This simple rural retreat can be enjoyed by families, couples, friends or lone travellers! Relax reading, strolling nearby, in the pool or a cafe. Enjoy local food , explore little villages or walk/drive up to mountain tops or down to the seaside...
Built onto the slope of the mountain and situated at the top of the village, it is the last house, on a short street with fields to the right and rear. Donkeys still carry harvested crops home, and a nearby street fountain trickles cool and refreshing. Indeed, enjoy purified mountain spring water straight from the taps in the house!
As you enter the front door, to the left is a bedroom (1 double 1 single bed) with en-suite shower room/toilet. Stairs lead to an ample open-plan area: a kitchen and a dining room leading to a small terrace on the right and living area on 2 levels and balcony on the left. On one side of the upper living area is a small study with desk shelving and on the other a double bedroom with built-in wardrobe. Folding wood and glass doors seperate living area from kitchen when desired. A wide corridor / cloakroom leads back to a single bedroom, bathroom/ toilet (corner bath and shower) and a small storage room. Many of the rooms have wooden beams and it is said that family of Aben Humeya, the last leader of the Moors before they were expelled from Spain in the 16th century by the Christians, lived in this house, although it has been subject to modifications over the intervening years!
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Amenities include wood burning stove, fridge/freezer, gas cooker /electric oven, microwave, blender, washing machine, iron, hairdryer and sleeps 6 . It is a cool house in the summer due to thick walls, and having strategic windows open allows for a welcome breeze to pass through the house. Retractable mosquito netting (to keep out flies, moths etc) is on most of the windows. In winter the house is cosy due to the same thick walls, shutters on windows and curtains in bed rooms and the use of the wood burning stove (a small pile of wood is at corner of house, please do not use wet/damp cloth to clean the stove, just dry one, and take care not to touch it because it gets very hot when in use) radiators, rugs and blankets. You will find a map of the area in the living room.
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Although foreigners may live/stay/pass through the village, it is by no means a tourist destination! Many of the inhabitants have fields where they grow most of the food they need for the year, and they have a great exchange system in place through friendship and family ties. Almonds, walnuts, figs, pomegranates, grapes, peaches, mulberries, quinces to name just a few fruits and tomatos, peppers, courgettes, green beans, artichokes etc etc, their own olive trees for oil, so are quite self sufficient. They dry the tomatos, peppers, figs etc and make preserves, so nothing is wasted. Until more recent times people made their own soaps (some still do). So as you walk around be aware that each loaded tree belongs to someone! No one minds if you find a nut or two on the ground, crack it open with a stone and eat them, or take a fig from a tree, but please don't go collecting! This does not apply to prickly pears, which when they are in season ripen beautifully on the plant and fall to the ground and rot. Few people pick these because they are such a bother with the prickles, it's always best to get someone who knows how to pick and peel them! You may think that due to all the rotting figs on the ground no one is going to eat them, but yes the pigs are! And that some almond trees have been abandoned, but no, there is a specific date when someone will come to pick them up from the ground! When buying produce at the market, or in the local shop it is always best to buy what is in season and local (often that's all there is) and you will notice how great your meals taste. If you must have your baked beans or tabasco sauce you will find a grocer's along the high street in Ugijar caters to a few foreigner whims of this sort - there's a dedicated shelf!
Re medical assistance: there is a doctor's surgery along the same road where the Azahara bar/restaurant is situated, at the far end. Times, which may change, please see notice on door:
8am-3pm Mon, Wed, Fri
11am-3pm Tue, Thur
The doctor is able to access a 24hr telephone interpreting service in 11 languages (including English)
The pharmacy is able to order any medications not in stock (including homeoepathic) with 24 hrs notice, an excellent service
The post office is located at the entrance to the town hall on the right Mon - Fri but only opens 1.30pm - 2pm
Please leave the apartment clean when you depart. During your stay and particularly on your day of departure please take rubbish to the big containers next to the fountain at the end of the road. Collections are made daily and in summer it is the custom (where possible) to put the refuse out at night.
Please follow the local custom of leaving the external shutters down in bedrooms, particularly when you go out as the sun's rays can damage clothes, furnishings, furniture and wooden window frames. This is particularly the case in the summer and also ensures a cool room when you return. This isn't necessary for the terrace shutters. In the winter it is less of an issue as the sun is less strong.
I am not often in residence, but when I am my door is the silver grey iron door, feel free to ring doorbell. After booking you will have my telephone number and you can always contact via airbnb. The keyholder who lives opposite is a very capable person, who although doesn't speak English can help out with anything practical that may crop up.