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Stunning Views from Vine Terraces Down Rio Chico Valley

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

House near Orgiva,00878 Las Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain - Village House with Pool, Near Orgiva, Granada Province, Beautifully Restored on 2 Floors 70

Casa Chica is a pretty house on the edge of the ancient and sleepy hamlet of Bayacas, a 10 minute drive, or 25 minute walk along the Rio Chico from Orgiva. The Rio Chico runs through the village from the snow-capped high Sierra Nevada towards Orgiva, a bustling market town. On a clear day you can see the Mediterranean in the distance. The house is beautifully renovated in the traditional Moorish style with original chestnut beams, alcoves, hand-made tiles and fireplace and is well equipped with all modern equipment. There is a large roof terrace, and 2 other terraces, and swimming pool (4.5m x 3.6m) all facing south or south-east, where you can enjoy the stunning views, listen to the goat herd passing and village life. In the village is one of the oldest churches in Las Alpujarras and also riding stables. There is a strenuous walk up past some ruins to Carataunas where there is a bar/restaurant. There is some lovely walks in all directions, through olives, avocado, almond, orange and lemon groves.

Sally Birtwell
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 February, 2017

About Sally Birtwell

Sal and Andy live in and run a Healing Retreat Centre in the Heart of the Cotswolds but we have another house, because we have a passion for restoring ruins in beautiful places! We have 6 children who are all grown up and doing interesting things, and Andy is trying to sell his water purifying business in Hitchin (a long way from home). We have lived in the area for about 39 years and our 7 grandchildren live up the road and 3 in Brighton. We spend our time running our businesses and seeing our family and visiting our house in Spain to 'get away from it all', but whatever 'it' is seems to come with us! Andy loves tinkering with his old cars and mowers and actually mowing on some ancient machine and Sal loves singing and dancing and a million other things.

Sally Birtwell purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Sally Birtwell chose Sierra Nevada Area

We fell in love with this village because it feels as if it is still in the last century (or two) and yet it is walking distance to the market town of Orgiva with lots of vibrant bars and restaurants and alternative shops. We first read about the region in Driving over lemons by Chris Stewart, with his hilarious tales of buying a derelict house close by, and his dealings with his neighbours, and we wanted to experience this beautiful and historic place before it changed irrevocably with tourism and commerce. The area is still traditionally farmed and our neighbour still uses mules. The architecture is original Moorish It is utterly unspoilt and quiet with the tinkling sound of goat bells as they are driven through the valley. We first came to the area as we were attracted to Cortijo Romero, an Alternative Retreat Centre near Orgiva. We came back many times and eventually the spell of the whole area bewitched us.

What makes this cottage unique

We have the best of all worlds in that it is in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada- Las Alpujarras - with ancient mule tracks between the old pueblos blancos (Moorish white villages) and in a few miles of hairpin bends you are in the very high Sierras and can walk to Mulhacen, the highest peak of over 4,800 metres The village is full of almond lemon and orange trees, avocados and vines, and colourful Mediterranean plants. It only takes 35 minutes to drive to the Costa Tropical with lovely fish restaurants and warm Mediterranean sea. Then there is the amazing cultural city of Granada and the Alhambra Palace less than an hour away where you can stroll through the old Arab quarter. And for us, the added benefit of being able to get to the Ski resort in an hour and half. With the new motorway it takes an hour and a half from Malaga Airport, and we often stay the night there when we arrive at the airport, and enjoy downtown Malage, and the beaches on the way to the house. So really we have everything we possible need at our fingeretips.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The addition of the pool has really enhanced our holiday, it is so beautiful to sit by and listen to the goat bells. So beautifully rustic and yet close to Orgiva. (Bea)

'What makes Casa Chica different is the exceptionally high standard of care and thought that have gone into its restoration, making it a very beautiful (and practical) environment. The views are wonderful and there is nothing but goat bells to disturb the peace.' (Suzie Straw).

Watching the sun creep behind the mountains, from the beautiful roof terrace, with a delicious glass of Rioja in hand and some local Jamon Serrano to munch on, I didn't think our fairy tale stay could get any better (Justine Warhurst).

I could indulge myself in so many favourite things: exploring the old mule trails on foot or horseback eating at any number of nearby restaurants and bars, getting to know the Alhambra and Granada, visiting the coast or just enjoying the tranquil mountain views from the casa roof terrace. (Penny Smith)
Dec 2007
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4.8/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

Portsmouth, England

A wonderful place to relax and unwind.

  • 5 of 5

A perfect place to relax and unwind. The house is beautiful, very comfortable and is fitted out in a lovely Moorish style. Such a wonderful retreat it was so hard to tear ourselves away. Nothing to do all day other than enjoy the views, relax on one of several terraces, dip in the pool and listen to the bird song or occasional the sound of the goat herd passing through. Good location also is you wish to be more active and visit the lovely white towns and villages of the Alpujarras. We definitely hope to return. A real gem.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review, we can't wait to get out there ourselves, it's one of our favourite places. Do come back!
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wonderful week

  • 4 of 5

We've just arrived back from a week's stay. We had a wonderful time. The house was lovely, spacious (we were five), very welcoming, nicely kept and clean for our arrival. I liked that there are a lot of bathrooms/toilets. The views are gorgeous and I really liked Orgiva, the nearest town. There was more going on there than I had thought.

Thanks to Sally for giving us the opportunity to stay in her house and thanks to Yves and Janet next door for helping us out with a few bits and bobs.

I highly recommend this rental property.

Katie and Francois


  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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My dream house! Beautiful local tiles everywhere, cosy log stove, terraces & plunge pool.

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully created holiday home is thoughtfully laid out and very pretty - you could stay put for a whole week enjoying local walks and sunshine.

The kitchen is very well appointed with a great juicing machine for the lovely local oranges. An excellent log burning stove creates a cosy evening atmosphere (we visited in spring - not needed in summer, I imagine). Various terraces and a plunge pool give lots of options for sitting out. Amazing views from the roof terrace, alongside a BBQ and lots of seating, lounging chairs. Bayacas itself is tiny, very rustic and pedestrianised but it's a v.short walk to car park. Bars, cafes, shops are all a short drive away in Orgiva. The next door neighbour manages the property so is very easy to contact.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Simply great!

The house is very comfortable, has everything you need, nice Marrocan details with the classic Spanish White house feel and the swimming pool is fantastic.

Location is secluded, but we loved it.

The house and area has stolen our heart and we'll be back again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring
18 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Spring/Easter
7 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Half Term - Summer hol
27 May 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Holidays
21 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Winter
1 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
30% when booking and balance payable 2 weeks before.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day at the moment.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Órgiva in Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This is an ensuite to "The pool room bedroom"
  • En suite shower room plus wc to bedroom 1 and en suite shower room plus wc to bed 2, plus separate bathroom, bidet and wc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , This room can either be a twin or a double
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, double bed and en suite shower and balcony/small terrace facing south east. Bedroom 2, twin bedded with en suite, downstairs outside, directly below sitting room. It is light but has no view. Bedroom 3. Twin bedded or double bedded room "The pool Room Bedroom" situated on other side of the pool. Radiators in all rooms. Beds can be made double.
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
Notes on accommodation: The second bedroom is directly below the sitting rooms but down steep stairs outside and we do not think it will be suitable for the very old, the very young and the very drunk! We have a travel cot and high chair. The main patio is closed off from all stairs by gates to make it safe for toddlers. Outside: Our roof terrace is large and looks out over 3 directions but is sheltered by a higher property to the north. The vine terrace outside the front door is dappled sunlight and faces south with small swimming pool. (4.5m x 3.6m, heated by solar panels) The pool is only accessible through a gate so that toddlers are safe. The small terrace/balcony that leads from bedroom 1 and the dining area faces south east. We have 2 sun-loungers and a dining table and chairs on the roof. The table and chairs on the lower terrace are interchangeable and modular with the ones in the house. Storage area (and water tank housing) for garden chairs on roof terrace. Utility Room: Washing machine, boiler and gas bottles. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided but not beach towels. The house will be cleaned before your arrival.

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