Casa Las Aguilas
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Finca | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Casa Las Aguilas is a restored Andalusian farmhouse that although equipped with all modern amenities still retains many original features. Comfortably sleeping eight people, there is a master suite, one double bedroom, two twin bedrooms and two family bathrooms. The master suite has a high vaulted ceiling with original timber beams and a separate shower room. The other three bedrooms have large French windows and are tastefully decorated and furnished for your comfort and relaxation during your stay. The house has a TV room with a fire, a comfortable lounge, a games room for both children and adults alike, a spacious dining room with wood burning fire and a large fully equipped kitchen.
There is a private walled garden at the rear of the property with plenty of established plantings where you can enjoy a quiet drink in the evenings or maybe dine beneath the grape vines on the patio.
At the front of the house is the large pool garden with a 8m x 4m private pool, the pool area overlooks the surrounding olive groves and countryside and has olive and walnut trees to offer comforting shade from the heat of the summer sun.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Torre Del Mar 55 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga 90 km, Nearest railway: Granada 50 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, DVD player|
|General||TV, Video player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Andalucia region
The fabulous city of Granada is just 40 minutes from Casa Las Aguilas, here you can wander the streets taking in the atmosphere of this ancient city. Shops range from bustling Arab markets selling Moroccan wares to chic boutiques offering designer fashions. The many restaurants and bars offer a fantastic array of dishes and local delicacies, there are patisseries full of sweet offerings, ice cream shops with every flavour you can think off, from plain vanilla to exotic tastes like chilli chocolate and water melon all beautifully displayed. If shopping is not for you what about visiting the historic cathedral or the brilliant Science Museum with lots to keep both kids and adults interested.
Under an hours drive is The Alhambra. The origin of this fantastic Nasrid palace, one of the greatest pieces of Arab art in the world, dates back to a simple fortress built in the ninth century and called 'Alhambra', meaning 'The Red', the colour of the material used in its making. Work for transforming the fortress into a palace was undertaken by Muhammad I, who moved his residence from Albaicin to the neighbouring hill in 1237. At a time of relative peace with the Christian kingdoms, his grandson Muhammad III (1302-1308) raised the Grand Mosque of the Alhambra.
On January 2, 1492, Boabdil, delivered the Alhambra to Ferdinand and Isabella, thus ending eight centuries of Arab rule in the Iberian Peninsula. From that day forward, the transformation of the palace for the Christian kings was begun.
The Sierra Nevada mountains are just over an hours drive from Las Aguilas and offer a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the most southerly skiing in Europe. The season normally runs from the end of November until sometime in April, the ski resort has numerous runs of varying difficulties to satisfy all levels of skiers. Natural snow is supplemented by snow cannons on some runs, and many skiers are pleasantly surprised to find that, because of its southerly position, the air temperature is usually warmer than other resorts. Here you can go skiing in the morning and be at the beach in time for lunch!
The waters of Lake Bermejales are just a short drive away and here you can enjoy water sports, swimming and fishing as well as walking the picturesque shoreline or just plain relaxing in the sunshine. There are picnic tables set amongst the pine trees available for you to use. The lake is a favourite place for the locals to spend a Sunday afternoon, enjoying the water and having long lazy barbecues.
Santa Cruz Del Comercio
The town of Alhama de Granada's name has its origins in the famous baths and thermal waters, well known back in Roman times. The town is just 58 kilometres from the city of Granada. It is set in beautiful mountainous surroundings, with charming white houses, impressive as they cling to the side of a steep gorge.
The town's interesting historic monuments are the legacy of the different cultures that have passed through Andalusia over the ages. Attracted by its waters, they settled in the town of Alhama. Many historic marks have been left in Alhama de Granada: from the Roman bridge (1st century BC) that leads to the thermal springs, to the intricate layout of the Moorish quarter, where you can still see the Torresolana watchtower and the Granary, an old synagogue dating from the 13th century. Its historic centre has been declared of Cultural Interest.
The town has a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants, local markets, bakers, butchers and fish mongers cater for all your needs and the weekly market on Friday sells everything from fresh fruit and veg, clothing, shoes and even fresh spit roasted chickens, all at very reasonable prices - the locals call the market "El Barato" which means cheap!
The hotel Balneario just outside the town at the hot springs offers a range of spa treatments and has a pool filled with the hot spring waters which are reputed to have therapeutic properties, but why not do as the locals do and sit in the original pools filled with waters that flow into the river from the springs.
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7 May 2014
"Great stay for all the family"
We stayed at Casa Aguilas during the week before Easter. There were seven of us (5 Adults and 2 children) at the residence, but it didn't feel at all crowded. We flew from Malaga and the drive took about an hour - the directions were excellent, but you have to keep your wits about you so you don't miss the exit off the main road! On arrival we were greeted by Jeff and his family who had put on a delicious welcome meal for us (for a small extra cost). After this the kids were straight in to the swimming pool although at that time of year, it was a bit bracing, but no doubt perfect for the summer months.
The local village (St Cruz) was quite sleepy, but the 15 min drive to Alama was definitely worth the extra effort, being one of the last outposts of Moorish Spain, including a spa with natural hot springs and treatments that were very reasonable compared to UK prices.
However the highlight of the trip was visiting Granada, both to the Alhambra, but simply wandering around the city was a delight. Being Easter week, we saw some of the traditional Andalucian processions - definitely worth seeing.
Overall we would thoroughly recommend the property and the help and support Jeff gave whilst we were there - oh and not forgetting the man with the bread van who came round selling bread and cakes at 9 o'clock every morning - I'm still on the diet to compensate!
10 Nov 2013
"Perfect break for the whole family"
We had a lovely week here in October with another family, the weather was great, sunny and warm, and the break away from it all was just what we needed.
The house is well equipped, very clean and well maintained. The descriptions on here are accurate, however we didn't expect there to be as much space as there is. We spent many an evening round the dining table while the children played in the other rooms with the many games and jigsaws provided. It was also great to arrive to a bottle of wine and some food after the journey over, thanks Jeff, the customer service is brilliant! What a start to the holiday.
The back garden is absolutely beautiful and a great place to enjoy a meal in the evening. The pool was perfect, the kids had so much fun, even in the middle of October!
Alhama de Granada is a charming nearby town with a number of good restaurants, bars and supermarkets. There is also a spa, which we definitely want to try out on our return, and the hot springs! Santa Cruz is a short walk along the stream with shops, markets and a great little park which the children loved. We took a short trip to Granada and visited the Alhambra Palace. This was absolutely stunning and definitely worth the short drive over. I will definitely be recommending this property to family and friends and hope to return soon, maybe even for a bit of skiing. Thanks again for a great holiday!
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