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2 Apartments. Private Gardens in Peaceful Organic Smallholding. Splash Pool. - Luna (Sleeps 2)

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

Description

Luna (Sleeps 2)

A ground floor, charming open-plan apartment simply but tastefully decorated, compact and cosy. Large windows often visited by numerous different birds.

Large, very private and splendid garden with views over the village and mountains. Romantic and tranquil setting under a magnificent open sky.

A tall, green stretch of bamboo, along the north side of the garden.

Sun loungers, hammock, reclinable wooden armchairs and a blanket of grass offer plenty of scope for resting and enjoying nature peacefully.

It is an open space studio with East&South windows.

There is a 2 m, anti-allergenic, comfortable, quality double bed, reading lamps and a comfortable seating area with a high quality wood stove plus electric heater.

The bathroom has a tiled mosaic shower with an automatic water heater, a kitchen area with 2 gas rings, fridge, toaster, mixer, and all other necessary utensils plus a very generous amount of glass and kitchenware with pieces of colorful local ceramics.

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About the property

Environmentally Aware

Los Olivillos is an organic smallholding perched above Ferreirola with stunning open views of the mountains.Set in a natural habitat of great beauty, the apartments sit in a cozy, quiet, upper part of the property. The garden is lush and shaded in summer. We use toxic-free products to keep the space clean and fresh as a meadow. We try to be as environmentally responsible as we can as sustainable as we manage . The nearby weekly market has some organic products close to 0 milleage! In the Smallholding I share some organic produce from the veg patch. The happy hens provide the omega rich, delicious eggs that I usually share too.

Surrounded by ancient Moorish villages it borders the Sierra Nevada Nature Park and several 800-year-old trails start nearby. La Taha's 7 villages are within walking distance, each offering their local produce, (air cured ham, pottery, colorful cotton rugs, basquetry...), Moorish architecture, warmth and good terraces for free tapas with a view! Local dishes, vegetarian and vegan food can be had in Mecina's L'atelier restaurant,15 minutes walk away. Los Olivillos' female owner delights in offering safe, relaxed accommodation for all types of travellers and visitors. She can be helpful if needed, but will otherwise remain unobtrusive. A basket of seasonal home produce awaits you upon arrival. Your visit helps us keep the smallholding going and take steps to make it more sustainable.

By making booking procedure very simple and easy we make it as easy as we can for our guests from the start.

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Owner
property owner
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About property owner

I am just an ordinary person who did ordinary things (in different countries) typical of my generation. Among which is probably having chosen at some point to settle in the countryside to live a simple life close to nature.

property owner purchased this apartment in 1984

Why property owner chose Costa Tropical - Granada

I built the house and chose this space for the feel of remotness, solitud and the inmense beauty all arround. In a time when I was travelling or living abroad it provided fresh and renewed energy any time I came back for a time from wherever. For the last some years I have settled here and have created a safe and couzy space for my guests to get in touch with rural life under infinitely spacious blue or starry skies.

I try hard to resist comercialistics pressures from those I am force to use to reach out to guests thereby trying to keep relations as "human" and direct as possible. I guess I loose some by doing it this way but I get the best defenetely!

What makes this apartment unique

Unique benefits? Uninterrupted beauty whichever path one takes. To be as close to intact culture as you can get in an extended area of 7 rural villages that still retain their moorish traits in architecture, food, etc.

To be situated at 70 mnts. drive/walk either from the beach or from the high Sierra Nevada.

Available Rentals

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Notes

Changeover Day:
Preferred on a Saturday but can be flexible if necessary.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros. High Season: Christmas, Easter and 15 July - 15 September. Low Season: Rest of the year. Bookings for less than 1 week are only accepted in low season. Daily rates available on request.


Amenities

La Taha Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
General:
  • Internet
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
Outside:
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The apartments are kept simple intentionally yet we believe that holidays are for resting. That is why we pay attention to the quality of the beds. We dress them with white, soft, ironed linen, washed with natural soaps and sun dried. Each bed has quality duvets and individual pillows. Two towels per person. Individual bed reading lamps. One electric heater. One quality wooden stove. Oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and 2 toilet rolls to start off plus our welcome basket of home-produce. we have binoculars on demand if you wish to watch birds from your balcony or in the garden. to save water we offer you one free cloth wash per week of stay. Outside: The 2 apartments share a 5000 sq.m. garden full of fruit trees (pomegranates, figs, olives, walnut, cherry, almonds, apple, persimmon, madroño, apricot, peach, grapes, quince, medlar, etc.), aromatic shrubs and cooking herbs. Most of the property is green all year round, with garden areas around the house. The lower level houses the chickens and organic garden which you are welcome to explore. We enjoy sharing the surplus with guests. Washing machine, iron and ironing board available. 1 laundry free per week. The splash pool is 2'50m by 2'50m and 1'65m deep. Lovely, natural shady areas nearby. Sun loungers available. There are hammocks for each apartment. Comfortable wooden arm chairs for each terrace/patio plus cane table with glass top and sun loungers for each garden. The chicken coop in the lower level is a favorite with children. There are sitting areas where you can comfortably watch the hens and roosters. A variety of birds can be seen and heard in the garden.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
5

Los Olivillos Holiday,Sierra Nevada

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at Los Olivillos and had the most wonderful stay. The villa, situated amongst dramatic mountain scenery had a garden full of fruit trees, herbs and wild flowers. Every morning we woke to the singing of Golden Orioles and butterflies and bees filled the garden . We had the perfect host in Surya who provided a wonderful ‘welcome basket’ of home grown fresh vegetables , herbs and chutneys and, although living on site, created the perfect mix of not being intrusive but being approachable and friendly. She was most helpful in providing local information when needed; the range of local walks and villages to visit were excellent. Our apartment was clean and comfortable and simply but artfully furnished.

We were sad to leave and would definitely go back again and would recommend it to other’s looking for a peaceful getaway in the Sierra Nevada.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you to you both for choosing to leave your tiny island and come to the smallholding. It was a pleasure to share with you some talks about birds and nearly being tought to use the scyte. I look forward to see you again in this mountains sometime in the not far future.
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Magic garden

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Los Olivillos for 2 weeks. The first week we stayed in Estrella (3 persons) and the second week in Luna (2 persons).

Luna is a little cozily furnished one bedroom apartment with a small kitchen that is equipped enough for cooking your own meals. Most of the windows have an insect mesh and can be left open during the night without worrying about any flies disturbing your sleep. The bathroom is spacious and comfortable. There's a good WiFi coverage both inside and outside the apartment.

One of the best parts of the apartment is the terrace with a big parasol where you can enjoy your meals and that opens into a beautiful lush garden with lavender, roses and fruit trees. Every morning you can watch the sun rise from behind the mountains and during the night, when it's dark, you can enjoy watching the stars. If you leave the parasol open before you go out in the morning, then it will keep the terrace cool an you can use it even on rather hot days close to siesta time.

The garden is my personal favorite. It is full of birds, butterflies and bees and occasionally you'll get a visit from one of the cats of the house. The cats will gladly keep you company if your interested and show you the best places in the garden for relaxing in the shade. Don't forget to enjoy walking barefoot in the cooling grass and dreaming away in the hammock in the evening shade. If you're looking for magic, you'll find some here.

The owner is very friendly and helpful and speaks perfect English which gives you the opportunity to find out everything you always wanted to know about the way of life in the villages, organic farming and much more. Besides being a fascinating person, she is excellent in giving her guests their full privacy so that during your stay your apartment and garden are your home where you can truly relax.

We have been staying in several houses in the Alpujarra over the past 15 years and Los Olivillos has become our new favorite. We definitely recommend this accommodation and hope to return again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you and your mother. It is great news that I will probably see you next year again. Thank you for so many words of apreciation. I'll pass the message to the the cats, specially to Laila, your guide into the best corners in your garden. Hasta pronto!
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A Heavenly Place

  • 5 of 5

This is a very special place to stay, even in the hottest month the garden is lush and full of flowers and wonderful fruit, the views are sublime and their is a palpable sense of peace and tranquiliity. Surya the owner if very welcoming and deposits fruit and vegatables on the doorstep at regular intervals. La Luna is cosy and comfortable and the kitchen has all you need. The surrounding area is stunning, there are great walks and lovely meals in the nearby village of Mecina. We had a very special holiday here.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you too. Thank you.
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Cosy in the countryside

  • 4 of 5

The smallholding of Los Olivillos sits snugly on a hillside, with splendid views overlooking the mountains and nearby valley. It's the perfect place to kick back and enjoy the peaceful environment or combine chilling with energetic hikes in Las Alpujarras. The garden is lovingly care for and makes a lovely spot for relaxing, while the nearby picturesque villages of La Taha are easily explored on foot. A few nice restaurants and bars lie 10-15 mins walk away in Mecina. Los Olivillos is highly recommended for a relaxing, revitalising break.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Pleasant 10-15 mnts walk; 4 including vegetarian
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The perfect place for a quiet retreat, walking in nature, visiting the historical area, taking fantastic walks of any length you may choose, joining in local frequent celebrations, sampling the varied local food and wine or just relaxing reading in your garden hammock. Bird watching is a favorite here. So close to the Sierra Nevada we enjoy frequent visits from eagles that live higher up. One eagle owl nests locally. Some of the birds that you can see here are: black bird, yellow, blue, crested and fire crested tits, corn and rock bunting, goldfinch, greenfinch, house sparrow, Eurasian jay, golden oriol, common chiffchaff, blackcap, Sardinian warbler, song thrush, nightingale, robin, white wagtail, house martin, swallows, European bee-eater, common swift,crossbills, common cuckoo, lesser kestrel, hen harrier, long tailed tit,common quail, red-legged partridge,green woodpecker, magpie and a few others. We have a pair of binoculars in the house for guests.

Coast/Beach:

There are lovely beaches, small coves all along the Granada coast with parking space and small family-run restaurants. There is one nudist beach as well.

Early summer (June to 15th July and the whole month of September) is the best time to enjoy cleaner beaches, tranquility and plenty of space. End of July and August tend to be very busy and crowded.

Travel:

A car can be rented if you wish to move about very freely in your own time. It is also possible to come without renting a car. A bus runs from Granada to Pitres 3 times a day and twice a day to Ferreirola. The bus runs through most of the villages on its way to and from Granada so one could travel by bus through the area with a certain amount of planning.

Distances:

Pitres 5kmts by car. 30 mnts. walking up through beautiful scenery. A free bus goes to the weekly market (Fridays) and back 3 hours later. To Granada 1h 15mnts. Coastal area 50 mnts. Orgiva 30 mnts by car is the nearest town with a variety of shops including 4 Health Shops and weekly open market. Busquistar, Portugos, Mecina-Fondales, Mecinilla, Atalbeitar and Fondales are all between 15mnts and 1h walking distance. By car they can be reached in minutes.

Further Details:

The completely private apartments are set in their own lovely gardens amidst traditional terraces with some springs with medicinal properties. A paradise for anyone who loves nature, seeks a retreat, wishes to have good energizing walks, watch birds or just have a dreamy, peaceful time. A delight for painters, nature lovers and serious walkers. The nearby village of Pitres (4km) has a mini super market, chemist, bank, 24-hour health centre and a Friday morning market. Vans selling bread, fish, fruit and vegetables pass on the road below the house frequently. There is a swimming pool at the campsite (4km) with a restaurant and lovely terrace for a full meal or some free "tapas" with a drink. Within 10 mnts walk there are 4 restaurants, both vegetarian and local ones. In nearby villages there is a variety of food on offer. Tapas are especially generous in this area. A 2 or 3 "cañas" (medium beer) with their accompanying free "tapa" could suffice for a light meal. The famous white washed villages of the Alpujarras are all around and offer delightful local pottery and rugs. There is a long established vegetarian/vegan restaurant within easy walking distance. Lately a piano bar opened which is becoming popular with visitors. It often has flamenco nights and other spontaneous musical evenings. In summer there is a variety of classical concerts in the open air in the villages, in the ancient threshing floors as well as in village churches and squares.

The beautiful and peaceful valley of La Taha. During the Moorish rule, the seven villages of La Taha: Atalbeitar, Capilerilla, Ferreirola, Fondales, Mecina, Mecinilla and Pitres were an administrative entity. It is a picturesque place where it feels like time stood still. You can walk from one village to the next without ever stepping on tarmac.

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