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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.
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. It benefits from eco-pellet stove and is ideal for cosy winter getaways.
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 a blue antique double bed, wardrobe space and a beautiful turquoise wet room. Double glazed doors in the bedroom and living room open onto the street and from them 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 and lovely red eco-pellet stove. This is programmable to the time and temperature you want and all pellets are included. With the double glazing and the stove the apartment is a cozy winter space.
At the back of the apartment 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.
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.
Alizon Robertson purchased this apartment in 2006
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.
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.
'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
'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
Alhama itself is delightful but the apartment was badly equipped with only lukewarm water. The stove was not working properly.
A gorgeous cozy spot with incredible views while sipping wine on the balcony, cooking or sitting on the couch. Our friendly smiling host was very informative, leaving details about the area whether it was restaurants, opening hours and activities. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously and would not hesitate to recommend Alizon's abode to friends and fellow travelers. Excellent hiking and the olives and oranges were in their prime! Wonderful market in town, spa (warm pool) and baths nearby, Good location to use for longer stay with day trips to Granada, Cordoba, Baez and short drive to Malaga to continue our vacation. The hotel Alizon recommended near the airport was vey good.
The apartment, kitchen was well stocked, clean and the shower is fantastic. with
A railing on the stairs is recommended.
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!
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
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.
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!