Andalucian Farmhouse with swimming pool, stunning views, rest and relaxation, self guided walking, sightseeing and a cultural experience of the Andalucian lifestyle of a Spanish village.
Apartment Castallico can be found in a renovated Andalucian Farmhouse in the village of Lubrin in the Province of Almeria, Spain. The self catering apartment offers the best in holiday rental accommodation direct from the owners. The farmhouse is set in 2 acres of terracing with truly panoramic views of the surrounding village and mountains.
The apartment is designed for 2 people and offer spacious and comfortable self catering accommodation. There is a separate living room, well equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower and spacious double bedroom. Outside has 2 private terraces with BBQ and garden furniture. From each terrace there are totally uninterrupted views of the mountains and on a clear day, the Mediterranean which is about 12 miles away as the crow flies.
The landscaping in restful and relaxing and there is a swimming pool to cool down on those hot sunny days. If you are looking for solace and tranquillity and an unforgettable experience of Spanish mountain hospitality, from the delightful and charming villagers, then please come and visit us.
Cortijo Fuente Arriba is within easy walking distance of the charming and delightful Andalucian village of Lubrin in the province of Almeria. The village is very Spanish and nestles high in the Sierra Los Filabres some 2000feet above the well known beach resorts of Mojacar and Garrucha which are just 45 minutes away.
Lubrin is a small village of about 500 of the nicest people you are ever likely to meet. There are a number of Cafe/Bars that offer Tapas. Meson Molinos is a restaurant offering fine wines and a mouthwatering menu. Bar Lopez is located in Rambla Aljibe, which is one of the dozen or so hamlets in the Parish of Lubrin, where you can get a good wholesome 3 course Menu del Dias including wine for about 10 Euros
There are 3 Banks and the village shops include 2 Supermarkets, 3 Butchers, 3 Bakers (no Candlestick Makers!!) and an Ironmongers. You can buy anything from a pin to a Porsche( well not quite a Porsche). Market day is on a Wednesday when you can stock up with fresh fruit and vegetables on most days the fresh fish van comes up from the coast.
Life in Lubrin is a time warp and will remind us more senior citizens of an early childhood where family groups sit out on the streets on hot summer nights with children playing until the sun sets over the hill.
Where to go and what to do!
Lubrin is located about 1 hour cross country from Almeria Airport or 2 hours motorway/cross country from Alicante or Murcia Airports. The village is very Spanish and nestles high in the Sierra Los Filabres some 2000feet above the well known beach resorts of Mojacar and Garrucha which are just 45 minutes away.
The more Spanish resorts of San Juan Torres and Aquilas (to the North) and Carboneras, Agua Marga and San Jose ( to the South) are about an hour away. These Spanish resorts, in Summer, are very much less crowded, especially mid-week, than Mojacar and Garrucha.
Places of Interest include Cuevas de Almanzora for its cave houses and Tabernas for its magnificent Desert National Park. At Tabernas is a Westen Theme park on the site of the Clint Eastwood Movies!
The Cabo de Gata National Park is one of the most beautiful and ecologically rich coastal strips in the western Mediterranean and is the first Natural land and sea park in Andalucia. The drive takes just over an hour and the route down the mountain, via Nijar, is very dramatic. The park offers walks on marked trails and tracks amongst native scrub and grasses, amidst the scent of wild lemon balm and the distinctive aromas of curry plant and herbs. You are able to follow inland trails and coastline.
The ancient Andalusian city of Almeria(1 hour away)lies sheltered at the base of a bay, proudly dominated by the amazing Alcazaba, a huge Moorish citadel with three walled enclosures dating from 995. From the citadel visitors have a good view of the city’s most impressive and important Christian monument, the Cathedral, dating from 1524, designed more like a fortress than a church because of the need to defend it from pirate attacks. The Cathedral contains numerous art treasures, including a tabernacle dating from the 18th century, designed by Ventura Rodriguez. With its interesting medieval architecture, Almeria’s old town is a delight to stroll through with its tranquil squares, archways and colonnades. The city also has a fascinating archaeological museum and unique cave dwellings in the hillside above the old gypsy quarter.
The Alhambra in Granada is a very popular place to visit by our guests. It takes just 2 hours to drive to Granada along the Almeria to Sevilla motorway with stunning views. The motorway skirts around Granada and the Alhambra car park is easily accessed. There is a shuttle bus that takes you from the Alhambra direct to the Plaza de Nueva where it’s a short walk to the Cathedral and Royal Chapel.
A fantastic holiday. If you want to get away from it all and see the real Spain then this is the place to go. Beautiful private terraces with plenty of shade, sun loungers and an on-site pool. Amenities were a 5 minute stroll away in the local village and there are fantastic walks from your front door, but otherwise there is really no need to venture too far from your sunbed and your favourite book! The owners were friendly and helpful and we would definitely go back again. Thank you!
Ray from Harpenden
Stayed 21 Jul 2014 with Couple
The accommodation is a converted farmhouse perched on top of a hill. 3 x 1bed apartments plus the main house. Each apartment has its own front gate and big spacious secluded patio all very private with a small communal pool. The region is suffering a water shortage at the moment and the pool was only half full, but it is still lovely for a plunge to cool off.
The accommodation is not luxurious but it is very comfortable, well equipped and spacious. A good size bedroom separate living room separate kitchen loads of space outside.
It is a short walk into the town, which has a few bars, a restaurant, a tiny supermarket and a bakers.
It is all very Spanish!
Dont expect to find many people that speak English certainly no menu in English. Absolutely no chance of a full English breakfast, fish and chips nor English beer.
The prices in the bars and restaurants are unreal! A beer is 1.50 Euro. A tapas meal for 2 with a bottle of house wine is 14 Euros. Push the boat out with a 3 course meal for 2 including a bottle of wine 31 Euros. This is Spain before it has been ruined by tourism - I love it.
The wider region of Almeria is a bit bleak and barren. Sort of looks like the surface of the moon. Although the coastline is full of lovely empty beaches. If you find a beach that is a bit crowded, drive another mile along the coast and there will be another beach that is empty. It will probably have a sleepy little bar on the beach selling cold beer and tapas.
The region is really only let down by the towns. Almost all towns are dull uninteresting places with no culture, style or architecture worth making you stop the car and look around. Mojacar is an exception but his seems to draw the few tourists there are in the region so expect expensive prices and shops selling tat souvenirs. Further afield is Almeria (about 1.5 hour drive) which is a hideous grubby town but it has a fabulous huge castle on top of a hill which makes the trip worthwhile. The best place by far was Cartagena (1.75 hours). Harbour, squares, churches, tiny streets of shops and restaurant, Roman ruins with amphitheatre. Lovely place.
Overall the apartment is a great place to stay as long as you like quiet, sleepy, relaxing. A glass of wine as the sun goes down and a couple of sardines on the BBQ
Nicola from Chester le Street
Stayed 10 Apr 2014 with Couple
Fantastic place in gorgeous location, very peaceful and quiet -just what we needed. Good walking from the property and a short walk into the village. Very clean and spacious with plenty of hot water. Lovely areas around the property to relax and chase the sun. Lots of interesting places to visit in the local area. Hiring a car is a good move and the journey from Almeria airport to the property was less then an hour and hassle free. The wine and sandwich on arrival were a lovely welcoming touch.
Damaris from Ripon
Stayed 18 Mar 2014 with Couple
A really lovely small "cottage" in a collection of converted buildings. Perfect for a couple wanting a quiet peaceful relaxing rural holiday. Lots of walks and the area would be good for mountain biking or road biking. Less than an hour to the sea. Granada 2 hours awa¥. We took plane to Barcelona - had a few days there then train to Alicante. Picked up cheap hire care - 2 and half hours to the village.
Alison from Brandsby
Stayed 23 Jan 2014 with Couple
Mair and John bended over backwards to look after us. The village of Lubrin is delightful - a real gem. A car is not totally necessary there is a bus service to Almeria, which we used on two occasions. The village has all you need in the way of food shops and eating places.
Caroline from Nr Canterbury
Stayed 11 May 2013
We have just arrived back to cold dull British (summer) weather! But the batteries are fully charged! We had a very pleasant stay at Cortijo Fuente Arriba. The property was well equipped, very comfortable and peaceful. The outside space was perfect for early morning breakfast watching the sun come up and late evening chilling out watching it go down after a day out walking in the hills. Many thanks for a wonderful stay. Caroline and Jeremy.
5 minute walk to authentic Spanish village with supermarkets, tapas bars, restaurants, ATM, bakers, butchers, weekly street market, gymnasium, post office, pharmacy, local taxi and charming, welcoming and friendly villagers
Panoramic Views of surrounding mountains and village
Comprehensive free library of BOOKS, DVD & BOARD GAMES
Self guided walking and cycling from outside the main entrance into the surrounding hills and valleys
About the owner
In 1998 my wife and I visited Almeria to look for a more permanent home for retirement but away from the mass tourism. We stumbled on Lubrin and within the first hour, as we sat in Bar Molino with our wine and tapas variadas, we knew that we had found our Spanish pueblo. After lunch we walked through the narrow streets and observed the children playing “shop” with their cardboard counters and toys they no longer needed. Groups of neighbours were sitting outside the houses talking and fanning themselves to keep cool. It was evident that the family unit was strong and this fact is very important to the reproduction and maintenance of social order. We bought an old cortijo on a 1hectare finca within a 5 minute walk of the centre of Lubrin. For the next 6 years we rehabilitated the building and converted the terraces into a series of terraced gardens with Almond, Olive and Pomegranate trees set in lawns with borders of Oleander and Grapevines. The old well near the Rambla was dry but we obtained permission to sink a borehole which now irrigates the gardens and fills the plunge pool converted from the original water deposit.
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