About the home
The Valley of Lecrin is a startlingly beautiful area which occupies one of the most privileged positions in Spain. The area itself is midway between the Costa Tropical, famous for its verdant cultivation of exotic fruits and sugar cane, and the city of Granada, home to the Alhambra and the Albaicin, Spain´s most potent historic attractions.
Casa Fresno is situated on a corner of the village with clear views to the south, north and east overlooking the Valley to the Sierra Nevada. It is a quiet area which benefits from easy car access and no shortage of parking. The house has two distinct parts with a large living room to the rear, giving on to the patio and pool, and the large kitchen dining room looks onto the street at the front. Between these two living areas there is also a patio which gives extra light to both.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms, including the large master bedroom with king size bed, directly over the living room and overlooking the pool. The master bedroom has an ensuite shower room, as does the living room below (where there is a sofabed for two more guests). One other shower room is upstairs, shared between the front two bedrooms, which have twin beds and bunk beds respectively.
Finally, above all else, there is a roof terrace with commanding views of the Sierra Nevada and the countryside around. Unlike many roof terraces, this one has shade, where you can eat alfresco or just lie in the peace and quiet of the afternoon, if you want to get away from the pool.
Casa Fresno has WiFi internet, satellite TV, DVD, a fully equipped kitchen, is well furnished generally. and has new garden furniture and sunloungers in all outdoor areas. The pool is maintained by a local trusted friend, and the timing for this can be agreed with you in advance.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Salobreña, 30km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Hen and stag parties
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 en suite and 2 shower rooms, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Parking space|
Further details indoors:
On the ground floor this is a house of two halves, where the kitchen dining room is to the front, with a lot of space to seat up to eight people in comfort. In the summer you can set up a table and chairs outside the front door in the street, there is no traffic.
The living room is the other side of a covered patio from the kitchen diner, and this has its own shower room and access to the patio and pool.
Upstairs all three bedrooms and access to the roof terrace feed off one corridor. All bedrooms have plenty of light, and the front and rear (master) bedrooms both have balconies, overlooking the street and the pool respectively.
Further details outdoors:
The pool is guarded by a gate and within the fenced area there is plenty of circulation space around the pool. There are sunloungers and table and chairs.
Below the fenced area there is a sunken patio which still has enough space for a shaded table and seating for six. This is just outside the French windows leading from the living room.
In order to reserve the house you need to pay a deposit of at least 40% of the rental for the stay. This can be done by bank transfer (euro or sterling) or by cheque (dollar or sterling). The balance can be paid either one month before arrival or in cash euros upon arrival.
There are disounts of 20% available for bookings made within one month of arrival (late availability).
A discount of 10% of each additional week's rental is offered for multi-week bookings.
Long-term (monthly) rental rates are available on request.
The Andalucia / Granada Province region
So much history abounds around the city of Granada that it would be impossible to tell all here. Home to the last empire of Spain´s Moorish era, Granada was finally taken by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492 after more than 700 years of Moorish civilisation, which shaped the city and the area for ever.
All of Granada's attractions are within easy reach of the house, as are the various beaches and resorts of the Costa Tropical. Last but not least, the south facing villages of the Sierra Nevada are also a short drive away. This area, known as the Alpujarra, has been written about by Gerald Brenan ("South from Granada") and Chris Stewart ("Driving Over Lemons").
Granada is the capital of the province with the same name, situated in the eastern part of the region of Andalusia. Geographical and scenic diversity charactizes the land. There is the coastal area with its warm climate; the extensive, fertile Genil plain; and the mountainous regions with a colder climate, where we find the 3,481 meter Mulhacén, the biggest peak on the peninsula of Spain. The city of Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains at the confluences of the Darro and Genil rivers. Its unique history has bestowed it with an artistic grandeur embracing Moorish palaces and Christian Renaissance treasures. As the last Moorish capital on the Iberian peninsula, it also holds great symbolic value.
The Moors crossed the strait of Gibraltar in 711 and settled in what was then a small Visigoth town perched atop the Alhambra hill. Here they settled, erected walls and laid the foundation for the prosperous civilization that would follow. It was in the 9th century when Granada rose to importance after the fall of the Caliphate of Córdoba. Its splendor was reached in 1238, when Mohammed ben Nasar founded the Nasrid dynasty, and the kingdom of Granada stretched from Gibraltar to Murcia. This dynasty bore twenty kings until King Boabdil was forced to surrender Granada to the Catholic monarchs, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, in 1492. During three centuries, a magnificent and rich Islamic culture flourished, leaving Granada with architectural marvels of the caliber of the Alhambra, declared a World Heritage Site, along with the Generalife and the Albaicín.
The Lecrin / Pinos del Valle area
Lecrin Valley / Pinos del Valle area: Pinos del Valle was once a most prosperous village in the olive and almond growing zone of the Valley of Lecrin. Today the agriculture is still important and the village is celebrating its culture by opening an Olive Museum just around the corner from Casa Fresno. In addition, locally, there are numerous fiestas taking palce often at weekends which feature local music, drinks, flamenco, and gastronomy.
Since 1990 the restaurant offer in the Valley has improved gradually. Pinos boast two bars which both serve up excellent tapas free of charge with every drink. Prices are still low and it isnt unknown for the local Mayoress to buy visitors a drink (though they usually have to show they speak a few words of Spanish first!).
There are plenty of things to do around Pinos, for example visiting the pretty villages just a few minutes’ drive away with exotic names such as Melegis and Restabal. The villages in the Valley make a pleasant excursion and most have bars and restaurants. Granada, an ancient Moorish town famous for its history, architecture and the extraordinary Alhambra Palace and Gardens, is just 30 minutes away.
A half-hour’s drive to the east lies the Alpujarras – a unique mountainous area of ancient hill villages with cube-like, whitewashed houses which are very similar to Berber settlements found in North Africa. Drive south for just 30 minutes to the Costa Tropical, which has been unspoilt by package tourism. Salobreña is the nearest beach town to Pinos and a popular holiday resort. Enjoy the superb skiing facilities at Sol y Nieve, the international ski resort high in the Sierras. Sol y Nieve is an easy and spectacular drive from the Valley.
Each season has its flowers in Sierra Nevada - almond blossom in February, brilliant red poppies in May and bougainvillea in high summer. The countryside is wonderful for walking, horse-riding, mountain-biking, skiing, birdwatching and golf, and it has the clearest skies in Europe! Along with the seasons come the fiestas, the vibrant pueblo life.
How to get there
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The greatest variety of budget flights is through Malaga airport, which receives Easyjet, Ryanair, Monarch and many other budget carriers from all over Europe. From there to Pinos is only 1.5 hours drive via the new coastal motorway. You can also fly economically to Almeria airport which is 2.5 hours drive away. Some budget flights do go to Granada airport (30 mins drive) from Italy and France, but for most travellers, flying to Granada is likely to be via either Madrid or Barcelona as a hub.
Many people drive here from France and even the UK. Ferries cross to Santander and Bilbao from Portsmouth and Plymouth, and these Spanish ports can be reached in a day from Granada.
Activities near Lecrin
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
A winter sun break
11 Sep 2012
Ideally situated for many local facilities yet quiet and typically Spanish.
Good location for many points of interest and easy travelling with good road links.
Situated on the edge of a very... more
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|Prices for group size 8|
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|Carnival early Spring||17 Feb 13||27 Apr 13||£ 210||£ 53||£ 69||4 Nights|
|Easter/Spring||27 Apr 13||26 May 13||£ 289||£ 53||£ 69||4 Nights|
|Mid season||26 May 13||23 Jun 13||£ 368||£ 79||£ 100||3 Nights|
|Early Summer||23 Jun 13||7 Jul 13||£ 447||£ 90||£ 116||3 Nights|
|Summer||7 Jul 13||21 Jul 13||£ 499||£ 100||£ 132||3 Nights|
|High Summer||21 Jul 13||25 Aug 13||£ 578||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer||25 Aug 13||1 Sep 13||£ 499||£ 100||£ 132||3 Nights|
|Feria||1 Sep 13||15 Sep 13||£ 447||£ 90||£ 116||3 Nights|
|Membrillo||15 Sep 13||10 Nov 13||£ 342||£ 69||£ 90||4 Nights|
|Autumn||10 Nov 13||22 Dec 13||£ 237||-||-||1 Week|
|22 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||£ 394||-||-||1 Week|
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