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Almond Hill House: stylish farmhouse, mountain views, olive groves, gated pool

Bedrooms 7
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Large comfortable house set in private olive groves, secluded and near town

ALMOND HILL HOUSE: Stylish 200-year old farmhouse with comfortable en-suite bedrooms, lovely gardens, olive and almond groves, great mountain views and a large gated pool. Great base for walking and cycling holidays and to explore beautiful old Moorish villages, the beaches of the Costa Tropical and magical Granada. 20-minute walk to town. Enjoy a rural location, close to town in one of the most beautiful parts of Spain. Air-conditioning and central heating for comfortable year-round holidays.



* Fully modernised farmhouse, retaining original features

* 5 en-suite bedrooms , 2 smaller twin/single bedrooms

* Well equipped kitchen with Smeg range cooker

* Open plan living area, interior patio, wood-burning stove, large dining table



* Large (10 x 5 metre) gated pool – with sun loungers and mountain views

* Two acres of olive and almond groves with fruit trees – to pick seasonally

* The Olive Hut (40sqm extra living space) – for table tennis and games

* Wisteria and olive tree shaded garden terrace

* Long private drive right up to the house with plenty of parking



* Reliable wifi reaching all bedrooms, gardens and pool terrace

* Comfortable beds with good quality linen

* Air-conditioning, fans, central heating and heated towel rails

* Stylish bathrooms with powerful showers and on-demand hot water



* Local shops (5 minutes' drive) include fishmongers, butchers, bakers and supermarkets

* Great choice of bars and restaurants – some within walking distance

* Explore pretty traditional mountain villages - discover Spain’s Moorish past

* Spend the day at the beach, a seafood lunch and a dip in the Mediterranean

* Enjoy the bars and shady squares of Granada, the old Arab quarter and the stunning Alhambra



* World-class cycling and mountain biking – professional bikes can be delivered to the house

* Walks and hikes - from self-guided family rambles to organised walks with experienced guides

* Horse-riding off-the-beaten track in the mountains with beautiful Mediterranean views

* Guided off-piste skiing and snowshoeing locally or take a trip the slopes at the nearby Sierra Nevada Ski resort



* Plenty of space for running around, playing and exploring – surrounded by nature

* Away from busy roads – at the end of a country lane

* The large pool is fenced and gated as is the lawned garden

* Olive Hut – large wooden cabin for table-tennis and games

* Small-holding at the top of the drive with goats, chicken and geese



* Up to 2 babies under the age of 2, sleeping in a cot are free

* We provide two travel cots, two high chairs and a baby monitor; a food blender and microwave; plastic bowls and baby spoons; potty and baby bath

* Please ask if you need additional cots, high chairs or other items and, with notice, we may be able to supply them



Almond Hill House consists of the main house and the Jasmine room annex – see floorplan in photos section

* WISTERIA: Double en-suite (walk-in shower), private balcony

* OLIVE: Double/twin en-suite (wet-room style bathroom)

* ORANGE: Double/triple/twin, en-suite (shower-over-bath)

* LEMON: Small twin for children/single adult

* ALMOND: Double en-suite (walk-in shower) with adjoining Fig

* FIG: Small twin for younger children/single bedroom, adjoining Almond

* JASMINE ANNEX: Large double/twin, en-suite (walk-in shower)

Jasmine is included in bookings of 13 and 14 people and can be rented by groups of 12 or less for £200 per week. It is never rented independently of the main house.


- Orange/Lemon and Almond/Fig work well as family suites

- Orange can be set up as triple for children - or as a double with a child's bed



Maximum numbers depend on the mix of adults and children and time of year.



* We recommend hiring a car to get the most from your stay but car-free holidays are enjoyed by guests and airport transfers can normally be arranged.

* The bus stop for Granada and Lanjaron is 10 minutes’ walk from the house

* Órgiva is a 20/25 minute walk – down a goat track and then quiet back lanes. It may not be suitable for the less mobile and best walked during the cooler parts of the day in summer.



* Local towns, Órgiva and Lanjarón – 5 and 12 minutes

* White Villages – 20 minutes

* Beaches – 35 minutes

* Granada and the Alhambra - 55 minutes

* Málaga – 90 minutes

* Ski resort – 75 minutes

* GRANADA AIRPORT - 55 minutes (BA flies London City to Granada direct, EasyJet flies from Gatwick and Manchester)

* MÁLAGA AIRPORT - 90 minutes (many airlines fly to Málaga from all over Europe)



* Olive is step free with a wet-room style en-suite bathroom

* Almond has a small step from the internal patio, is step free to the bathroom and has a small step into the shower

* Jasmine is step free, step free to the bathroom and has a small step into the shower

* Fig is step-free from the living area, there are two steps down into the Almond room

* Orange and Lemon have two steps from outside and from the internal patio - with step free access between them and the bathroom

* There is colour contrast with dark wood doors and windows and pale floors

* Garden and terraces are accessible directly from the house via a concrete ramp

* There are two steps from the front door to the living area

* Living area, kitchen and utility room are all on one level with wide doorways

* Two steps up into the living area from the internal patio

* Furniture can be moved on request

* Shower chair available on request



Open April - October. Passive solar heating and thermal cover – it relies on sunshine so the temperature cannot be guaranteed.



Get in touch if you are interested in running courses or retreats at the house - let us know numbers, the type of course and time of year.



“The best place we have ever stayed” – August 2017

“I don’t think we were prepared for how fabulous Almond Hill House turned out to be, a piece of heaven overseas” – June 2017

“The peace, tranquility and easy feel of the house have helped us to truly relax” – June 2017

“We have rented many houses over the last two decades and this is one of the best” – April 2017

“Such a special place, it really is quite difficult to leave” – June 2016

“If you have a dream of Andalucia, this is the place for you” – Sept 2015



* Rural, secluded location – yet near a busy town, traditional villages, beaches and Granada

* Plenty of restaurants and shops – not just one bar or shop in the village

* 5-minute drive to shops – no long round trip for shopping

* Air-conditioning to keep you cool – fans are not always enough in the summer

* Good wifi covers the house and grounds including the pool – no waving your device around to get a signal

* Gated pool in sight of the house – easy to keep an eye on children

* A bestselling book written about the area – ‘Driving Over Lemons’ by Chris Stewart – a ‘must-read’ before your stay!



Please let us know a little bit about your party when making enquiries, including how many adults and the ages of the children, if any.

More Details
Registration Number : VTAR/GR/0007 (since 2002)

Sarah & Matt (Almond Hill House)
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 2, 2018

About Sarah & Matt (Almond Hill House)

The house has been enjoyed as a holiday house since 1994 – and is one of the first in Granada registered as a Vivienda Rural.

We bought Almond Hill House in 2014 and completely modernised the house whilst retaining its rustic charm and making the house accessible.

We live in a neighboring property with our own private gardens, terraces and driveway so your privacy is guaranteed.

Sarah & Matt (Almond Hill House) purchased this house in 2014

Why Sarah & Matt (Almond Hill House) chose Órgiva

* Rural, secluded location – yet near a busy town, traditional villages, beaches and Granada

* Plenty of restaurants and shops – not just one bar or shop in the village

* 5-minute drive to shops – no long round trip for shopping

* Air-conditioning to keep you cool – fans are not always enough in the summer

* Good wifi covers the house and grounds including the pool – no waving your device around to get a signal

* Gated pool in sight of the house – easy to keep an eye on children

* A bestselling book written about the area – ‘Driving Over Lemons’ by Chris Stewart – a ‘must-read’ before your stay!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for our wonderful stay – we returned to London wishing so much that we could have stayed longer. It really was a magical week and so relaxing. Almond Hill House is so beautiful and had everything (& more) that we needed. The gated pool was so useful as we could relax knowing Martha and Tate were safe. We really hope we can come back next year as there's so many amazing bits we didn't get to visit. I'll be recommending your house to any friends in need of the perfect relaxing holiday. Becky (May/June 2015)
May 2015
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Órgiva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 11
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The property suits those looking to enjoy a rural location near to a town - it is not suitable for hen/stag type groups who want to have noisy parties
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Jasmine - toilet , shower , Large non-slip walk in shower, Heated towel rail
    Wisteria ensuite - toilet , shower , Large non-slip walk in shower. Heated towel rail
    Olive ensuite - toilet , shower , Wetroom style bathroom with grab bars. Heated towel rail
    Almond ensuite - toilet , shower , Large non-slip walk in shower. Heated towel rail.
    House bathroom/utility room - toilet , shower , also houses the washing machine
    Orange and Lemon bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated towel rail
  • * Orange and Lemon room's private bathroom is separated by a small hallway and doors * The main house/utility room shower could be used by those in the Lemon room if the Orange wished to have a private ensuite.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Wisteria - A/C, double ensuite. Private balcony
    Olive - A/C. Double/twin ensuite. Garden entrance.
    Fig - A/C from Almond. 1 single bed, 1 child's bed (160 cm long)
    Almond - A/C. Double ensuite - adjoining Fig (seperated by curtains)
    2 cots available - Travel cots with mattress
    Orange - A/C. double/twin/small triple en suite (suite with Lemon)
    Lemon - Childrens' twin/adult single (family suite with Orange)
    Jasmine - A/C. Large double/twin ensuite (private entrance)
  • Check the floorplan in photos section BEDROOM/BATHROOM SIZES: * Wisteria 17 sqm, ensuite 4 sqm * Olive 16 sqm, ensuite 5 sqm * Orange 14 sqm, ensuite 4 sqm * Lemon 8 sqm * Almond 11 sqm, ensuite 3.5 sqm * Fig 6 sqm * Jasmine 26sqm, ensuite 6 sqm
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The property has been registered as a 'Vivienda Rural' (approved by the Andalucia Tourist Board - VTAR/GR/0007) since 2002 – one of the first to be registered in Granada province.


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Almond Hill House: stylish farmhouse, mountain views, olive groves, gated pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Best view of the Sierra Nevada!

  • 5 of 5

After a long journey from Madrid, within 10 mins of arriving at Almond Hill House our two boys were splashing in the gorgeous pool and we were relaxing, having a glass of chilled wine and listening to the sound of the cicadas. The view from our bedroom has to be one of the best views in Andalusia, looking out on the amazing Sierra Nevada. The location is so tranquil that by the next morning we were already feeling totally relaxed. The inside of the house is beautifully decorated with a large farmhouse kitchen, ideal for preparing meals together. There is a lovely terrace for eating al fresco with a well maintained garden and grounds. The swimming pool is securely gated which is reassuring for the kids. Despite feeling truly in the countryside, the local town Orgiva is only 5 mins drive away and beautiful Lanjaron is only 15 to 20 mins away. We had the most wonderful holiday; Almond Hill House is not only good for the body but also good for the soul. We have already booked again for next August....

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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the farmhouse is perfect for lots of families

  • 5 of 5

Sarah and Matt are perfect hosts, helpful but never intrusive. The area is beautiful with many places to visit-Granada and the white villages etc. Good places to eat locally, and only 25 mins to the sea.The house is clean, spacious and well appointed, good kitchen and BBQ, lovely pool which the children and adults loved. I stayed at the house for the entire week...didn't need to go anywhere else, look out for the goats, amazing! Freshly picked lemons made the G&Ts absolutely perfect. Thank you, all 13 of us had an fabulous week.....ages 1 to 74. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal base for walking in the Alpujarras

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of ten staying at Almond Hill House for a walking holiday. The house is as good as described, with ample space to accommodate us all comfortably and had all the facilities we were expecting. Sarah and Matt provided excellent customer service, replying promptly by email or text to queries both before and during the stay.

There are superb walks that can be done directly from the house, including a section of the GR 142. The starting points for higher level walks in the Sierra Nevada can easily be reached by car, for example it took us 40 minutes to drive to the village of Capileira.

Returning to he house in the afternoon, it was great to have a swim in the pool, then prepare some food and eat while sitting at the garden table in the warm evening.

Another review has mentioned the lane access; we had no difficulty driving right up to the house in our hired Zafira and Touran, but I think larger vehicles than this would have made the drive challenging.

We all enjoyed our stay at Almond Hill House and we would certainly recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Almond Hill House really did live up to all expectations. The location was stunning with beautiful views and the owners, Matt and Sarah, could not have been more welcoming. We were greeted with home baked bread and locally produced olive oil, amongst other things, and any queries or requests were dealt with immediately. The house was beautifully presented and absolutely perfect for the three generation holiday we had planned. Although there were eight adults and three small children, it was always possible to find a quiet spot to relax,either in the house or around the grounds.

There was plenty to do locally: the country walk into Orgiva, the local town, with its good restaurants, or short drives up into the Aljapuras to see the beautiful white villages. For those in our party who felt energetic, there were countless footpaths for short walks or longer hikes.

We all enjoyed our stay enormously and cannot thank Sarah and Matt enough for their hospitality and attention to detail, which combined to make our holiday simply perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An excellent house

  • 5 of 5

Almond Hill House is the perfect location for an inter-generational family holiday. The house is spacious, well appointed, clean and very comfortable. Hence it makes a good place to stay even out of the main holiday season. The garden is lovely with the terrace being particularly suitable for outdoor eating. We loved the pool and because this is in a separate gated area could happily let our grandchild play in the garden without worrying that she would have unaccompanied access to the pool.

The owners, Matt and Sarah, were kind and helpful. They welcomed us on arrival and offered useful advice on the area. Although they live in the house next door we were completely unaware of their presence so it was the perfect balance of help being on hand if we needed it but complete privacy if we didn't. I can't recommend them highly enough as owners.

Orgiva is a useful little town and has a number of restaurants and bars. There is also a first rate supermarket so food shopping is easy. You can drive into town from the property - it takes about five minutes - or walk from the house which takes about twenty minutes. Driving from the house up into the Sierra Nevada is easy (although the road is twisty) and there are pretty villages to visit on the way up to Trevelez.

One thing future visitors might want to be aware of is that the lane down to the house is, at times, very narrow and so a smaller hire car is useful. We made the mistake of hiring a large people carrier and this made the drive up and down to the house from the main road a bit tricky. So, if you are a large party maybe think about hiring a couple of cars rather than the 'hefty beast' that we did!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re delighted you all had a lovely time at Almond Hill House and thank you for the great review. Yes, it is best to hire a car or ‘normal’ people carrier (e.g. a Zafira) which many of our guests do and have no problems getting to and from the property. The 1km lane is tarmacked all the way to the house. Some guests have hired mini-vans too. We understand that your car hire company made a mistake and gave you an unusually-long vehicle – the ‘hefty beast’, as you say! Best wishes
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A Wonderful Oasis in Andalucia

  • 5 of 5

We were two families sharing the property and even at our maximum of 9 we had lots of room for either mixing or a bit of quiet time. Almond Hill House is located at the end of a narrow country lane [do not rent a large SUV] and is very quiet. The view down the valley and across to the mountains is spectacular. The only disturbance is the occasional herd of goats along the track below the property. Matt and Sarah were an absolute delight to deal with. They met our cars to guide us to the house, gave us welcome gifts, provided two extra cafetieres and a paella pan, gave excellent advice on restaurants and shops and dealt with any issues immediately. The house is wonderful and the kitchen well equipped. Practically every bedroom has a bathroom with shower and WC. We spent most of our time in the glorious out door space. This has a large sitting area with a 10 seat dinning table, BBQ and is surrounded by flowers, herbs and plants. The pool is lovely with lots of chairs and toys and a great view. A perfect place to sip lemonade made from fruit picked at the house’s orchard. You are about 5 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk from Orgiva with its great restaurants, bars and a good selection of grocery stores [including a butcher and a fishmonger]. Granada, with the wonderful Alhambra, is about an hour away and the coast, with great seafood, only a 30 minute drive. If we were to return to this part of Spain I would most certainly stay at Almond Hill House again.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
64 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Local bar
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Playa de Granada
Nearest Train
55 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
32 Kilometres
Car: recommended

* Explore pretty mountain villages - a step into a bygone era of Spain

* Spend the day at the beach, a seafood lunch and a dip in the Mediterranean

* Enjoy the bars and shady squares of Granada, the old Arab quarter and the stunning Alhambra

* The area is famous for walking, horse-riding, cycling and mountain biking (professional bikes can be delivered to the house)

* Skiing and snowshoeing during winter months


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $280.74

- included in the price when 13 or 14 guests book
- can be hired to provide an extra bedroom for smaller groups for an additional cost of £200 per week

- up to two babies/infants under the age of 2 (at the time of the holiday) using a cot (rather than a bed), are free

- Via the Owners Direct online payment system
- By direct transfer into either the Owners Sterling or Euro bank account

* CHANGE OVER DAY is normally on a Saturday during the summer season - but this is flexible where existing bookings permit

* HEATING Central heating and starter pack of wood included for bookings in cooler months
* AIR-CONDITIONING no addtional charge for reasonable usage

* EURO RATE for direct bookings calculated using the Sterling/Euro exchange rate on

7 night minimum during Easter holiday period

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund