Villa in Valle de Lecrin, Lecrin Valley, Granada Province, Andalucia, Spain - Generously Proportioned For Maximum Comfort, Ideal For Large Groups of Families and Friends
Casa Antonio is a spacious 7 bedroomed villa, of which 4 bedrooms open onto a terrace or balcony and most have fine views of the mountains and garden. There are indoor and outdoor areas for 13 to dine or relax together. The large, warm, solar-heated pool has shaded seating, tables and a sun terrace.
The house and garden has plenty of space for children to play freely, while a secure gate stops children entering the pool and garden unsupervised. From the villa it's 10 minutes walk to the lively Andalusian pueblo, Talara, offering busy bars serving free (yes free!) tapas with every drink and shops providing local produce, including the best butcher in the valley. Day trips to the coast are a breeze, as are outings to Granada and the unmissable Alhambra Palace. The white villages of the Alpujarra are just as easily reached.
Top Traveller Review
Lovely spacious house ideal for large families
About the Owner
Hi, my name is Marijke. My parents live here in Chite (pronounced "Cheetay") during the winter months but return to England in the summer. They would like people to enjoy staying in their home during the summer months and make use of the pool and garden, so I'm here to help run the rental side. Please get in touch with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Guestbook comments from the manager
'Just wanted to email you to say that we had a wonderful holiday in your beautiful house in Spain. Thank you so much. We definitely hope to return in the future!' A Scott (Aug 2014)
'We had an excellent holiday, Emma and Richard were very helpful.' A Miles (July 14)
5 based on 7 holidaymaker reviews
Lovely spacious house ideal for large families
Nice quiet location. Pool was lovely and walks through on the doorstep orange groves were great. House was very large and well equipped and we all enjoyed the space and style. Village nearby had nice feel to it. Good location for trips especially Granada. Great place for lazy days and would suit a group of families as the layout lends itself well to having good shared areas and the ability to have a bit of private space.
Perfect villa, beautiful location. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to explore the Lecrin Valley.
We rented this villa for eleven days, there were 13 of us in total ranging from 1to 45years old. The villa was plenty large enough, even space to avoid the madness. From start to finish it was an easy experience, the owner replied to emails quickly and the housekeeper made us all very welcome nothing was an inconvenience she even popped in to inform us of local events. You will need a car to explore this beautiful area, a particular highlight for us was the cave houses. We found the villa information guide very useful.
Highly recommend this area for people who really want the Spanish experience.
great little hidden gem
Tucked away in a sunny valley dripping with Orange and Lemon trees below the Sierra Nevada, this house was a superb find. We came here as a big group and as such each of us needed our own space. There's plenty of that - with the lower ground and 1st floor separated by a cool communal ground floor which includes a massive kitchen and diner, a beautiful shaded terrace to squeeze your own oranges (they supply the squeezer and the oranges!!) and a large sitting room with nice central log burner. The master bedroom has the most ridiculously beautiful balcony view and there is an extra level for gin and tonics at sundown.
The pool provides a very welcome break from the sun and is surrounded by a stunning colourful garden. The house let us chill comfortably and was in great condition, and for those in need of access to their mod-cons, the wifi was excellent (even with 9 of us accessing internet intermittently) and there is a really good collection of DVD's if you just wanted to chill out in the evening.
For the more active visitor there is plenty to do locally - we hired mountain bikes from Monachil near Granada and rode across the Sierra Nevada (1700m of climbing and awesome descents), used the bikes with the house for trips up the hill (5 minutes cycle) to get bread and meat from the awesome Carniceria/panaderia, whilst my brothers went for a morning of snow boarding (less than an hour away). The coast is only 40 minutes to the south, the Alhambra only 40 minutes to the north and we'll be back to check out the rest of the area.
Wish we had more time!! Thank you to our lovely hosts for your tips and guidance on what to do and where.
We have just come back from a week’s holiday at Casa Antonio and what a week we had celebrating the birthdays of three of our group of eight….all ladies of a certain age! From the minute we stepped through the doors of this amazing villa we knew that we were in for a truly Spanish experience. Breakfast on the balcony, taking in the fragrance of all the fruit trees and flowers in the garden, lunch by the pool which lapped like the sea, and evening meals watching the sun set over the hills and terracotta roof tops. Arriving on a bank holiday weekend meant the shops were shut but this was no problem thanks to Emma who looks after the villa for the owners and who greeted us with all the necessary supplies and lots of useful information for our stay. Not that we needed to worry much about shopping for food. We were invited to use any of the fruit and veg in the garden so we feasted on oranges, lemons, the largest spring onions you’ve ever seen, broad beans and leeks. …oh and bread from the bread man every morning and wine from the Waitrose-style supermarket in Durcal at 2.5 euro a bottle! One very useful tip on walking to the nearest town,Talara – go via the road to Upper Chite as it’s much safer than the car route particularly at night. We wanted to do something special and Spanish as a surprise for one of our birthday girls who was celebrating her actual birthday whilst we were there. It had to be a lesson in Flamenco dancing accompanied by Spanish guitar and thanks to Sara, the owner of the villa, we were able to make it happen. We had hired two cars from a local company just outside Malaga which we collected via the courtesy bus service at the airport – better than queuing for ages at the airport car rental desks. This meant we could fulfill a lifetime ambition for one of our group – a visit to the Alhambra Palace. As befits its remarkable place in history, this is both iconic and beautiful. One tip – book online before you go – less queuing! We were also able to tackle the Monachil Gorge walk – expect 7 hanging bridges - ‘I’m a Celebrity’ style – and hand rails to get you past the rocks overhanging the gorge path. Not for the fainthearted but what amazing views and an incredible sense of achievement at the end! One final highlight – the Wednesday market in Durcal. Head for the herbs and spices stall and there is a veritable feast of choice. The ‘cooking chicken’ stand is also a must.
We arrived on the Sunday afternoon and the family didn't really move much for a week.
The house is really beautiful - full of lovely little touches that raise it way above your average rental. The kitchen is well-stocked with pans and crockery so we ate in almost every night. The butcher in the village was a particular highlight and the BBQ was put to good use. We also used quite a few of the oranges from the garden for breakfast juice.
I love how there are sofas everywhere - you can read your book sprawled on the sofa in the kitchen or the day bed on the lower ground terrace and not be interrupted by the group playing games by the poolside or the upper terrace.
With 10 in our group, it was a perfect spot for those who wanted to do stuff - mountain biking, snowboarding, trip to AlHambra - whereas those who just wanted to hang around in the garden and by the pool could do that too.
We didn't find anywhere particularly brilliant to eat out in the village, although the fish restaurant we were recommended at the nearest beach of Salobrena was AMAZING - fresh fish charcoal grilled on the beach.
A lovely place to hangout for a week - my mother declared this her favourite holiday ever - and the house played a key part in making this happen. What a bargain.
I had an awesome holiday here with my fiancee and his family, especially as we had a mini heat wave! There were 10 of us in total. It is in a lovely location - quiet and rural and about a 10minute walk to the nearest town. It is surrounded by orange and lemon trees which makes it so vibrant and lovely. The garden is beautiful and I enjoyed many hours lounging by the pool, and going for little dips to cool down. We also had a stunning cycle ride around the area but it's was tough going as there are hills everywhere! We also visited the Sierra Nevada (30mins away) and had an incredible day mountain biking - this gave us a good excuse to drink more of the delicious wine and eat more delicious cheese and meats! Highly recommend staying here.
From the Owner
“Our family wanted an easy place to escape to where it was warm, where we could swim, garden, cook and relax with friends and family. We love the variety the area has to offer: Chite is in a beautiful, tranquil setting in a valley surrounded by citrus groves, and with the convenience of town shops and markets close by. A short drive can take you to the culture and life in Granada, or up high to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, or to the subtropical climate down at the beach. Here you can appreciate a more laid back way of life, enjoy both culture and nature, or simply be comfortable at home lounging in the shade by the pool. Steeped in rural charm, Chite is a world away from the UK but only an hour and half's drive from Malaga or thirty minutes from Granada.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Walking is a must in this area. We are in close proximity to the GR7, the G142 and the Sulayr High Sierra Circuit which at over 2000m altitude is cool even in the high summer months. Also try the Monachil Gorge walk, one of the most exciting gorge walks in the whole of Spain.
Horseriding can be arranged in the Sierra from Lanjaron. Cycle hire details are in the house.
There is a local, regular Spanish/English language exchange called Intercambio which guests are free to join in with, if they fancy practising the lingo!
Nerja Caves on the coast provide a welcome cool family outing, with over 5 km of stalagmite covered interiors, one claiming to be the largest in the discovered world measuring 32m high.
A 25 minute drive along the new motorway takes you to the beach resort of Salobreña on the Costa Tropical. A beach town beloved by Spaniards for its fantastic fish restaurants and low slung charm. You can find delightful little-known beaches to the East and West of Salobreña - just ask! Almunecar offers a hang-glider's paradise at Playa Velilla and Aqualand is a great option for kids.
Malaga airport is 90 mins quiet drive along the motorway.
Granada airport is a 30 mins drive. Direct flights with BA from London City. Also connections from Madrid, Barcelona and Paris.
Car-hire is definitely recommended but not essential. There are frequent buses from Malaga and Granada.
12 minute walk to Talara, our nearest village with all amenities, bars, shops, bank, restaurants etc.
Durcal - market town and supermarket 7km
Granada - 35km
Salobreña - 35km
Lanjaron - 11km
Orgiva - 29km
A 15 minute radius provides you with 7 pretty lower Alpujarran villages, all celebrating their "fiesta mayor" during the summer season. Follow the fireworks to find the party!
Aqua Tropic Water Park - 47km
Aguaola Water Park Granada - 36km
Nerja Caves - 66km
Monachil Gorge - 36km
The local baker delivers to the door. You can buy bread, croissants, ciabatta and all sorts of pastries for breakfast. A van with fresh fish and one selling eggs calls in the street outside weekly. Nearby Talara has a great butchers for your barbecues, where you can practise your Spanish or just point out what you'd like! For a large supermarket shop, Durcal is ten minutes away and also has a lively weekly market selling local produce from the province: artisan cheese, bread, roasted chickens, spices etc.
We can arrange for a local chef to come to the house to cook for your party. He offers a variety of regional specialities, including good local wines.
As well as the unmissable Alhambra Palace, the city of Granada has a great science park for children, an open air cinema, theatre hall, bustling shops and busy tapas bars serving all night. There are Moorish tea houses, flamenco performances and the fabulous Hammam Al Andalus where you can enjoy the Arabic influence on Andalucian culture in a spa setting.
The nearby village of Nigüelas has a great open air bar putting on local bands and flamenco fusion in a laid back atmosphere. Concerts, film nights and fiestas vie for your attention during the summer months. The valley is teeming with creative energy and the only problem you might encounter is which event to take in. You might need to stay for longer!
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
We take bank transfers in UK sterling. A 50% booking deposit is payable to secure your dates, with the remainder due 4 weeks prior to arrival. We take a £200 security deposit to be paid alongside the final balance payment,which will be returned to you after your holiday within 1 week.
Friday is usually changeover day but there is some flexibility. Please contact me to check availability. Check out is 10am and check in from 4pm. We can be flexible with this to fit in around flight availability. We prefer guests to arrive before 10pm where possible.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The villa has the benefit of being a spacious family home that is well loved, considered and functional. Every effort has been made to help life here run smoothly. The house and garden is on three levels offering plenty of different spaces where you can choose to spend your time, either in the sun or shade, alone or with your group. Whether taking in the morning views across the valley or gathering for your evening barbecue whilst catching the last rays of sun, it really is a joy to be in.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- 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
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Game Room
- Music Library
- Video Library ...
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool ...
- Private Chef
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- near the sea
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- ski lift pass
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite to bed 1 and 4 with bath, bidet En-suite to bed 2 with shower En-suite to bed 3 with shower En-suite to bed 5 with shower Shower room with toilet for rooms 6 & 7 Guest WC & basin on ground floor
- 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Bedroom 6
- Bedroom 7
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 13 in 7 Bedrooms 1ST FLOOR Bedroom 1, double, terrace Bedroom 2, double Bedroom 3, 2 x singles Bedroom 4, single bed & cot, joined to Bed 1 GARDEN FLOOR Bedroom 5, double bed, terrace Bedroom 6, double bed, terrace Bedroom 7, 2 x singles, terrace, huge room for play
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Notes on accommodation: Fans are provided for all bedrooms with a ceiling fan in one. The house has solar heated water. There is a DVD player and although there is no British TV you can connect the TV via an HDMI cable to your laptop. Good variety of books and DVDs. There is fast Wifi throughout the house. Single beds can be moved into most of the other bedrooms if required. There is a high chair and cot. Outside: The large orchard style garden is loaded with citrus fruit, olive, fig, nispero, grape vines, and a huge variety of scented climbers, flowers, shrubs, as well as native aloes and palms. The private pool is 9 x 5m, heated by the sun for a longer swimming season. Guests have sole use of the pool, which is gated. Built-in shaded seating for 12 with a further four loungers. The pool has a night light for those essential cool night swims! There is an outside kitchen area with fridge for pool side drinks, small hob, sink and prep area. Also a large BBQ. Utility Room: Washing machine and drying racks. Iron and ironing board. 1 hairdryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are changed weekly and included in the price. Two towels are provided for bathroom and pool/beach use. A mid week clean can be arranged at a further cost. Other: The kitchen has a large extendable dining table. There are three outdoor terraces. Ample parking in front of houses on street.