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Traditional Moorish village house with magnificent sweeping views of the valley


House • Ferreirola Spain

    4 Guests  
    2 Bedrooms  
    3 Beds  
    1 Bathroom  
    Pets welcome
    1 Car space 
  Secondary home

Exchange types accepted

  Simultaneous  
  Non-simultaneous  
  Non-reciprocal  
  Hospitality  

Statistics

Listed  December 2020
Views  706

General overview

Ferreirola is an ancient village in the La Taha region of Las Alpujarras, in the Granada province. The Moorish history is evident in the beautiful and protected architecture in these hills and the distinctive chimneys, and flat roofed whitewashed houses. Breathe in glorious mountain air free from traffic and embark on one of the many caminos and rutas medieval that pass through our beautiful village where you can explore ancient ruins, forage for fruits and nuts, drink the fresh mountain waters from the numerous fountains, whilst taking in the magnificent views and near by villages. See a couple of short videos of the locality: http://trip-suggest.com/spain/andalusia/ferreirola/ https://youtu.be/mYCpedRa4GA

The space

Originally a farm house on the edge of the village, the property was renovated in the traditional Alpujarran style in the 2000's and it retains many of its original rustic Moorish features, such as the fire place, stone and branch ceilings, and the walnut supporting beams. The La Taha municipality is a cluster of small, quaint, unspoilt white washed mountain villages, consisting of houses built by the Moors over 500 years ago. Ferreirola is one of these villages, and one of the most beautiful and peaceful. The house is renovated in true Las Alpujarra style, with a traditional tiled kitchen and large painted sink bowls, 2 bedrooms, lounge room with a pot bellied stove and balcony where you can sit and take in the amazing views and sounds of the valley. I love the music of the distant goats bells :) The ground floor level to the house was originally utilised as a barn for the animals, and produce from the land, but which now houses the main bedroom and bathroom. If you look closely you might even find an ancient corn cob wedged in the ceiling in the back storage room. The upper floor has the kitchen, lounge and 2nd bedroom.

Guest access

The village is mostly pedestrianised, which means that parking is at the entrance to the village, or in the church square. It is a short walk through the village, and down a set of stairs to reach our little street on the edge of the village ( 3 - 5 minutes walk). There is also a route to the house that does not require stairs. There is a stone staircase within the house, which leads you from the ground floor, to the 1st floor. The bathroom is on the ground floor, along with the main bedroom, which has a double bed. Upstairs is the kitchen, lounge/dining, fireplace, balcony and second bedroom, which has a single bed..

Notes

On Thursdays a fruit and vegetable truck visits our village at 12 noon, and offers are wide range of quality produce. The seafood van comes on Wednesday morning. The bakery van comes every day except Sunday. These services are a great convenience and there are others including an organic artisanal bread service and frozen goods. You have almost everything delivered to your door (or rather the village square!)

Features

Washer

Washer

Oven

Oven

Fridge

Fridge

Heating

Heating

Bed sheets

Bed sheets

Towels

Towels

Fireplace

Fireplace

BBQ

BBQ

Balcony

Balcony

Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace

Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace


Travel Styles

    Long term
    Weekend
    Adventure
    Budget
    Romantic
    Sport and leisure
    Foodie
    Relaxing
    Eco
    Village
    Mountains
    Remote
    Culture
    Hiking
    Cycling
    Good public transport

House rules

    Unsuitable for infants under 2
    Unsuitable for children ages 2-12
    Pets welcome
    No smoking

Allergens

    Cat free
    Dog free
    Carpet free
    Smoke free
    Fragrance free

Neighbourhood

There are numerous caminos (or walking tracks), which are suitable for the novice rambler, but also someone who likes a more serious adventure. One of my favourite caminos is within a few meters from the house! From here you can take a leisurely walk through olive and almond groves to the beautiful village of Fondales. You can also reach the river and waterfall within a 30 minutes walk. I love to forage for blackberries, mulberries, persimmons, figs, almonds and walnuts that are abundant in their seasons. A short 15 minute walk to the next village is the charming bar/restaurant La Ceuva de la Mora Luna, or as we like to call it, the piano bar. They are famous for their music and home made pizzas as well as the more traditional Spanish mountain food; you may even be lucky enough to experience some impromptu and authentic Flamenco, which happens from time to time! Their mains and homemade cakes are absolutely estupendo! Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/LaCuevaDeMoraLuna/videos/?ref=page_internal https://www.tripadvisor.es/Restaurant_Review-g1937614-d1937577-Reviews-La_Cueva_de_Mora_Luna-Mecina_Fondales_La_Taha_Province_of_Granada_Andalucia.html Pitres village is a 10 minute drive up the road to the supermarket and pharmacy, where you can stock up on all the essentials such as local cheeses and wine, vegetables and meats. Paul and I walk via the Caminos as we don't drive. Its a good 45 minute walk, but we love it. If you fancy a cool dip in a pool without driving an hour to the beaches, there is a boutique hotel just across from the piano bar, where you can spend the day by the pool if you ask the owner Victor. He will charge a small fee for the your day at the pool. In the gardens surrounding the pool you can help yourself to cherries, peaches, figs, and oranges, depending on the season. https://www.monnuage.fr/photos-de/mecina-fondales-c303653#gallery-modal

Getting around

Ferrierola village is located 2 hours drive from Malaga airport, or 1.5 hours from Granada. The village of Mecina has the fantastic bar/restaurant, La Cueva de la Mora Luna (The Cave of the Moorish Moon). Sit out on the street alfresco style and dine under the stars, or sit under the umbrellas in the sunshine and take in the smells of fresh jasmine and almond blossom. Drinks are cheap. Tapas is free! The ambience, patrons and staff are friendly and welcoming. Mecina is a 15 minute stroll from the house. The main village of Pitres is a 10 minute drive away, and this is where you can access a great supermarket, bakery, chemist, hardware, post office, bars and restaurants etc. There is a local market on a Friday morning. As we do not have a car, we walk to Pitres along the caminos/paths, and this takes approximately 50/60 minutes. There are many beautiful villages spotted throughout the mountain ranges of the las Alpujarras that you can visit on foot via the many caminos, or by car. In the villages you will find pedestrianized streets, with whitewashed Moorish houses, some with beautiful gardens and terraces, others that are crumbling down. The villages are all linked up to ancient water irrigation channels, and each have their ancient lavendero/public laundry where the locals used to wash their clothes in the fresh mountain waters that ran through these structures. The fresh mountain water is also provided via drinking fountains in all of the villages. There is a very popular water fountain a short walk a long the camino from the house, which provides a slightly sparkling, and chilled mineral water!

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