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Casa Jacaranda is let on a self-catering basis. This is a very private, tranquil location in a small hamlet, though not remote. This is the 'real Spain' and we are the only foreigners in La Tarea. Los Gallardos and Turre are both a ten minute drive away, and both have a weekly street market and various shops, bars, and restaurants. The Moorish village of Mojacar is about 20 minutes away. We are a half hour's drive from Almeria airport.
Chris has lived in Spain for 9 years and in a former life was an antique dealer for 20 years before opening a bistro in Cheshire. Before leaving England, she renovated a semi-derelict farm on the Cheshire/Derbyshire borders, and owned two gift shops, also selling flowers and plants. Gardening is a favourite leisure activity, struggling with rock-hard stony soil to grow tomatoes, courgettes, mange-tout peas, salads and herbs. Chris loves cooking for guests, often using home grown ingredients, making fresh bread daily, and the house produces an awesome Limoncello liqueur. We shall shortly be introducing chickens. Growing exotic plants is a passion, and the many terraces have examples of all manner of unusual flowers and plants.
We love meeting new people from all walks of life.
chris walton purchased this villa in 2012
We have lived in this area for 9 years, but a fantastic opportunity arose to buy a neglected old cortijo and detached 2 bedroom house in an even more spectacular setting than before. Both properties had 'good bones' that were crying out for love and attention. This is also the Real Spain. Before, we were surrounded by ex-pats, and here we are the only foreigners. Although we are in a tranquil, picturesque setting, we are by no means remote, and can be in a busy supermarket in 10 minutes.
Guests can enjoy the peace and tranquility, and read or swim in the pool, or just hop over the wall and walk for miles without seeing a soul!
John and Elizabeth Cave, Rutland. So who moved Shangri La to southern Spain? Timeless charm with attentive (but never intrusive) hosts. Excellent food and excellent company in a beautiful setting....and the weather's not bad too. Coming back?? You bet!! June 2013
Lynne and Martin Curtis, Andalusia. We had a wonderful break with Chris and Harry.The place reflects their personalities and hospitality even better than their previous property. The place is so peaceful, in a typical Spanish area, perfect to get the feel of old Spain and near enough to the town and sea to suit most people. Nights unpolluted by light are star-filled with the odd frog singing by the stream below. Ideal to sink the odd vino or three. Comfortable and spacious, you can really chill out by the beautiful pool area. Breakfast in the gazebo, fresh squeezed orange juice, home-made bread and jams, and for the die-hards, eggs and bacon.. Oh- and remember to say hello to Suki, the real boss there!!
La Jacaranda is a spacious and comfortable villa found at the end of a track which winds down from the tiny hamlet of La Tarea. This was our second stay, we had spent ten days in September when the weather was hot and sunny. This time we had come to escape the English winter. Although we awoke to snow on the surrounding mountains on one occasion the weather was generally sunny and warm with blue skies. Orange and lemon
trees edged the roadsides and the village gardens had narcissus and irises.
There is a large open plan sitting room including a dining area, the kitchen is accessed through an archway. The kitchen was well equipped and washing up was not a chore with the marvellous views of the mountains and campo. Furnished with two squashy leather sofas and a log burner we were as comfy as could be in the evenings in front of a roaring fire of olive logs, the house was clean and tastefully furnished, each en suite bedroom has its own terrace with attractive painted chairs and tables, there was plenty of outside furniture as well.
The owner of the property, Christine, lives in a charming villa separated from La Jacaranda by a high wall, the swimming pool which is open to guests is reached via a
wrought iron gate.
Chris is a friendly hostess, but not intrusive and has a wealth of information about the local area. Shops, bars and restaurants can be found in Turre, a small Spanish village about 10 mins away. The beach at Mojacar is a little bit further on, there you will find a landscaped stretch of promenade with all the accompanying facilities that you might want.
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Generally£100 deposit payable on booking, balance in Euros in cash on arrival.
No specific changeover day. Self-catering guests are generally charged by the week, but it may be possible to stay for less than a week
Generally £100 deposit into my English bank, then the balance payable in cash, in euros, on arrival