Watermill | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 10
La Mariposa apartment is fully equipped for self-catering and has been lovingly restored and finished to a high standard. The apartment is mainly on one level although there are a short set of stairs at both entrances. The open plan kitchen and lounge area turn a very rustic building in to a modern feeling home whilst maintaining features like the slate floors, stone walls and wooden beams in keeping with the building. There is a double and a twin bedroom, large living area with wood burning stove, kitchen and a wet-room with WC. The 2nd bathroom, washing machine and lower entrance are downstairs.
La Mariposa along with La Amapola is part of Molino Felix, a historic mill located alongside the river Gor on the doorstep of the Sierra de Baza. Within easy access to the A92N you will be perfectly situated for exploring this beautiful region of Andalucia. Whether it be an adventure holiday, a relaxing get-away or even looking for your dream home, Molino Felix is the ideal place to stay. It's just a 3 minute walk to the quiet Spanish village of Gor where the locals are friendly and the tapas are always superb!
The Sierra de Baza National Park is fantastic for wildlife lovers, with unique pine trees and vast array of birds. There is a visitors centre with information about walking trails and mountain bike routes to follow. Within the surrounding areas there are plenty of different types of adventurous activities such as go karting, quad biking, skiing and water sports on the nearby freshwater lake etc. We will be happy to help arrange any day trips you might like to enjoy.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake Negretin 27 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Granada 88 km, Nearest railway: Guadix 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
• Sleeps 6-10, the 3rd bedroom has a king size bed an additional single bed. However there is the Amapola apartment next door (138922) which can be interlinked sleeping an extra 6 people.
• Living Area: 69m²(+18m²)
• Central heating heated by eco-friendly bio-fuel.
|Further details outdoors|
Please enquire about bicycle availability and prices.
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
Swimming pool only available July & August.
Garden is shared with the owners of the house who are on hand to answer any questions.
The Andalucia region
Granada's Alhambra palace is a must see which was shortlisted one of the new wonders of the world and is only 45 mins drive with the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 90 mins. Almeria coast is about 60 mins however the stunning freshwater Lake Negretin is only 20 mins which is just spectacular to see plus swimming in freshwater is a whole new experience. There are thermal spring baths and 4 restaurants dotted around the lake where you can relax. You can also hire canoes to explore the lake's untouched beauty or even paraglide to get a bird's eye view.
You can enjoy the splendid untouched beaches of the Cabo de Gato nature reserve one of Spain's best kept secrets and the quiet fishing villages. Or act out your childhood dreams by visiting the Spaghetti Western filming location towards Almeria where there is a western theme park with live shows in the mockup wild west town. There's something for everyone, whatever your passion.
Gor is usually a quiet little mountain village, however starting the 6th of August are the typical Andalusian fiestas with bull runs on the 8th,9th & 10th. The surrounding towns of Baza and Guadix have all you could need in terms of shops, bars and restaurants, also the Cathedral and cave house region of Guadix are particularly worth a visit. The towns have their own fiestas which highlight in the 'Cascamoras' a tradition which started with the towns fighting for possession of the statue of the Virgen back in the middle ages!
For a change of landscape the stunning Castril gorge walk along a wooden walkway pinned to the side of the gorge with the river below, is highly recommended. There are a variety of activities around the surrounding areas including Go-Karting, Horseriding, Paragliding, Canoeing, Fishing, Quadbiking, Walking and Mountain Bike Trails and we mustn't forget the Turkish Baths with relaxation massages.
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20 Sep 2012
"Couldnt have chosen better if I tried!"
After several different unforseen circumstances, I ended up travelling alone to Spain. Despite a couple of upsets before I even got to the apartment (completely unconnected to this booking) I finally arrived a day late. The owners of the apartment genuinely couldn't be more helpful, they're a lovely family and always more than willing to help with anything they can.
Beautiful accommodation in a stunning location, which is ideal for any type of holiday as long as you want something peaceful and far from the madding crowd. Only about an hour's drive to the beach, but with lots more within a far shorter distance, it's a fantastic base if you want to explore.
The local tapas bar is fabulous and traditional in that you get free tapas with every drink - who could ask for more?!
I may well be returning for the ski season, excellent place run by lovely people.
13 Aug 2012
"Beautiful place, lovely hosts!"
When I found La Mariposa on this site I thought it looked really quaint and would make a lovely getaway for my partner and I, the reviews about Mark and Sam were all great too which encouraged me to book. When we arrived I have to say I was really surprised at just how beautiful the place was, the photos do not do it justice, Mark and Sam have done an incredible job renovating. The village is really nice, very traditional, and we went on some fantastic walks in Sierra Nevada which is only about 1 hours drive. All in all it was a lovely trip and we would happily go back. (have marked the directions as average as we drove there late at night and got lost, would probably just advise a sat-nav if you arrive in the evening and don't know the area)
10 Aug 2012
"Great accommodation, village and hosts"
Been meaning to write a review and us booking again reminded me.
There are two lovely apartments, very clean, spacious and well equipped. Sam and Marc, the hosts, live onsite and are welcoming, available and helpful when you need them but unobtrusive.
The village is very clean and unspoilt. All the other good reviews here are spot on and give you a feel of what's around the local area (I'm no good as a travel writer).
The best recommendation I can give is that we stayed September 11 (recommended by someone else) and I've just booked for October 12 and also for August 13. Do yourself a favour and book but not too many times as I want availability for me lol, enjoy
3 Jun 2012
"Relaxed, friendly, amazing value - what more can I say?"
In a nutshell the place is amazing. Authentic character, spacious, warm (not sure what one of the previous reviewers was on about?!) and with the most amazing hosts. Available when needed, not at all intrusive if you didnt need them. It felt like being at home the whole time but with much better surroundings and such a pleasant location. So much better than being in a tacky location like Benidorm. The views are breathtaking, the local bar serves the best tapas (free of charge!) and you are only a 10 minute drive to a large city in case you need more activity or want to go on a shopping spree. We will definitly be back. Thank you Sam and Marc for an amazing holiday in your fantastic property.
24 Apr 2012
"A welcome haven in snow topped mountains"
We arrived to a warm greeting from Mark who had already warmed our appartment with a roaring fire in the log burner. The next day we awoke to snow but were warm and cosy .
Indeed the log burner was only needed as a substitute for the central heating the cost for which was included in the rent.
The owners live on site but were totally unobstrusive yet available if required. This was virtually unnecessary as all appliances and services (wifi and sat. tv.) all performed constantly and well.
The property has a lovely location, just a few minutes walk to the village and ten minutes by car to the motorway network. Guadix , 20 minutes drive provides all major supermarkets and shops with easy parking and excellent bus services and a train station.
Overall this is a beautiful clean welcoming well fitted apartment at a great value price.
Mark and Sam should be justifiably proud of the deal and welcome which they offer.
23 Jan 2012
Mi familia y yo pasamos noche vieja en la mariposa y fue realmente maravilloso. La casa cuenta con todas las comodidades que uno se pueda imaginar...y si necesitas algo y no esta en la casa, sus dueñ… More
9 Jan 2012
"Una estancia inolvidable"
Estuvimos 8 dias en la Mariposa. Fueron unas vacaciones fantasticas. La casa es muy acogedora y espaciosa, todo nuevo, decorada con mucho gusto, donde no faltaba un detalle..Ubicada en plena naturale… More
2 Jan 2012
"Great place, well furnished and great hosts"
We enjoyed our stay at La Mariposa. The place has been extremely well refurbished.
Everything one needs is there.
The only thing negative I might say is that the place seems a bit impersonal, lacking warmth in the decoration.
2 Jan 2012
"An excellent property in a fab location."
A lovely property in a friendly Andalucian village . The owners are very friendly and will help in anyway they can. The location is close to Granada (the Alhambra is a 'must-see', but book your tickets ahead) and several lakes for swimming and fishing.
We have no hesitation in recommending this property and would certainly return.
29 Dec 2011
"speak as you find"
we arrived at molino felix approx 1700hrs on a cold december evening,only to find the accomodation very cold and uninviting, there was no welcome pack, as the owner told us he had not had time to go shopping as he had been repairing a leak in the roof, so we had to go out shopping straight away as we had not eaten since early morning.We switched on the heating hoping it would be warmed up on our return, however as we were to find, the heating was inadequate for the building.The owner offered to sell us a small bag of logs for 8 euros, we purchased them hoping it would help to heat the place, however they only lasted for one day/night and as the heat was just being sucked up the chimney was found to be false economy,The owner returned late at night with the welcome pack! containing 6 eggs, bottle of red wine, and few slices of bacon, hardly the basics of a starter pack.the following day we went out all day mainly to keep warm, again on return the place was freezing cold, the owners wife loaned us an electric blanket, but as we didnt go on holiday to spend our time wrapped up in bed this did not help the situation.Each day was the same, going out to keep warm and going to bed on return.We suffered this for 5 days then decided to leave and head to the coast where it would be warmer. The owner informed us that we owed him an extra 30 euros for the heating, even though we had not used it during the day, so that reckons up to 10 euros per day for heating hardly cost effective for bio fuel, and also told us we would have to pay for the week we were cancelling, People need to be aware that booking what seems like reasonably priced accomodation can work out very expensive,also we would not agree that the accomodation is suitable for young children or people with mobility problems, as there is an open staicase in lounge(dangerous for young children to fall down)and access to the property is via steps front and back.Also outside in the garden is covered in dog excrament not pleasant.
We're so sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay. We are a small family run business and it is very important for us that our guests are happy and we feel we go out of our way to cater for everyone's needs. We make it clear that our door is always open should you need us and we are always to hand should a problem arise. We don't like to bother our guests whilst they are on holiday but are here if needed. Apologies for the long reply but due to the nature of the circumstances we feel it is only fair that we give a full response because a lot of care and attention has been put in to building our business.
Unfortunately the apartment had been exceptionally cold prior to your arrival due to it not being occupied recently and a few evenings of abnormally cold weather. However the central heating had been switched on the previous night constantly and the log stove lit from midday to make it more comfortable and to be warm enough for your arrival. The log stove is usually very efficient when it is well lit and managed. Much less heat is lost with this type of installation as there is no 'open' fire place, just the chimney flue to evacuate the smoke, some heat loss through all types of chimney is however unavoidable. We are shocked by your comments as other guests have actually said the complete opposite, that the stove can make the room too warm and that the heating is more than adequate. Once you had made us aware of the problem after the first night with the temperature of the apartment, naturally we were very concerned. We gave you the 15kg bag of olive wood, which is very dense wood and slow burning. We also refilled the olive stone boiler as a gesture of good will and told you that you wouldn't be charged for any of the fuel up to that point. In addition to this we told your husband not to worry about the heating cost and that it was more important that you were warm. I made my feelings clear that I wanted you to be happy in the apartment as our guests always have been. Therefore after checking that the boiler and central heating settings were ok and making sure that you knew how to operate the controls we felt confident that the property would be hot enough to meet your comfort level.
When your husband informed us that you were cold after the first night he also mentioned that you were cold in bed hence supplying you with the electric blanket. When my wife visited to show her concern, she was relieved to be told that you weren't actually cold in bed and that it was only the living room which was cold during the first night and that if there were any further issues you would inform us immediately, otherwise the cold issue had been rectified. As a result of this conversation and knowing from the news broadcast you had seen in the bar about the abnormal weather, my wife explained how to use the wood burning stove correctly and efficiently and advised you to keep the log burning stove on low whilst you were out of the property to ensure the temperature could be maintained inside. Living in the mountains can be cold at times and the conditions at that time were much colder than in England, so we could only advise you on how to maintain the room temperature which we believed you were following. Please let me express our sadness that this advice wasn't effective for you which is a shame as things should have turned out completely different. My wife left believing that you were completely satisfied. It therefore came as a surprise and disappointment when after not hearing about any problems with the apartment for 3 days you announced that you would be leaving early. However the reason you gave at the time and until receiving this review was not that the apartment or our hospitality was at fault but that the area was just too quiet for you and that you would be going to the coast for a more lively time. All of our guests to date have enjoyed the quiet and peaceful surroundings and the chance to get away from it all, as we advertise. Although obviously it is not for everyone, but we are surrounded by some spectacular scenery and if you are able to go walking and take the time to enjoy them there is plenty to see.
On departure it became apparent that you had not paid the remaining 50% for the accommodation on arrival as per the booking conditions and as with any rental accommodation where the guest have choosing to leave through no apparent fault of the owners, the balance was due to be paid. We did however discount the remaining amount by a substantial amount and waivered all costs of heating etc. If there were any outstanding issues we needed to be told then in order to try to rectify any problems. I did mention that the cost of heating for the 4 days (1st day given to you) was 30 euros but that you wouldn't be charged for that because your booking had included an allowance of 20 euros per week for heating. The quoted figures on our advert of heating costs between 20-30 euros are the normal average amounts used at this time of year if our verbal advice had been taken.
We have now written a guide to be left in the apartment on how to use and maintain the log fire effectively and how to use the central heating controls and include the following text at the end so that it is absolutely clear of our good intent.
“We want you to be comfortable and warm during the winter months, please do not hesitate in letting us know if you have any problems with the fire or the heating.”
I had been working on repairs to the roof that morning caused by the cold spell prior to your stay so as not to cause any noise or disruption whilst you were here, however it was due to the unforeseen delayed flight and that I had been waiting in for you in the afternoon that I hadn't been able to purchase some of the items for the welcome pack earlier as I had planned. We only buy the welcome pack on the day of arrival because the bread from the local bakeries only stays fresh for the day. Unfortunately due to the delay it made me late for my family commitments and I had to rush off as soon as you arrived, so apologised and promised I would pass by that evening, which I did at 19:00 but you were out, so I returned later that evening. I made sure I mentioned that the local convenience store at a 5 minute walk, has been newly refurbished and is very well stocked with fresh fruit and veg and meats which you could shop at if you didn't fancy driving to Guadix or Baza. Plus the local bars provide very good free tapas. The welcome pack is complimentary and is meant as a breakfast or snack to get you by until you get the chance to visit the shops. Please let me confirm what you get in the welcome pack; A few teabags, a little coffee and sugar, a few sachets of olive oil, salt and vinegar which was put in the house the night before, a fresh loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, a carton of milk, a pack of 6 eggs and finally a full pack of bacon. It is self-catering accommodation so we believe everything in our welcome pack, which we provided you and all of our guests staying longer than a week is a lovely thoughtful gesture and we can only apologised that the kind gesture was. We offer to anyone arriving late at night or in the early hours of the morning a shopping service whereby we will do a small shop for you to your requirements. This wasn't offered due to your afternoon arrival.
All of our guests are treated to their specific needs and we are very proud of our returning guests, of which the majority are families with children. When guests stay with young children we fit a stair gate to the railings making safe the stairs to the lower bathroom and garden. We have young children ourselves so are fully aware of all of the safety needs for children along with plug socket covers when children are around. As you informed us that there were no children accompanying you there was no reason for us to make the apartment child friendly as we normally do. As you can see from our other reviews we regularly get guests with children of all ages who enjoy meeting and playing with our children on the trampoline, the garden or exploring the stream. Hence it is important to us that the garden and area surrounding the house is kept clean, despite living in the countryside surrounding by wildlife.
With regard to people with mobility problems, we have checked our advert with Holiday Lettings and there are two categories related to guests with mobility problems. We have selected 'Restricted mobility' but have not selected 'Wheelchair users' which means that we will not appear in a search where 'Wheelchair adapted' requirements are necessary because we have a few stairs entering the property. We have now updated our advert adding in the text that there are steps to the property entrance, which we have copied from our own website to clarify any misunderstandings.
Finally, from previous feedback we are certain that we provide good value accommodation to a high standard with no hidden costs. What we advertise is what we offer. Having children of our own we understand that the importance of honestly is paramount and it is this which allows us to respond to you and advertise in total confidence. I am proud to say that we do our very best to look after our guests because it gives us the pleasure and satisfaction of knowing they enjoy the place we have chosen to live and bring up our family. I'm sorry you were unable to experience this because it's lovely reading our guest reviews and seeing their faces full of satisfaction and just knowing that all that matters to us is that they had a good time.
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