Cottage & Apartment nr Albox, Spain - set in midst of a peaceful almond grove 8 Minutes to Albox & 30 Mins To Beach & Golf Cours
An "oasis" near Albox. Luxury refurbished Dylan Cottage and Apartment Lani are situated in a stunning and peaceful rural setting. The surrounding area is planted with almond trees and the cortijo (farmhouse), cottage and apartment are set amidst pine trees surrounded by mountain views. Ideal for a tranquil holiday. The beamed cottage has a private garden. There is a 10m X 5m heated swimming pool with extensive patio area with natural shade and umbrellas. There is a BBQ area by the swimming pool, and summer kitchen, equipped with BBQ, gas twin burner, sink and running water. WC with wash hand basin. The cottage has a large lounge/dining area with freesat TV, two bedrooms, family bathroom and modern fully fitted kitchen. Apartment Lani makes a good base for cycling, walking, golf, bird watching, painting nearby there is horse riding and quad bikes available. Details updated 18th August 2016. Sole use of pool is negotiable. Contact Barbara on +34 633 55 44 87 for more information.
Top Traveller Review
Lovely views, great pools, warm welcome.
About the Owner
We decided to relocate to Spain in 2007 some years ago, to retire in the sun as we are both in our sixties, but still young at heart. We pulled it off finally in October 2011. We have spent our time since redesigning the cottage and adapting the first floor which we are using as holiday lets so that other people can enjoy our peaceful surroundings.
Ex merchant Navy, for Tom with many years in engineer in petro-chemical and food industry. Barbara worked as technician working with an electron microscope followed by owning a plant nursery and bringing up two children - both boys.
We are both trying to learn Spanish but finding it very hard.
We both enjoy the sun but always seem to be busy !!
Guestbook comments from the owner
Guest one told us Barbara and Tom have provided all that you could possibly be need in this exceptionaly well equipped and tastefully decorated Cottage. Would give it 5 stars!
Guest twoThe pool is an oasis of relief from the heat with every amenity including pool side Caseta with fridge and catering favilities also a toilet. we would give it six stars. --We would come again. See review in full on guest reviews
Guest three We had a very warm welcome to this lovely quiet retreat. It was everything we expected and more, with a lovely pool that the boys loved. You do need a car and it is not far to lovely beaches if you have one. We had a great trip to the Alhambra but we were glad we went early doors. A great place to go!
4.7 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
Lovely views, great pools, warm welcome.
From the moment we arrived at Barbara and Tom's we felt totally welcome and at ease. Barbara was so kind to our two young children and within minutes of arrival had brought us up a delicious homemade cake. We were able to make ourselves at home in Lani Appartment. I loved its' bohemian feel. The children loved the pool and Barbara even provided pool toys and floats for them. A pool side kitchen meant we could cook and eat by the pool. The views from Lani Appartment over the almond groves is beautiful, like something out of a painting. Indeed there are fabulous views to paint. Barbara and Tom are lovely warm hearted people and so kind and helpful. Lani Appartment was real find for us and gave us a real taste of how beautiful South Eastern Spain is. Very very happy memories of this holiday.
We had a lovely time at Dylan cottage. Tom and Barbara are kind hosts, and ensure you have everything to make your experience a pleasure.
The accommodation for the three of us is spacious and we all loved the pool area.
The area feels quite remote, but this does offer an authentic Spanish experience which we really enjoyed. Passing the goat farm and seeing the shepherd in the morning was fun.
We love the beach, so expect to drive 30-40 minutes, but you won't be disappointed .
A lovely time .
Fantastic holiday cottage
We stayed at Dylan Cottage for 7 blissful days. Tom and Barbara have provided everything you could ever want to make your stay relaxing, extremely comfortable, full of good times by the pool, around the poolside and in your own garden. Nothing was too much trouble, we had a complimentary arrival basket only it was a lot more than your average arrival pack. Top marks for all the effort they put in. Tom and Barbara may only be next door but they were not in your face (space) at all and when we saw them they were very lovely people to have a chat to and get some local knowledge from. The pool was amazing, a lovely size, plenty of room for half a dozen no trouble, also a very nice 28 degs so no excuses for not wanting to get in cause it's too cold, beautiful we could'nt spend enough time in there. Hired a car and travelled around, the roads and motorways are much better than in the UK not what we expected at all, quiet and easy to follow signage - great for finding your way to the nearby beaches and the lovely villages nearby. Could go on and on about what a fab holiday we had but I'm sure you will find this out for yourself if you go out to stay at Dylan Cottage - enjoy - we did. Thanks Tom and Barbara for doing such a lovely job.
Great 4 weeks
Just spent 4 weeks at Dylan cottage. If you're looking for that get away from it all break it doesn't come much better than this.
Beautiful clean cottage set amongst almond groves with wonderful mountain views. Lovely large swimming pool, just lie back and relax
with a large drink. A car is essential, but there are lots of great walks and there are bikes available. The owners who live next door respect your privacy, but are on hand if there are any problems.
Lovely Place to Stay
We had a very warm welcome to this lovely quiet retreat. It was everything we expected and more, with a lovely pool that the boys loved.
You do need a car and it is not far to lovely beaches if you have one. We had a great trip to the Alhambra but we were glad we went early doors.
A great place to go!
We have just spent two idyllic weeks at Dylan Cottage which is a haven of peaceful tranquility. The cottage is well equipped to enable self catering from simple snacks through to full gourmet meals (if your that way inclined on holiday!) The on site pool is a ginormous 5 x 11 metres and comes complete with pool towels (previously unheard of in over 20 years of renting holiday homes), ample lounging space with loungers and a poolside casita with toilet, fridge, BBQ and catering facilities the pool area is surrounded by pine trees which provide welcome shade.
Tom and Barbara (mein hosts) met us in the centre of Albox to show us the way to Dylan Cottage and were available when necessary to provide friendly support and information (daily provision of local free English papers) but otherwise kept a low profile.
The local Tandoori Restaurant, within 5 minutes drive, is a must for Asian food lovers and Meson Irene (don't be put off by the name) offers a 10 euro Menu del Dia which consists of 4 courses plus a drink of your choice and coffee (Menu includes about 10 starters, 10 mains and 10 desserts). They also offer a separate vegetarian menu a real bonus as one of our party was a veggie. Happy Garden is a good Chinese option but is full of local ex pats which for us made it too 'home from home'.
Dylan cottage offers opportunity to just relax by the pool or to travel further afield to Almeria's golden beaches or the foot hills of the Sierra Madre, both about 30 minutes drive. If you go to Mojacar try the Imperial Italian Restaurant, 50% reduction on all pizzas at lunchtime, and excellent value.
I cannot recommend Dylan Cottage too highly. It offers spotlessly clean accommodation, with really comfortable beds (not always the case) and satellite TV so you won't miss your favourite soaps. It provides a perfect holiday base with options to decide how you wish to spend your time.
For me a poolside G & T mid afternoon in the shade of the pines reading my Kindle was Absolute Perfection.
From the Owner
“We bought the property because we loved it and it was located in a beautiful almond growing area and a backdrop of mountain scenery. It had three bedrooms in the house and 2 in cottage as well as the extra room for our hobby model railways, Also.with a cottage we could use for holiday letting. The location happened to be central of our search area from Malaga to Denia. The pool is a wonderful asset to the property which is now heated by solar heating It is situated in a rural area not to close to the town”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
The Property is suitable for landscape painting, good views and beautiful sunsets.
It is a good base for walking.
We have mountain bikes and helmets available.
We strongly recommend that you takeout personal travel insurance, for each member of your party.
The beaches of Garrucha, Vera [with its water park] and Mojacar are approximately 30mins drive away. These beaches have been awarded the blue flag for cleanliness. The beaches at San Juan and Villaricos with its Sunday market are also close by. A little further away is the Carbo de Gata naturalist park with its stunning beaches and crystal clear waters.
You don’t have to travel far from Albox to join a good motorway system. The nearest airport is Almeria. Which is just over an hours drive away. Marcia airport can be reached in 1hour 30mins and Alicante 2 ½ hours. It is generally recommend to hire a car to get the best out of your visit to this area. We will be glad to help with advice on car hire and any other aspects of your visit we will be more than happy to assist. Buget airlines operate from several UK airports.
Airport: Almeria - 115 km, Murcia San Javier - 170km, Alicante - 205 km. Beach 45 km shops Albox 5 km
The local market town of Albox [8 mins drive] has shops, banks chemist, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. English, Chinese, Indian, Italian and French menus are all available locally.
Albox market takes place on a Tuesday. On a Saturday morning there is also a market as well as a car boot sale. This part of Andalusia is also famous for its fiestas.
Places of interest : Granada, with the world famous Alhambra palace [advance booking required] and the sierra Nevada mountains for skiing are just two hours drive away. The Hollywood sets from several famous movies and the desert are an hours drive away. The crystal clear lakes at Baza are also an hour away. There are also many local natural parks to explore and a 16th century castle in Velez Blanco. Health and insurance:
Albox has an excellent 24 hour walk in medical centre to cater for minor ailments and injuries as well as several dental clinics in the centre of town. The main district hospital [Raphael Mendez] is a further 25 minutes drive away in Huercuel Overa. We would recommend that the client ensures that sufficient insurance is in place to cover serious injury or illness for the duration of their stay.
Other towns of interest near bye are Fines has a Sunday market and Alboleres with a theatre.
Apartment Lani makes a good base for walking, bird watching, painting and cycling. Near by there is horse riding and quad bikes available.
There is a large water park in Vera with exciting slides and wave pool, only 30 min away.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
11 Sep 2016 - 10 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
11 Dec 2016 - 14 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Prices shown are for 2/4 persons, For any enquires or booking requests, please email us. Deposit to be paid at time of booking with final payment due 8 weeks prior to date of holiday
A damage (or excessive cleaning) deposit of £175 is payable with balance, however this is fully refundable after the cottage has been checked upon departure.
Note during the months October through to April there will be a charge of £20 per week for heating if required.
Preferred changeover days are Tuesday & Saturday, This can sometimes be adjusted to suit flights. Arrivals are usually after 4pm on your arrival day and departure before 10.00am on departure day.
Notes on prices:
PRICES NOW REDUCED BY 15%.
Prices shown are for 4 persons.
For nightly rates please enquire (min stay of 2 nights except July to September)
Note - Free Welcome Pack for bookings in June.
Note During the months October through to April there will be a charge of £20 per week for heating if required
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“It's a beautiful almond growing is surrounded by mountains in the distance. The sun rises on the east side of the property and sets on the west, giving sun on the south side for most of the day. The pool has some shade beneath the trees which is a relief on a very hot day. The property is only 5 km from Albox and situated in a very peaceful area with lovely views across the almond groves to the surrounding hills and mountains. It is surrounded by trees , a truly beautiful spot.”
- Away From It All
- Air Conditioning ...
- Ceiling Fans
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Satellite / Cable
- Toys ...
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool ...
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible ...
- autumn foliage
- naturist beach
- water parks
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- golf pass optional
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Family bathroom in cool white with toilet, bidet and wash basin. There is also a walk in shower.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Bed 1 Black & white with a linked 6' bed giving individual springing, bedside cabinets with lamps & large wardrobe. (can be twin room). Bed 2 maroon with 4'6" double bed, bedside cabinets with lamps, dressing table & large wardrobe. Ceiling fans fitted.
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Tennis ...
- Notes on accommodation: The accommodation has been carefully tastefully decorated and furnished to give a comfortable relaxing atmosphere. The dining area seats 6. The main bedroom has a modern décor in black and white and can be used as either a twin or double room [3ft or 6ft bed]. The second bedroom decor maroon and white, is more traditionally furnished with a 4ft 6in double bed. Both bedrooms have plenty of storage with 3 door wardrobes and draw space. This spacious cottage has everything you would need. There old and new gardens with on going planting. A welcome pack can ordered for £20. (details on application) Free May and June bookings NOTE During the months October through to April there will be a charge of £20 per week for heating. Outside: Cortijo Lani and Dylan Cottage sit in their own private grounds. It has a 10x5m fresh water, solar heated swimming pool. Choice of sun bathing patio areas with natural shade and umbrellas, also Sun beds and loungers as well as tables, chairs and benches. BBQ area with charcoal BBQ and summer kitchen with work space and sink, fridge, with pool area china and cutlery. Pool side toilet facilities. The cottage has its own private garden with benches, loungers, table and chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linens and towels are provided including pool towels. The cottage is cleaned before and after each letting. Clean bedsheets, and towels are provided each week. Other: Store--for cases etc.