Do you have a sense of adventure? Love the great outdoors?
Welcome to Casa Azul, my quirky holiday cottage villa in northern Andalucía
Set within the Parque Natural de Sierra Castril, Casa Azul is a traditional Spanish cortijo (rural cottage) in a truly spectacular location overlooking Embalse Portillo and the surrounding mountains. If you’re looking for somewhere extraordinary, this is the place for you.
The cortijo itself offers quality, spacious, two-bedroom accommodation for a maximum of 7 guests. A former olive worker’s cottage, it has thick stone walls and antique furnishings. It’s simple yet stylish, with an open plan kitchen/diner/living room and traditional wood burning stove. Upstairs are two good sized bedrooms – one with a double bed and the other with a double and a single bed. In the lounge the sofa bed provides further sleeping for 2.
But the best bit? A 5-minute walk from the house takes you to a secluded lakeside bathing spot. The crystal clear waters with their amazing azure glow will provide you with the best bathing of your life: this really is a special location.
The charming town of Castril with its traditional whitewashed cottages and narrow cobbled streets is a 10-minute drive or lovely 30-minute walk through the olive groves. There are lakes, valleys, pretty mountain villages and historic towns all just waiting to be explored. This is rural Spain at its best. The pace of life is slow. English is rarely spoken, but you will always find a friendly welcome.
Walking opportunities are everywhere and can range from a pleasant stroll through the carefully tended olive terraces and “huertas” to a tough day in the high mountains. The Parque Natural is famous for wildlife, especially its birds and if you’re lucky you’ll enjoy great close-up views of golden eagles and griffon vultures.
Outside, the natural grassy terrace enables you to feel at one with, indeed part of the landscape. As one reviewer put it “It was remarkable. Extraordinary. We seemed to have an entire landscape and lake to ourselves”
Whatever you’re looking for, and whether you find it or not, you’re sure to return home relaxed and refreshed from Casa Azul
I look forward to welcoming you.
(By the way, you might be wondering, who am I and why do I own a house in this part of the world? Well I bought Casa Azul in January 2018… on a whim it must be said. I just LOVE old houses with their wonky walls and rustic simplicity. OK they have their challenges, but with its spectacular setting, I just couldn’t resist it. I can’t live here for now but I hope to one day. So, for the time being I let the house out for others to enjoy. I live and work in Mid Wales. It’s a bit like Spain, but with more rain. A lot more rain!!)
Bedrooms: Bedroom 1; Large double bedroom with lake view, Bedroom 2; large room, double bed, single bed, access to rear terrace;
Bathrooms: Ground Floor – large shower cubicle, WC and hand wash basin;
Lounge: Large open plan lounge/ kitchen/ diner with sofa bed and woodburning stove, books and games;
Facilities: Linen & towels included, log burner with logs provided April to November, gas heaters, electric cooling fans, fully equipped kitchen with granite worktops, fridge freezer, microwave, gas hob and oven, kettle, toaster, dining table for 4, dining table for 2, iron and ironing board, clothes airer, hairdryer.
Outside: dining table, lounge chairs, large parasol and base,
2 snorkels and masks, beach chair and beach parasol
Sleeps: 5 – 7 (with sofa bed)
Pets: Yes, up to 2 (20E supplement)
Travel Cot: Yes
Bed Linen: Provided
Towels: Bath and hand towels provided.
Kitchen consumables: tea towels, pan scrubber, kitchen cloth, refuse sacks, washing up liquid, hand soap, olive oil, salt/pepper provided,
Parking: parking for 2 cars
Access: Via an unsurfaced road but passable with a small car – Fiat 500, VW Polo etc.
What an amazing place!
It was the first holiday we’ve ever had where we seemed to have an entire landscape of mountains and a lake entirely to ourselves!
We particularly enjoyed breakfast with wonderful views of the lake, and walking down for a swim in such clear, still water, and having the cove to ourselves every time we went. Plenty to explore in the immediate vicinity of the cottage (ruined cave houses etc), and nearby Castril, just a 40 minute walk away, was lovely, with several inexpensive great places to eat, as well as shops for supplies. The local honey (Miel Sierra de Castril) was the best I’ve ever tasted!
– David pike ,
T – 0044 7429 874744
Casa Azul, Calle el Batan 695, Castril , Granada, Andalucía, 18816
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