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Luxurious Moorish style villa & apartment, pool, Boules, ping pong, sleeps 1-10 - Villa and Apartment Castano 4 or 5 bedroom (priced as 5 bedrooms)

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking



Villa and Apartment Castano 4 or 5 bedroom (priced as 5 bedrooms)

The properties consist of a two double bedroom villa and an

apartment which are separated by a small private courtyard. This can be rented as a three, four or five bedroom, sleeping from 6 - 10 people. The bedrooms are fitted with ceiling fans, air-conditioning, central heating and have large fitted wardrobes. The bathrooms are beautifully tiled with luxury fitted showers, heated towel rails and radiators. Kitchens: Fully fitted, modern and very well equipped, with fridge/freezers, electric ovens with grills, gas and electric hobs, washing machine, dishwashers and microwaves.

Living Rooms: Comfortably furnished. Ceiling fans, Satellite TVs, video/DVD recorders, wood burning stove (in villa) and radiators.

Enjoy the dramatic views of the Contraviesa mountains from the living rooms, terrace and balcony.

Outside Area: There are several outside eating and lounging area.

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About the property

Cortijo El Castano

Sunbathe by the private pool in the peace and quiet amongst the olive groves of Tijola, near Orgiva, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Enjoy the wonderful sunsets and star gaze at night, wtih a glass of wine after enjoying a BBQ. Buy your vegetables and fresh fish from the small local market town of Orgiva. Visit the white washed Berber villages which cling to the southern slopes of Spain’s highest mountain range or visit the Alhambra Palace and go shopping or eat out in the famous city of Granada. Recently described by Chris Stewart in his best selling book 'Driving Over Lemons' this rural area offers peace and tranquillity with easy access to the bars, restaurants and supermarkets in Orgiva. Just 1 hour south of Granada and 1 hr 40 mins east of Malaga, with the coast and golf only 35 mins away and skiing in the winter, just 1 hour 15 mins, the villa has been designed with the 16th century Alhambra Palace in mind, but with all the luxuries and comforts of the 21 century. We live next door so any questions or problems please just knock on the door.

Registration Number : CTC 2016108496

Zoe Cawthorn
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 December, 2017

About Zoe Cawthorn

Nigel and I (Zoe) met in 1998 and realised that we both had a desire to live in the sun. We started looking for our dream place in the year 2000. The minute we discovered this beautiful area of Spain, we knew that this is where we wanted to be. We bought the property in 2003 and spent the next 3 years renovating it to bring it up to date. We wanted to make sure that it was updated to a high level of comfort. We have been pleased with the comments people have given us about how much they have enjoyed the property. As we live next door we are always on hand to fix any problems as soon as possible.

Zoe Cawthorn purchased this villa in 2003

Why Zoe Cawthorn chose Órgiva

The location and views were what attracted us to the property! We knew that we would be renovating any property that we bought, so our main concern was the views and the location. Just two and a half kilometres from the market town of Origva and with spectacular views of the mountains, we find that everyone who stays here loves it. Some of the best walking areas of Europe are all around. It is so easy to access so many places from here - the beach 30 mins drive and the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada just over an hours drive away. It is so easy to access motorways to visit Granada, the coast, Cordoba and Sevilla. The mountain villages are within easy reach - the property ideally located for most things.

What makes this villa unique

The house is surrounded by olive groves, orange and lemon trees, avacado and pomigranate trees. The water system that the Moors introduced still runs down from the Sierra Nevada mountains to this day, which means the area is unusually green for Spain. We had a blank canvass when we bought this house so after visiting Granada and Morocco many times, we gave it the style that is so right for this area - the last place the Moors lived before returning back to Morocco. You will see some of the features that we have put in, on the website, but you will see many more when you visit the house. We brought many pieces of furniture from Morocco including a fountain which is in the small courtyard.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Zoe and Nigel

This week was.... fantastic, idyllic, 'magnifique' (as we say in French, I couldnt' find another word in English - sorry!) I wish I could go back here one day. Sorry if there are grammatical mistakes, I have just been learning English for 4 years!
Oct 2011
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Easter school holidays are classed as mid season. Spanish Fiestas are classed as Peak Season.
Prices shown are for the price for 5 bedrooms visit our website or contact the owner.

A damage deposit of 200 Euros is required on arrival.

Cleaning fees will be charged if stay is less than one week.


Accommodation and facilities for Villa and Apartment Castano 4 or 5 bedroom (priced as 5 bedrooms)in Órgiva in Alpujarra Granadina

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms are beautifully tiled, with large showers.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The two properties (which when combined offer brilliant accommodation sleeping from 6 to 10 people) have the flexibility to be booked as a 3, 4 or 5 bedroom unit (three double bedrooms and two twins bedrooms). All bedrooms are spacious with large wardrobes, air-conditioning/heating, ceiling fans and central heating. All prices listed are for a five bedroom unit (sleeping 10). A child's cot and highchair are available on request.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
This is a very flexible property consisting of a 2 bedroom villa, and an apartment which is bookable as a two or three double bedrooms. So the property can sleep from 1 to 10 people, depending on your requirements. Cleaning fees will be applicable when reservations are less than one week.


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Villa and Apartment Castano 4 or 5 bedroom (priced as 5 bedrooms)
average rating of 4.928571 based on 50 reviews
Bowdon, Cheshire, UK

Total Relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

Our holiday at Villa Castano was fantastic - it is the perfect destination for combining relaxation by the pool in unbelievably tranquil surroundings, with more energetic activities such as cyclying, walking and, in the winter, skiing (less than an hour's drive to the Sierra Nevada). The excellent quality of accommodation made our stay so comfortable, especially the home comfortrs such as air-con (which our baby boy hugely appreciated!), Sky TV and washing machine/dishwasher (which meant we could really make the most of our time there without wasting time cleaning, etc!). Will definitely return!!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2008
  • Date of Stay: September 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We find that young and old alike seem very happy with the what we have created here and enjoy the location very much. Thanks for your comments. Zoe and Nigel
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Beautiful Villa Castana set in a lush garden in a fantastic location, with amazing hosts.

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect week long stay at Villa Castano. Nigel and Zoe were the most generous and helpful hosts imaginable. We stayed in the Villa and apartments which are designed and equipped to a very high standard. We mainly used the downstairs kitchen and terrace (there are two kitchens and terraces) to enjoy meals. The fresh lemons and oranges from the garden were very useful. It was hard to leave as the garden and terrace look over a river valley to mountains on the opposite side. The house is conveniently located just outside Orgiva, and so within easy reach of the mountain villages of the Alpujarras and the Costa Tropical below.

This really is a beautiful place and I cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely review for us. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your stay and that the property and surrounding countryside was conducive to the success of your celebratory holiday week with your close friends. We are always pleased to help if asked. With us living next door it enables us to respond to any requests promptly. Hope to see you again soon.
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Un coin de paradis

  • 5 of 5

Premières vacances en famille en Espagne, nous voulions éviter la foule des bords de mer et avons tout de suite été attirés par cette fabuleuse région des Alpujarras. Pour 7 personnes dont 5 enfants entre 13 et 22 ans nous avons loué l'ensemble, villa et appartement. Cette location a largement dépassé nos attentes. L'architecture et la décoration sont splendides, la maison est très bien équipée, spacieuse, chacun y trouve son espace avec les différentes terrasses,patios, ou au jardin sous les oliviers et citronniers, avec toujours de très belle vues sur les montagnes environnantes. Nous avons découvert avec beaucoup de plaisir cette région, il y en a pour tous les goûts, 2 visites de l'incontournable Grenade, petites, moyennes ou grande randonnées dans les alentours, paysages époustouflants vers le Muhlacen, découvertes des nombreux villages blancs tous plus beaux les uns que les autres, la mer à 1/2h de voiture, pétanque, ping pong et bien sûr le farniente autour et dans la piscine, grande, très belle, et, chose fort appréciable assez profonde pour plonger, sauter, jouer.... L'environnement est très calme sans pour autant que la maison soit trop isolée, le village d'Orgiva à 2-3 km dispose de tous les commerces nécessaires et de différents bars et restaurants à découvrir.

Les charmants propriétaires, Zoe et Nigel, habitent juste à côté, à la fois très discrets mais toujours serviables et disponibles en cas de besoin ou conseil.

En conclusion, une superbe location dans une région à découvrir absolument. À conseiller sans hésitation!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tijola, Tijola,...

  • 3 of 5

Nice house, Friendly owners!

small double bed,

nice fireplace!

dark kitchen

very clean

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glad that you found us friendly, the place clean and that you enjoyed the fireplace! We are sorry to hear that you found the bed small - all matrimonial beds at Cortijo El Castano are King Size, which is larger than normal double beds found in most rental properties. We noticed that you didn't open the shutters in the kitchen during your stay - when you open these the light floods in through the window from the small courtyard. You may want to refer to the Homeaway advert which shows a picture of the kitchen with the window shutters open. We purposely built the kitchen north facing and overlooking the pretty courtyard in order to keep it cooler during the summer months. Please do let us know if you have any suggestions on how you think that we can improve as we have only had excellent comments before and are always keen to learn.
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Amazing Stay with Beautiful Sorroundings

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish the service, accommodation and communication was wonderful. The villa and apartment were perfect for our group and the extra activities such as boules and ping pong make it a great choice.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. As always, we really like to help our guests have the best experience we can offer. We look forward to seeing you all again here some time in the future because as you discovered there is so much to do in this area, that one visit is not enough - especially if you want to spend at least some of the time lying in the sun by the pool and playing boules, table tennis and making BBQ's!
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So peaceful and just what I needed

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our 2nd visit to Zoe and Nigel properties in Spain.

Firstly we once again spent a week in their beautiful house in the quiet little Spanish village of Maro, which we enjoyed enormously. We were then lucky enough to spend a week in their new house in the countryside between Nerja and Frigiliana. Spectacular views of Nerja and the sea with the bonus of superb panoramic mountain views as well. As the house is their family home and only rarely rented out we were lucky enough to be the first people to stay there. We then spent our third week, just 50 minutes drive away, in their house in Orgiva. Again another family home, beautifully decorated and so peaceful with stunning views.

Well done Nigel and Zoe, you have created 3 places all completely different but with the same quality and ambience. You have managed to create something for everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Typical Spanish Bars in the town of Orgiva
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Malaga and Almeria.
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Approx 35 mins drive
Nearest Train
55 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Typical Spanish resturants in the town of Orgiva
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Approx one hour and 15 minutes drive
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Whilst not being a large town Orgiva, capital of the Alpujarras holds a weekly market in the town. There are many tapas bars, restaurants and small supermarkets. There are also 2 health food shops and a herbalist pharmacy. Enjoying many fiestas throughout the year, this is very much a Spanish town.

Lanjaron is a spa town, where the Spanish have enjoyed spa treatments for over 100 years. The minerals found in the different waters are said to be an aid for any number of ailments. Visit the fascinating city of Granada with its spectacular Alhambra Palace, and the old Moorish quarters of the Albaicin. Shop in the town centre or just enjoy the hustle and bustle of the street restaurants and cafés in this ancient student city.

Just 35 mins away are the relaxing beaches of the Costa Tropical. The white villages built by the Moors have a charm and style unique to this area. Spend the day visiting different villages and discovering some of the local crafts, still practiced in the region.

Other Activities: Petanque/Boules, table-tennis and badminton facilities all available at the villa