Townhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
For those seeking tranquillity within a natural setting yet within reach of all facilities, this superbly appointed air-conditioned town house enjoys one of the very best locations within the idyllic El Cortijo Grande valley. It is right on the 9th fairway of the 9-hole golf course. Three other 18-hole courses are within 20 mins drive, and the international Desert Springs golf resort is 30 minutes' drive.
The major beach resort of Mojacar Playa is a 15-minute drive away. There is go-karting at Garrucha and a Water Park at Vera, and plenty of white hillside villages to explore and enjoy beer and tapas. The unspoiled terrain of Almeria has been the setting for countless famous films such as Lawrence of Arabia (the village scenes were filmed in Mojacar Pueblo) and the film studios and sets for the famous spaghetti westerns at Tabernas (only 40 minutes' drive) are an unmissable day out.
Cortijo Grande was originally a traditional Spanish village with orange groves, and when the golf course was developed in the 1970's, the original buildings were retained and now form the clubhouse and bar/restaurant (a 3 minute stroll away). Our town house has been extensively refitted in the traditional Rustica style - see photos.
The French doors on the ground floor open onto a private terrace with fabulous and far-reaching views of the orange groves and cypress trees on the golf course, the Sierra Cabrera mountains, the hilltop village of Mojacar Pueblo and the Mediterranean sea.
The main bedroom above has a balcony with even better views! There are traditional villas dotted around this protected valley, and the last major building took place in the 1970s. The owners are not golfers, but love nature, bird-watching and walking, and relish the spiritual experience of this idyllic valley framed by tall cypress and eucalyptus trees.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Mojacar 12 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Almeria 72 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
On the ground floor is the large lounge / dining room with air-conditioning / heating unit, 'Rustica' fireplace (decorative only), comfortable seating for 5, dining table with 4 chairs, bookcase, coffee and lamp tables, 32" Panasonic TV plus DVD player and satellite TV with many UK free-to-air channels. The French doors lead to the private rear terrace with dining for four and brick barbecue suitable for instant barbecues. The terrace is bordered on both sides by colourful bougainvillea, and gets the sun from early morning until late afternoon when the sun moves round to the small front terrace.
The rear terrace overlooks the 9th fairway of the 9-hole golf course with its orange and lemon groves. In the distance to the right is the old clubhouse and cypress trees, ahead is the Sierra Cabrera mountains and the Moorish village of Cabrera, and to the left is the view to the ancient Moorish village of Mojacar Pueblo and the Mediterranean coastline.
The stunning recently-fitted kitchen is in "Rustica" style bordered by timber beams to match the new 'rustica' staircase, stainless steel gas hob and electric oven, fridge-freezer, washing machine, microwave and toaster, and halogen lighting.
On the upper floor, bedroom 1 has a king-size bed, built-in wardrobe, digital safe, 'rustica' furniture, air-conditioning/heating unit and French doors leading to the balcony overlooking the rear patio and the golf course. There are even better views from this bedroom! Bedroom 2 has twin beds, built-in wardrobe with cute roof-tiled top, 'rustica' furniture, air-conditioning/ heating unit and Juliet balcony overlooking the private parking area to the front.
The bathroom has been recently re-fitted. The white bathroom suite has a stepped bath/shower, wc, basin with illuminated mirror, and a built-in hair dryer.
The town house is fully equipped with iron/ironing board, microwave, dishes, cutlery etc. Bath and hand towels are supplied for each guest, plus kitchen towels. Beach towels, cot and stairgate may be supplied upon request at pre-agreed additional cost.
The property is thoroughly cleaned inside and out from top to bottom before each let using our 74-point checklist. We even de-crumb the toaster !
|Further details outdoors|
Thre is private parking to the front of the property, and a small front patio area.
There is a sizeable private rear terrace with dining suite for 4 with sunshade. 2 sun loungers. Brick barbecue ideal for single-use packs. The terrace is bordered by bougainvillea bushes on either side. There is a rockery with steps leading down to the flowering shrubs next to the edge of the 9th fairway of the golf course with its orange and lemon groves.
The terrace has breathtaking views - in the distance to the right is the old clubhouse and cypress trees, ahead lie the Sierra Cabrera mountains and the Moorish village of Cabrera, and to the left is the view to the Moorisih village of Mojacar Pueblo and the Mediterranean sea.
The Costa de Almeria region
Almeria province has warmest and driest climate in Spain, with only 200mm annual rainfall and an average of over 300 days of sunshine each year. The fruit & veg industry is in the south of the province around Roquetas, but Cortijo Grande is in Northern Almeria, one of the most picturesque parts of Andalucia. This part of Spain was ruled by the Moors until the 15th century, and Moorish influences can be seen everywhere from the ornate arches to the domed buildings and terraced hillsides. Every village celebrates its Moors & Christians fiesta each year, with mock battles and parades - just one of many fiestas in this area.
The Costa Almeria is completely unspoilt. You'll not find any high-rise apartments. If you're a keen driver you'll love the quiet roads and the lack of traffic lights. The Mini Hollywood theme park and zoo, where the legendary spaghetti westerns were made, is about 40 minutes away at Tabernas, where you can also visit the famous olive oil centre. Granada and the Alhambra palaces are 2 hours away via motorway, and can be easily visited in a day.
The Cabo de Gata natural park is about 40 minutes south, and well worth a visit for its great beaches, spectacular scenery, lovely coastal villages with boats parked up on the beaches. And don't miss the great ceramic shops at Nijar. Further is Almeria city with its designer shops, tapas bars and the massive Alcabaza castle overlooking the city. The large town of Aguilas is a little over half an hour away, with its marina, railway museum, tidy parks and shopping. The ancient city of Cartagena with its Roman ampitheatre is about an hour away to the north.
Cortijo Grande was originally a traditional Spanish village with orange groves, and when the golf course was developed in the 1970's, the original buildings were retained and now form the clubhouse and bar/restaurant (a 3 min stroll away). The newer buildings from the 1970's match the old ones, and our town house has been extensively refitted in this traditional Rustica style.
The new "Los Pinos" restaurant is just over a minute's walk from the house, and we can recommend their 3-course menu del dia, available day and night for around 10 euros. The cosy and atmospheric Almazara bar/restaurant is housed in the 300-year old clubhouse building a 3 minute stroll away. There are other bar/restaurants in the valley. Please note that "Los Limoneros" with its huge pool was closed and up for sale January 2014.
Like the owners of this townhouse, you don't need to be a golfer to appreciate the beauty of Cortijo Grande. There are many walks around the valley, where you will see wild herbs and orchids along the way. There is a boules pitch within 50 yards of the town house, and horse-riding is available at the Moorish village of Cabrera just up the hill from the valley, where you can admire the views and even have a Moroccan meal at the Riad Cabrera. For nature lovers, leave the car at the townhouse - there are plently of easy walks, including the remains of an ancient mosque and even the old airfield and control tower featured in the first Indiana Jones film.
The ancient Moorish hilltop village of Mojacar Pueblo (seen in the distance from the town house) is a must, with its narrow cobbled streets and alleyways, great shops, jazz and classical music venues, cultural centre and restaurants. There are other white hillside villages to visit, including nearby Bédar and the Filabres mountains.
The bustling town of Turre is less than 10 minutes drive away, where you'll find supermarkets, internet cafes, and just about everything you need. There is a great market on Fridays. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in Turre - a lunch for two of 4 tapas and 2 beers costs around 5 euros, and there are Spanish restaurants, two excellent Indian restaurants and a great-value Chinese restaurant.
There is a local market in every town and village, one on every day of the week. At every market, the freshest locally-grown fruit and veg are sold at prices unimaginable in the UK - everything is sold by the kilo, including garlic and lemons. The markets also sell clothes and shoes, and other foodstuffs such as hams, cheeses, olives, barbecued chickens, sweets, and most have a stall frying churros (doughnuts). Fish is landed at nearby Garrucha, and a huge variety is available in the local supermarkets.
There are several golf courses nearby. The 18-hole golf courses of Marina Golf Mojacar, Valle del Este and Macenas Mojacar are all within a 15 to 20 minute drive. The international Desert Springs golf resort is 30 minutes' drive away. We can recommend a discount golf booking service, best to book in advance. We have an excellent contact for golf club hire.
The coastal resorts of Garrucha and Mojacar are a 15-minute drive away, where you can find all sorts of tapas bars and restaurants including Seafood, Argentinian Steak Houses, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Belgian, French, Mexican plus many churingitos (beach-side bars/restaurants). Andulacia has the greatest number of gypsy flamenco performers, and you can see some great flamenco performances. There is a naturist beach and water park at Vera, and at Garrucha there is a bustling new marina with cafes and restaurants, plus an excellent go-karting track.
Leaflets and information on places to go and recommended restaurants will be left at our town house, to maximise your enjoyment and make your holiday a memorable experience.
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9 May 2013
"Everything we could wish for in a holiday"
My wife and I had a fantastic experience and will definitely be returning. Right from the word go, Jim looked after everything, gave us loads of advance information as we didn't know the area, and him and his wife even met us coming off the motorway for us to follow them to the townhouse - less than 10 minutes from the main mediterranean motorway.
The house is splendid, with every mod con right down to a wind-up torch, and they had put in a nice welcome pack which even included cava and beer. The main bedroom has a gloriously comfortable king-size bed and views to die for. There is a lovely and bright open-plan kitchen and lounge. When we stepped onto the main terrace which overlooks the golf valley, we both just said "Wow" and I believe we're not the first to do so. The views are simply breathtaking, and better than the photos. We usually pick holiday homes with a sea view, but the view at Cortijo Grande is far more interesting than looking at water ! At dusk, the shadows on the Cabrera hills are beautiful, in fact the hills seem to look different every time you look at them.
We travelled around the area, played golf and tennis, walked for miles, saw the pink flamingoes, tortoises, went to see a couple of great live bands and the flamenco at the nearby hotel. The restaurants are not gourmet quality but the prices are astonishingly cheap so we ate out most nights.
My wife actually shed a tear when it was time to leave, and we will be back - I've never been surer about anything in my life !
8 May 2013
"Had a wonderful relaxing holiday"
Very impressed with the abundant information that is left for anyone staying at this accommodation, everything you need to know is there. The placed is clean and very welcoming. The owners put themselves out to make your stay as nice as possible. Have already booked our next stay there.
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