We've just returned from an absolutely fab 2 weeks in Ferreirola, staying at Casa Barbara. We'd previously visited here whilst holidaying in Capileira earlier in the year....and that's where our love affair started!
We thought it impossible to match, let alone better the outstanding views and atmosphere of Capileira....but found ourselves drawn back to Ferreirola a further 3 times during our 7 day stay! Both saying (almost at the same time) 'We have to stay here when we come back'! In our opinion more dramatic views with perfect tranquillity!
How lucky we were to find 'Casa Barbara'...and of course Barbara herself. A lovely warm welcome and the cosiest of houses. Full of charm, character and history! The kitchen perfectly adequate if you prefer to 'dine in', but with so many inexpensive restaurants serving good food within La Taha and surrounding areas, we opted not to. You have the choice of not 1, but 3 areas to dine (dining area, covered balcony and roof terrace - with views to die for!). Bathroom roomy with lots of hot water and a living/dining area with a super and varied array of books! You can start many of the walks right from the door, or just enjoy the house relaxing on that amazing roof terrace. You really do see something different every time you're up there. I could waffle on forever with a range of superlatives, however, will simply but LOUDLY say 'Just go and sample 'Casa Barbara' and the beauty of Ferreirola for yourselves....just not when we want to be there though' ha!!!!
Meant to say: Barbara is as obtrusive or unobtrusive as you wish. Sadly, she wasn't there much at all when we were there, but always left a number where she could be contacted in case of emergencies. …
Casa Aloe, Rural house with a heated swimming pool
This ancient house is a work of art. Situated in a tiny Moorish village (which nestles in the mountains and has no touristy clutter), the building overflows with character. The artist owners have decorated it with heaps of funky/boho/historic style, and it also has a stunning view from the main dining terrace - right down the valley.
We went in spring and the mountains were alive with wildflowers. There are lots of lovely walks (not all uphill!) and some charming villages to visit - not to mention unmissble Granada. When you return to the house in the evening, you could sit on the roof terrace for ever - watching the sunset turn into the stars.
A lovely ambience. Not sleek and seamless like a 5-star hotel, but something better - a house with a soul! …