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Detached Cortijo With Large Swimming Pool Set In 36 Acres Of Land - Almond Cortijo (Sleeps 6 - 3 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 3
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



Almond Cortijo (Sleeps 6 - 3 Bedrooms)

Almond Cortijo is perfectly suited for up to 6 guests. On the ground floor there is one bedroom with a double bed, a modern bathroom, deluxe kitchen and sitting room with sofa and dining table.

The first floor consists of two bedrooms, each with two single beds and a second modern bathroom.

Hot water is supplied by solar panels. There are 2 doors to the outside, one from the sitting room to a covered patio with dining table and chairs, and the other from the kitchen which leads to another smaller outdoor table with chairs on a large terrace which acts as an alternate eating place. There is also a ping pong table to the side of the house which is accessible to all guests.

About the property

Three Moorish cottages

This is one of three traditional Moorish cottages located on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada of Las Alupujarra in the heart of a National Park. The area has been designated an area of natural beauty by UNESCO. Guests at the three cottages have exclusive use of the 12x6m luxurious swimming pool, the perfect place to relax in the heat of the day. Walkers can enjoy free access to the National Park in all directions from the Cortijos (cottages). The Cortijos are located in isolation from each other in 36 acres of fruit trees and woodland, each with its own private terrace. The cottages can be rented individually or all 3 together depending on numbers. The gardens have a substantial grassed area as well as an organic vegetable garden, a vineyard, countless fruit and nut trees and beautiful ancient chestnut trees.

During the summer months guests can enjoy the wide range of fruit and nuts from our trees. This is a paradise for people who enjoy walking, hiking, swimming, horse riding as well as those who just want to get away from it all in what is known as 'Secret Spain'. The success of Chris Stuarts novel, 'Driving over Lemons', has attracted a range of holiday makers looking for a different Spain from all over the world.

The cortijos are equidistant (approx 4 km) from the villages of Busquistar and Trevelez, both of which offer various food shops, bars and restaurants. Trevelez claims to be the highest village in Spain and is famous all over the world for its jamon serrano, cured ham. Wander around Trevelez and anywhere you look you will find jamon legs hanging from the ceiling of bars and restaurants. The famous white villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capiliera are about 20 minutes drive away. These picturesque villages are full of traditional flat roofed Alpujarran houses and narrow alleyways, best explored on foot.

For those who wish to explore further afield the cortijos are ideally situated for visiting the world famous Alhambra palace and gardens in Granada which is just over an hours drive away. The Mediterranean coast is also an hours drive from the cortijos so a day at the beach is also easy. The beaches of Salobrena, La Herradura and Almunecar are all nearby.

More Details

Mo Fini
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Persian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Mo Fini

We are a family of four Myself: Mo Fini, my wife: Lucy Davies and two children Nina and Leo. Our permanent home is in Bath UK but we have always been travelling. In fact Nina learnt to walk in the back of our landrover when we were travelling across the Americas.

In 1978 I started a Fair trade business called Tumi dealing with Latin American crafts. Our business grew quickly employing some 3000 artisans across Latin America and Europe. We worked closely with all types of Private organizations as well as Oxfam and Traid Craft. I also founded Tumi Music, specialising in Latin American music. Tumi now only sells on line. If you would like to find out more please contact me. If you come to our cortijos you will notice the Latin American influence in our houses and in our music collections!

Mo Fini purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Mo Fini chose Busquístar

Las Alpujarras in Sierra Nevada de Andalusia is known as secret Spain. We lived in Costa del Sol running a business for some 15 years but then we we realised we wanted somewhere quiet and unspoilt. It was then we discovered and bought these three old "cortijos" or Moorish cottages and started to re-build and restore them. This is a labour of love and seemingly a never ending project. We continue to plant fruit trees and develop the garden which now includes a vineyard.

We also love walking and the beauty of these cortijos is that they are located in the national park and there are many wonderful walks you can start straight from the cortijos without driving anywhere.

This is a place full of sunshine, fresh fruit and vegetables and natural beauty that refreshes the spirit.

The three Cortijos can house large families and up to 14 people in total.

What makes this cottage unique

We do not believe that any other property in the Sierra Nevada gives you the geographical location and the opportunity to live at 1500 meters and be only an hour from Granada and an hour from the beach and at the same time to be so isolated in the heart of the national park..The location really is totally unique. During the hot summer months of July and August, the fact that we are at 1500 m means the heat is never unbearable.

All guests can enjoy the beautiful large swimming pool, extensive gardens full of fruit trees and ancient chestnut trees and even try their hand at baking bread and making pizza in our clay oven! It is a paradise for families with small children as there is so much space to run around.

There is ample access to lovely hiking and footpaths in the surrounding national park. A short drive takes you to local villages with bars offering traditional food and tapas. A drive of just over an hour takes you to the lovely town of Granada, full of history and of course the famous Alhambra palace and gardens, a must see for many guests.

When the 3 cortijos are rented together they sleep up to 14 people, but people often rent the individual cortijos, Pablito for 2 people, Walnut for 4 and Almond for 6. The cortijos are positioned in such a way that each one maintains its own privacy (and each has its own private terrace and barbeque area) and all enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area.

This is the perfect place for people who just want to relax and do nothing but sit in the sun and also for those who want to hike, pony trek and be more active, it's totally up to you!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It was the very first time for us in the Alpujarras and luckily we had the opportunity to stay at Almond cortijo. What a magnificent place! One week full of sunshine, stunning views and fantastic surroundings. Had a lot of fun in the pool and the kids loved the bikes and the wheelbarrow. And wow, what a beautiful fruit and veg garden you have! Made use of it a lot, especially our 3year old eating tomatoes, cucumber, figs and nuts whenever he could. We enjoyed every single minute we stayed there and so did the kids. You made us feel so much at home as if we were old friends of you! Thank you so much for one of the most relaxing weeks we ever had. We'll be back and hope to meet you all then.
Jul 2009
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Booking Notes:
We are flexible about payment and how you pay.

Changeover Day:
We prefer Saturday to Saturday but other dates will be considered depending on the time of the year.

Notes on prices:
Our prices do vary pending the needs and numbers of individual and when possible we will do our best to accommodate you. If you hire all three "cottages" then we will give you 15% discount.
change over Saturday.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Busquístar in La Taha

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Ground floor modern bathroom, with washing machine.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , This bathroom is on the first floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , This bedroom is on the ground floor.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , This bedroom is on the first floor.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , This bedroom is on the first floor.
  • There are three bedrooms on two floors. The downstairs master bedroom is a double bed with bathroom nextdoor and the other two bedrooms are on the first floor and have their own bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: All cottages 'cortijos' are equipped with open fire places with ample space outside for parking. Each cortijo has its own designated bbq space and its own washing machine. All kitchens are well equpped with cutlery, plates, pans etc. There is a table tennis table and push bikes and guests may use these free of charge at their own risk. There is a large outdoor clay oven which can be used to bake bread and pizza. €25 charge per cortijo for cleaning. Outside: Each cortijo has its own terrace/patio with seating as well as a designated bbq area. There are stunning views across the Trevelez valley and towards the Mediterranean Sea. The cortijos are detached and totally private. There is a large swimming pool fed by spring water which is for the exclusive use of guests of the three cottages. There is ample room around the pool for sitting and relaxing (including hammocks) with sufficient shaded areas. The gardens are extensive with large areas of grass, a vineyard, various ancient chestnut trees as a wide range of fruit and nut trees which guests are welcome to use in season.


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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Malaga or Granada
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
salobrena / Almunecar
Car: necessary

The historical city of Granada and Alhambra are only an hour away.

The Mediterranean Costa Tropical is totally different from the cost del Sol which is over built. Luckily much of this coast line is designated as the National Park and during the summer months National Park buses will take you down to the beautiful beaches. Salobreña beach is suitable for families with small children and is an hour away. The 'Cabo de Gata National Park' is 2 hours away. Other local beaches include Herradura and Calahonda. For other recommended beaches please see our website.


Almeria and Malaga airports are 2½ hours away and Granada airport 1 hour away. The newly built motorway which goes from Malaga airport to Almeria passes through Motril which is an hour away from Cortijos.


Both the villages of Busquistar and Trevelez are 4km away from the cortijos. Bubion, Pampaniera and Capileria approx 20 minutes away. Orgiva 25km and approximately half an hour drive. Granada is 1 hour away approx.

Further Details:

There are local shops and supermarkets 4km away. The nearest banks are in Trevelez 4 kms away or Pitres some 7km away. There are also many restaurants and bars nearby. Several pizzerias, regional food and many bars serving delicious tapas. Trevelez claims to be the highest village in Spain and is known throughout the world for its cured ham "Jamon Serrano" and offers over 50 bars and restaurants.