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Secluded Secluded Stone Cottage with Pool in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Cottage in Laroles, Las Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain - Tranquil Location with Sea and Mountain Views

A secluded mountain stone cottage in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, set in five acres of private grounds, Piedras Enciso offers a tranquil haven for nature lovers. From the covered terrace adjacent to the cortijo, the mosaic terrace or relaxing on the day bed beside the natural spring water fed pool, guests can enjoy superb panoramic views of the mountains and valleys. The mature gardens of roses, lavender, grape vines and salvias offer abundant colour. There are over 80 old roses including Gallicas, Portlands and Albas - pinks, blues, purples and whites predominating! Formerly in a state of ruin, Piedras Enciso has been charmingly restored with natural slate floors and chestnut beams. Positioned amongst traditional Moorish terraces in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, it is 20 minutes drive from the summit for skiing in Winter, and an hour and a half from the coast. Located along a 2km track with the local village 10 minutes drive. An ideal setting for those wishing to escape the stresses of daily life and lose all sense of time.


Owner
Nicky Foster
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

About Nicky Foster

I have lived in Spain for the last eleven years in the village of Mairena. I bought Piedras Enciso 25 years ago when it stood as a stone ruin surrounded by lush green meadow and wild flowers, and spent the next few years renovating it. I have a house in the village which I am still renovating! I love all things traditional, and hopefully this reflects in the way the cottage is decorated. I have a great love for plants and the garden borders are now filled with an abundance of colour. I spent many holidays at Piedras Enciso when the stress of work and London life got too much, and still go there to escape when village life becomes too hectic!

I ran a business in the UK in paint production, colour design/decoration and workshops teaching special paint finishes. I hope to run workshops here which will be available to guests staying at the cottage, maybe as soon as this summer!

Nicky Foster purchased this cottage in 1989

Why Nicky Foster chose Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

A chance event led me to finding Piedras Enciso - staying at a friend's house, having an idle afternoon and a long-standing dream of living in the mountains. She was selling properties and took me to see a derelict stone building surrounded by mountains, valleys and wild flowers. I wanted something remote - away from people and noise and Piedras has all of this.

What makes this cottage unique

Peacefulness, a loss of sense of time, bird noise, bees humming, goat bells, sun, blue sky, breathtaking views, millions of stars at night, clean air, vegetables fresh from the garden, geckos, crickets, deep quiet sleep.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Nevada in Alpujarra Granadina

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bedroom 1 with adjacent bathroom including bath & shower, toilet and basin. Bedroom 2 with en-suite basin and toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and ceiling mosquito net with direct access to the covered terrace. Direct access from living room. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and capacity for a 3rd single, with separate access from the covered terrace. Can also be a double.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is powered by solar electricity which is a 12-volt supply. Guests should bring a car charger or power monkey for mobile phones and laptops/ tablets. Heating is supplied by a wood-burning stove and gas heaters. As Bedroom 2 is a separate access from the main part of the cottage, this may be unsuitable for small children. Outside: The cottage has two lawns, one below the covered terrace and one adjacent to the house and pool. It is surrounded by almond, cherry, chestnut and willow trees. The borders flanking the lawns are abundant with flowers during the summer months including a lavender hedge, roses, rosemary, cystus and honeysuckle. The land beyond is ideal for walking with the GR7 located close by offering a link to the mountain villages to the East and West. Above the cottage lies the National Park which is accessible by foot. Maps and walking routes are available. A barbecue is available, although use is restricted during the dryer weeks of the summer. The pool is a plunge pool, approximately 3m x 6m with no shallow end. It is fed by a natural spring and maintained with a minimum of chlorine. There is a four poster day bed at the pool side which offers shade as well as a place to relax! Utility Room: There is no washing machine at the cottage. A clothes washing service is available in the village for approx €8 per load. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided, with a changeover after a week's stay upon request. Swimming pool towels not provided. Other: The covered terrace extends the length of the cottage for al fresco dining with amazing views of the mountains and valleys below and the sea on a clear day!

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Secluded Secluded Stone Cottage with Pool in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park
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4

Quiet,peaceful, relaxing cottage

  • 4 of 5

We as a family of four had a really great two weeks staying in this cottage. Believe it when Nicky says it is secluded, the track to the cottage is about 1km long and fairly rough and winding. the cottage and gardens are beautiful it has everything that you need but is fairly basic. the double bed was very comfortable. The covered terrace is an excellent area of outside space for eating or just sitting and reading. The pool was great and much used by us, it is quite small and doesn't have a shallow end but that wasn't a problem for us. The local town is very nice and has everything that you need, shops bank etc. We had a nice relaxing time and a digital detox away from it all. Thanks Nicky

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful, relaxing cottage in fantastic scenery

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has everything you need for a 'get away from it all' holiday. The pool and day bed are wonderful and the cottage surprisingly cool in the heat. The gardens are beautiful and it's so relaxing to sit in and soak up the smell of lavender.

The track to the cottage is a little bumpy but our rented Nissan Note managed OK but ideally a small 4x4 would be better.

I would recommend learning some Spanish but people are v helpful anyway and we managed! If you have a problem, Nicky is always more than happy to help! She even had our lost luggage delivered to her house so we wouldn't have to wait in at the cottage.

Nicky and Enrique were wonderful hosts and even let us watch the watering of the plants using the traditional watering methods designed and used by the Moors in the region. We all thought this was amazing!

I would thoroughly recommend this to any one who enjoys a quiet holiday away from the crowds.

Thank you so much for a lovely holiday Nicky and Enrique and Pina the doggie! xxxx

From the Moores

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Glasgow
5

Hidden Gem!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most amazing time here. The place is just stunning. You feel all tucked away from the world in your own little patch of paradise. The owner was lovely, helpful and welcoming we could have asked for more...... But 9 months later our beautiful daughter was born! 😍

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

We will be Returning

  • 5 of 5

Having not been on holiday for ten years, my partner and I decided in June 2013 that a trip to Andalucía was in order. On reading the description and on seeing the accompanying photos, we agreed on a visit to Nicky’s beautiful mountain cortijo, including a short trip to Granada and the Alhambra. Indeed, we enjoyed the Alpujarras so much that we have since returned to Piedras three times – within a fourteen month period - for both long and short breaks.

And what is it that makes Piedras so appealing? Firstly, that Nicky has created the perfect rural idyll free from modernity comprising stunning gardens, a pool with a daybed that could be described as too comfortable and simple, natural interiors that incorporate local slate and wood. Secondly, despite the property sitting at 1450 metres above sea level and being located 50km inland, you can see the Mediterranean on a clear day and the mountain tops of North Africa beyond. Thirdly, the property is suitably tucked away to afford you absolute privacy. And, with no phone, no internet, no television, no street lights, no mains electricity or water, a stay at solar-powered and spring-fed Piedras offers insight into how a life in balance with nature really looks. However if you do need a ‘modern life’ fix, all is close at hand; the scattering of nearby Moorish villages offer excellent local cuisine (and free Wi-Fi), as well as bars, banks, shops, chemists… and with Granada and Almeria both within easy reach, city life too can be enjoyed.

And will we be returning? Yes and soon, as there is still so much for us to experience — we are yet to have a beach day, partly due to the comfort and perfect isolation of Piedras!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

It was the most beautiful place; the countryside and the property. We enjoyed the privacy that the remote location gave us and had the most relaxing holiday ever.

The "road" to the property was very narrow and bumpy coursing us to burst a tire so we were glad to have paid for extra cover on the hire car insurance. This was the only problem that we had during our stay so all in all we'd recommend this property to anyone who likes total peace and relaxation.

The gardens were full of sweet smelling flowers like lavender and roses which made relaxing on the day bed even nicer; in fact it was hard to leave the property to go out and see the local area!

We also loved sharing the house with the resident gecko's; fun to watch them scamper around the wall and ceiling.

Really didn't want to come home and now looking forward to visiting again (need to learn more Spanish though; the locals tried their best to understand us but we were glad the owner was so helpful when it came to sorting the tire out).

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Heerlijk rustig, idyllisch gelegen

  • 5 of 5

Pluspunten:

- Ligging: heerlijk rustig, prachtig uitzicht.

- Tuin: schitterende, grote tuin met veel verschillende soorten bloemen en planten en veel groen. Tuin wordt goed verzorgd.

- Relatief koel, zelfs in de zomer. Wij zaten er tijdens een hittegolf, maar op de veranda is het de hele dag verrassend goed toeven.

- Het zwembad met het “hemelbed” ernaast. Heerlijk om vanaf het bed het bad in te duiken. Bad is zo diep dat het water niet te veel opwarmt. Ook zit er niet te veel chloor in.

- Erg aardige, zeer behulpzame verhuurders Nicky (Brits) en Hendrik (Nederlands). Wij hadden wat problemen met de huurauto. Nicky en Hendrik hebben werkelijk alles in het werk gesteld (en kwamen daarvoor uit hun woonplaats Mairena heen en weer rijden) om e.e.a. op te lossen, terwijl dat uiteraard helemaal niet hun verantwoordelijkheid is.

Waar je rekening mee moet houden:

- Alleen solar power, dus geen stopcontacten om telefoons e.d. op te laden. (Wij gebruikten daar de accu van de auto voor, maar dat gaat als de auto stilstaat niet heel lang goed. En met een lege accu ben je in the middle of nowhere enigszins onthand.)

- Geen wifi en beperkt 3G/4G. Wij reden meestal even naar Laroles (5 minuten) om krantje binnen te halen, mail te checken etc.

- Vrij veel insecten (wespen, bijen, hommels, allerlei soorten kevertjes, vlinders, motten etc.). Ook veel hagedissen en gecko’s. Logisch met zo’n prachtige tuin. Vonden wij geen enkel probleem, maar dat ligt voor andere gasten misschien anders.

Conclusie: een absolute aanrader. Totaal onthaasten hier. Verwacht geen 5-sterren-comfort, maar 5-sterren-ontspanning. Wij komen ongetwijfeld nog een keer terug.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Fiestas are a regular event in the region with each village holding a fiesta over the summer months. Decorative painting workshops and cookery courses are available from time to time. Horse riding is 20 minutes drive. Yoga and massage are also available upon request. Details of current events and activities are provided in the cottage.

Coast/Beach:

There are many beaches on the coast, with the nearest being at Adra or Almerimar, both a 1 hour's drive. Other beaches worth visiting are at Las Negras and the pretty fishing village of Agua Amarga, a one hour, 45 minute drive.

Travel:

The nearest airport is Almeria, a one and half hour's drive. Airlines include Easyjet, Ryanair, Monarch. Malaga is a three hour drive and Granada a two hour drive. Hire of a car is essential.

Distances:

The closest village to the cottage is Laroles which offers a small bank (including cash machine), bakery and supermarket, with the pretty Moorish villages of Jubar, Mairena, Mecina al Fahar within a 10km radius. The nearest local town is Ugijar. Walking to Laroles takes approximately 20 minutes, and 40 minutes walking back.

Further Details:

There are many local restaurants in surrounding villages, notably El Sitio above Jubar offering good food and amazing views with dining al fresco during the summer. Also good is Las Chimenaes in Mairena. With Granada only 2 hours drive, a visit to the Alhambra is a must!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Nevada, Andalusia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer - High
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£544
for 7 nights
£544
 
 
Autumn
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£516
for 7 nights
£516
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£516
for 7 nights
£516
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

Payment & Cancellation
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon booking with the balance due 40 days prior to arrival. We regret that we cannot offer a refund on the balance payment for cancellations after 40 days before arrival, except in special circumstances. We will do our best to help if we can.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. It is advisable for guests to time their journey to arrive during daylight hours to allow for orientation.

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week in euros. Monthly lets available on request. A log supplement for the winter months of 50 euros per week is applicable. Discounts for more than a two week stay are available. Details on request.

Flexibility
Please enquire if shorter breaks are required. We can offer less than 7 nights during the summer months, subject to availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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