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Cueva Alfano, Typical Andalucian Cave House.

Cottage with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in Freila, Spain

From £181 per week

Cave house with large terrace area. Sleeps 5. Fantastic views of Jabalcon mountain and surrounding countryside. Close to Lake Negratin and 4 Natural Parks. PLEASE CONTACT OWNER BEFORE BOOKING!

Overview

Cueva Alfano is a beautiful Andalucían cave home situated in the countryside 2kms outside of Freila, a typical village in the Granada province of Southern Spain. Surrounded by olive groves and almond trees, the cave and area are ideal for lovers of the great outdoors and those looking for a peaceful, comfortable retreat from modern life. You will be able to relax outside the cave looking at the mountain of Jabalcon and enjoying the peace of this lovely location. Cueva Alfano is close to four natural parks and is only 5 minutes away from the beautiful Lake Negratin. Spend your days walking, star-gazing, cycling, exploring by car or enjoying the tranquility of the lakeside with good restaurants, swimming, pedaloes and fishing.

Due to the rural location car hire is essential to appreciate the area fully.
The cave comprises of a large farmhouse style family kitchen with table and seating for up to 6 people. A snug living room with seating, wood burning stove, TV and DVD player. Bathroom with large shower, twin basins, wc and bidet and washing machine.

Bedroom 1 with double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Bedroon 2 with twin beds and chest of drawers.
Small sitting room with sofa bed and low table.

Outside is a large covered terrace area with seating for up to 6 people and barbeque area. Above the cave we have our own olive groves that you can stroll through with a fantastic view of the lake and the glorious sunsets.

Bathroom towels and bed linen provided. Property cleaned and linen changed once a week on stays of more than a week. Please bring your own beach towels.

The Area
In a traditional cave house like Cueva Alfano, holiday accommodation anywhere else simply couldn't give you the same kind of experience as you'll be guaranteed of when you choose this authentic and unique style of holiday rental in Spain - cave houses in Freila being found with all the peaceful seclusion you would expect half-way up a rugged hillside. In the village of Freila there are two small supermarkets, a butchers, bakers, fishmongers, post office, bank and pharmacy and various tapas bars/restaurants in the village.

We are also close to the market town of Baza where there are plenty of shops and large supermarkets. Cueva Alfano would therefore suit anyone with a love of the great outdoors as this village is located in an area positively bursting with outstanding natural beauty, much of which is protected within the boundaries of no less than four national parks, including Sierra de Baza - also putting you within easy reach of the beautiful Lake Negratin and the thermal baths at Zujar.

With such a diversity of natural environments this north-eastern corner of the Province of Granada is surrounded by the verdant valleys, limestone gorges, pine forests and tranquil lakes that make this such an attractive region to anyone looking for a complete contrast to the busy beach resorts of neighbouring Costa Almeria - Cueva Alfano being just as unique as the countryside in which it is found, where you'd be more likely to find a traditional cave house in the Freila area than the more usual option of a villa rental. In Granada, holiday cave houses are something of a novelty to many visitors but are in fact a cultural and historical icon, if not a regional speciality to the Freila area - cave house rentals being found in rural locations like Zujar, Bacor and Cortes de Baza, as well as many other ancient towns and villages that are scattered throughout this scenically breathtaking part of Granada. Cueva Alfano not only makes the ideal base for exploring the spectacular landscapes of this part of the region on foot, by mountain-bike or on horse-back, but if you have a passion for the fascinating cultural heritage of Andalucia, Cueva Alfano couldn't be more appropriate for an authentic experience of this typically rustic style of holiday home accommodation in Granada.
Visit us on http://www.casaruralealfano.com and http://cave-in-spain.blogspot.com/ and facebook!

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4 out of 4 people recommend staying here

From Eastbourne, United Kingdom Feb 2010

I very much enjoyed my stay at Cuevas Alfano. Jo and John were delightful hosts with 2 very sweet children.
Living in a cave house is an interesting experience and an enjoyable one.
My stay was in Feb/Mar and the area had the worst winter for decades. Despite this it was much better weather than the UK.
John kept me well supplied with logs for the wood burner and using this found me reminiscent of the days before central heating. Quite enjoyable.
As a keen wildlife enthusiast there were plenty of interesting walks with a lot of bird species Griffon Vulture, Shrikes, Bee-eater and Hoopoe to name but a few.
There was evidence of Wild Boar and Lynx but these were not sighted.
Cuevas is a good central location for tours to Granada and the Sierra Nevada and there is some stunning scenery in the surrounding sierras as well.
I think this would be an ideal place to stay in the summer as the cave house keeps a steady temperature and is cool to return to after the days activities.
All in all my grateful thanks to Jo and John (and Daisy and Emily), (and Henry) for there hospitality and the very best of luck in your new home.

Frances

Frances from Chesterfield

We stayed for 2 weeks and didnt want to leave. The kids adored Ali, the cave, the lake and all of the magical wildlife. We saw lots of lizards, rabbits, deer, wild goats and thrillingly, the hind quarters of a lynx as it shot off to hide. We also had an incredible close encounter with 20 Griffon Vultures!
The cave itself is situated so that its easy to visit many beautiful and exciting places within a half hour drive. The lake and mountains are breath-taking. Ali and Max were really welcoming and gave us fantastic advice about places to explore. The cave house itself is really sweet and cosy and it is such deep, delicious, undisturbed sleep you get there. You get absolute silence and pitch darkness. The kids were sleeping amazingly well from day one which meant we did too. The sky at night is star strewn, Ive never been able to see so many. We often sat out at night and had a few beers, lounged around reading in the very cosy kitchen during the hottest part of the day and went exploring in the afternoons. If you want peace and tranquility, stunning views, a gorgeous lake to swim in and free delicious tapas with every glass of ice-cold beer in all of the bars and restaurants, if you want time with your family, no distractions and proper sleep, youve just found your ideal holiday. Just make sure you pack some powerful mosquito repellant and use it, the little monsters had me for breakfast.

Karen

Karen from London

All my husband and I wanted was a secluded hideaway somewhere warm, and we got so much more! The pictures dont do the cave justice its just stunning and we came away totally in love with the andalucian hills. Freila is the sleepiest town Ive ever been to, so its not for you if you like your creature comforts and 24/7 lifestyle, but from the welcome basket containing bread, lovely herb oil and red wine, right through to the invitation to help yourselves from their veg/herb patch, Alison and Max were exceptional hosts. Theyll disappear if you want your privacy, but we really enjoyed having them over for dinner and trying Maxs tagellas (sp?!). Youll be lost without a car, but theyll take you up to the beautiful Sierra de Baza and beyond in their landrover for a very modest fee, where you can explore ice caves and mines and take in the stunning scenery. Just down the road you have the tranquil lake or the more buzzy campsite with pool (the french chef does a mean steak) if youre not the type to be off having adventures every day. Us - we loved just pottering around the gorgeous cave, cooking and relaxing and totally recharging. Id recommend the house for anyone looking for something special, away from it all. Thanks Ali and Max for a wonderful, amazing time.

Marilyn

Marilyn from Glasgow

This is a lovely property but transport is a definate requirement. Having said that, there are plenty of things to see and do in the area.
Living in the cave house was quite an experience. It didnt matter how hot it got outside, the cave was cool and inviting but always leave a light on at night as I now know what pitch dark really means.
Joanna and John who own the property and stay next door couldnt have been more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them.
This property is the place to chill out and forget abut your woes!!!!


21 other reviews

Clare Oct 2014

Thank you for making our stay really confortable and memorable, we are so glad we found Cueva Alfano. The peace and scenery were everything we could have wished for and our 4x4 excursions with Max were very special. The landscape is so varied from desert to alpine, plain to lake, olive groves...and everything about this area is beautiful. I'm so glad that we found some climbing routes too, that was a bonus! Enjoyed Duncan, Sancho and Ruben, they are real characters. Sad things is - we did'nt stay long enough but that just means we should come again. Keep in touch eh? Lots a love Clare xx Muchas gracias! It was a very interesting stay. My cave bedroom was very confortable...if a little dark in the morning - I could have slept all day! The adventures with Max were amazing and I loved the chats with him, trying to understand each other was great fun. Hope to see you again soon x Chilli x Dear Ali and Max, Thank you for a peaceful, exciting, comfortable and memorable stay. Also thanks to your neighbour for arranging last minute additional asccomodation. The time has gone too fast, but hope to be back. Finally, special "grazie" to Max for the off-roading, local knowledge and entertaining the crazy boys (Joe and Ross)! Adios, Frank x Dear Max and Alison, had a wonderful time in the cave house. The days out with Max were so much fun, and your company and knowledge were greatly appreciated. I have lots of pictures, so I will send them to you once I'm home. Hope to see you again in the future, Helen x

Kamila & Mickey Jun 2014

Dear Max & Alison, we had the most wonderfull two weeks in the cave. We love it!!! We really appreciated the peace and quiet of the surroundings and many beautifull birds flying around. The trip to Gorafe desert and the dolmens with Max was fantastic Thank you Max! Muchas gracias!!! We loved every minute of being here and we will make sure to come back! Thank you! Kamila&Mickey

Mar y José Nov 2013

Ha sido un finde estupendo. Buscabamos tranquilidad y la hemos encontrado, todo ello con muy buena compañia, gracias Ali por ser tan buena anfitriona, la cueva es alucinante y todo lo que la rodea es aun mejor. Espero volver a vernos pronto, tal vez en verano, nos ha quedado la gana de un baño. Gracias por todo Mar y José Pd. Tano y Chico han disfrutado muchisimo! Saludos para toda la manada!!

Deb and Dave Sep 2013

Ali, Max, ‘The three Muskateers’ (Sancho, Duncan, Ruben)! Once again, thank you for a wonderful holiday in Cueva Alfano. We definitely recommend Safari trip in Gorafe Desert with ‘mad Max’-expert driver! His knowledge and experience of the terrain ensures you will see fantastic views and experience a drive of a life time! Really enjoyed our last evening where you dared to taste our ‘Jambalaya’ –which we hope you enjoyed. Great to meet Angie too-who we hope can help us to improve our Español (and you too Ali)! Hasta Luego-See you next year! Deb and Dave XX

Radwan Family Aug 2013

Alison and Max, ¡Muchisimas gracias por todo! We’ve had a truly wonderful time in Cueva Alfano and will be heartily recommending this little slice of heaven to friends and family in Abu Dhabi. We really enjoyed your attentive yet unobtrusive hospitality, fantastic suggestions about how to enjoy the local area and wonderful lamb marinade! Thanks so much to both of you and the exuberant Sancho, Ruben and Duncan for showing us a great time. We look forward to seeing you all again in the not-too-distant future, ensha ’allah! The Radwan Family

Gordon and Ruth Jun 2013

Hi Ali and Max, Ruth and I have just returned to the UK and have had a wonderful holiday in Andalucia; Cueva Alfano has been an excellent base to explore from and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Hopefully you are having a good time too. Everything was in order when we left early this morning and we left the keys in the agreed place. Your dogs have been very friendly – they love company don’t they? We had a couple of days where we didn’t travel far and they were welcome companions and even enjoyed a walk down to the lake side with us! You didn’t tell us if you had named them, so we called them Basil and Sybil….. We also met John on one occasion, when he came to check on their food and water. We had also been regularly checking their water and this morning, before we left, the dogs had plenty. As promised, I have put many of the pictures that I have taken over the last couple of weeks on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/92621184@N00/sets/72157634103833877/ At the moment there are around 30 pictures, but could well be more in the future as I find the time to properly go through them. You are welcome to use any for your website or marketing if you like them. I can email you web resolution or much higher if required. However I’m not sure I can compete with Max’s excellent pictures or location knowledge! Specialist photography holidays (incorporating expert photographer and guide) are becoming very popular for individuals and small groups. Your area of Andalucia is stunning and would be ideal should you ever go down that route. Thanks again to you two (and Basil and Sybil) for a great couple of weeks. Gordon and Ruth

Amelia, Ivan, Valerio, Daniele, Monica e Francesca Jan 2013

Grazie per l'ospitalità offerta. La vostra accogliente cueva ci ha fatto trascorrere momenti indimenticabili come i meravigliosi paesagi andalusi visitati. Ci riserviamo di consigliare "alcune modifiche" consigliate dal nostro amico (e compagno di viaggio) Valerio. Un forte abbraccio e un bacione da tutti noi.

Stu, Sam, Marcus, Aaron, John-Buh, Kimmy &Wolfie Sep 2012

Ali, Max and Claudia, Thank you for being wonderful hosts. The cave exceeded all our expectations, it's amazing. Also a very big thankyou to Max for retrieving us from the bar on Friday night - you saved us from a long stagger home and treated us to an exciting rally! (The boys loved it!). Your spicy popcorn was great too and has left us wondering how you made it! We are certainly planning to return. Thanks again.

Deb and Dave Aug 2012

England Ali, Max and Claudia, We've had a fantastic time mainly just chilling by the lake as we needed to re-charge our batteries!Thankyou for making us feel so welcome and for all your advice. Its such a beautiful retreat! Best wishes.

Emy et Gina, Brigitte, Michel Aug 2012

Chers Alison et Max et Claudia et la famille. Nous avons trouvé un très bon coin de tranquilité. La cave est bien fraiche et très agréable. Nous avons été très bien regus. Nous avons fait de très belles visites. La Sierra de Baza magnifique, Gorafe, Baza, le lac Negratín, Zújar, Tabernas, Cuevas del Campo, Alicún, Freila, el Jabalcón. Tous ces paisages sout somptueuse. A conseiller á d'autres personnes. La gastronomie excellente. Merci beaucoup pour votre hospitalité.

Frances Aug 2012

We stayed for 2 weeks and didn't want to leave. The kids adored Ali, the cave, the lake and all of the magical wildlife. We saw lots of lizards, rabbits, deer, wild goats and thrillingly, the hind quarters of a lynx as it shot off to hide. We also had an incredible close encounter with 20 Griffon Vultures! The cave itself is situated so that its easy to visit many beautiful and exciting places within a half hour drive. The lake and mountains are breath-taking. Ali and Max were really welcoming and gave us fantastic advice about places to explore. The cave house itself is really sweet and cosy and it is such deep, delicious, undisturbed sleep you get there. You get absolute silence and pitch darkness. The kids were sleeping amazingly well from day one which meant we did too. The sky at night is star strewn, I've never been able to see so many. We often sat out at night and had a few beers, lounged around reading in the very cosy kitchen during the hottest part of the day and went exploring in the afternoons. If you want peace and tranquility, stunning views, a gorgeous lake to swim in and free delicious tapas with every glass of ice-cold beer in all of the bars and restaurants, if you want time with your family, no distractions and proper sleep, you've just found your ideal holiday. Just make sure you pack some powerful mosquito repellant and use it, the little monsters had me for breakfast before I realised the repellant I was using was a bit like condiment to them and bought some proper stuff. Thanks a million Ali and Max for a wonderful holiday. You are great, we'd love to come again. Hans, Jerome Rick & Ilona Meldeeslo County, NL Nederland Submitted: 09 Aug 2012 Thank you wery much for this wonderful week. We really enjoyed the cave, the lake, the desert and the off road jeep ride. We're planning to come back next year for a longer time, because 5 days is way to short. Muchas gracias

Hans, Jerome Rick & Ilona Aug 2012

Thank you wery much for this wonderful week. We really enjoyed the cave, the lake, the desert and the off road jeep ride. We're planning to come back next year for a longer time, because 5 days is way to short. Muchas gracias

Fran, Aron, Eliot y Alice Jul 2012

Thank you, we've had a magical two weeks. Thanks for being so accomodating and giving lots of good advice. The landscape is unforgettable and we've had great adventures with the children who never want to leave1 We'll be in touch and post some photos on facebook soon.

David y Monica May 2012

La estancia muy acogedora, el trato de los propietarios excepcional, gracias por todo y esperamos volver pronto. Nos hemos enamorado del lugar y sus paisajes. Lastima no podernos haber quedado más tiempo porque hay mucho que ver y disfrutar en plena naturaleza.

Miguel , Irina, Cipri y Tatiana Apr 2012

Nos ha encantado este lugar. Es sencillamente maravilloso. Paz y tranquilidad. Muchas gracias por la hospitalidad. Esperamos volver más pronto que tarde. Saludos de Almería

Javier y Marion Feb 2012

Dos días no es suficiente!!! Fueron dos días perfectos, hemos disfrutado mucho de la casa y del paisaje. La casa es muy acogedora, no nos faltó de nada- Muchas gracias y gracias a Wayne por la ayuda recibida. Esperamos volver pronto!

Fabian, Yolanda y Patricia Jan 2012

22 Enero de 2012 Muchas gracias por su hospitalidad, hemos tenido una estancia muy agradable, la cueva es muy bonita y acogedora (suerte con el negocio). Sois muy agradables y simpaticos y estamos muy contentos de este pequeño viaje. Nos veremos pronto. Muchas gracias y un saludo.

Karen Aug 2011

All my husband and I wanted was a secluded hideaway somewhere warm, and we got so much more! The pictures don't do the cave justice its just stunning and we came away totally in love with the andalucian hills. Freila is the sleepiest town Ive ever been to, so its not for you if you like your creature comforts and 24/7 lifestyle, but from the welcome basket containing bread, lovely herb oil and red wine, right through to the invitation to help yourselves from their veg/herb patch, Alison and Max were exceptional hosts. Theyll disappear if you want your privacy, but we really enjoyed having them over for dinner and trying Maxs tagellas (sp?!). Youll be lost without a car, but theyll take you up to the beautiful Sierra de Baza and beyond in their landrover for a very modest fee, where you can explore ice caves and mines and take in the stunning scenery. Just down the road you have the tranquil lake or the more buzzy campsite with pool (the french chef does a mean steak) if youre not the type to be off having adventures every day. Us - we loved just pottering around the gorgeous cave, cooking and relaxing and totally recharging. Id recommend the house for anyone looking for something special, away from it all. Thanks Ali and Max for a wonderful, amazing time.

Kate Jul 2011

Dearest Ali and Max, A VERY HUGE thank you for a wonderful few days in your beautiful casa de cueva...you really are the HOSTS...with the MOSTS! Ali's fabulous cooking + home grown salads + Capitan Piloto Max's wonderful navigation + safari excursions into the surrounding countryside, made an unforgetable trip and I am very sad to be leaving...This has been such joy... I will be back. Thank you Thank you xx

Bitte, Peter Lundin Apr 2011

We had a wonderful time here and liked the cave very much. We where lucky with the weather and have done a lot of things. Walking in the mountains of Castril and several villages around.We have seen such wondeful nature. Peter had a paragliding flight in Sierra Nevada which was a very good birthday present. Last day was very hot and we walked to el Negratin where we had lunch and Bitte took a very short bath! Tack for en underbar vecka

"Thankyou so much for a lovely stay in your beautiful house, we have really enjoyed it and wish we could stay longer. Hopefully we will come back in the summer" Carl, Karen, Richard + Harry, Benitachell, Alicante

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Location

Distances to locations

Nearest bar 2km Nearest restaurant 2km Nearest supermarket 5km Granada airport 100km Málaga Airport 212km Alicante Airport 244km Freila - typical Andalucian village 5km Granada city centre and Alhambra 90km Sierra de Baza natural park 10km Lake Negratin 2km

Local activities

Climbing 18km Cycling 15km Fishing 2km Horse riding 18km Mountain biking 15km Sailling 15km Swimming 15km Kayaks, para gliding 5km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 18km Local food market 3km Museum 18km Night club 18km Shopping 45km Theatre 18km Zoo 90km Cinema 18km The alhambra palace in granada 90km

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Compulsory extras

  • For a party of over two people there will be a charge for additional person.

    For a party of over two people there will be a charge for additional person. During Low season this will be 3 euros per day, 5 euros for a week end and 13 euros for a week. Mid season there will be an extra charge of 3,5 euros/day, 6 euros for W/E, and 17 euros for a week. During the high season the extra charge will be of 4 euros/day, 7 euros for a W/E and 19 euros for a week., paid locally

  • short stays under one week 43-53 euros per day. Week-ends from 80-100

    £0.00 per booking for each additional person if there are more than 2 people, paid locally

Facilities

Bedrooms

2 bedrooms, Sleeps 5:

  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds

There is also 1 double sofa bed in small sitting room/bedroom

Bathrooms

1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Entertainment

DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WI-FI, TV Languages in Local

General

Living area seats 5, Dining area seats 6, Open fire, Clothes drier, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential

Kitchen

Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster

Outside

Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden, Shared garden

Suitable for

Children, Infants, Single gender groups, Pets

Extra information

Cave houses maintain a constant temperature of approximately 18/20 degrees all year round. Consequently the cave is cool in the summer and warm during the winter. Telephone available in an emergency. Small travel cot available on request. High chair available on request. Due to the rural location we would advise that the property may be unsuitable for those with mobility problems. Please contact us with any queries regarding access etc. PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE BOOKING SO AS TO PREVENT DOUBLE BOOKINGS ! Please contact us for stays of less than 1 week.

Alison

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Private Owner From Freila, Spain Member since Jan 2008

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