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

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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.

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Vivianne & Chris Howard-Wright
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2017

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 Sierra Nevada Area

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 Granada Province (Costa Tropical)

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
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
  • 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.


5/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)


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: Jun 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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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Absolutely Stunning!!!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place to stay, wonderful!

Actually everything was just perfect. Garden and view of the mountains are simply stunning, lots of spots in the garden to sit back and relax! The house itself is also very charming, it felt like coming home to us everytime we entered the property! Very clean and neat and all plants etc.in the garden perfectly maintained! To be honest the village Orgiva itself isn't really the nicest place to see in our opinion but that's nothing major. La Almazara was definitely our favorite for dinner, perfect service and food and nice to sit outside on the garden terrace.

Owners help and clear and fast responses to emails was perfect and give a very personal and comfortable feeling. Definitely highly recommended, we will for sure be back!

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much - and for the recommendation of the restaurant. It's excellent! For us Orgiva is a great place to get everything you need (shops, bars, cafes etc) with stunning mountain views and as a springboard to explore this fantastic area - from coast to Granada city - it is without equal!
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orgiva oasis

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Casa de Almendras. We are regular visitors to the area and this thoughtfully decorated casita ticks a lot of boxes. It is walking distance to Orgiva and pretty much has everything you could need, a well equipped kitchen, plenty of books and boardgames, bluetooth speakers and a good internet connection. Best of all though, is the wonderful garden and pool area - orange blossom and shady seating areas - perfect for a lazy afternoon!

Sergio and Celia, the housekeepers, were really helpful, as were the owners, making our stay really enjoyable. We had a lovely time and plan to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great that you had such a nice holiday - your welcome back anytime. Chris and Viv
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Scented hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a lovely week long stay at Casa De Almendras. We are a family with two teenage girls. The villa is even better than the images on the site, very spacious and has everything you need for comfortable self catering. The girls appreciated the excellent wifi! The pool and gardens are a real treat, the garden was overflowing with lovely fragrant flowers and lots of different shady/sunny areas and we were treated to a flying display by bats and swifts very evening! Origiva is short walk to the shops/restaurants and the whole area great to explore. Lovely mountain views from every angle at the villa. Highly recommend a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jackie, we're pleased you had such a good time. Thanks for the kind review. Much appreciated and do come again. Viv and Chris.
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A paradise oasis behind the gates

  • 5 of 5

Dulled by late night arrival, our senses were awoken as we walked, seemingly, into a glorious scent bottle, & the morning vista of green oasis filled with birdsong confirmed this is a very special place. The resident Spotted Flycatcher's antics are a bird lover's delight. We swam, chilled & then explored from the coast to Alpujarras for a week from this comfortable , well appointed villa in a rural setting and style all of it's own. A perfect break - thanks for sharing with us Vivian and Chris !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you all had such a lovely time. Viv and Chris.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring/Summer 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
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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