Cueva Alfano, Typical Andalucian Cave House.
Cottage with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in Zújar, Spain
From £282 per week
Cottage to rent in Zújar, Spain
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!
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Cottage overview - owner's description
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.
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.
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5 out of 5 people recommend staying here
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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Outside this cottage in Zújar, SpainThis cottage is in the countryside and in a quiet area near the mountains. It has a balcony, a barbecue, outside lighting, a garden and a shared garden. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.
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Updated 20 January 2020
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Price for two people : Short stays under one week 52 euros per day. Week-ends 95 euros
£5.89 per booking for each additional person if there are more than 2 people, paid locally
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 of 7 Euros for additional person per day. , paid locally
2 bedrooms, Sleeps 5:
- 1 double bed
- 2 single beds
There is also 1 double sofa bed in small sitting room/bedroom
1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC
DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, TV Languages in Local
Living area seats 5, Dining area seats 6, Open fire, Clothes drier, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential
Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster
Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden, Shared garden
Children, Infants, Single gender groups, Pets
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.
Private Owner From Freila, Spain Member since Jan 2008
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