|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The Villa house, sleeping four, can be rented together with the old village house (cottage) which sleeps six and guests can share all the facilities. This is an ideal arrangement for families holidaying together or parties of friends that would appreciate more space. The two properties are situated opposite each other, both with fully equipped kitchens. The village house is 200 years old with an expansive sun terrace, while the Villa has a swimming pool surrounded by gardens. Both have beautiful views of the valleys and mountains
Casa Daimalos, along with the village house next door, has been lived in by the owners for three generations. This charming house has its own secluded swimming pool and is set on the edge of a small village, looking out across a sheltered valley planted with olives, almonds and vines, and crowned with the ruins of a Moorish castle. The village church has a tower adapted from the oldest minaret in Andalucia and a Mudejar ceiling plus recently discovered, rather worn, 18th century frescoes. The key can be found with the ladies who will order your bread
The extensive terrace area is shaded by a vine-covered pergola, and the garden is full of fruit trees and flowers, including yuccas, jacarandas, bourgainvillea, aloes, oranges, lemons, grapefruit and a pomegranate.
Inside, the large (40 sq. m.) sitting/dining room, has an informal family character, with antique furniture, an open fireplace and a library with hundreds of books: these include (normally found on the right-hand side of the shelves) a memoir called The Bottle Brush Tree, written by the owner and describing how he and his wife discovered Daimalos, plus a book of poems called Sketches from the Sierra Tejeda by John Fuller who was a frequent visitor.
This house, sleeping four, can be rented together with the old village house which sleeps six and can share all the facilities of Casa Daimalos. Casa Daimalos can also be rented separately and is an ideal base for walking and exploring, especially in spring and autumn.
THE VILLAGE HOUSE
The 200 year-old village house, next to the village fountain, with entrance planted with bourganvillia and troughs of flowers, has an atmospheric sitting room with many original features, including ancient beams and cane ceilings, an open fireplace and alcoves for storing earthenware wine jars. Steps lead down to an adequately equipped kitchen with gas oven and four hobs, plus fridge/freezer. There is a twin-bed double bedroom leading from the sitting room, and down a couple of steps is another bedroom with double bed and tiled shower room. There is access to a small patio, filled with sweet smelling jasmine. The door from the patio leads on to a small track directly opposite Casa Daimalos. A charmingly primitive staircase leads up to the twin-bedded master bedroom occupying the entire first floor with door to a secluded vine-covered roof terrace and built-in barbecue. There is a large en-suite bathroom.
Hugh and Georgina bought the village house in 1973, and spent Summer holidays there with their two children Adam and Dan. Twenty years ago they bought a large plot of land next to the house, and built what is now Casa Daimalos with its gardens and secluded pool. Three generations of the family still regularly visit for holidays; the village is very close to our hearts.
Adam Seymour-Davies purchased this cottage in 1973
These properties will appeal to those who want to holiday in a slightly more remote (but convenient) location away from the main tourist areas. The houses are located on the edge of a traditional Andalucian village in a stunning hillside rural spot.
The rates quoted are per property. A deposit of £100 per week is required to confirm booking. Saturday changeover days are preferred, but we do accept that flights can be cheaper midweek and are willing to be flexible where possible.
Saturday changeover days are preferred, but we do accept that flights can be cheaper midweek and are willing to be flexible where possible. As stated above we request guests to leave before 10am and arrive after 5pm to allow time for cleaning.
Notes on prices:
Prices are per property per week in UK Pounds.
NB Very reduced prices for long lets. If both houses are let together they provide very comfortable and cheap accommodation for 10 people.
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:
I have recently returned from a week away with my husband and three friends in these really unique holiday homes. There was plenty of room for us all, as we spread out across both houses. The original house is just across the path from the main villa and remains practically unaltered, and very traditionally Spanish. Next door, the owners built a more spacious villa in keeping with the wider village. This house has stunning views over the mountains and a beautiful private pool surrounded by fully grown gardens (including a lemon tree - handy for G&T!). Everyone could keep their own hours because of the separated living arrangements, but we cooked and dined together in the villa house every day, which has a large terrace and outdoor dining table.
Sunny days were spent around the pool, catching sun and reading from the very impressive library, and we also visited some lovely nearby villages and a winery, enjoyed spectacular views from the ruined castle on the other side of the valley, and had paella at a beach restaurant on the coast. You can tell this is a family home and not just some holiday villa. It feels just like being invited to stay at a friend’s place in the mountains! Both homes have been lovingly decorated with traditional Spanish antiques, unlike many rental villas.
The private garden is really peaceful, being right on the edge of this small Andalusian village. I can’t recommend the place highly enough. I’ve already booked in again for next season. Thank you Adam and Family