Lovely restored character townhouse in Gualchos
Townhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The house has only recently been available to Holiday Let ! ......( having been long term rented for 3 years )
So now it's offerred for flexible holiday bookings , with a minimum of 1 week ...
Situated in the gorgeous white village of Gualchos , only 5 kms from the sea, with fantastic views of the Med. and mountains !
In a region called the ' Costa Tropical ' it is otherwise known as the Granada Coast....and is very popular with the Spanish and Granadians, as it's only 1 hour approx, due south !
But now there are a quite a few ' ex-pats ' living there.....or nearby and owning holiday homes, so coming here regularly.
The house has been totally reformed , deliberately retaining a balance of authentic rustic Andalucian style with all the modern touches.
Metre thick walls keep the house cool in the summer....and warm in the ' winter ' .
Traditionally windows are small....but I had fitted larger ones so it's light inside.
You can always close the shutters if you want to keep the sun out !
Enjoy the 2 terraces....1 so private ( the Jacuzzi patio ) clothes are optional....no-one is going to see :)
In the summer heat, you may just want to use it at air temperature....about 28 C...so pretty warm, but a nice cool off !
The larger rooftop terrace is perfect for sunbathing or dining , and has stunning views of the sea and mountains to both 3 sides .
No internet in the house, but all local bars and a special internet centre ( free ) are only 100 metres away, in the Plaza .
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Castell de Ferro 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga / Granada 124 km, Nearest railway: Malaga or Granada 115 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
The Andalucia region
The Costa Tropical ....
This area has Ex-pats, but is far less ' over-run ' with Brits or others, but therein lies it's appeal.
This is where you will find a corner of real Spain.
Where every bar serves ' tapas ' ( little plates of free food )
Where meals are cheap and substantial , albeit of high quality...all good ' Mediterranean Diet ' Food.
Where the older folks still take siestas, and then chat with their neighbours , sitting in the narrow ( almost car free ) streets
until late at night.
Where you will find a real welcome from friendly people .
A village where families have lived for years , generations after generations.
A way of life that is so far removed from the hussle of UK cities, the peace and quiet, may come as a huge surprise.
If you get time.....do go to Granada... Granada City a must see , is the Alhambra Palace ( the winter home of the Kings of the Moors )
It is one of Spain's and Europe's treasures....a world heritage site.
the history is palpable....the shops are amazing .....the Moorish quarter ( the Albacyn ) is unique
and like a Morrocan Souk....go to a Flamenco club.,..the nightlife is superb, and the Bodegas ( wine bars with the barrels ) reknowned.
Plus of course, you need a good 4 or 5 hours to look around the Alhambra.....it is that mind-blowing !
It's very easy to fall into the relaxed way of life.....but if you want more highlights....within a short drive , everything from
waterparks to cinema's......Chinese restaurants to Argentinian steak houses....Superstores to chic boutiques...are all within a
short hop by car .
Gualchos has a real history, back to ,and before the Moors made the Kingdom of ' El-Andaluz '
Gualchos is a lively village with regular fiestas, all the servies you need to hand, and only 5kms from the beach resort of
Castell de Ferro ( 3500 people ) with lots of cafes, bars , restaurants ......and a couple of discos too !
It has a weekly saturday Market....more or less everything is on offer....and of course a selection of blue flag beaches.
However, you maybe surprised at just how much time you can happily spend in Gualchos alone
whilst only 650 people live there....it covers a large area, and has lots of great walks and hikes.....some easy, some harder.
There is a lot going on here , certainly enough to cater for daily or even weekly needs, depending on your ideas .
Gualchos enjoys a unique micro-climate....it get's hot ( but there is always a slight breeze ) , but it never gets cold !
and a short trip up to the moutains will reveal little villages and hamlets still as if time has stood still ....and 45 minutes or so
you are in the wonderful Alpujarras mountains ( Orgiva is the gateway and worth a stroll for sure ) but higher up are the villages
with flat topped roofs and a thriving pure wool rug making industry......and ceramics too.
But many visitors to Gualchos stay locally....and come back year after year.
It's way of life is tremendously appealing , and there are 2 restuarants of some note in the village .
The house is only 100 metres from the main square, bar, supermarket, 3 internet cafe choices , and in summer an Ice cream / bar
yet the property itself is in a pedestrian only tiny street ( 30 metres long ) where children can play safely indoors or out !
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23 Sep 2014
"Lovely house - great views - charming village - what's not to like?"
Just got back from staying at this lovely house in Gualchos. Andy the owner was really helpful before we left with plenty of information on the house, village and things to do and dealt with our enquiries very promptly and efficiently.
The house itself is on three levels giving us various relaxation options - quiet time downstairs, shade and hot-tub on the middle floor, sun trap upstairs. We utilised all!
The kitchen is well equipped and has everything you need for catering for yourself. Big fridge for food, small fridge for beer, wine and water (still think we got that the wrong way round).
We found the bedroom comfortable and utilised both bathrooms (it's a mood thing).
The middle terrace tended to be where we would hit after a day at the beach or out sightseeing - a nice bit of shade to enjoy a beer or the hot-tub to relax further.
The roof terrace is very private...and very hot! We enjoyed some nice evenings up top with a glass of wine watching the sun go down.
Gualchos itself is very traditional and very quiet. It's 45 seconds uphill to the main square and the centre of the village. There is a cafe bar serving great tapas with every drink, another bar / ice cream parlour which is a bit more upbeat but open less often and a well stocked mini mart open mornings and evenings.
Sometimes though it was just nice to wander about the narrow streets and enjoy the tranquillity.
Driving around the inner village streets is an experience too! So narrow but enjoyed the experience and waved to everyone who had to step out of my way (it is that narrow!)
There are plenty of resorts within a 45 minutes drive - we worked our way out from Castell de Ferro (10 minutes away) and just kept stopping at the next resort. Many of the beaches are shingle / pebble but the sea is really clear (if a little cold!).
All in all we had a great holiday and the house was a great base in a lovely and tranquil location. Loved it thanks.
16 Sep 2014
Superbe Maison, magnifique vue sur la mer et les montagne. Grande maison pouvant accueillir 4 personnes à l'aise et jusqu'à 6-7 personnes au max. Un jacuzzi au TOP au soleil de 8 h à 18 h… More
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16 Sep 2014 A TripAdvisor Member.
Wonderful house, wonderful views of the sea and the mountains. Large house for 4 people at ease, and up to 6-7 people max. Jacuzzi at TOP sun from 8 am to 18 pm. The second floor terrace is bathed by the sun until sunset. A pretty little village all white mountains with a small grocery store and bars. The sea is just 10 minutes by car with a nice big beach at Castel del Ferro (or is many trade and coffee). 15 min beautiful, more than beautiful cove with many fish where the snorkelling is highly recommended !!! To summarize all positive!
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16 sep 2014 Un miembro de TripAdvisor
Maravillosa casa, maravillosas vistas al mar ya la montaña. Gran casa para 4 personas en la facilidad, y hasta 6-7 personas max. Jacuzzi al TOP sol desde las 8 am hasta las 18 pm. La terraza del segundo piso está bañada por el sol hasta la puesta del sol. Un bonito pueblo todas las montañas blancas con una pequeña tienda de comestibles y bares. El mar está a sólo 10 minutos en coche con una grande y bonita playa de Castel del Ferro (o es numerosos comercios y café). 15 min hermosa, más hermosa cala con muchos peces, donde es muy recomendable el buceo !!! Para resumir todo lo positivo!
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