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Vacation in Granada 2 Weeks left in July • Ian


Cuesta Vinas

Cuesta Vinas is a small hamlet famed for its naturally carbonated spring water. Situated just 2 kms out of the village of Valor, (a gentle 30 minute stoll), this casita is perched on the hillside overlooking the hamlet and offers peace and tranquility without being remote.

Within the 4000 square meters of land you will find a newly planted orchard, large eco-pool with sun terrace, organic flower and vegetable gardens and a shaded outdoor dining area, all with fantastic views down the valley to the sierras of Gador and the Contraviersa. A second casita is occupied by the owners and their two friendly dogs.

The house and gardens are all aimed towards a self-sufficientish and ecological lifestyle offering you the opportunity to experience a little bit of the Good Life without having to put in the work, whilst still offering all the amenities you expect on holiday. Help yourselves to vegetables fresh from the garden or simply enjoy the flowers and butterflies which abound. The local birds nest around the house and swoop around the terrace in the early morning and evening, occaisionally taking a diversion through the house itself!

The eco-pool is filtered but does not contain any chemicals, so you can find yourself sharing with the occaisional friendly frog!

If you prefer not to cook for yourself we can arrange afor your own private cook who will provide meals to your taste using fresh local produce. Why not treat yourself for either the whole of your holiday or just for one special evening........

The property
The spacious casita is open-plan, divided into a well equipped dining kitchen, sitting area with an antique wood burning stove and fabulous views down the valley, and a comfortable bedroom area which can be curtained off for privacy if you so wish.

The house is surrounded by extensive terraces with both sunny and shaded areas. The shaded, outdoor dining space is accessed from the kitchen by french windows and seats 6 in comfort. It is equipped with both a bbq and a wood fired earth oven and pots of fresh herbs are available for your use. The sunny front terrace has sunbeds in addition to a further table and seating for 4 whilst to the rear is an outdoor solar heated shower.

The house is traditionally built with shutters which keep the space cool during July and August whilst ensuring a cosy space during the colder months of winter. The kitchen area is fully equipped with 4 ring gas hob, gas fridge with icebox and sink. There is ample crockery, glassware, cutlery etc. and you will always find the basic kitchen ingredients , such as oil, vinaigre and a selection of herbs and spices, in addition to your welcome pack. A large dining table provides seating for up to 6 people and French windows open onto the outdoor dining area. The living area is focused around the old wood burner with comfortable seating for 4 and contains a selection of books and games for evening entertainment. French windows give access to the front sunbathing terrace.The bedroom area has a double bed and plenty of storage space and can be screened from the rest of the house by full length curtains hung from the wooden beams. The seperate, tiled bathroom contains shower, washbasin and wc.

There is wireless broadband and a speaker system suitable for an ipod or laptop available for your use in the casita. Lights and power are provided by solar panels. This is sufficient for charging laptops, mobile phones and a large ceiling fan but will not run hairdryers, straighteners or other power hungry devices. Please ask if you have a particular item you wish to know about.

The extensive gardens are spread over two levels with the large eco pool being situated on the upper level (approximately 100 meters from the house) with panoramic views and sunbeds. Adjacent are the large organic vegetable gardens from which you are welcome to help yourselves to whatever is in season.

The casitas are situated on the lower level, together with a newly planted mixed fruit orchard and ample parking.

The Area
The moorish village of Valor perches on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada gazing out over the valley and the market town of Ugijar.An unspoilt traditional Spanish village popular with spanish tourists. Situated two hours from Granada and one hour from the coast, culture, countryside, beaches and skiing are all within easy reach.

With a population of just under 1000, the village has 9 bars all of which serve tapas and a couple of which offer a full menu. There are also 2 small supermarkets, one with its own bakery, which sell all essentional shopping items including fresh meat, fruit and veg. There is also a pharmacy, bank and gift shop selling local cheeses and pottery. The traveling market visits on the 4th and 19th of every month with a few stalls selling clothing, plants, nuts & olives etc. For a wider range of shops and a bustling twice monthly market, the town of Ugijar is just 10 kilometers away. The village pool is open during the months of July and August and there are numerous fiestas throughout the year, the largest of these being Moors and Christians in September when the villagers re-enact the taking of the Alhambra complete with horses and musket fire.

Just a 45 minute walk in the oppposite direction will take you to the equally charming village of Yegen. WIth its olde worlde feel you can almost imagine youve stepped back into the last century.

You are surrounded by magnificent views of the Sierra Nevada and Contraviersa mountain ranges with numerous opportunities for walking and mountain biking on your doorstep. For the more adventurous, Mulhacen is close at hand.

Popular with Spanish tourists but as yet relatively undiscovered by other nationalities, Valor is an extremely friendly pueblo blanco and an ideal place to observe and enjoy the traditional Spanish way of life.


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