out casita that was spotlessly clean and well maintained...it also had the WOW factor. We loved the fact that the WiFi reached to the pool terrace. We hardly saw the owner Sue...but we knew she was there if we wanted something..in fact we borrowed some herbs to use on the food that we cooked on the massive BBQ. We couldn't believe that the local restaurants could give you so much free tapas - even with a soft drink . The water fall walk in the village was beautiful. Loved La Huella and Piolas - food exceptional !! Thanks Sue for a fantastic week of relaxation...we will be back next year!!!

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear S and R...thank you for your lovely review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay at the casita and that you loved the restaurants and the surrounding area. With living here - sometimes I think I may take it for granted and forget just how beautiful it is! It was no problem borrowing herbs for the BBQ - and I have now plated more parsley and rosemary in the casita garden so that guests can have the fresh herbs that they may need. I also enjoy the free tapas! I look forward to seeing you both next year! Kindest regards Sue
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Beautiful Location, Very peaceful and Great Pool

  • 5 of 5

We found the Casita great, It was spacious, spotlessly clean, well equipped and comfy. The location was very private, the views fantastic and the pool spacious. Sue was there if needed , but otherwise left us to our rest. We were so sad we only had a week and we were going to re book for September, but it was already booked. No surprise there ! There are plenty of walks or drives to places to see or, as we did, just rest. Couldn't fault it and we hope to go back in 2017 ! If you book you will love it, David & Dorthe

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear D and D. Lovely to meet you both and so glad that you enjoyed your stay and could relax by the pool and just chill! So sorry that I am booked for September....but look forward to seeing you next year! Best Wishes Sue
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Most Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd visit and certainly not the last.Sue was, as always, the perfect host. Did not manage to swim in the pool this time as the weather was a bit cool.

The Casita is well appointed, very clean, cosy and comfortable. The surrounding walks with all the wild flowers are amazing.The views are spectacular - one of the highlights is looking down the valley, watching the sun go down, listening to Nightingales and Orioles with a cold drink.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to see you again K and B. Spring is such a beautiful time of the year in Andalusia. I'm glad that you saw so many different birds this time and even saw a flock of Bee eaters by the casita. The wild flowers and especially the wild orchids are amazing. At least the waterfall walk in Algarinejo had an abundance of water this year. Moni's bar restaurant is a must for your next visit! Really looking forward to seeing you both again...hopefully next year. Best Wishes Sue
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Stunning setting for a rest!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay here and Sue was incredibly helpful and attentive while not being intrusive at all.

Value for money - it was definitely 5*.

We did day trips to Granada and Córdoba (both over an hours drive) as well as to the little local village but mostly just enjoyed relaxing at the apartment. It was way more remote than we imagined (our lack of research) and we were lucky with the weather for if it had rained every day it is so far from most places so might have been a bit stuck. Luckily, the weather was warm nearly all of our days so we could just relax on the terrace. For the evenings, Sue ensured we had little indoor heaters for sometimes it was a little chilly (time of year) In high season I can imagine it being totally perfect as the pool area was lovely.

The kitchen was well equipped although for my keen chef partner it was lacking in some sharp knives and other "extras" which we've found at other places we've stayed such as blenders/coffee machine etc.

Overall, a lovely, lovely holiday and would highly recommend if you're looking for a peaceful break.

Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you both and still can't believe that you went swimming! Granada and Cordoba are beautiful and we are situated in the middle - so it is easy to visit both. Sorry about the coffee machines...they are under the sink...in boxes, but thanks for letting me know about the blender, I've got one I can take down to the casita and I will get my Knife sharpener out and sharpen those knives! Thanks for your lovely review and so glad you could unwind ready for a new term. Good luck with your move! Regards Sue
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Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


The Costa del Sol with its many beaches and the historic town of Malaga with its galleries and museums are 1 hour 20 mins driving distance away. The Lake at Iznajar with its wide sandy beach, fresh water and beach bar is 40 mins away. There is eay access to the beach and water front by car.


Granada airport is 50 mins away and Malaga is 1 hour 20 mins. Car hire is essential. Please contact the owner for a 15% discount with a car hire company at Malaga airport. An upgrade is also included for clients booking car hire 30 days before arrival. Before arriving if your require provisions, please follow directions and when you come off the motorway at Loja - call at Lidl or Mercadona which can be found on the left hand side at the first roundabout.


The nearest village of La Vina with a supermarket is 5 minutes away. The market village of Algarinejo is 10 minutes. Ventorros de San Jose with the Dolman tombs is 10 minutes. Rio Frio with its trout fishing is 25 minutes away. The historic town of Priego do Cordoba is 25 minutes. The town of Loja is 25 minutes. Granada with its famous Alhambra palace is 1 hour. Zagra with its castle is 10 minutes away. Please note the above are driving times.

Further Details:

Local shops, restaurants and banks can be found in Algarinejo as well as an award winning restaurant. All the other villages have retaurants, shops, banks with cash machines. All restaurants serve the local food. Local markets are - Ventorros de San Jose is on a Wednesday morning. Algarinejo on a Saturday morning. Zagra on a Thursday morning. Bike hire can be booked at Priego de Cordoba or Rute to fully explore the beautiful surrounding countryside. Leisure activities such as golf and horse riding are within easy access of the casita. The area is popular with bird watchers, walkers and botanists as there are a variety of unusual plants like wild orchids to be seen, especially in the spring in April and May. The Wolf Park at Antequerra is approximately 50 minutes drive away and tickets can be booked to hear the twlight howls.Please book tickets for the Alhambra Palace in Granada on line before you come as the summer months are usually booked up very quickly.

There is a small provisions store at the casita, which includes all the essentials you will need if you decided to stay in and cook on the BBQ.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn / Winter
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 May 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
£100 (UK pounds) cheque or bank transfer, per week is the deposit required on booking. I now also take payments via Paypal. If you wish to send payments via Paypal ( use credit cards etc.) please send via my email sue.casitaalmendras@gmail.com (please don't send to my contact email) The remainder of the monies due, to be paid in Euros on arrival, or by bank transfer in sterling 4 weeks before your arrival date. Please email the owners for further details. The deposit is non refundable.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday - but this can be flexible and is not written in stone.
During your stay the towels will be changed mid week and bedding changed after 7 days. A welcome pack, including wine and lager, is provided in the casita.

Notes on prices:
Prices from 375-425 pounds per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 16-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The en-suite bathroom has a large 1 m2 shower, toilet and wash basin in white as well as a fan. Shower toiletries provided.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom has a large king size bed (2 x singles can be arranged if preferred) 2 x bedside tables with lamps as well as a dressing table, stool, chest of drawers and large built in wardrobes. Hair drier supplied.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Notes on accommodation: The large casita has full private use of the pool. Heating is provided in the form of slim panel electric wall heaters during the winter months. Fans are provided in the summer for the bedrooms. All the windows and doors have fly screens to enable a warm breeze to flow through the casita in the spring and summer months. Outside: The large private tiled pool is 11 metres x 7 metres with easy access down into the water via wide steps. It has underwater lighting installed for night swimming. The private pool is for the exclusive use of the casita. There is a tiled shower by the pool. There are sun loungers, tables and umbrellas as well as a large wooden built shaded area on the south facing terrace around the pool. The private terrace of the casita is equipped with a granite table and wrought iron chairs, along with sunbeds as well as a large gas barbecue. There is a shaded sitting area in the casita garden for dining out or for just sitting and admiring the views of the mountains and olive trees and many wild birds. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included in the rental price. Clean towels every 3 days. Cleaning once a week or more frequently if required. Bed change is once a week or more frequently if required. Pool towels can be provided by the owners -please advise when booking. Other: Small provisions store with essentials and honesty box. Washing machine for sole use of the casita clients.

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