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Contemporary, Spacious Villa; WiFi; Gated Private Pool. Sleeps 8. Wide Terraces

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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About the property

Las Alegrias: 5 bed/5 bath, Spacious Villa. Orgiva, La Alpujarra, Andalucia, Spain - Mountain Views. Gated Pool. Large garden. 5 Mins Shops/Restaurant

Las Alegrias is a spacious, thoughtfully renovated villa. With 4-5 beds/5 bath/1-2 living-rooms it offers contemporary fixtures and fittings; sturdy, handsome furniture; v.well equipped kitchen; 2 fridge-freezers. Webber Gas and charcoal BBQs. WiFi/Sat TV Freeview using Android/DVD. Large comprehensive Library. Darts/Games. Large walled/private/gated/terraced swimming-pool - children friendly. Tiled dining table, lots of loungers and chairs, all with cushions. Choices of sunbathing/shade/dining areas. Sun terrace with dining table for 8++, swing-seat and comfy seating. Hammock with shading in garden. Upstairs terrace. Plenty of space throughout house and garden to spread yourselves out.

The air quality is superb. Explore valley river-beds and stunning mountain passes with glorious views. Birds galore. Elusive Mountain Ibex. Walking, biking, pony/horse-trekking. Visit whitewashed, cobbled, Alpujarran Moorish villages. Taste local tapas and wines in the areas' amazing choice of bars/restaurants. Golf courses are easily accessible. 40 mins north lies terrific site-seeing and shopping in Granada, with its unmissable Alhambra Palace and the ski resort above on the highest Spanish mountain range, the Sierra Nevada. 30 mins south lies the Costa Tropical with beaches ranging from secluded coves to large resorts.

Las Alegrias is an idyllic place to enjoy a superbly relaxing holiday. We have worked over the last 10 years to create somewhere you can thoroughly enjoy. We have a delightful Spanish couple looking after the house. Sergio has created a lovely garden and ensures the swimming pool is sparklingly clean. His wife Celia creates a neat, tidy and clean environment for you to feel at home in as soon as you arrive. She buys you a welcome 'pack' of eggs, bread, butter, milk, water, beer and wine so there will be one meal for you in case you arrive after shops have closed. On the wide terrace around the crystal clear, private swimming pool are comfortable loungers, a dining table and lots of chairs. The views all around you are both magnificent and delightful. You can gently swing on the hammock shaded by a cane awning whilst drifting into an after lunch doze, with the sounds of the countryside as your lullaby.

To save you having to drive, you are in walking distance (3 minutes) from two good restaurants where you can have a drink and tapas, order a take-away, or sit and relax with a delicious meal. This makes your life very easy if you don't want to bother cooking or BBQing. Alternatively, a 5 minute drive, or 15 minute stroll up to Orgiva town allows you a large choice of cafes, restaurants and tapas bars.

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Caroline Riddell
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Using GoogleTranslate makes communication easy
Calendar last updated:
17 January, 2017

About Caroline Riddell

Hello. I am Caroline married to David. David is retired editor/journalist with the Racing Post and I'm a psychotherapist. I love creating comfort with a bit of style in our home and spent pleasurable times seeking out things to enhance it . David is passionate about music, especially classical and jazz. We both love reading. The villa has a large, diverse library of books, CDs and DVDs.

We live in a cottage in Hampshire overlooking fields with horses and pheasants roaming around. We have a cat called Fred. When I was 53 I fell ill and we decided that, should I be unable to work, we needed to think about how to fund ourselves without my financial input. So we decided to buy somewhere nice for ourselves to enjoy and to rent out. One year later I was well again and we had found these wonderful Alpujarran mountains in Andalucia. Soon after we bought a ruin on a large plot of land. Now we have a villa.

Caroline Riddell purchased this villa in 2004

Why Caroline Riddell chose Sierra Nevada Area

When deciding what we wanted, we knew that the area would have to have lovely bright blue skies, plenty of sunshine especially in the winter. We have tested out the weather more recently in October, November and March and have enjoyed fabulous wall to wall sunshine. The walks are many and various, from easy to extreme!! Wherever you are the views are gorgeous. We found the Alpujarra region because David read 'South from Granada' by Gerald Brenan and then I read 'Driving Over Lemons' by Chris Stewart (our well known local author). Both authors evoked a magical, mountainous terrain mingled with fascinating Spanish culture and history. All of this we found, and more. Why did we buy this particular plot? The rural location, walkable into Orgiva, the wonderful smell of orange blossom, the spectacular uninterrupted mountain views, the peacefulness and, in particular, the opportunity to create something from scratch.

We also love being equidistant from the coast and Granada's Alhambra Palace (35 kms).

What makes this villa unique

Las Alegrias is 5 minutes drive and 15 minutes walk from Orgiva. You can drive almost anywhere you want for holiday experiences within half to one hour. Golf, tennis, seaside, theme parks, historical monuments, wonderful restaurants/tapas bars, skiing in the winter, walking, riding, biking, mountaineering. Or you can stay put at the villa and completely relax sunbathing, swimming or if you prefer to sit in shady spots, there is plenty of choice. The villa has thick walls making it cool inside in the summer and warm in the winter. We offer a spacious, comfortable, modern interior with good quality, strong, comfortable furniture. We don't pretend to be ultra fashionable, we want our place to be easy to use. Our very helpful house manager is always available to help you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Written in visitors' book:- Excellent holiday, great location, well appointed accommodation. T&J, Sept.08.

Setting so peaceful and serene. K&C, Nov.2008.

What a great part of Spain. WG, Feb.09.

Wonderful ten days, batteries recharged. C&U April 09.

Nos encarta tu cortijo! All boxes ticked for all ages 4-72. J&C July 2009.

Weather has been perfect, glad of cooling dips in pool (30* every day) The S Family, Aug.09.

Great house and pool. The B Family. April 2010.

Lovely to come to a holiday home where kitchen is well equipped. T&R Sept.10.

We've had wonderful time...be back next year. G&D July 8 - Sept 11 2011.

A wonderful house with a soul. J,A,S&S Apr'12.

Really enjoyed our 2nd long stay in your lovely home. G&D. Jul-Sept 2012.

Despite weather...enough sun to go home ruddier. M. Feb.13

Lovely place. Enjoyed snowboarding in Sierras..plenty of snow! Beach so close! R.Apr'13.

We enjoy comments and constructive criticism, thank you.
Aug 2008
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Las Alegrias, a beautifull house and garden!

  • 4 of 5

As a family with four teenages girls we enjoyed staying for a week in Las Alegrias. A spacious house with stunning garden and pool. The girls enjoyed the pool, the parents the threes to relax in the shade as July is rather hot!.

Nice surrounding mountains. For a longer hike you have to get a bit higher up, which is only 30 min. by car.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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A little piece of Orgiva heaven

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location, 15 mins walk up a quiet lane into town. Very well equipped villa with modern kitchen and everything you need and more. Lots of local information and maps. Pool is tremendous and we didn't venture far from it, you're not overlooked and it has a stunning view of the hills so you can easily while away the day splashing around and achieving very little. Sergio who looks after the pool and the beautiful grounds is very friendly and unobtrusive. The layout of the house is quirky and we did a bit of bedroom swapping before we settled on the right arrangement for us but there's lots of beds and lots of space so you won't struggle. Don't take up suitcase space with books as the owners have the most incredible number and range of books which you are welcome to borrow during your stay. Half an hour in the car to the beach at Salobrena which is lovely. Restaurants in town are friendly and the food is good, the pizza place with the orange trees is fab, excellent food and very friendly staff. Very relaxing stay, the goats wander up the lane regularly and it was lovely to listen to the goat bells clanging as they passed.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Excellent family holiday with lots of sun

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent two week easter break. With the children both both enjoying the pool.

The house was very well equipped and provided for all our needs. It was nice to have the wine and beer when we arrived. The views from tge terrace were amazing!

We hope to return next year.

Thank you for a great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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Great location and a wonderful villa

  • 5 of 5

Las Alegrias has four double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, a suberb pool, a lovely garden, and wonderful views of the hills. The two nearby restaurants (walking diatance) are friendly and offer excellent value. The local towns are well worth exploring, while the Alhambra is an easy 40 minute drive away. Our weather in mid-September was perfect - 28 degrees each day. Our family and friends greatly enjoyed their time there.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Ideal for a fantastic stay in the Alpujarras

  • 5 of 5

Las Algerias is located near the town of Orgiva, ideal for visits to Granada, the coast, or deeper into the Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada mountains. This central location means that sightseeing and visits are easy (provided you have a car!).

The house has all the facilities you would expect, and more, from a holiday villa. The owners are very generous with the items they share with their guests. The property itself is spacious and comfortable making it ideal for families. The pool is very well looked after by Sergio, who takes a real pride in its condition; no stinging-eyes, or chlorine smells - just crystal clear water! If you are a Spanish speaker, Sergio will be very happy to advise on local attractions, tourist routes, etc.

For me, the best part of each day was, however, relaxing in the peace-and-quiet of the terrace, eating tasty dinners (or barbecues), and watching the sun-set colours illuminating the mountain range, whilst sipping a cool beer. Once dark, the milky way is clearly visible in the mountain sky.

The central location meant our family managed to cram an awful lot into our holiday. We visited Granada 4 times (the Alhambra is a must), 2 long walks in the Alpujarras, 2 trips to the beach, and various other touristy trips, all within a 2 week stay (exhausted on our return, though!).

The whole family really enjoyed our stay. The property and the area were superb and I think we'll be back again in a few years for another holiday - and for more of the same.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Las Alegrias - a perfect view!

  • 4 of 5

We arrived 1st August 2015 and were immediately impressed with the spacious villa and pool. The villa is very well maintained and has everything you could possibly need for a family holiday. The pool is a separate gated area, so just perfect for families with young children.

It is a wonderful location for exploring Las Alpujarras and not too far from the beach either. Orgiva, Trevelez, Pampaneira are great places to visit. If you go to Pampaneira try the bar El Lagar - authentic Andalucian food and very friendly staff. La Alhambra is a absolute must, as is Granada city. We also visited the caves in Nerja, which were very impressive. For the more adventurous try El Caminito del Rey in Malaga - Amazing walk and views.

We dealt directly with Caroline, who was just lovely and the whole process of booking was made very easy. The two local people that help look after the property, Celio and Sergio were also fantastic and provided lots of local information about where to go and good places to eat.

So much to see and do, two weeks certainly wasn't long enough. We plan to stay for three weeks next time...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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29 Oct 2017 - 3 Mar 2018
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4 Mar 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Órgiva in Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Aubergine: ensuite/bath/shower/bidet/basin/wc. Aquamarine: ensuite/shower/basin/wc. Avocado/Apricot: share main bath/shower over/bidet/basin/wc. Downstairs Hallway: Sep. shower-room/basin/wc/storage cupboard. Upstairs: shower-room/basin/wc.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 to 8 (4-5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1: Aubergine: large king + ensuite. Bed 2: Avocado: spacious/twin beds. Bed 3: Apricot: 2 sturdy, single bunk beds, one over other. Bed 4: Aquamarine: queen double + ensuite Bed 5/Living 2: double sofabed + single Z-bed + ensuite Spacious+comfy
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: All rooms enjoy lovely views to the mountains. Floors are tiled throughout. All rooms have fans. Upstairs: 2nd sitting-room (or bed 5)+ensuite shower-room; large terrace. Food pack of milk, bread, butter, eggs, water, beer and wine will welcome you. If you would like other food bought for your arrival, please contact caroline before you travel. Restaurants are open in Orgiva on sunday. Normally shops close on Sundays. There is a comprehensive information folder in the villa. From November to February it is often clear and sunny between 10.00-17.00 hours, but you will need a sweater/jacket at night and heavier clothing if you go up the mountains. For the cooler months the villa is electrically heated and has a large wood burner in the downstairs living-rm (logs provided). Duvets and blankets in every bedroom. The bunk beds (2 singles one above the other) are sturdy, suitable for adults and children, with deep, comfortable matresses. We like comfort ourselves and we stay here often. Outside: Main terrace has dining table (seats 10) Webber gas+charcoal BBQs, comfy armchairs/sofa; coffee table; shade and swing chair. Paved path leads to private, walled/gated swimming-pool 12m x 5m, depth from 1.5m to 2m. Cleaned weekly, its cleanliness benefits from guests using poolside shower before swimming. Spacious, non-slip terracing surrounds pool with shaded dining area, table+chairs. Plenty of sun loungers (plus cushions). Lights around and inside the pool for night time dining/swimming. Sun warms the water very well from April-October. The owner has swum in February. A large selection of melamine/plastic dining/drink-ware is available to avoid breakages by the pool. Landscaped front garden has a variety of flowering shrubs, bougainvillea, lavendar, herbs and wood-store. The rear garden is unlandscaped with orange, olive and almond trees, grapevines and laid mainly to grass. Large car parking area and shaded car-port for 2 cars. Solar panels heat water in house. Utility Room: Large Cupboard in downstairs shower-room/WC houses clothers dryers, soap powder, cleaning materials, hoover, iron and ironing board. An internal courtyard, open to sky, offers complete privacy, houses washing machine to keep noise away from main house. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen/bath/hand towels provided - changed weekly if required. Pool cleaned weekly at agreed time. Cleaning service provided at 10 euros per hour. Please call the House Manager to arrange whatever you require. Cot/high chair provided on request. Other: Smoke alarms throughout. Woodburner+electric heating. One beach-towel provided per person for the holiday. Fly screens/shutters. Darts board. Pub football game. Welcome food pack: Eggs, bread, butter, milk, water, wine, beer. All shops closed on Sunday.

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