|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
Approaching La Cueva you already feel the special flair. The whole property has got a flow, a well balanced colour combination, repeating decorations, cosy corners and lots of light. Entering from the alleyway you come into the patio with its 2 Moorish style sitting corners and lovely well scented plants, it is painted in a pleasant terracotta colour. The house consists of La Estrella and El Sol, from the patio some stairs lead up to the cave, into which we set a refreshing Jacuzzi with its waterfall, next to it we converted an old stable into another shower room with toilet, sink and washing machine. A spiral stair case leads up onto the roof terrace of 100m2 from where you will enjoy magnificent views over the whole village and surrounding mountains. Up here you find 2 shady pergolas with their sitting corners, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, hammocks and a barbecue.
La cueva came into existence by joining a ruined house, a neglected chicken pen and a total ruin. We renovated everything with lots of care and love to the detail,trying to include mainly local materials, like wood, river cane, esparto, stone and terracotta. The result is both very rustic and cosy and at the same time elegant,mixing its own distinct character with a Moorish charm. We are situated in the biggest of the 3 Guajar villages,20 minutes inland from the coast. This is still a living white village of mainly farmers.Sit in your hammock and listen to the mules go by-or watch them from the roof. In the mornings listen out for Jacinto,the fishmonger shouting: ”Vamos al pecao”(come on lets buy fish),or the veggie seller screaming ”niña,papas”. There is an inner patio with 2 Moorish style sitting areas, a unique solarheated Jacuzzi complete with waterfall set into a cave and a nearly 100 m² roof top terrace with 2 pergolas and barbecue. Enjoy the magnificent views all over the valley.
Peace and quiet: This somehow overlooked little jewel offers something for everybody. Away from the tourist hussle-buzzle on the coast, you take a dip into rural Andalusia, here you will experience how time seems to have stood still. Swing in the hammock and soak up the village noises, the mules that go past a few times daily or Jacinto the local fishmonger as he shouts “Vamos pecao”(come and buy fish) or the veggie seller “ niña papas”. Or take a refreshing dip in the cave Jacuzzi a very original place to while a day away. In the evening take your favourite drink, sit up on the terrace and watch the moon rise or set or on moonless nights explore the milky way or count the shooting stars, always with a secret wish. Or visit us over here at La Rueda (Nº29292) for a chat and some coffee and cake. This place is an idyllic as it sounds.
Activities: Directly from the house start short and also longer walks to explore the local mountains. A bit further on you will pass through a small gorge and then come to Guajar Alto, the smallest of the 3 Guajar villages. Wander along the different mule tracks past and through Mediterrenean Olive-Orange-Avocado and Chirimoya groves. Enjoy the almond blossom that starts in February and succumb to the perfume of the orange blossom (El Azahar) in March. Watch the farmers in the planting season or at harvest time. The nearest beach is 20 minutes away and a little bit further you will find still rather untouched and romantic coves. Granada with its famous Alhambra, its charming, Moorish Albayzin and its quaint old town is only 1 hr away. The cosy and original villages of the Alpujarra with its crystal clear streams, refreshing river pools and the snow covered 3000m mountains always invite you to hike and explore and are only 45 minutes away. Come, relax and enjoy!
Local culture: The 700 year era of Moorish-Arabic culture has left its traces all over Andalusia. The mountain terraces with its mentioned acequias(water flows) surround the whole valley. Many of the cultivated produce stem back to the Moors. This influence you will also taste in the local cuisine, the nearly daily eaten migas with sardines or papas a la pobre e.g. the famous air dried ham of the Alpujarra, the different mountain cheeses or the varied fish and stew dishes. All these specialities very often you can sample as a (free) tapa that comes with your (alcoholic)drink. Start you day with a café con leche up in the bar and experience like this the local coffee culture. Ask us about the local handcraft and we will point out workshops that make pottery, wool weavings, leather weavings, leather clothing or woodcraft. Enjoy Andalusian music and experience the bubbly happiness of the locals, who cannot sit still when they hear Flamenco! Olé!
What can we tell you about us? We, that is the boss, Stefan and his foreign wife Naomi and of course the lazy cat Blackey.(He,Austrian, she,British;cat, Spanish) We are all VERY lucky bums and enjoy every day anew living in this wonderful, wonderful part of the world! Naomi and I, we are both from the touristtrade. After some years of working abroad in big hotels ( we met in Geneva), we decided to do some travelling and started with 6 month in Asia. Then, after a bit of work in Austria/Germany we went off again for 2 more years. Returning back to Austria we were thinking of becoming normal and wanted to marry, have children and save up for a house…sounds familiar hey?! Anyway we rented a pub/restaurant in Bavaria and within the first year had a crisis meeting between the 2 of us.
We decided, that these above mentioned goals did NOT justify such hard work with so many long hours! So, instead of changing the job, we changed our goals into more travelling, that motivated us enough to keep going for 5 ½ years. So then we stored our few belongings and set off on a new trip, that was in 1992…..You want to know where we went?What we did? What we experienced? Come and spend some time with us, and we will tell you!!
Anyway, we came back to Europe in 1999 and started looking for a new home somewhere a bit warmer than in the north. We happened upon this beautiful area and immediately fell in love with it, we looked at La Rueda on a Monday and bought it by Friday, soon after Blackey moved in. After having done up the lot we thought to be able to lead a quiet life and enjoy paradise. Instead we came across this charming ruin in Guajar bought it at the spur of the moment and then saw us nearly 3 years in working clothes…Both La Rueda and La Cueva turned out unique little jewels and we´d be more than happy sharing them with you.
Stefan Told purchased this house in 2003
This place has got something magical about it, so we saw this house and bought it, without thinking very long! And we never will regret it!
We are in the country in a small village with super friendly neighbours...and still only 20mins away from the beaches of the Costa Tropical.
Here you can just laze the days away or you do some easy or even more advanced hikingtours. Granada is only 1hr away and the villages of the Alpujarra 40mins. A few guests have been here for 7 or 8 times and still always find something new to explore. Come!
Even a Spanish TV channel has been here already to film the house for one of their programs!!
La Rueda is an idyllic little oasis in the country, surrounded by flowers and bushes, with all its colours and perfumes. This place is perfect to relax and recharge the batteries! At night sit by the pool with your favorite drink and explore the starry skies or experience the rise of the moon...or...or..or just come to unwind and slow down!
Die Preise verstehen sich für das Haus für 2 Personen pro Nacht.Jede extra Aufbettung berechnen wir mit €6.00 pro Person/Nacht. Mindestbuchung: 2 Nächte. Anreisetag und Abreisetag: flexibel. Dies sind Endpreise,es entstehen keine weiteren Kosten, ausser fuer Feuerholz im Winter. Bettwäsche und Handtücher werden von uns gestellt, Pool- und Badetücher bitte selber mitbringen.Bezahlung per Kreditkarte 2% Zuschlag
The quoted prices are for two people for the whole house and per night. For each extra person we will charge € 6.00 per night, little children until 4 (or so) will be free of charge, please ask us.
Minimum stay is 2 nights. Arrival and departuretime is flexible. These are finalprices, there will be no extra charges, except for the firewood used in winter. We provide linnen and towels, except for beach/pool towels.
For payments with creditcard we will need to add a fee of 2%.
Les prix sont pour la maison pour 2 personnes par nuit.Chaque lit supplémentaire sera facturé à 6.00 € par personne / nuit. Séjour minimum: 2 nuits. Arrivée et départ: flexible. Ceux-ci sont finales et il n'y a aucun frais supplémentaires, sauf pour le bois de chauffage en hiver. Les draps et serviettes sont fournis par nous, près de la piscine et serviettes de plage se plaisent aporter.Paiement par carte de crédit supplémentaire de 2%
Estos precios son para dos personas por noche, por cada persona extra cobramos € 6.00 por noche. Son precios finales sin mas gastos, menos la leña usada en invierno.
estancia minima dos noches. Hora de entrada y salida flexible. Proveemos la ropa de cama completa, incluyendo las toallas (menos las de la playa/piscina) y drapos de la cocina.
Por pagos de tarjeta cobramos 2% mas.
We had a lovely time in the house - we rented both parts of the house so didn't have any of the 'sharing' woes I read in the previous reports.
The selling feature, the cave plunge pool, did not disappoint, the kids absolutely loved it.
We enjoyed relaxing evenings on the terrace and slept well on comfortable beds.
We have been welcome by Stefan and Naomi.the house has been transformed with love and courage.we regret a few things = no air conditionned, and thé température is high....thé house is far from thé place where we can park the car and it is hard when you have luggage and food to take with you.and thé most important we shared the space with another family.it would be Nice to announce thèse details .for the rest no problem.
Our 2-night stay at Casa Del Sol was a wonderful experience. Upon our arrival we were greeted by Stefan and Naomi. They showed us the property, answered all our questions, and suggested hikes and places to see in the area.
Their property has two units: Del Sol (which we stayed at) and Estrella (which was vacant during our stay). In effect, we had complete privacy the entire two days.
The property which Stefan and Naomi built from a ruin is stunning. The design and construction show great imagination and use of space, as well as wonderful artistic touches all around.
Del Sol is very well equipped and furnished. Everything is immaculately clean and in perfect working order. The inner courtyard and the roof-top terrace are full of beautiful plants and flowers. The entire area is a bird-lovers paradise.
No one we met in the village (except for our hosts) spoke any English, but everyone was super friendly and kind.
The walk to the ruins of the hilltop Castillo is not to be missed: it is incredibly scenic and offers stunning views.
Del Sol was our base for visiting Granada and Alhambra (45 min drive). The drive to the coast takes about the same time, and all roads in the area are very well maintained and spectacularly scenic.
This was our second visit to Stefan and Naomi's accommodation in Faraguit. We stayed in La Cueva last year, El Sol this year. We loved it so much last year, we invited family members to join us this year, they stayed in La Cueva.
El Sol is smaller that La Cueva, but is equally fabulous in its design and the facilities provided. The properties differ in layout and size, but are designed with the same care to detail, and bring their own unique qualities. Spotlessly clean!
I particularly liked the very comfortable lounge area in El Sol, which was very welcome after our long, strenuous walks, of which there are many in the region.
The village, in which the accommodation is located, is typically Spanish, and no-one speaks English, which we love. Don't let this put you off, the villagers are extremely friendly, saying 'Hola' as you pass, and you'll find a way to make yourself understood.
Unfortunately we experienced a great deal of heavy rain during our visit, the up side - this meant we were 'encouraged' to do other things, and boy did we find some wonderful places. Here are some I would recommend:
- Cabo de Gata, a fantastic, well populated nature reserve on the furthest south east point, by Almeria. The area also hosts the longest, most deserted beach I have ever seen!
- Granada, where you will find the amazing Alhambra. Don't expect access to the palace unless you have booked well in advance. So much to see and do however, it really is worth a visit. Use the open bus to tour the city and stop off to see things, such fun. 'La Teteria del Banuelo' cafe, on the main street by the river, comes highly recommended, wonderful Arabic coffee and the waffles are to die for!
- Frigiliana, a small town to the north of Nerja. A truly beautiful town with phenomenal views, great places to eat/ drink, and lots of lovely shops
- Mini Hollywood, ignore the tourist part (unless you like that kind of thing), experience the amazing walk through the canyon where A Fistful of Dollars, and The Good the Bad and the Ugly were filmed. Untouched desert land area, an experience not to be missed.
And finally, if you are a wildlife fanatic you will not be disappointed. We were blessed with Short-Toed Eagles, Flamingo's, Avocets, Bee-Eaters, Golden Oriole, Black Wheatears, Toads which we are yet to identify .... need I go on.
Oh, I nearly forgot, Naomi makes fabulous homemade jams and oils, available in the kitchen for sale. Book extra weight on your flight - worth it!
Die Bilder sind schon schön, werden jedoch von der Wirklichkeit bei weitem übertroffen. Das Haus ist nicht nur wunderschön und liebevoll eingerichtet, sondern liegt auch in einem von den Vermietern perfekt beschriebenen Bergdorf. Als Familie fängt der Urlaub an, wenn die Kinder sich wohl fühlen und das war hier ab der ersten Minute uneingeschränkt der Fall. Die Gästebücher sind voll von wirklich guten Tipps für Essen und Ausflüge. Ein besonderes Highlight ist der Markt in Orjiva jeden Donnerstag. Und auch ein Ausflug in Sierra Nevada mit den wunderschönen Dörfern ist auf jeden Fall ein oder mehrere Ausflüge wert. Für richtig schöne Strände empfehlen wir einmal in Richtung Almeria zufahren. Dort liegen die schönsten kleinen Buchten, die als Insider Tipps gelten. Man muss einfach nur die Augen bei der Fahrt an der Küstenstraße aufmachen. Der Service von Seiten der Vermieter war erstklassig. Hier noch einmal einen besonderen Dank an Stefan und Naomi für diesen wunderschönen Urlaub von Jutta, Jana Victoria, Felix und Andreas aus dem Ruhrgebiet. Wir kommen sicher wieder hier her!
Es gibt Orte, die sind einfach magisch - Naomi und Stefan haben einen solchen Ort geschaffen, in La Cueva haben wir uns rundherum wohl gefühlt.
Das Haus befindet sich mitten in einem kleinen andalusischem Bergdort und man lebt dort mit den Einheimischen, nicht als Tourist. Die Atmosphäre ist total entspannt und angenehm, das Haus sehr liebevoll und aufwendig restauriert und eingerichtet. Man findet alles vor, um eine erholsame Zeit zu verbringen. Angefangen bei der großen Küche mit Blick auf eine prachtvolle Bouganville, der Pool bietet eine herrliche Erfrischung nach einem Spaziergang oder Wanderung, die Dachterrasse mit großem Grill und schöner überdachter Sitzecke ist perfekt für lange Grillabende - oder gemütliche Sonnennachmittage in den Liegestühlen. Von Faragüit aus kann man direkt loswandern oder man fährt in eines der Nachbartäler, die auch zahlreiche und schöne Wanderungen bieten. Zum Meer ist es auch nicht weit, ca. 20 Minuten Fahrzeit. Unsere Gastgeber haben uns gute Tipps für Ausflüge geben können, die allesamt lohnenswert waren. Eines unserer Highlight war eine Canyon Wanderung im Rio Verde - sehr empfehlenswert !
Zum Schluss möchten wir uns nochmals bei Naomi und Stefan für die herzliche Gastfreundschaft bedanken, die wir erfahren haben. Ihr habt uns in der Zeit, die wir bei Euch verbringen durften, einen eindrucksvollen und sehr schönen Ausschnitt Eures andalusischen Lebens vermitteln können !
Gerne sehen wir uns wieder - ob in Faragüit oder im neuen Stadthaus in Orgiva ! Und jedem neuen Gast kann ich nur empfehlen, die herrlichen Jams und das phantastische Olivenöl von Naomi zu probieren..... wundervoll !!
Susanna, Seraphina und Roland
The 3 Guajar-villages, of which Faragüit is the biggest, are nestled in a very fertile and green valley, surrounded by mountains. Sometimes the Olive-Orange-Avocado and Chirimoya plantations reach up to the top of these mountains. The Moors left behind the acequias(watering channels) that cross the valley and thanks to which it is so wonderfully fertile. These white Andalusian villages have actually been overlooked by tourism despite their proximity to the sea. Down to the coast, the beach and the next golf course it is 20 minutes to Granada 1hour, to the ski slopes 11/2 hrs and to the Alpujarras 45mins.Faragüit offers everything you might need, a colourful weekly market on Saturdays, a bar/restaurant with good home cooking from the area, a bank/ATM, a few bakeries, supermarket, doctor, pharmacy, besides traders that offer veggies, fruit and fresh fish from their cars. La Cueva is situated in a car free alleyway and therefore very quiet. You can park as near as 200m away.
Golf: Only 20 minutes from us, down on the coast, we have a great golf course with a magnificent setting between Motril and Salobreña. Golf with the sea in your back and the snow covered 3000m mountains of the Sierra Nevada in front of you .In Salobeña another golf course will open soon and yet another halfway to Granada.
Ski: In the winter month you really are lost for choice. Or you go down to the empty beaches and stroll along the sea or you go to Granada to soak up some culture and do some shopping or you go up to the Sierra Nevada to go skiing. Actually you might do the lot in one single day!!! The ski area of the Sierra Nevada is the most modern ski area in Spain and the one with the most sun hours in Europe. Snow is guaranteed it offers long and wide slopes (up to 86km!), very affordable prices and a very pleasant ambience a true international ski resort! Of course all equipment can be rented up in the resort.