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The Best Views In Alhama de Granada! In the heart of the medieval market town. - Lorca

Overview

Property

Updated: 05-Dec-2016
Romantic apartment in historic Arabic Quarter with bars, cafes, shops and scenic walks on the doorstep.

Our apartment 'Lorca' is a converted attic space in our lovingly restored town house. It is light and airy with a contemporary open plan feel. It has a lovely terrace with stunning views.

Our apartment Cervantes is traditionally furnished in a Moroccan Deco/Andalusian style It has a spacious terrace with the same wonderful views as Lorca.

Both apartments are self contained and lockable and entered from a common hallway of this lovely old town house.

Lorca accommodation is furnished with modern furniture, wooden floors and original art works. The sleeping area has a very comfortable king size bed with crisp white Egyptian cotton bedding. The living space has a sofa, dining table and chairs and a wood burning stove for when the evenings are cooler. A selection of dvds and books are provided.

The spacious, modern bathroom has a walk in shower, double sinks and a huge bath big enough for two- perfect for a romantic weekend or honeymoon. From the bath you can lie back and look out over the landscape.

Leading from the living room there is a fully equipped modern studio kitchen with halogen hob, sink and fridge. The kitchen leads straight out onto a sunny terrace furnished with a table and chairs. There are stunning views over olive groves and wooded hills.

Cervantes accommodation sleeps two in a lovely beamed bedroom and a third person on a mezzanine sleeping platform in the living room. The bedroom has an blue antique double bed, wardrobe space and a beautiful turquoise wet room. The room opens up onto a shuttered small balcony from which you can see the bell tower of the church Santa Maria.

An arch leads to a living room with a beamed ceiling and terracotta floor. A pretty feature is the alcove day bed which turns into an extra single sleeping area at night. There is a red art deco sofa next to the wood burning stove.

Blue shutters lead to another small balcony at the front of the house. At the back is a blue tiled Andalusian kitchen with sink, hob, fridge and table and chairs.

This leads out onto a spacious terrace with great views of the Andalucian countryside. The sun filled patio is furnished with table, chairs, sun loungers and a barbecue. Wifi is now available- bring your laptop.

There's plenty of films and books for quiet nights in or afternoons on the terrace.

More Details

Details for holiday apartment Lorca, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Lorca is a self contained apartment at the top of our converted town house in the heart of the ancient Arabic quarter of this lively market town. The back of the house looks out on stunning countryside views of rolling hills, ploughed fields and olive groves. From the front you can see over the rooftops to the church tower.

The apartment is open plan with a king sized bed, sofa, table and chairs and wood burning stove. There's a spacious bathroom with walk in shower, double sinks and a bath made for two.The little studio kitchen is ideal for rustling up snacks and you can while away some time reading on the sunny terrace. The views are amazing and the light is always changing.

The house is In a quiet location away from main roads but we are only a few minutes walk from lively tapas bars, cafes and restaurants. In five minutes you could be walking in the scenic gorge or browsing in the little artisan shops for regional food and drink, local products and handmade crafts.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I (Alizon) am a writer and a lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature. John is a photographer and gardener. We have both found creative inspiration living and staying at the house. In the ground floor library/living room there are over a 1000 books ranging from crime novels, to poetry, from art and photography books to travel guides. Books are also distributed throughout the house in various nooks and crannies and you can always find a good place to curl up and read.

We both have an interest in Art and Design and this is reflected in the house where original art work is on display and where thought and care has gone into the unique look of each floor. We love film and tv too and there are plenty of dvds and boxed sets to keep you amused and entertained.

We both have eclectic tastes in music although Punk rock is our first love. John has many punk records plus music books and other collectibles. Guests often comment on how they loved our film and music collection.

We live in Lancaster where I teach and John takes photographs and tends gardens. We are also developing our design company upcycling vintage furniture.

I am currently working on my second novel, several short stories and a poetry collection as well as writing my lifestyle blog.

I have four grown up daughters and two grandchildren which also keep me busy.

Our house in Alhama is our own go-to place for rest and retreat and for recharging our creative energy. We hope you get the same out the house as we do.

If you are interested in organising a creative event or book club holiday please get in touch as we can find extra accommodation should our own house not be big enough.

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Speaks English, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Lovely Apartment, great views, goldfinches in the square, energising walks in the gorge and hot springs to wallow in. Alhama is truly wonderful especially the tapas in the wondrous Ochoa.' Alan. Lancaster



“A great place + a wonderful town. The info you provided was perfect.” Laura & Damien, Sevenoaks, Kent



“Have had a brilliant time in Alhama. Lots to see and do and eat and drink. Perfect apartment – we’ll miss the view from our lovely balcony very much. Thank you. Mark & Pippa, London



http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/scotland/travel-alhama-de-granada-spain-1-2181598



'The flat is beautiful and Alhama so peaceful and full of beautiful things.' Lizzie Lancaster



We had such a fabulous time in Alhama, it was such an idyllic week, we loved the house so much and the townthank you for all your kindness, and for having such a lovely and welcoming home. Annie Manchester



The apartments are very clean with a lovely balcony or patio with stunning views. Trip advisor
Dec 2008
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12 Reviews

4.8
based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

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Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

Lorca is an open plan appartment (kitchen, lounge area and bed) with adjacent bathroom, shower, toilet, bath etc. It is very comfortable and has (slow) wifi and a DVD player with a selection of mostly leftfield films to watch and indie CDs to listen to. There is a balcony, and eating on this while looking over the hills at sunrise and sunset was one of the real pleasures of our stay. The appartment was clean and generally well-maintained, but various things ranging from taps to lighbulbs need attention. Minor quibbles. The owner's instructions and local details were very helpful. Sami who let us in was helpful too and it was good to know that someone was on hand should we have needed anything.

The appartment is situated on a hill in the old part of town. For the most part it is very quiet apart from the day time tolling of the church bells and dogs barking in the distance. Alhama welcomes tourists but it feels like it has other business to get on with too.

We spent a happy eight days wandering around (the guided tour is essential), walking along the gorge to the various spas and just hanging out reading. Alhama was also a good base for travelling further afield. We did two trips out of town: Granada was just over an hour away. Directly north at a slightly longer distance is the picturesque town of Montefrío which we went to on spec rather than a recommendation. The town stands on a rocky outcrop. Arrive in good time to see all three fine churches before they shut at two and then take lunch.

Alhama is not served with a big supermarket, so be prepared to make the sure daily shop around the various smaller shops part of your daily routine. Friday's market was great. If felt like there were enough bars to eat out every day for a forthnight (although getting used to Spanish times was a mystery to us Scottish folk). Ventorro just a short distance out of town was a hugely enjoyable restaurant for lunch.

Overall, Alhama de Granada was a great sleepy destination to unwind in after a frenetic four days of sightseing in Seville. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Gorgeous Flat in Heart of Alhama de Granada

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable & cosy; everything we needed for our stay; Prior to visit great communications with owner including very thorough welcome booklet with containing loads of useful information; easy assess; very clean; LOVED IT

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Cervantes. Do come back again. We do a lovely discount for returning guests! Kind regards Alizon
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Beautiful room with a fabulous view!!

  • 4 of 5

We were so looking forward to this relaxing holiday and had received lots of fabulous information from the owners ... Alizon and John and wow did we have the best insight into this beautiful jewel of of a traditional Spanish town which was steeped in history and culture! Every bit of our high expectations were met and more... the apartment was simple but clean, superb views and very central to the town square and most amazing gorge on our doorstep!! Everything in that you would need for a perfect holiday.

The festival was on in town from Friday through to Sunday but we found this exciting, entertaining and very wholesome. Flamenco dancers and singers, good bands and a great atmosphere added to our holiday in this typical Spanish town where everybody was friendly, patient and polite as we tried hard to speak our little bit of Spanish that we knew!

Would love to come back and I am sure we will. Stayed in the Lorca, top floor which we would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed our Lorca apartment and Alhama de Granada. Do come back again. We offer discount to returning guests. Kind regards Alizon
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5

Lovely apartment, amazing views, great location!

  • 5 of 5

Our 3 night stay in Cervantes was perfect! Before arrival Alizon was really helpful, and upon arrival Sami (the keyholder) was very friendly and left us with some essentials. It's a traditional 1 bed apartment and we loved the old features (beams, tiles, shutters). The terrace is perfect for relaxing in the sun with a view of the rolling hills. It's a very short walk through lovely narrow cobbled streets to the central plaza for beer and free tapas, and also a short walk to the stunning views of the gorge. I would definitely recommend Cervantes and hope to visit again one day!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you lovely review. We are so pleased you liked lovely Cervantes. That terrace is a great sun trap! We hope you do come back again one day and remember we offer discounts to our many returning guests. All the best Alizon
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Charming, comfortable hideaway with a big view!

  • 5 of 5

We had a relaxing and very comfortable stay in Lorca, and in Alhama. The accomodation is a simple open-plan studio layout, wooden floors, beams here and there, a small but functional kitchenette, and a glassed wall opening onto a terrace with lovely expansive views across the fields and mountains. The quiet and peace are profound. The furnishings are comfortable (bed especially so) and the flat is spotlessly clean. The weather offered both hot and chilly days, and the flat was comfortable at all times. Winter stays here would be no problem. When the weather was too chilly to be comfortable outside on the terrace we simply sat on the settee inside and enjoyed the same views through all the glass as if we were on the terrace. The photographs do not lie (and may not do the view justice). Sami the keyholder is very friendly and helpful. The grocer around the corner is everyone's friend and quickly became ours as well. Alhama is a treasure. Walking the gorge and beyond was a daily pleasurable adventure. The town, and the old quarter in which Lorca is located, are a living page from history. The overall experience is one of quiet, relaxation, and immersion in something that approaches traditions of rural Andalucia which Alhama still manages to hold onto. Alizon's guide to the local tapas bars (and everything else) is comprehensive and spot on. Bar Tigre is not to be missed. Don't be alarmed at how small it is, it is a tardis and food and drink manage to be ordered and delivered with no problem. Eating and drinking it is no problem either, top stuff on both fronts. And that's just one of the friendly local establishments.

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments on our Lorca apartment. We are so pleased you liked Alhama, it really does have a special charm. We would love to have you back and offer discount for returning guests. Hope to see you again Alizon
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Relaxing Clean Calm Great views

  • 5 of 5

We had a really lovely relaxing time in Lorca, the views were wonderful and welcome wine very gratefully received. Alhama de Granada is a great village with lots of excellent Tapas bars steeped in history. Alizon left a very comprehensive list of suggestions. The walks through the gorge and other surrounding walks were all excellent. We visited the Alhambra which was great but suggest an overnight stay in Granada to make the most of this trip. We will return. Trish & Stuart

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review of our Lorca apartment! It's always great to hear guests have had a lovely time in Alhama. We offer discount for returning guests so hope to see you again. Kind regards Alizon
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Location

From the Owner

We bought the house in 2006 and spent what precious time we had in lovingly restoring it. I chose Andalucia because I have always been drawn to Spain and this part of the world seemed as Spanish as you could get. We wanted real Spain and that's what we got. We started looking in Alhama as a friend at work had bought a house here and recommended it. We came with an open mind and asked the agent to show us a wider area. When we arrived we walked down from the house we were renting and saw the gorge for the first time, had our first free tapas and sat in Ochoa bar. We were in love. We told the agent the next day. We only want Alhama nowhere else. When we go out driving in the area we always see if there's any where better, but there isn't. Alhama de Granda is the best town in Spain! When we bought the house it needed lots of work to bring it to guest standard - there was even an ostrich living in the garden. This gave the house its name: Carmen de Pepita - 'the garden of Pepita'. Pepita has long gone to 'the campo' now, but the garden flourishes on what she left behind. We fell in love with the house because of the fantastic views. You just can't beat looking out over rolling hills and olive groves with a glass of something in hand. We know we are biased, but we think our house is the best holiday home for the views we have! It really does have the wow factor! We didn't want a house where you need a 4x4 to get to it down a 4km track. Some people like isolation, but we don't. We like an authentic town where you can wander down for a drink, choose from a variety of bars, chat to locals and enjoy some good food without arguing whose turn it is to drive (It would be mine as John doesn't)! We fell in love with Alhama for its beauty, the friendliness of the people and the lively tapas bars. The whole place is full of life and yet at the same time really restorative. It's truly magical and everyone who stays says the same.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

We are discussing artist's and writer's retreats and book club holidays for the future as well as 1:1 Photography workshops. If you are interested you can email John:

We can also arrange for cycling, walking and a range of outdoor pursuits such as kayaking, quad biking and horse riding. The area is ideal for birdwatching and many different birds have been spotted from our terraces. The local countryside with its diverse wildlife is ideal for nature lovers.

Coast/Beach:

It is about one hour drive to the beach at Torre del Mar and a little further to the beaches at Nerja, La Herradura and Almunecar. We have found a perfect little bay near Almunecar. It is a sheltered cove with a coarse sand beach and crystal clear water.

Travel:

Malaga airport is about an hour and twenty minutes away and pick up can be arranged for 80 euros each way although we recommend a car. However, many of our guests have not hired a car and managed well enough without one. Alhama has everything you need and Granada and Malaga are accessible by bus.

Distances:

The magnificent city of Granada is about one hour away. Here you can visit the world famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, explore the Moorish quarter of Albacain with its maze of Moroccan bazaars or take in a Flamenco show in the cave district of Sacramonte. The city of Malaga is well worth a visit and the Picasso museum often has some great exhibitions.

The market town of Loja is about 30 minutes away and Seville and Cordoba about 2 hours- (public transport available.)

Further Details:

Alhama has everything you need for a short or long stay and you don't need a car unless you want to go further afield. We have a 'secret supermarket' a few doors away and there are bigger shops in the town. Fish shops and butchers cater for all your needs and the weekly market on Friday sells everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to clothes and shoes- all at bargain prices.

There is a municipal swimming pool with a lovely shaded grass area and a bar offering cold drinks and snacks. The hotel Pato Loco 2 miles away has a very large pool open to the public. The pools cost €2/€3.50 per adult to get in. Both Pato Loco and Ventorro, the restaurant next door, do great Sunday lunch. The garlic chicken and the trout at Ventorro are particularly recommended. Ventorro also has a wonderful Arabic spa bath built into caves. It has a jacuzzi, steam room and cold plunge as well as the warm main pool. Entrance is about 2 euros and half price on Tuesday. You can even have a massage for 15 euros! The hotel Balneario also offers a range of spa treatments. This hotel is built at the Roman hot springs, but if you don't want to go to the hotel you can do as the locals do and bathe in the warm pools that flow into the river from the springs.

A short drive takes you to the Lake Bermajales where you can swim, windsurf, kayak or simply picnic on one of the benches under the pines.

One of the best thing about Alhama is the bars- we haven't counted them, but still haven't been in them all. All have their own typically Spanish style and offer free tapas with every drink. These range from Prawns in Garlic to Roast Pork, Jamon Serrano and battered Aubergines. With a good glass of Rioja costing €2 you can have a very reasonable holiday indeed.

If you want something more substantial there are several restaurants to cater for your needs.

If you want to experience real Spain why not come for the February Carnival or one of the many ferias and fiestas.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Autumn/Winter
1 Nov 2016 - 1 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
£80
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Summer 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
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£90
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£295
£1,000
 
 
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2 night minimum stay
£90
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£295
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please phone or email us for details. We require a £50 per person deposit for one week stays and £100 per person deposit for 2 weeks paid at the time of booking into our UK account if paying in sterling or our Spanish account if paying in euros. Please state if you would like us to telephone you.

Changeover Day:
We are flexible on changeover days.

Notes on prices:
Prices include gas and electric, and in winter a basket of wood.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Both our apartments Lorca and Cervantes look out over the most stunning Andalucian countryside and yet we are at the heart of an ancient and very historic town. It's very peaceful and tranquil and you feel really close to nature without being in a remote location. You can sip a drink on the terrace and watch the light change over the olive groves, see the farmer plough his field, the goatherd drive his animals home and spot many birds of prey. Summer evenings bring spectacular shows of shooting stars. If you wish to holiday with family or friends you can rent two other apartments in the same house. You will still have your own privacy but be together! It's an inspiring place for writers and artists. The light is wonderful. In a few minutes you can walk to the magnificent gorge with its ruined flour mills and abundance of flora and fauna. Five minutes brings you to two traditional squares surrounded by lively bars where the tapas are still free and top quality Rioja is served at €2 a glass! The local wine is also very good and frequent wine tasting evenings are on offer. The town has an annual festival of wine too! Alhama is drawing a reputation for its tapas bars and holds regular tapas trail events. The town also produces its own olive oil, Miel de Cana (sugar cane molasses) , cheese and honey. A little local shop is round the corner and the owner, Pedro, speaks good English and stocks just about everything. A few smaller artisan's shops have also opened selling good quality local produce and gifts. The Friday market is a short walk away and sells fruit, vegetables and olives grown in the region. Fresh healthy food on the doorstep. Alhama is a food and drink lover's paradise. A short drive takes you to the hot springs after which the town is named. Swimming can be in the local pool or at Lake Bermajales only a 15 minute drive away.

Property Type

  • apartment

Theme

  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • town

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 80 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, 2nd floor Double ended bath with views. Double sinks, Shower

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2nd floor open plan living room/bedroom. Ensuite wet room.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: There is a wood burning stove for getting cosy in the winter. The first basket of logs is provided and further logs can be purchased at cost from the key holders. Fans are provided in the summer and all electricity and gas is included in the costs. A DVD player and selection of films and music is available. Lorca has good wifi reception, While fine for babies and older children, Lorca is not ideal for active toddlers because of the stairs. Lorca has a sunny balcony with table and chairs. There are stunning views over the countryside. A tiny barbecue allows you to make the most of the outside space.

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