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.
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 Cortijo 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.
Apartment Rambla 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 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.
MY daughter (20) and I had a fabulously relaxed week in apartment Rambla. We did some walking both during the day and to the village for supper (the starlit walk back after suipper was a highlight). The sun shone and we had much looked forward to dips in the pool (about 10m sq. and shoulder deep) on our return. The pool was perfect for cooling down and was (according to my daughter) really relaxing as it was not of a size which meant one felt challenged to do lengths. We were worried, being of a somewhat antisocial disposition that John and Maya (accurately described in other reviews as the perfect owners for whom nothing was too much trouble) would be too much present but they got it exactly right and had the knack of being there when needed and not otherwise. They are both genuinely nice people who are interested in their guests (at least 3 former sets of guests have returned to buy properties of their own in Lubrin) we had to leave at 6.15 in the morning but John was up to see us safely on our way in the taxi he'd organised to take us to the airport. When my daughter and I had different ideas during a walk and she returned to our apartment while i went on Maya came to check that I was ok which was lovely. We live in the City of London and the peace of Lubrin and its olive and almond groves was a wonderful change and we are both sure the sense of well being we feel after a week in apartment Rambla will give us a warm glow throughout the winter. The apartment had private terraces on two sides which meant we could always find a sunny or shady spot as desired. The kitchen equipment was fairly basic but all that was required and Maya offered to provide any equipment we might need. The welcome pack of food and snacks (and a bottle of wine) meant our holiday got off to a good start from which it didn't look back. The shops in Lubrin are what one might expect in a small rural village/town and we were grateful that a fruit/vegetable shop had recently opened. English is not widely spoken but we were fine with my rusty and my daughter's rudimentary but more recently acquired spanish. The maps and photos provided for walks were accurate and very helpful and walking on ramblas or hill tracks which were pretty much empty was great. We were pleasantly surprised that the wifi worked well enough for us to watch films in the evening. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable holiday which we would recommend.
Adrian from Warrington
Stayed Sep 2014 - Couple
We were looking for a walking holiday in an area that wasnt on the tourist trail so Lubrin seemed to be an ideal location. We were collected from the airport by Gerard and Karen who gave us tips and ideas for our stay on the journey to Rambla apartment. Tha apartment provides a comfortable base for a walking holiday with all you need inside for a self catering holiday and a small swimming pool outside to cool down after those long walks.
We did 5 walks in total over the week stay, 4 of Johns picture guide walks and on the last day a walk recommended by Gerard and Karen which took you off the beaten track on steeper and more dramatic trails with spectatular views. We enjoyed all the walks which were started early in the morning to avoid the heat of midday and always finished in Lubrin enjoying a cold beer and sometimes tapas too.
Lubrin is a lovely unspoilt town where little english is spoken and my 3 months self-tuition in spanish was wholly lacking but everyone is so friendly in the town that it doesnt matter and things always had a way of working out. We enjoyed shopping in the market on Wednesday for fruit and veg and buying fish from a very enthusiastic fishmonger who insisted on showing us everything so we could choose - prawns were a bargain!
When we ate out it was mostly at La Tasca for tapas in the day which has lovely fresh food and had a few evening meals at El Molino with its famous Menu Del Dias where 3 courses and a drink with salad are 10 euros in the week and 12 euros at weekends (menu is larger then) - friendly helpful staff who try their best to make you enjoy your meal.
We had a lovely week in Lubrin with a comfortable refuge to recuperate after a long morning walk and help and advice on hand if we needed it. We enjoy holidays where we can please ourselves without any schedules that has natural beauty and this holiday certainly lived up to our expectations and was a memorable week away from the stresses of work.
Amy from Hove
Stayed Aug 2014 - Couple
We came to Lubrin hoping for a relaxing getaway before we started work again, and thats exactly what we got. We arrived with a fabulous greeting and tour of the facilities and received a gift basket including food and drinks which is just what we needed after an early flight. The farm house was beautiful with 3 areas where we could sit out and enjoy the sunshine one which had a barbecue and pizza oven! The pool was perfect for those afternoon dips to cool yourself down. Our hosts were extremely friendly and were happy to suggest and recommend what to do and where to eat in the town and surroundings areas. The town of Lubrin itself is wonderful the locals are very friendly and forgiving if you dont speak much Spanish. The tapas is delicious and excellent value - we managed to order ourselves 8 tapas dishes and an alcoholic drink for 12 euros! If you are wanting to have a relaxed and enjoyable holiday whilst experiencing the real Spain then this is the holiday for you! A massive thank you to Gerard and Karen! X
norman from crieff
Stayed Apr 2014 - Couple
Very enjoyable holiday - good walking - good facilities - helpful owners
Anthony from Nottingham
Stayed Sep 2013 - Couple
Very Spanish village with friendly locals a short walk away. Experience a taste of the real Spain.
Recommmend providing a quiet uncommercialised and relaxing location is required.
Although in a rural location, the beach and other attractions are only an hours drive away. A car is essential if the area is to be explored and enjoyed.
Very friendly, sociable and helpful hosts at the accomodation.
An enjoyable holiday.
Michael from CHORLEY
Stayed Sep 2013 - Couple
The cortijo was perched on the mountain side, surrounded by lush gardens with fig, almond and pomegranate trees. When we arrived, we were met and shown around by John the owner who lives on site.
John and his wife Mia were very friendly and helpful – nothing was too much trouble.
On the table to welcome us was a bottle of wine, two glasses and the best marinated olives Ive ever tasted (Mias recipe). There were also sandwiches and drinks in the fridge. The kitchen and bathroom were well stocked and there were even beach towels so we neednt have brought our own. The bedroom was comfortable and the wooden shutters kept it cool and dark.
The apartment had two private terraces overlooking the steep dro p to the rambla. The one to the north east had two sun loungers and got the full sun all morning, the other to the north west had a table, chairs and a barbecue. Both were perfect for rounding off the evening, sitting out under the stars with a bottle of rioja.
Lubrín was a couple of minutes walk down a track to the south, just over the ridge you found yourself looking down onto the steep streets that lead to the centre.
Its a traditional Spanish hill town – white painted walls and red tiled roofs. Theres not much English spoken, apart from by the ex-pats, but we found the locals friendly and patient – so if you know a few of basic Spanish words, can point at what you want and mime like Marcel Marceau – youll get along just fine.
The tapas, beer and wine were delicious and very cheap by UK standards. At one bar we had two cervezas, two large glasses of red wine (they dont do small) and six tapas – the bill came to 10 euros.
Wed hired a car for the week to do some exploring. The mountain and country roads were almost deserted, and very well maintained, even the big dual carriageways were quiet compared to the UK. The Almerian coast was about 50 minutes away by car. It was beautiful, quiet and largely undeveloped for tourism. Again not much English spoken here.
If you want a quiet, friendly, well equipped base for a real Spanish holiday, this place is ideal.
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Stayed 20 Apr 2009
We were made very welcome upon our arrival by the hosts and had a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation. It is a very panoramic location and the apartment was lovely. We awoke to morning sunshine filtering through the bedroom window and enjoyed the setting sun on the other patio with a glass of wine accompanied by sounds of the local goat herdsman "talking" to his goats and the tinkling of the bells around their necks.
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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