|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Lemon Grove Farmhouse and Cottages are possibly the oldest buildings in this lovely hamlet of Llano Almendra (pronounced Yano), they are over 200 years old and have character flowing through them.
The main farmhouse can comfortably sleep 7, or 11 if both sofa beds are used, there are 3 charming bedrooms and all guests will be looking to make a stake in the master bedroom first for it's size, tranquillity and own private terrace.
There is also a wonderful added bonus of a small lounge area just off the metal spiral stairs, that have a safety gate and lead to the bedroom, which is great for relaxing before bed, but also doubles as an ideal extra child's bedroom as it has a sofa bed that can sleep 2.
So this flexibility can be handy for families that want the smaller children to be close by.
On the ground floor is a lovely bunk bed room which also has a third bed, a fantastic and fun environment for children to be on their own and next to it a sweet lounge, with double sofa bed, again great for keeping the children happy with a little TV time.
Up a few steps is another double bedroom.
The stylish and well equipped kitchen is designed for the chefs of the groups to still be involved in a group environment as although all 3 properties have kitchen facilities, barbecue, indoor and alfresco dining facilities. The Farmhouse has the better set up and the lovely covered terrace is just outside it's door and families and groups will migrate to that area, which can seat 18 -20 if the group want to all eat together, once the dinner bell is rung !!
There are facilities for all guests to be able to sit inside and dine, but the set up is designed for independent living and alfresco dining and why would you not in an area of Spain that is known for it's 300 days of blue sky days and stunning evenings plus the added ingredient of tranquillity which this hamlet has.
The larger cottage next door has a lounge/dining area and kitchen and shower room and upstairs are 3 bedrooms, of which one is a double, another a single and the third a twin room.
The smaller cottage is great for elderly guests as it is fully self contained and has an open plan lounge with a double bed and also a kitchenette and shower room all on one floor.
This wonderful and historic collection of buildings are all attached to each other and allow full flexibility in allowing family groups and friends to have their own space whilst being drawn together whilst having fun in the lovely pool or finding shade in the gardens and grounds or of course even sunbathing on the private beach area next to the pool or the pool terrace. The main barbecue is just outside the farmhouse door, (the cottages also have their own barbecues).’ ‘behind a gate which can be locked if you have small children’
The lovely 8 x 4 m pool is down some steps and behind a locked gate, which really helps families to relax. Just down from Lemon Grove is the river, dry in spring and summer which is a fantastic natural play area for children and a great and different walking environment for adults, you can walk all the way down to the Mediterranean if the desire takes you and time allows.
The whole set up is like stepping back in time with bread oven on show and mule tie rings still positioned in the exterior walls.
The whole interior has been lovingly restored and character kept but modern facilities added.
Above Lemon Grove is one more cottage know locally as the chapel due to its styling, this is where Ian and Avra live. It is handy having the owners on site for advice and the odd bit of help that may be needed, but at the same Ian and Avra are not obtrusive and are as discreet or as helpful as you require.
Children & pets welcome. No smoking indoors, - outdoors please use ashtrays provided and remember high fire risk’
Ian and Avra purchased this collection of run down buildings over 20 years ago and have spent that time bringing up a family and restoring the buildings in a sympathetic manor which the properties deserve.
Avra spends her time keeping on top of all things that make this a lovely rental and she has put her stamp and touches in a way that makes it a very unique collection of properties.
Ian spends his time helping and teaching in Malaga.
Please note it does mention that David and Jacqui Cullimore own the property,although we would love to, this is not the case and we just handle all the enquiries and bookings for Ian and Avra, at this stage the homeaway website does not allow us to change this information, hence the additional paragraph.
David and Jacqui Cullimore purchased this farmhouse in 1992
This unique collection of properties was a project in the waiting and allowed Ian and Avra to create a lovely home environment with plenty of space and character. Once the family had flown the nest it seemed sensible to open up Lemon Grove to a greater audience and offer it as holiday rentals, it is very unusual to find authentic Spanish properties that sleep this many guests available at such a realistic rental price.The truth is that Lemon Grove was bought as a home and is now becoming a way of life for Ian and Avra.
This year they tested the water with just one of the cottages which can sleep 6 it was fully booked and the experience left Ian and Avra realising there is market for larger properties that allow guests to escape from the modern life.
Character in abundance, style and history of equal measure and space that allows guests to enjoy each others company whilst having their own space all for great value.
The river walks are a bonus and belonging to a small hamlet and having so much that is accessible all around you is amazing.
A lovely, flexible property that is one of the best built, best maintained and best appointed I've stayed in. Very helpful owner, thoughtful welcome pack on arrival and everything you need for a small or large group. The villa is in a very peaceful location with hardly any noise at all apart from the occasional rooster, turkey or horse. A few dogs of course, but far fewer than other areas I've stayed in. Nearest shops are 15-20 minutes away by car and the small valley creates its own mini climate which is definitely warmer in the evenings than the more open parts of the area. Views across the valley aren't as panoramic as those from higher locations but the protected climate makes up for it. I highly recommend the Lemon Grove.
We had a lovely week at Lemon Grove relaxing in and around the pool and on the terraces. With children in the party ranging in age from 3 to 14 years, the pool was a big favourite with everyone. Not wanting to be in a bustling tourist resort, this more rural location was perfect for us. We did eat out on a few evenings (including a lovely meal at the Casa Ortega just up the road on our last night), but used the well appointed kitchen in the main house to cook lots of family meals, which we ate outside on the terraces. Ian, Avra and family were there when we needed them, including with car parking in the dark! (Parking was probably the only thing that was a bit tricky about staying at Lemon Grove).
We had trips out to Comares and Colmenar, the honey museum in Colmenar was very popular with the younger children. A lovely area and comfortable holiday home that I would love to go back to again.
The farmhouse and pool were exactly what we were looking for and there was lots of shaded areas so that the kids could be protected from the sun.The kitchen was brilliant and the rooms were all clean and very comfortable.Avra and Ian were amazing and were very happy to help with any queries at all.I would most definitely recommend this property and will hopefully planning another trip in the future.
Lemon grove is the most idyllic spot, nestled at the bottom of a valley, it was so peaceful and restful. Our party of teenagers, parents and grandparents loved it, and we all had a wonderful time. To watch the sun come over the top of the hills each morning was breathtaking, and we all wanted to stay for longer.
The facilities are great, and the attention to detail in the properties delightful. A huge thank you to Avra and Ian, who were in he background if we needed anything, yet never intrusive.
I will definately be coming back.
We have just finished a wonderful 3 weeks holiday at Lemon Grove Farmhouse.
The numbers of friends and family varied between 7 and 13 and ages from 2 to 66.
Everybody, yes everybody, enjoyed their very relaxing holiday either in or beside the pool or under / around the lemon tree in the adjacent 'beach' area.
The weather was quite warm with max temperatures of 25 - 35 deg C, but we could keep cool in the pool or inside the house.
The property is by virtue of its age 'quirky' and unsophisticated, but that meant we didn't have to worry about our young grandchildren damaging priceless heirlooms! The beds were comfortable and clean and toilet / bathroom facilities more than adequate.
Most of the time was spent at the property but between us there were various expeditions to nearby villages, Mediterranean beaches, the water park at Velez-Malaga and the El Torcal karst limestone national park. Every morning and evening various members of our party walked around the hamlet or down by the river (which gradually changed from a trickle to practically dry). The fishing nets provided were used several times to try to catch frogs and turtles, albeit with little success ,but the grand kids had great fun trying.
Once we had come to terms with the logistics of sourcing food and drink for the fairly large party, many very pleasant evenings were spent eating and drinking on the main patio and surrounding seating areas. The nightly performances of geckos around the patio lights were our main source of entertainment rather than watching satellite tv.
As has been written elsewhere, Avra and Ian were both unobtrusive and attentive in resolving any issues regarding our stay at the property. They were also very helpful with advice on local events, places to see and how to get anywhere.
In summary, a location and property to be recommended for a relaxing and cost effective holiday.
We recently stayed at this lovely villa for a week with 2 friends and their young child. Although it's off the beaten track we enjoyed the peace and quiet that comes with this area. It's a lovely quirky building and a lovely big pool. Our days were spent relaxing by the pool or at the beach and then leisurely evenings spent alfresco dining on the large open communal area or exploring the local restaurants. Our aim was for a chilled week and this is exactly what we got :-)
Lemon Grove Farmhouse and Cottages are perfectly located to experience the rural element of Andalucia, in a lovely hamlet that has hardly changed since it was built 200 years ago.The whole area is steeped in Moorish history and the location allows you to switch between a relaxing environment and also within 30 minutes experience beach life, towns and tour the many beautiful white villages that surround this hamlet.
If city culture is on your agenda then the very much unexplored city of Malaga is only one hour away and the better know city of Granada with it's stunning Alhambra Palace is reachable in 2 hours
The walks in the local area are rewarding, especially spring and summer walking along the dry river beds which are just below the Lemon Groves but bird watching, fiestas and horse riding can all be part of the holiday agenda.
The caves of Nerja and the pretty seaside village itself are only 45 minutes away, but this area of Andalucia still has coast line which is peaceful and spacious so if the desire is to also get away from the crowds then you will have picked the right place.
Marbella with its glitz and port is only just over 1 hour away, worth seeing how the other half live and then coming back to the tranquillity of the grove.
Also Gibraltar, Ronda and Seville are all reachable with 2 - 3 hours.
The local bars are not tourist prices so you can still get a menu of the day for 5-7 € including 3 courses and a drink and bottles of San Miguel are only around the 1.20€ mark not bad for a trendy drink in the UK, wine is still great value and fresh fruit and vegetables though not as uniformed in shape as the ones for sale in the British supermarkets usually tastes better and is far cheaper.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$246|
Please note the following :
Apart from the July and August prices which are based on maximum capacity of 17 guests.
That prices are based on up to 12 guests, which have total and private use of the farmhouse and larger cottage.
For numbers over 12 there is a extra cost of £60 per person up to a maximum of 17 guests and if you require the smaller cottage which sleeps 2 you will have to pay a £70 supplement for cleaning costs, unless the booking is for 14 persons.