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Ola Selvaag

Member since: 2007
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Speaks english, spanish

Beautiful Country House with Private Pool, Gardens and Breathtaking Views

1 Review
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Carataunas holiday cottage

Country House Nr. Pampaneira, Las Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada, Andalucia - A Wonderful Place To Relax And Explore The Sierra Nevada And It's Beautiful Mountain Villages.

This wonderful and comfortable house has been lovingly restored within a quiet, private and enclosed walled garden full of roses, two lawns and exotic plants. The main house is on two levels. Two connected living rooms on the ground floor with a winter wood burning stove, three bedrooms and a bathroom on the 1st floor. The well equipped kitchen and dining room is adjoining the main house and has air-conditioning.

There are lots of terraces for eating and sitting outside depending on the time of day and shade from the sun! The 9 x 4m pool is fabulous. From the pool terrace and verdant lawns you can see to the top of the highest mountain Mulhacen at 3481m often covered in snow, and down into the valley 500m below. The Casita apartment has two bedrooms, a bathroom and a sitting room with a wood burning stove.

The property is "off-road" and is accessed by a private road used by local residents. Initially the private road is tarmac but it does become a dirt track and it is narrow with steep drops at times.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ola Selvaag (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful house with us. It exceeded even our expectations and was absolutely perfect in every way, catering for the needs of each member of our party - from birdwatching to star gazing to sitting inside hidden from adults plotting during the heat of the day (this last only the 11 and 12 year old thankfully). We only wish we had booked it for longer - and probably will do next year.'

'Just wanted to let you know we had another fantastic time at The Cortijo. Although different to August, the end of May is just as healing and captivating. I know we'll want to go back.

My daughter loved it. (She's nearly 7) and the familiarity of having been before was fab. The place is truely blessed - I miss it already.'

'I just loved the house, so cool inside during the beautifully hot days outside. The views are incredible, I spent most of the time gazing into the far distance, and the stars at night...'

'..taking me away from here is a crime!'
Mar 2007
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1 traveller review

Beautiful Country House with Private Pool, Gardens and Breathtaking Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

stunning 360% mountain views, unique atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

We were blown away by the views and by the charm of this property as soon as we arrived. It's not a single villa but a small cluster of buildings, with an almost hobbit like feel and the most breathtaking 360% views over the mountains and the valley below. Even in August there were many beautiful flowers, two areas of lush lawn and countless huge bunches of grapes from the mature vines, thanks to the automated irrigation system. It was almost like having our own miniature village. We seemed to spend a good proportion of our time, both during the day and in the evenings, marvelling at the beauty of the place and its surroundings and congratulating ourselves on having found such a magical location for our holiday. We were a family group of 8 and there was plenty of space. A great well equipped kitchen opening out to a BBQ and eating area looking out across the valley and the mountains beyond, with two white villages perched in the mountains. There are actually 3 villages, only two of which can be seen from the house. There's a great walk from the lower to the middle and up top the top village. Unfortunately it's a little too far to walk from the house to any of the villages, and the shops are small, so it's best to stock up well with food and drink on the way from the airport. But they have plenty of places to eat and drink. Great pool with plenty of space for pool and outdoor games. Altogether, very highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Great access to many walking, mountain cycling, motorcycling and riding centres in the Alpujarras and the Sierra Nevada. The house is complete with guidebooks and maps, and local guides can take you on more ambitious walks.


Coast 40 minutes by road. Beachside restaurants (chiringuito's) dotted along coast.


Granada airport is the nearest airport, 55 mins by motorway and A roads. Malaga 1.75 hours and Almeria 2.5 hours journey by car. Car hire is readily available at all airports.


The local town Orgiva 15 mins, Granada 50 mins, beautiful whitewashed villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capillera are nearby with Pampaneira only 8 mins away by car.

Further Details:

This part of Spain is one of the few remaining areas where tapas are still served with drinks, free of charge and made famous by Chris Stewarts Book 'Driving Over Lemons'. You are surrounded by views of the stunning Sierra Nevada, capped with snow until late spring and February the ideal time for skiing. It is a paradise for walkers, with a wide variety of flora and fauna and many mapped paths. Locally one can trek by horseback or just walk to Greece or Portugal along the old pilgrim route. Moorish architecture is abundant and signs of a very ancient agriculture are written all over the mountain-sides. The most beautiful stretch of totally unspoiled coastline is a drive away to the east at the Cabo de Gata. Here it rarely rains and the beaches are stunning with clear blue waters perfect for diving or snorkeling. At Salobrena, at 40 minute drive away, one can eat freshly caught and barbecued sardines at the beach side restaurants. Granada is a legend in itself, quintessentially Spanish, both vibrant and ancient. The Alhambra is a must to visit. Because of limited tickets it’s essential to book in advance!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Carataunas, Spain

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Early summer
7 Apr 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A non-returnable deposit of 30% is required as confirmation of booking with the balance due 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeovers in high season and negotiable at other times. Ideal arrival time around 16:00 (always best to do a good shop along coast beforehand) and leaving time 10:00.

We charge a 30% non-returnable deposit at the time of booking with full payment due 6 weeks before occupation. All payments in euros by Swift bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Carataunas, Spain

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Shower room 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Three bathrooms. Main house: walk in shower, WC, and basin. Bath house: unusual walk in cave shower, WC, basin. Casita apartment: walk in shower, WC and basin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 single bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 in five bedrooms + 2 extra (sofa bed) Notes on bedrooms: Main House: 1 large double bedroom, 1 double and 1 single. Casita apartment: 1 large double bedroom and 1 twin bedded room. Casita salon can be used to sleep 2 extra on sofa-bed. One cot and one other 'put you up' bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: The house provides wonderful accommodation and is ideal for family and friends holidays and is suitable for both summer and winter rentals. The traditional construction allows the house to remain cool in the hottest months and cosy in winter. The house is well equipped and well kept and designed for relaxation and comfort. Outside: The garden was established 35 years ago and contains thousands of roses and many fruit trees. The air is wonderfully scented on a warm spring morning with rose, jasmine and honeysuckle. The private 9 x 4m pool is on a level with the terrace but is not suitable for unsupervised children. This wonderful oasis is automatically irrigated by the snow-melt from the 11,500' high sierra. The water is carried down the mountainside in ancient moorish acequias which border the 2.5 acres of land above and below. Most years the snow remains on the top until the beginning of July. The house now takes its name from the small chapel on the land, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary who manifested in front of three shepherd children in the village of Fatima in Portugal 1916. Utility Room: New Washing machine. Fridge/freezer, iron/ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are included, except for beach towels. The pool is serviced by our gardener Jose. Daily cleaning optional extra by arrangement. Our manager will assist with any practicalities. Other: Large terrace with pool. Two lower terraces, one next to kitchen with gas BBQ, poolside chairs, Australian sun sail shades and sun loungers and well maintained gardens. There's a small Hermita (Chapel) on the land.

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