Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Please note it has FROM ONE TO 6 BEDROOMS.
Casa Aloe is located on the very edge of the ancient village of Atalbeitar, one of a collection of seven white-washed, moorish villages that make up La Taha of the Alpujarras, a south-facing valley on the slopes of Mulhacen, the highest mountain in Spain, the house is situated minutes from the Sierra Nevada National Park.
The village has ancient donkey lanes that make it a car-free village, peaceful and safe for children.
The house has been recently restored using traditional materials in original ways, with beauty and comfort in mind.
Chestnut beams, bedrock corners and many unique touches give it a rustic charm.
We, Tom and Carmen ( the owners) are both artists, and have delighted in creating a space that is simple but harmonious. We have spent the last 7 winters restoring it with all our love and care, and so we are very happy when people come to enjoy our work.
This winter we have built a swimming pool, at last! and it is heated in the colder months. The system we use to purify the water is is sand and salt, so your skin and eyes will be kindly treated here. It has also a hydromassage and swimming against the current system so that you can exercise and feel revitalised and restored.
There is also an interior patio, shady and plant-filled to escape the heat of the midday summer sun, where there is a Barbecue available for your use.
As well as two large terraces with spectacular views, the main one is totally baby, toddler and child proof. Super safe as we now have a toddler ourselves!
And speaking of children, we have toys for them too, like a trycicle! as the village is car free you can enjoy giving them rides through all the exciting laberynthical streets...
Get cosy beside the open fire, eat out on the terrace under the pergola with the untouched valley beneath you, explore our selection of games, or just relax and read a book.
But we also have television with many channels and you can watch all programs and films in the original language.
A DVD player is available too.
And we have internet too if you need to catch up with your life.
Enjoy the cultural experience of an Andalucian village, whilst having the peace and quiet of a rural retreat if you so wish.
It makes an ideal holiday base for lovers of beauty and nature, popular amongst artists and walkers, and it´s proximity to the Sierra Nevada National park, offers a whole range of outdoors activities in a stunning location.
We can help you organise horse-riding for novices or fully-experienced (or both together), tennis or point you in the right direction for unforgettable walks with incredible views.
There are in the house as well as other suggestions a collection of maps with exciting detailed walks via the moorish paths.
In the evenings explore the variety of restaurants and bars in La Taha, where the tradition is to give a free Tapa with every drink, and where often you can catch an evening of local music.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Salobreña 57 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Granada 97 km, Nearest railway: Granada y Malaga(137Km) 78 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The swimming pool is semi-indoor, meaning that in the cold months we close it up so that it is indoor and heated...and in the warmer months it is open to the leafy coutyard with access to the sunny terraces.
It always has a roof. We have done it this way because these days we believe the sun is harmful and the water takes away the protection creams, so this way you and your children can swim all day without getting sun damage and then go to the sun deck and put your protection cream.
|Further details outdoors||
The village has narrow beautiful streets and a charming square which fountain water that comes from a spring. It is car free, and a haven for walks and children games.
There are local people that provide a number of interesting activities, like flamenco classes and specialized walks. Please let us know your interests and we will try to put you in touch with them.
For example, we are very near a family that does excursions on horse around the area, its a National Park and very beautiful. Also their horses are gorgeous and gentle.
If you wish to do this they are happy to pick you up from the house and return you after your adventures.
Any other interests please let us know.
Perfect for mountain biking also.
The house is very versatile and you can have several let options, but you will be alone, there will not be anyone else letting the other options at the same time. Please see the photographs for further guidance, we have given names and numbers to the rooms so that you can identify them.
Left wing of the house, Options 1 and 2, please see rates section for detail in prices.
It comprises of Bedrooms 1 , 2 or 3 :
La Azul- Antique cast iron double bed and wooden floors.
The hobbit- twin antique chestnut beds, moroccan floor tiles & oval door.
Andalusi- french doors to terrace, fire place, sitting area and coffee table, en-suite bathroom 1(antique stand-alone bath, bidet & wc).
Bathroom 3: antique basin, Moroccan floor tiles & bespoke WC, walk in Shower
Bathroom 4: All in Green stucco, huge triangular bath & shower,WC, bespoke bidet too!
Yellow kitchen: Well-fitted, opens out onto terrace to one side and dining room to other. Very comfortable with a table and chairs, wood burning stove, and good cooking facilities for groups. Has dishwasher.
Dining room: table and chairs for 12, featuring original balcony and antique indian furniture.
Large utility cupboard off entrance hall with washing machine, iron/ironing board, and hoover.
Red living room: with french doors which open onto the terrace. Wood burning stove and plenty of comfortable seating for 12 people, satellite TV, DVD player & INTERNET
This option sleeps up to 6 persons where 6 have bedrooms.
All options have access to the leafy interior patio, the swimming pool and all the terraces and pergola space.
If group is large please add the following rooms as we would open the right wing for you:
Bedrooms 4, 5 and 6
La Mama- Double bed, so cozy with wooden floors.
La Roca- Double Antique wrought iron bed, a rock with seat on it, small private balcony.
La Verde- Twin beds, washbasin, private terrace.
Bathroom 1- Antique stand-alone bath, bespoke bidet and sink and WCt
Bathroom 2- Tadelack walls with Arabic WC and basin and walk in Shower.
La Rosa Kitchen- Well-fitted kitchen with table and chairs and French Doors onto terrace.
Entrance large Hall- With sitting area and Large utility cupboard with washing machine, iron/ironing board, and hoover.
Salon Andalusi - Spacious living room with French doors which open onto the terrace, and open Fireplace. ( this can either be a living room or the best bedroom of the house, making it the 6th bedroom with en-suite bathroom 1.
The Andalucia region
Plenty of sunshine all year round and a good supply of water from the highest mountains of Spain make this area a lush and rich landscape. Great for everything from beach life to mountain trekking.
Our house in Atalbeitar, situated in the wonderful Alpujarra valley, is on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This village has not changed since the time when the Moors lived there, it is one of the very few well preserved villages remaining, a hidden treasure with a magical atmosphere. More about local activities bellow.
57 Km away is Salobrena, an old Moorish coastal town with sandy beaches, good fish restaurants and an impressive cliff-top castle. A short distance from there and you can find all manner of hidden coves, beaches and villages to explore.
Almunecar is 68 Km away, this is another historic coastal town that offers it all. Including a magnificent Flee Market on the 1st Saturday of every month.
Granada is 97Km away, with its fascinating historic centre, the Alhambra palace, 'hammams' (Turkish baths), the old Moorish quarter Albaizin and superb shopping.
Also the entire province of Granada offers free Tapas with each drink you buy, including Atalbeitar.
Pitres, another white jewel is 3km by road, or a pleasant 2 km cross-country walk and it is our nearest centre, with all amenities...Market day on Fridays, bank, supermarket, bakery, bars and restaurants, and a large open air swimming pool surrounded by grass lawns and fine views.
We are by the biggest National Park in Spain, the Sierra Nevada National Park, and I guess it is best to google it and find the huge amount of great places its offers.
There are many wonderful spots to visit, the Old Mosque , the old springs, one of which has fizzy water, the ancient roman bridge, the peaks around us, the waterfalls and the pools formed in some of the streams, great for deeping in!
You will be able to enjoy the many village fiestas in the 7 villages nearby but also twice a year in ours!
Ferreirola, Mecina, Fondales and Portugos are small villages all very close to Atalbeitar, between 15 and 30 minutes walk in different directions by the Moorish paths. They all have great character and charm. They are very worth visiting and a gorgeous walk.
Trevelez, 9km, is the highest village in Spain, and also worth a visit for its dramatic location.
And the whole area is famous for the delicious Jamon Serrano.
Worth mentioning also is the network of good walking paths criss-crossing this area of rich wildlife, the most famous of which is the 'Camino Real' or GR7, which passes through the village of Atalbeitar, en route from the coast of Almeria to the city of Granada taking in the breathtakingly beautiful views and villages of the area.
-Also available are pony trekking and mountain-biking, climbing,etc.
-And for those drawn to spiritual exploring, the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Ose Ling is approximately 30 minutes away by car.
-The Sierra Nevada ski resort is 80Km away, where 35km of slopes and very reasonable prices make for an exciting and affordable day out. The season runs from December through to end of April. Please check each year.
In the house we have a book for our guests where we wrote tips and recommended places to eat and things to do that might help you have a wonderful time.