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.
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.
1 bedroom, sleeps 2
Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Room for 4 in the dining area Room for 4 in the living area
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Suzanne from Ashford
Stayed Tuesday 19 August 2014 with Couple
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 Monday 21 July 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 Thursday 10 April 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 Tuesday 18 March 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 Thursday 23 January 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 Saturday 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.
John from Coleraine
Stayed Thursday 02 May 2013
We visited Cortijo Fuente Arriba in May 2013 and our stay was a delight from beginning to end. The welcome pack and lunch provided by John & Mair on our arrival was beyond our expectations.
The apartment itself was exactly as described, perfect for our needs and with plenty of space both indoors and out. The small pool was very refreshing after a long day in the hills. The walk guides provided are very comprehensive and we enjoyed a number of different walks.
The village is just a few minutes down the hill from the Cortijo and has everything that one would need and has various cafes and tapas bars, some offering a menu del dia. The local people were without exception friendly and welcoming. Although the apartment was self-catering we only breakfasted there, choosing to eat out every day. We would without reservation recommend Cortijo Fuente Arriba to anyone seeking a quiet and relaxing holiday in a place with wonderful views and plenty of walks right outside the door. John and Mair were perfect hosts, making sure that we had everything we wanted and supplying information and advice on the local area. Its a place we would gladly return to.
Jane from Woking
Stayed Saturday 02 March 2013
The apartment is modestly but comfortably furnished. There was good heating for cold days. Great location - quiet but within easy reach of the village with good facilities. Great walks direct from the farmhouse using guides supplied which were easy to follow. Guides for bike rides are also available - recommended for seasoned mountain bikers with good map reading skills. Local bike hire quite expensive. We were well looked after by owners house sitters who were welcoming, friendly and helpful. The property is within reach of the coast. Would recommend a days visit to Cartagena.
Nicki from Wakefield
Stayed Saturday 27 October 2012
Very peaceful setting just 5 mins walk from the village of Lubrin. Apartment had everything we needed and the log fire was lovely in the evenings once the sun had gone down. Plenty of outside space for soaking up the sun and walks and bike rides from the door.
Zbigniew from Krakow
Stayed Saturday 30 July 2011
Imagine a perfect holiday setting - as quiet and secluded as it gets, free from mass-tourism traps,
the landscape unspoiled by towering hotels (in fact there are hardly any hotels around) and only the owls calling
to be the sounds of your night-time entertainment. And that spectacular moon rise over impressive rock right across the valley.
Immerse into unhasty routines of the villagers, join the locals over delicious tapas in mere two or three bars or a sole restaurant,
still with quality and pricing to surprise many seasoned travellers. Or browse delicacies at the fruit-veggies-meat-cheese-or-what-have-you market every Wednesday.
Cortijo Fuente Arriba. Fully furnished apartment (actually three - we stayed in Castillico) in a carefully restored Spanish farmhouse, including your
private veranda to sip your malaga wine in the evening, or do your grill, or go lazy on comfortable sun beds after refreshing plunge into
the central pool (held impeccably clean). Or write your poems under the shade of roofed open get-together space.
Cannot live without your web link? WiFi connection is there. Or pick one of the provided beach umbrellas and lilo and drive up to one
of the many lovely beaches nearby. Paradise found. Unpretentious and very comfortable and simply so pleasurable to stay at.
I do not know much about feng-shui, but whatever it postulates to make you feel good must have found its right realization at that place!
All that topped with unparalleled hospitality of the host-owner John and his friends - Jane and Russ.
Need an advice or forgot your road atlas or anything - your hosts are quick to help you out!
Oh, forgot to mention three other important residents - Meg, Floyd and Sam: two very friendly dogs and a cat.
Do not get mislead by website introduction of Fuente Arriba - the reality surpasses all expectations!
Needless to say we find the value for money simply stunning...
Get away from your daily rats-race and reset your mind. If there were anything like "Slow-Travel" Id vote this place
to top the list. And trust me - I have see quite a few...
PS. By the way John has spilled a word to us about his ambitious extension plans, including flamenco classes,
guided mountain hiking, horse riding and Spanish courses. Summer or winter - your perfect choice for perfect holidays.
cathy from aberystwyth
Stayed Saturday 15 January 2011
Excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Beautiful surroundings, peaceful, lovely walks. Accommodation was just right and we really enjoyed the log fire! A real holiday!
barbara from newcastle
Stayed Saturday 11 September 2010
regarding our recent stay at Cortijo Fuente Arriba (apt Castallico) after arriving at midnight we were greeted by "Sue & Brian" (temporary house-
sitters) with warmth & friendship, and the welcome pack was a god send
Anybody retreating from the fast lane of life, this place is ideal to relax & unwind, whot with the pool & fantastic views you quickly chill.
The short walk into the village of Lubrin is rewarded by tasty tapas &
Being keen walkers we ventured further into the hills & had many enjoyable walks, & ambles with the loveable dogs "Floyd & Meg" residents of Cortijo fuente arriba.
The rat race & tourism has not intruded Lubrin which makes for an ideal location for peace & quiet.
Yes there is no McDonalds/takeaways or nightclubs "LONG MAY IT
Kate from Perranporth
Stayed Monday 19 July 2010
Myself & my partner enjoyed a stay at Cortijo Fuente Arriba (Apartment Castallico) in July 2010. In short, we had a wonderfully relaxing break! The villa is located in the lovely, sedate village of Lubrin & it provided the backdro p to a break where we truly managed to get away from everything and unwind. If youre looking for a stay in an authentic spanish village where the pace of life is easygoing and free of the tourist hordes then you will love this. The villa was lovely, with 3 apartments centered around the central garden area and swimming pool. The villa lies just outside the main village with a beautiful view of the imposing rocky outcrop & watchtower that overlooks the village and the remaining views offer a stunning panorama of the foothills of the encroaching mountains. Its only a 5 minute walk into the winding little streets of the village itself, where everything you need for your stay is on hand. For a small village there are a surprising number of bars & restaurants to choose from and over the course of the week we managed to sample most of them. The highlight had to be watching the world go by over evening drinks and wonderful tapas in the small central square, where the locals gather. Excellent value for money (we had 5 beers & 7 tapas dishes on one night for the sum of only 13 euros!) & although no-one speaks english, we managed to get by helped by the friendly staff. There is a tiny little bakery where you can get delicious fresh bread and pastries, a small butchers shop, a small supermarket and a great market each wednesday where the streets of the village are lined with stalls selling fantastic and cheap fruit, vegetables, meat & fish - dont miss it as fresh fruit & veg are not sold at the supermarket!
The owner, John, was fantastic, very welcoming & a great source of local knowledge and recommendations if we were ever puzzled about where to go or how to get there, John was always on hand to advise. Our apartment was great, had everything we needed and we enjoyed the place that much that we pretty much spent our whole stay there, relaxing on our sun terrace, enjoying the views, soaking up the sun, cooling off in the pool & having BBqs.
Basically, we would wholeheartedly recommend staying in Lubrin at Cortijo Fuente Arriba. If you are looking for somewhere lively with plenty of nightlife then its not the place for you. But if, like us, you want a taste of authentic andalucia & somewhere to relax in lovely, friendly surroundings then you wont go far wrong here. Cheers John!
christopher from perth
Stayed Saturday 13 February 2010
Warm welcome with fire on and lots of good information from owners reps.throughout our stay.
Nice and well heated for winter visit.
Unfussy simple furnishings.
Also good directional information from airport to house.
karon from prestwick
Stayed Tuesday 25 September 2007
Lovely and peacful, a real find. We were made to feel very welcome and discovered a wonderful part of Spain we had never visited before. Would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little bit different.
Robert from Birmingham
Stayed Sunday 11 February 2007
The property is located off the tourist track just outside a very Andalusian mountain village, but only 45 mins from the coast and the British enclave around Albox.
Access in all cases is via steep mountain roads, which, however, are well engineered and largely traffic free.
A final drive along a rough track of about 1km will bring you to the cortijo.
The property is not luxurious, but is comfortable enough for a few days stay in comparative isolation, with excellent south facing gardens and would be recommended as an escape from the rat race. A bit of Spanish knowledge would help in the village.
Jane from Malton
Stayed Tuesday 22 August 2006
It was an absolutely amazing holiday. Wonderful peaceful, tranquil setting.
A joy to meet the owners who were so welcoming.
Thoroughly recommended for a holiday away from the crowds.
Alistair from Dalgety Bay
Stayed Sunday 10 July 2005
A lovely rustic property in a very nice setting. We were made very welcome by John and Maire Vincent. We would certainly go again.
Pleasant surroundings and nice walks nearby.
This was my 3rd stay at Fuente Arriba and Id recommend it to anyone. John & Mair have created a perfect retreat in its own grounds, which are beautifully set out with mature plants. The village of Lubrin is just a few minutes walk awaywith its little shops and bars. The properties are tidily furnished and nicely cool in the heat because of their design. Your hosts always make you feel welcome, and I hope to head back again soon.
We had a great and relaxing stay here. The surrounding landscape and scenery are incredible and we really enjoyed the daily bright blue skies and sunshine. The local people are friendly and the house is well connected, not far from the coast and cities such as Granada if you want to explore.
Absolutely perfect for getting away from it all. We stayed late April/early May and had a wonderful time. We booked the apartment as part of a walking holiday. The walking guides were very easy to follow and gave a good selec tion of relatively easy short walks. The local village was nearby and the people were very friendly and welcoming. Eating out was a joy with a good variety of tapas and daily menus all very reasonably priced. Our hosts were extremely welcoming and happy to answer any queries we had. We would definately recommend to friends and hope to return ourselves.
Perfect place to get away from it all and relax. The town is beautiful and quiet. The people are friendly. The property owners are charming and extremely helpful.
Had a great time, one of our most peaceful relaxing holidays ever The weather was just brilliant with temperatures around 25c+ throughout our stay in mid septenber and we only had one slightly overcast day.
The mountain views from the farmhouse were spectacular and the place was both cosy and well equiped.
We were made to feel most welcome by Jane and Russell who were looking after the farmhouse along with two dogs Meg and Floyd who were great characters and very freindly. On arrival we were greeted with a bottle of wine and a plate of various cold meats and cheeses ,
Lubrin itself is a quaint little town and only 5 minuites walk away, though if you want to visit the coast the nearest beach is around 50 minuites drive away in Vera. The coastal area is mostly unspoilt and free from crowds, especially in the Cabo De Gata natural reserve.
We would highly recommend this holiday to anyone looking to get away from it all to recharge their batteries.
This property provides complete seclusion away from the tourists. Or if you can experience life in a typical Andalucian village just 5 minutes walk away. The apartment is adequately equipped for self catering.
Nice clean villa,pool etc.. Great, welcoming ,helpfull host. Who has put together walking guides of routes,that afford some beautiful scencery and even in the height of summer are perfectly feasible to do, providing you leave early enough in the morning [07.00,leaving around then it is cooler and adds an even more glorious shade to the surrounding habitat.. A wonderful holiday that has left me with many happy memorys..
The apartment was absolutely wonderful and in a very quiet and chilled location in rural Andalucia. If you want to get away from it all then this is an ideal location to unwind and relax.
The maps and advice plus the welcome pack of bread, cheese etc were all much appreciated as well as the warmth of our host John, who helped out with all of our questions.
The apartment was beautiful and very well decorated and the views are breath taking. The village is very close and has some bars and restaurants but most of the time it seems a shame to leave the fantastic views when you can bbq to your hearts content on the terrace.
I would say that you do need a car to ensure that you can get supplies from the supermarket and be prepared for quite long drives to a big supermarket and also to visit the coast. But in general the amazing location means that you can just relax where you are and enjoy the splendid scenery from the terrace!
I would also recommend that people get a map of where the main supermarket is off the motorway to pick up supplies before they arrive so that theyre all set up for the week and can get maximum relaxation time in.
All in all a lovely and relaxing holiday, just what we needed!
John & Mair were friendly and helpful, they are excellent hosts. Both the apartment and the village of Lubrin were pleasant and peaceful, just what we expected and wanted.
The local food in Lubrin and surrounding areas is excellent, as long as you are a confirmed meat or fish eater. If you are vegetarian, your choice will be pretty limited. All in all, an excellent place.
What a fantastic place to spend a few days. John and Mair are the best hosts you could wish to find, and their help and advice is invaluable. The apartment is cosy and welcoming, and the grounds are superb and relaxing. Lubrin is a lovely little village, with plenty shops. Take your phrase book as they don't speak English. Try 'Las Delicias' for tasty but cheap tapas and menu del dia.
The property is ideally suited to those who look for total isolation off the beaten track.It is situated in a non touristy area, and whilst the village (Lubrin), is very small, it has all the necessary basics and provides a good base for exploration of the area.The owners of the farmhouse provide much useful and vital information and are very helpful in providing tips as to the do's and dont's.Certainly worth a visit if youare looking for peace and tranquility
Lovely setting in an interesting part of Spain. Very welcoming and helpful hosts.
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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