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Casa De Almendras - an Alpujrran Cortijo With Pool, Gardens And Mountain Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Orgiva, Lower Alpujarras, Las Alpujarras Andalucia, Spain - A Rural

Casa de Almendras is a south facing traditional Alpujarran cortijo that has recently been lovingly restored. The property has an abundance of Chestnut beams, white washed walls and hand-made terracotta floors. Some modern touches have been added, air-con in the living room, a well equipped hand-made modern kitchen and fast wireless internet.

The property has stunning views of the SIERRA LUJAR mountains to the front and the SIERRA NEVADA to the rear. As late as April you can sit in the sun next to a tree dripping with lemons and in the distance see the snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. A place of extremes, in the Spring some ski on the GRANADA slopes in the morning and drive 40 mins back to swim in the pool in the afternoon.

The gardens provide plenty of opportunity to relax and recharge, beautifully landscaped with internal dry stone walls and orange, lemon, almond and olive trees. There are several large shady terraces of over 150 metres in total with comfortable seating areas and a 6 by 4 metre swimming pool filled with fresh mountain spring water.

There is a utility room near the pool area with a second large fridge for drinks and ice, along with a barbecue for outdoor dining.

LAS ALPUJARRAS is an unspoilt region of Andaulcia with plenty to keep you occupied if you tire of sunning yourself by the pool. For those who want to abandon the car there's plenty to do right on the doorstep. The area is famous for its hiking, biking and horse riding trails. If you want to venture farther afield there's plenty to explore.

There are many great places in the Alpujarras, but the highlights include;

A 20 min drive up the mountains to the famous white villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira - where artisans keep alive centuries old local crafts. There's lots of independent shops selling their wares, excellent restaurants and beautiful mountain walks.

To the South, drive for 35 mins to the Costa Tropical - swim and watch a spectacular sunset. There's beaches for everyone including more secluded coves where it's a snorkellers paradise.

The stunning city of Granada is a 40 min drive away. Wander around the Albaicin's maze of ancient streets, sample the tapas, visit the Alhambra Palace and indulge yourself at the luxurious Arab Baths.

More Details
Registration Number : VTAR/GR/00972

Vivianne & Chris Howard-Wright
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Vivianne & Chris Howard-Wright

We bought the house in August 2013. We fell in love with the beautiful setting of the property and its stunning views. We spent 18 months renovating the house - summer 2015 was our first season. Hopefully we have created a home from home for ourselves and our guests.

Vivianne & Chris Howard-Wright purchased this villa in 2013

Why Vivianne & Chris Howard-Wright chose Órgiva

It's a fantastic location to explore the Alpujarras, the Costa Tropical and Granada. The views from the house are amazing and the gardens a joy to spend time in.

What makes this villa unique

The house is in a stunning rural setting, with beautiful semi-tropical gardens and private pool. It's not cut off though - a 10 minute stroll takes you into the small bustling town of Orgiva with its shops, bars and restaurants. The property is at the 'gateway' to the Aplujarras - so is perfectly positioned to explore this unique area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a beautiful, well restored, stylish house; immaculately clean & the gardens are amazing. It seems to have been very thoughtfully designed with care taken to ensure comfort & relaxation - lots of areas in the garden for sunbathing or sitting in the shade, whatever you need. Lovely to pick oranges & lemons each morning from the trees in the garden, for the best fresh breakfast juice ever! The views from the front door & from the garden are amazing. Great communication from both owner & housekeeper, before & during our stay. Easy walk into the village - ten minutes max, down easy track. Really lovely relaxing week spent here as a couple but would easily accommodate a small family. Cannot fault it - don't look any further; just book this beautiful house!! Eve and Colin, June 2015
Jun 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Órgiva in Alpujarra Granadina

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Lift
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • One family bathroom with a bath, shower, bidet and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The property has 3 double bedrooms; - one double with a kingsize bed - another double with two single beds - third bedroom with a daybed that converts into a double or stays as a single.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: There is air conditioning in the main living areas - this can be used for heating and cooling. In the bedroom there are fans for cooling. We only allow four guests as there is just one family bathroom. It does mean though that families with two children or friends can have their own bedrooms. Outside: The gardens are large and beautifully landscaped with several terraces that are both sunny and shaded. The gardens are large which means that guests can have privacy from one another as there are plenty of quiet areas for reading and relaxing. There is a large terrace at the front of the house for eating and a barbecue is provided. The pool is 6 metres by 4 metres. Please note it is not heated and does not have a shallow end - we do provide floats. By the pool there is a seating area with a comfortable large settee and table that is shaded and lit at night. The views from the gardens are magnificent. Utility Room: A separate utility room has a washing machine and a second large fridge freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels are included. Linen is provided weekly for beds. The property is cleaned before (and after) the holiday. Additional maid service is available by arrangement but not included in the holiday price.


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Casa De Almendras - an Alpujrran Cortijo With Pool, Gardens And Mountain Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Holiday heaven.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful time here with a garden and views that delighted us every day.Whilst very private and not overlooked it was not isolated and the town very easy to get to.We shall certainly return.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Anne - looking forward to welcoming you back!
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Casa de Almendras – charming and beautiful accommodation

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful and charming property in a great location. The restoration of the old cortijo is beautifully done, retaining some of the original features (such as the interior wooden beams) and adding all mod cons (including wi-fi and dishwasher plus a washing machine in an outbuilding). The decor and furnishings are simple and very tasteful, offering a cool and comfortable space. On the one day we had rain and were confined to the house, it was lovely to just sit and relax, listening to the rain and thunder and waiting for the lightning flash. It really did feel like a home from home – it has the feel of a place that has been lived in, a home that is loved. Every detail has been considered, everything we needed was there.

The garden is beautiful and very well landscaped. Whether you want sun or shade at any time of the day there is a spot to enjoy – terraces, hammocks, lawns. And the pool is just right for an early morning wake-me-up or a mid-afternoon cool-down. The comfort and peace of the house is extended into the garden, it is a place that you want to be in, a haven that lulls you with its scents and colours and birdsong, with the view of the mountains adding an incredible backdrop. For us, above everything else, it was the garden that made this property stand out. There is a great deal of care and detail given to it and its use has obviously been considered in how it has been designed. Unfortunately, we were in the wrong season to pick fresh oranges off the trees ... but we could harvest the almond windfall.

In terms of location it is only a 10-minute walk to the village, which is a pleasant little place to while away a leisurely lunch before returning to the hammock/pool/sun-lounger for a well-earned rest. And we discovered that turning right at the gate and heading up the track there is a nice little walk that runs along the (dry) river, passing eucalyptus groves. It is actually the end of one of the walks that is featured in Walk! The Alpujarras by Charles Davis (a copy of which is in the house), which would take you up to Carataunas and Soportijo and back down to the village, and it is right on your doorstep.

We can't think of any negatives in any aspect – we had a thoroughly relaxing and carefree holiday and the property delivered on all that it promised, and more.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your fantastic review - we have tried to make the house a simple but stylish home from home - so your comments are much appreciated. And you obviously love the garden as much as we do!! Please do come again - early summer is pretty wonderful in the garden and there are lots of oranges!
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Blissful holiday hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

On the outskirts of Orgiva, up a track and behind a gate is the beautiful house and gardens of Casa De Almendras. We enjoyed a week's holiday here - spending a lot of time (particularly our 2 teenage children) in the pool relaxing in the very hot sunshine. The garden is very large, exceptionally well maintained and all areas have been carefully considered to create spaces to sit and enjoy the views. We were able to pick lemons and almonds off the trees.

The house had everything we needed and again wonderfully spacious for a family of four. The air con was very welcome relief in the 38 degree heat.

This property is an excellent location with it's proximity to the pretty Alpujarran mountain villages, Granada and the coast. We were pleased with the high quality of food we ate in the restaurants of Orgiva and particularly enjoyed eating at Baraka Teteria, a Halal restaurant, great for our vegetarian daughter.

A very memorable holiday - we'd love to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you had such a good time - and enjoyed cooling off in the pool. You would all be welcome back anytime. Thanks, Viv and Chris.
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Delightful little villa set in a wonderfully lush garden.

  • 5 of 5

This setting was perfect for us - 2 couples with a 1 year old baby. With lots of grassy spaces as well as varied seating, it was easy to keep baby happy playing on the grass, or to find a quiet retreat. We found that a small paddling pool under the shade of one of the orange or lemon trees was useful if you have little ones, as the pool has no shallow end. The villa is well laid out for privacy, comfortable beds and well equipped kitchen. The extra fridge freezer in the outhouse was very welcome. We liked Orgiva as it's not succumbed to tourist trade and has good local shops and plenty of life. Uphill on the way back so watch out for heavy shopping! Well placed for just hanging out, walking or exploring the Alpujarra. We found hiring a car useful but there's also a bus service from Orgiva.

We had an enjoyable and peaceful stay and thank you for sharing your lovely home .

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you all had some a good and peaceful time. Thanks for choosing Casa de Almendras for your holiday. Best wishes, Viv and Chris.
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Amazing Spanish house with magical gardens

  • 5 of 5

The house and gardens are stunning, it is like a little oasis ! Everything you could need for a truly authentic Spanish holiday. We enjoyed the local bakery where we had pastries and good coffee sat outside people watching. Our favourite restaraunt was la Almazara, where you dine in a cozy outdoor garden area. The house is ideal and we would love to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you had such a good holiday - you're welcome back anytime.
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Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

This cortijo is beautiful & well equipped with everything you need. The pool was a perfect temperature for cooling off and is surrounded by beautiful gardens offering total privacy.

We have just spent a wonderful relaxing week here & will definitely be coming back again hopefully for a longer stay. A pleasant 10-15 min walk takes you into the town of Orgiva where there are an abundance of shops & places to eat & fresh bread in the mornings. If you can tear yourself away then it's a good base for exploring the villages that nestle along the alpujarras winding mountain roads.we definitely recommend a holiday here.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had such a good time. Hopefully see you again next year. Viv and Chris 😎
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Nearest Airport
114 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Los Molinos
Nearest Ferry
888 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
32 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
33 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The area is famous for its walking trails, horse-riding and cycling.


The property is a half hour drive away from the Costa Tropical where there are many unspoilt and family beaches.


Malaga is 90 Kms away. A car is essential.


The house is a 10 min walk or 0.5 km to the nearest town of Orgiva. It is an ideal place for an exploration of this unspoilt area.

A 20 min drive up the mountains takes you to the famous white villages of Bubion and Capileira.

45 minute drive takes you to Granada and the famous Alhambra Palace. The city is also fantastic for shopping, strolling and sampling delicious tapas.

In the winter there's great skiing.

In the opposite direction is the Costa Tropical with beautiful beaches.

Further Details:

We have a comprehensive website that has a restaurant guide and things to do in the area. Please do take a look - there is a wealth of things to do in the area.

We are a registered tourist let with Junta de Andalucia - VTAR/GR/00972


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Órgiva, Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We like our guests to pay 30% deposit on booking and the balance to be paid no later than one month before the holiday.

MEET AND GREET - Guests will be greeted by SERGIO and CELIA - a young Spanish couple who look after the house in our absence. Sergio is in charge of the garden and general maintenance and is available if there are problems during your stay. Celia is the house-keeper and will do additional cleans during your stay.

Casa de Almendras is a licensed tourist let VTAR/GR/00972

Changeover Day:
Our preferred changeover day is Saturday. We ask guests to Check Out before 11am as the housekeeper needs to clean the property for the next guests. Check In is after 4pm and before 10pm. If you are arriving later please check before booking with us that we can arrange your meet and greet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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