Casa Daimalos, along with the village house next door, has been lived in by the owners for three generations. This charming house has its own secluded swimming pool and is set on the edge of a small village, looking out across a sheltered valley planted with olives, almonds and vines, and crowned with the ruins of a Moorish castle. The village church has a tower adapted from the oldest minaret in Andalucia and a Mudejar ceiling plus recently discovered, rather worn, 18th century frescoes. The key can be found with the ladies who will order your bread.
The extensive terrace area is shaded by a vine-covered pergola, and the garden is full of fruit trees and flowers, including yuccas, jacarandas, bourgainvillea, aloes, oranges, lemons, grapefruit and a pomegranate.
Inside, the large (40 sq. m.) sitting/dining room, has an informal family character, with antique furniture, an open fireplace and a library with hundreds of books: these include (normally found on the right-hand side of the shelves) a memoir called The Bottle Brush Tree, written by the owner and describing how he and his wife discovered Daimalos, plus a book of poems called Sketches from the Sierra Tejeda by John Fuller who was a frequent visitor.
This house, sleeping four, can be rented together with the old village house which sleeps six and can share all the facilities of Casa Daimalos. Casa Daimalos can also be rented separately and is an ideal base for walking and exploring, especially in spring and autumn.
THE VILLAGE HOUSE
The 200 year-old village house, next to the village fountain, with entrance planted with bourganvillia and troughs of flowers, has an atmospheric sitting room with many original features, including ancient beams and cane ceilings, an open fireplace and alcoves for storing earthenware wine jars. Steps lead down to an adequately equipped kitchen with gas oven and four hobs, plus fridge/freezer. There is a twin-bed double bedroom leading from the sitting room, and down a couple of steps is another bedroom with double bed and tiled shower room. There is access to a small patio, filled with sweet smelling jasmine. The door from the patio leads on to a small track directly opposite Casa Daimalos. A charmingly primitive staircase leads up to the twin-bedded master bedroom occupying the entire first floor with door to a secluded vine-covered roof terrace and built-in barbecue. There is a large en-suite bathroom.