Jardines de Pinos
About the home
My name is Maria and I invite you to the Valley of Lecrin, the Valley of Happiness, where I have lived for twenty years, to sample the most enjoyable and varied holiday you are likely to find anywhere in the region.
My house has three bedrooms which sleeps up to six people (and can be combined with two neighbouring houses to sleep up to 18 people) with a large pool. As a location Pinos del Valle is a key village in the beautiful Valley of Lecrin, 30 minutes drive to the Costa Tropical, the city of Granada and the Sierra Nevada pueblos blancos. It has shops, a bar/restaurant and a vibrant local culture.
Here you get the opportunity to live like a local, but in the comfort and peace you would expect in your own home. I have installed satellite TV and internet WiFi so you can stay in touch with the world, or you can turn off and watch the sun setting on the Sierras, a panoramic view from your own terrace.
For the heat of summer we have a pool with its own children´s shallow area. To sleep on hot summer nights there are cool bedrooms downstairs. Any activities you want to find out about, ask me or my partner. We pass by every day to check you are enjoying your holiday, and to water the plants.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Salobreña, 30km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Hen and stag parties
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||TV, Video player, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms and 1 en suite, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, BBQ|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Parking space|
Further details indoors:
The entrance is from a semi private patio with large wooden doors to the street. This gives privacy enabling the guest to use the patio and the pool without being seen from outside, and you have other private terraces as well.
Entering the house there is an open plan kitchen and dining area, and living room. The kitchen is equipped with electric hob/oven, fridge freezer, microwave cooker, and plenty of work surface and cupboards.
In the living room area there are sofas, armchairs, TV and coffee tables. The dining area has table and chairs, music centre, and bookshelves. The terraces also have tables and chairs, and views of the Lecrin Valley and the Sierra Nevada beyond.
Down below there are two double bedrooms and up above one more. There are bathrooms on each floor, the upper bathroom being ensuite to the tower bedroom.
There is convenient parking outside and secure parking in the garage below (by prior arrangement).
Further details outdoors:
The terraces all have views to the Sierra Nevada and foothills. One terrace overlloks the village whereas the other two tend to have more panoramic landscape views.
The barbecue is communal in the pool patio and it should be reserved by prior arrangement (we pass by every morning). We can also provide you with a smaller barbeque to use on your terrace provided there are no neighbouring guests.
We ask you to pay us a reservation deposit of 40% (minimum €100). This can be paid in euros, pounds sterling or even US dollars according to your circumstances.
The balance of the rental 60% is paid in cash on arrival or by bank transfer a month before arrival.
The Andalucia / Granada Province region
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.
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
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. In addition, locally, there are numerous fiestas often at weekends which feature local music, drinks, flamenco, and gastronomy.
Since 1990 the restaurant offer in the Valley has improved gradually. Pinos boasts two bars which both serve up excellent tapas free of charge with every drink. One is very close to Jardines and does a barbecue every evening in the summer.
Jardines de Pinos 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 village has a cash machine, two pharmacies, two churches and several supermarkets; one famous as a butcher is open Sunday am
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
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Spring||8 Mar 13||28 Apr 13||£ 137||-||-||1 Week|
|Early Summer||28 Apr 13||2 Jun 13||£ 184||£ 32||£ 42||5 Nights|
|Summer||2 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 342||£ 53||£ 69||4 Nights|
|Peak summer||6 Jul 13||25 Aug 13||£ 394||£ 74||£ 95||2 Weeks|
|Late summer||25 Aug 13||8 Sep 13||£ 394||£ 58||£ 79||3 Nights|
|Membrillo||8 Sep 13||29 Sep 13||£ 263||£ 37||£ 53||4 Nights|
|Autumn||29 Sep 13||10 Nov 13||£ 184||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter||10 Nov 13||22 Dec 13||£ 137||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas New Year||22 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||£ 289||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Spring||9 Mar 13||28 Apr 13||£ 147||-||-||1 Week|
|Early Summer||28 Apr 13||2 Jun 13||£ 210||£ 37||£ 48||5 Nights|
|Summer||2 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 368||£ 53||£ 74||4 Nights|
|Peak summer||6 Jul 13||25 Aug 13||£ 420||£ 79||£ 100||2 Weeks|
|Late summer||25 Aug 13||8 Sep 13||£ 420||£ 63||£ 84||3 Nights|
|Membrillo||8 Sep 13||29 Sep 13||£ 289||£ 48||£ 58||4 Nights|
|Autumn||29 Sep 13||10 Nov 13||£ 210||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter||10 Nov 13||22 Dec 13||£ 147||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas New Year||22 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||£ 315||-||-||1 Week|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Spring||9 Mar 13||28 Apr 13||£ 158||-||-||1 Week|
|Early Summer||28 Apr 13||2 Jun 13||£ 237||£ 37||£ 53||5 Nights|
|Summer||2 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 394||£ 58||£ 79||4 Nights|
|Peak summer||6 Jul 13||25 Aug 13||£ 447||£ 79||£ 100||2 Weeks|
|Late summer||25 Aug 13||8 Sep 13||£ 447||£ 69||£ 90||3 Nights|
|Membrillo||8 Sep 13||29 Sep 13||£ 315||£ 53||£ 63||4 Nights|
|Autumn||29 Sep 13||10 Nov 13||£ 237||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter||10 Nov 13||22 Dec 13||£ 158||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas New Year||22 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||£ 342||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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