La Casa ~ Andalucia

In an Andalucian village in southern Spain, sitting 2,000 feet high on the mountain ridge of the Sierra del Hacho, with splendid views of Gibraltar and the Riff mountains of Africa, this lovely medieval courtyard house is built around a giant palm is in the picturesque part of the village dominated by the romantic ruin of the Castle of the Eagle.Within an hours drive from Ronda & Gibraltar, and in easy reach of Seville & Granada and only 30 minutes from the beaches on the Mediterranean Coast.

The house has been carefully restored and great efforts have been made to preserve the original spirit of the house with its thick whitewashed walls, exposed beams and typical Andalucian tiles. The leafy central courtyard and exotic garden are ideal for relaxation, conversation and sunbathing.The accommodation is entirely self-catering and has been handsomely decorated throughout with etchings, paintings, hand-painted furniture and traditional Moorish tiles.

The house, which sleeps 12, is ideal for extended families, but is arranged as four self-contained apartments, each with its own private outdoor space and eating area, and access to the beautiful garden and pool.

TERRACE SUITE - Sleeps 2. A high gabled room with double bed, comfortable sitting/dining area, kitchenette & handsome en-suite bathroom. Double doors lead onto a large private sunny terrace with sun-bed, dining area, and spectacular views.
COURTYARD SUITE - Sleeps 2. Twin beds (convertible to double bed). Striking blue & white living/dining room with fully equipped kitchen and an open log fire. It opens onto both courtyards, and has a private flower-covered outside dining area. It has a prettily furnished cool bedroom with its own tiled shower room.
THE COTTAGE  - Sleeps 3. The most rustic, original part of the house with exposed beams and ancient tiles. Open plan on three levels, it has a tiled sunken bathroom, a roomy kitchen/dining/living area, with sofa/single bed, log fire, and double bed deck above. Extra camp bed or cot for a child. Gallery above courtyard leads through to private shady patio with village and mountain views. Not suitable for toddlers or the elderly.
TERRACOTTA ROOM - Sleeps 2. A cool twin bedded room. Prettily furnished in pine and printed cotton, it has a wash basin, kettle and tea making facilities, and has the use of the utility shower/toilet. Best used in combination with other apartments as does not have a kitchen or dinning facilities, or by guests on a budget.
THE STUDIO - Sleeps 2-4. A single spacious open-plan gabled room with a large lounge area, small basic kitchen, dining area, and work area with single futon and work/play table. There is a double bed on a bed deck (up steep steps*). There is a compact shower/loo, and French windows to a small balcony, overlooking the palm tree and courtyard. This apartment does not have a spacious private outside eating area, but there is plenty of opportunity to eat outside and enjoy the garden.

THE LOUNGE - Available to all guests, it opens out onto the courtyard. It is cool in summer and can be heated by a blazing log fire in winter. There is an expandable dining table capable of seating up to 10, comfortable cane chairs and a sofa. A great place to relax when feeling sociable, to meet other guests and perhaps share a meal or a cozy evening.

GARDEN AND POOLS - There are three pools tucked into the rocky landscape of the garden. These have been surrounded with a variety of exotic plants, are heated and softly lit at night.

The Village dates from Roman times. Its winding streets were designed for mules, and only some are wide enough for cars, although the street just down from La Casa (illustrated) is wider than most. Gaucin is a genuine Spanish village with a vitality and life of its own, so that while it is an ideal centre for exploring Andalucia, it is still possible to have a full and fascinating holiday in the village itself.

There is a remarkable section of intact paved Roman road below the village, and the first century BC remains of a "lost" Turdetanian Roman town, Lacipo, is just across the river Genal. These virtually unknown sites, along with the acknowledged places like the prehistoric Pileta caves, viewed with old tilly lamps, and the Roman/Phoenician vaulted bath house at the Manilva sulphur springs where you can still swim, add to the timelessness of Andalucia.

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