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.
The Cortijo 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.
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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Adrian from Warrington
Stayed Sunday 14 September 2014 with 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 Monday 18 August 2014 with 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 Saturday 26 April 2014 with Couple
Very enjoyable holiday - good walking - good facilities - helpful owners
Anthony from Nottingham
Stayed Thursday 26 September 2013 with 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 Monday 02 September 2013 with 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.
jude from Timaru
Stayed Tuesday 04 June 2013
We loved staying at John and Mairs gorgeous place in Lubrin ( near Almeria). We felt able to totally relax- nothing was a problem and we had as much privacy or company as we wanted. Lubrin is a dream- just as you would picture a friendly and picturesque Spanish village to be. Lots of choices for tapas and eating out but also a fabulous local market on a Wednesday and so the opportunity to cook fresh produce cheaply is available. It is so peaceful and comfortable. You can walk for miles along the trails John has devised or you can sit and read on one of the private terraces just for you. John and Mair have thought of everything and love sharing their knowledge and passion for this little piece of paradise they have found.
Susan from Caernarfon
Stayed Friday 19 April 2013
Roomy, very comfortable and well equipped.A lot of our own "outside space" with great views in every direction. Friendly, helpful owners who knew the area well. Village, with shops and bars, just over the hill (200 mtrs?). Really great place, worth every penny (or euro).
Bridget from Southsea
Stayed Saturday 06 April 2013
A really wonderful place - we would thoroughly recommend it! Very quiet and relaxing, but within easy reach of a few tapas bars and great walks. Exactly what we were looking for.
Linda from Barnsley
Stayed Saturday 20 October 2012
Sympathetically renovated farmhouse, with an authentic feel. Well equipped, with everything we needed.
We loved the terraces and views.
John, the owner was very helpful but we also had plenty of privacy.
The wood burning stove was a great asset as the evenings were chilly in late October.
Wonderful walking and cycling opportunities from right outside the property.
Joseph from Hamilton
Stayed Sunday 15 July 2012
This is a very tastefully furnished, comfortable and well equipped property in a Spanish village as yet unspoiled by tourism. We enjoyed being the rare English person rather than one of an invading hoarde. Lubrin has easy access to the mountains but seaside lovers should allow an hours transport. Excellent tapas bars in the village and good-value restaurants. There are excellent village sports facilities including a tennis court and a great swimming pool, all within a short walk. John jas provided excellent descriptions of walks in the area, but awalking has to be judged in terms of the heat. It can be very hot! All our queries were answered by resident host- well looked after.
Anthony from London
Stayed Sunday 01 July 2012
My partner and I booked this property as a last minute getaway. We couldnt have chosen better. Easy to get to from Almeria airport - approx 45mins - the accommodation offered comfort and privacy - and we were given a very warm welcome - and loved Meg and Floyd, the dogs. John provided very clear instructions of how to get there and plenty of useful information on things to do thereabouts. The village of Lubrin is charming and friendly - and theres a market every Wednesday where you can stok up on fresh fish, fruit and veg. If youre not planning on using one of the several Tapas bars - would recommend stocking up at the excellent Carrefour on the outskirts of Almeria. We enjoyed a very relaxing and pleasant week - great to get away from the London rain. Apologies to John for the tardiness of this review and thanks so much for a much needed and great value getaway!
selina from PETERSFIELD
Stayed Saturday 09 October 2010
We loved Lubrin, and the position of the accommodation was ideal. The cottage was fully equipped and comfortable, and made our holiday very easy. We particularly liked our hosts who were charming and very helpful. We will be back.
Debra from Liverpool
Stayed Sunday 20 June 2010
Lovely property (Rambla apartment) with a choice of two terraces which is good for getting in or out of the sun. Very spacious apartment and well equiped.
The location is really peaceful with lovely mountain veiws all around. The village is very sleepy and perfect for a relaxing break. The pool is small and not heated but good for a quick refreshing dip. The owners are very hospitable and provide a lunch hamper upon arrival.
Richard from Exeter
Stayed Monday 08 March 2010
We were extremely well looked after on our
visit, and had a wonderful time (despite the unseasonally cold weather).
The wildlife and scenery exceeded our expectations. A magical location
combining the best aspects of remoteness with easy access to the village
centre. And some fantastic walks from the house. One practical tip: There is nowhere to buy fresh fruit and veg in the village except the market on a Wednesday. Wise to stock up on the way in to last until market day.
Kerrie from Newcastle upon Tyne
Stayed Saturday 14 November 2009
We booked this at the last minute and couldnt have asked for a better holiday experience. We flew into Alicante, hired a car for a very easy drive to Lubrin, with clear directions provided helpfully by the owner.
The village of Lubrin is a charming and authentic Spanish village in stunning mountainous countryside, practically tourist-free, and we were made to feel very welcome by the locals. We can especially recommend the restaurants La Cueva and La Molina, and Cafe-Bar La Plaza in the village square.
The apartment had everything youd need and was in a peaceful spot just outside the village with panoramic views over the old terraced farmlands. The owner was on-hand with help and information when necessary, and we tried out several of the walks he had designed and provided route-maps for.
We drove to Granada for a day-trip which was easily manageable from the apartment (2hrs on quiet motorways), in addtion to a trip to the stunning volcanic coast at Cabo di Gata and Mojacar Pueblo (40mins).
Diana from NR Witney
Stayed Saturday 12 September 2009
The accomodation and location was better than we had even expected, we arrived to the best welcome which continued throughout our stay. The Cortijo was lovely and our veiws superb. Lubrin offered a feel of great Spanish hospitality and we were welcomed by the locals.We hope to return in the spring.
We have enjoyed many holidays abroad and this will remain one of our best.
Diana and Robin.
tim from Oakham
Stayed Saturday 17 July 2004
Lovely welcoming host, fantastic location, excellent accommodation, peace, views, walks in all directions from the doorstep, more birdlife than we could recognise, and a proper Spanish village within five minutes walk. We didnt use the car from arrival until departure.
tim from Oakham
Stayed Saturday 17 July 2004
Peaceful, tranquil, attractive property with welcoming hosts
Absolutely tranquil, gorgeous views, everything provided, what a magnificent place to stay. Apartments very comfortable and surroundings well kept, the pool is so refreshing. Very private, just like staying in your own villa. Short walk to lubrin and fabulous bars and restaurant. John local knowledge is second to none. This is the real spain!
Excellent property to enjoy a thoroughly relaxing break. There are many walks accessible from the door. The landscape is very atmospheric with many almond and olive groves. There are wild flowers and aromatic herbs , the highlight seeing a Golden Eagle take off right in front of us! The village of Lubrin is a short walk away with many Tapas bars for post walk refreshment. Then wander home, if its cool you can light the fire and maybe watch a film( a library of books and DVDs available) or if you are lucky sit on you private terrace and watch the sun go down. Bliss.
We really enjoyed our stay it was so peaceful and relaxing. The weather was great , we only had one overcast day during our 7 day stay in mid September the rest of the time the temperature was 25C+.
Jane and Russell who were looking after the property couldnt have been more helpful and their two dogs Meg and especially Floyd were great fun.
On arrival we were made to feel very welcome and were greeted with a nice bottleof wine and a few esssential groceries. Throughout our stay Jane and Russell were always very attentive to our needs and made our stay a memorable one.
The views from our apartment were fantastic and the town of Lubrin just 5 minuites walk away was very quaint.
The coastal area which is around 50 minuites away was in most cases quiet and unspolt especialy around the Cabo De Gata area.
We would reccomend this holiday for all those looking to recharge thier batteries.
Beautiful property located on a hill with delightful views. Gardens and pool were also lovely and the apartment contained all the facilities needed for self catering including a full gas oven and hob as well as a microwave.
Local village of Lubrin great to explore, winding your way through the streets and sampling the food and drink in the friendly bars and restaurants. Ideal area for walking and a good base from which to visit numerous interesting villages, towns and cities as well as the stunning National Park of Cabo de Gata.
The host, John, is very friendly and helpful giving us lots of information and maps of the area. Wifi internet available so you can plan your days out (e.g. booking tickets for Alhambra Palace in Granada e.t.c.).
We arrived late at night and there was a welcome basket to greet us containing fresh food, fruit and drink.
The overall stay was very peaceful and relaxing.
Richard and Teresa
We had a wonderful time. The accomodation was excellent and the hosts delightful. We even had a welcome hamper with wine and some food. There is a lot of outdoor space, very private, a great BBQ and lots of peace. Absolutely to recommend if what you need is recharging your batteries surrounded by nature.
really great place to and relax and unwind. close enough to busier town (Mojacar) and beach life if you need a break from the relaxation. online pictures do not do the ramblas justice. brilliant place and great hospitality from our neighbours
What can I say other that if you want to meet lovely people, stay in lovely surroundings and explore an unspoilt part of spain then you defintely have to choose this property.
Fuente arriba was exactly what we were looking for.
Local atmoshere in the nearby village, narrow sreets local traders and a small selec tion of local bars and restaurants. With peace and tranquility only minutes away, with lovely morning and evening views over the hills around fuente arriba
A relaxing pool and garden to finish the day
A truly wonderful holiday. John and Miar were absolute sweethearts. They have a beautiful home in a lovely corner of Spain and welcomed us with open arms. This holiday was our honeymoon and it really was the perfect location for us to find lots of relaxing peace and quiet away from any hustle and bustle. A sweet and cosy house thats located only minutes away from a great butcher,baker and coffee shop in a friendly very Spanish village and 45 mins away from amazing beaches.
We really enbraced Spanish life with the help of all our hosts maps and recommendations. A tranquil holiday when we wanted it and a fun filled one on the days when we needed a little more excitement! What a great find!
A very enjoyable stay, with attentive and welcoming hosts, although we were surprised by the number of Brits living in the village and surrounding area. We would definitely recommend it based on the quality of the accommodation and the friendliness of the local people. One improvement to the property would have been to have local TV stations rather than only British ones.
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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.
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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