La Cueva - El Sol
You enter EL SOL from the cool patio and find yourself in the openplan kitchen and diningarea.The whole house is furnished in an authentic and very tasteful style.The furniture and all other woodwork are carpentermade,the floors are of local terracotta,all the ceilings have wooden beams and some even reeds that we cut ourselves down by the river.The reed is tied with handmade esparto(a string made of local grass).All windows have mosquitonetting.The kitchen is fully equipped and is blue,the cozy eating area goes over into a warming peach.A bright and big staircase leads up into a comfortable livingarea,where we used a lot of riverstone,terracotta and wood,the colour peach adds to the rustic ambience.A sofa and another sitting corner invite you to relax. In winter you might want to cuddle up in front of the glassdoored woodburner. We also offer Sat TV and a radio/CD player and a small library.From here a door leads to the bedroom with its joining bathroom.
A spacious and bright staircase leads up into the livingarea which through a step is divided into an upper and lower area.In the upper part you will find a pull-out couch of high quality which can be very easily converted into a comfortable doublebed.From the lower part a door leads into the bedroom, which has got a big doublebed.The wooden beams on the cealing give it a very rustic touch.This room, as well as the joining bathroom are kept in a cooling blue.In between bedroom and bathroom we put an antique stained glass window in order to achive that mentioned flow.The mattresses and bedding are of high standart. In summer we provide fans and put mosquitonettings over the beds to guarantee a peaceful sleep.
As mentioned, the bathroom is attached to the bedroom.It is big and has a window out to the patio which provides a lot of light.The combination of the woodenbeamed ceiling with reeds,the wooden beams over window and door,the terracotta floor and the blue and white tiles make it a very pleasant and rustic wellness – room.The sink is sunk into black slate and into the mirror above reach some riverstones which gives it a special touch.The shower is big with 90x100cm and an integrated shelf offers lots of room for your showerutensils.The 2nd bathroom is reached from the patio and is shared with the guests of La Estrella.It also has got wooden beams on the ceiling and over door and window and is painted green with green and beige tiles.Here you will also find a washingmachine,iron and ironing board.
Surrounding countryside, village and La Cueva
The 3 Guajar-villages, of which Faragüit is the biggest, are nestled in a very fertile and green valley,surrounded by mountains.Sometimes the Olive-Orange-Avocado and Chirimoyaplantations reach up to the top of these mountains.The Moors left behind the acequias(wateringchannels) that criss cross the valley and thanks to which it is so wonderfully fertile.These white Andalucian villages have actually been overlooked by tourism despite their proximity to the sea.Down to the coast,the beach and the next golfcourse it is 20mins,to Granada 1hr.,to the skislopes 11/2 hrs. and to the Alpujarras 45mins.Faragüit offers everything you might need,a colourful weekly market on Saturdays,a bar/restaurant with good homecooking from the area,a bank/ATM,a few bakeries,supermarket,doctor,faramcy , besides traders that offer veggies, fruit and fresh fish from their cars.La Cueva is situated in a carfree alleyway and therefore very quiet.You can park as near as 200m away.
Approaching La Cueva you already feel the special flair of the place!The whole property has a certain flow,a matching colourcombination,reoccurring decorations,cozy corners and lots of light.Entering from the alleyway you come into a cool and cozy patio with 2 Moorish sittingcorners and lovely well scented plants,all kept in a pleasant tone of terracotta.The house consists of La Estrella and El Sol,both share the patio with its Moorish sittingcorners,from here some steps lead up to the cave into which we set a refreshing, solarheated Jacuzzi with its waterfall.Next to it we converted an old stable into another showerroom with toilet,sink and washingmachine.A spiral staircase leads up to the roof top terrace(100m2) with amazing views over the whole village that´s surrounded by the Guajar mountains.Here you find 2 shady pergolas with more Moorishsittingcorners,deckchairs,sunumbrellas,hammocks and a BBQ.
Where to go, What to do
This somehow overlooked little jewel offers something for everybody.Away from the tourist hussle-buzzle on the coast, you take a dip into rural Andalucia,here you will experience how time seems to have stood still.Swing in the hammock and soak up the village noises,the mules that go past a few times daily or Jacinto the local fishmonger as he shouts “VAAMOOOS PECAAOOOO”(come and buy fish) or the veggieseller “ NIÑA PAPAS..”.Or take a refreshing dip in the cave Jacuzzi a very original place to while a day away.In the evening take your favorite drink,sit up on the terrace and watch the moon rise or set or on moonless nights explore the milkyway or count the shooting stars, always with a secret wish.Or visit us over at La Rueda for a chat and some coffee and cake.This place is a idyllic as it sounds!
Directly from the house start short and also longer walks to explore the local mountains.A bit further on you will pass through a small gorge and then come to Guajar Alto, the smallest of the 3 Guajar villages.Wander along the different muletracks past and through meditarrenean Olive-Orange-Avocado and Chirimoyagroves.Enjoy the almond blossom that starts in February and succumb to the perfume of the orangeblossom(El Azahar) in March.Watch the farmers in the plantingseason or at harvesttime.The nearest beach is 20 mins away and a little bit further you will find still rather untouched and romantic coves.Granada with its famous Alhambra,its charming,Moorish Albayzin and its quaint old town is only 1 hr away.The cozy and original villages of the Alpujarra with its cristalclear streams,refreshing riverpools and the snowcovered 3000m mountains always invite you to hike and explore and are only 45 mins away.Come,relax and enjoy!!
La Cueva came into existence by joining a ruined house,a very neglected chickenpen and a total ruin.We renovated everything with lots of dedication and love to the detail,trying to incorporate local materials like wood,stone,reeds from the river,esparto(local woven grass) and terracotta.The result are 2 holidayhomes,both very rustic,with lots of Moorish charme,but at the same time extremely comfortable with all the amenities.La Cueva is situated in the biggest of the 3 Guajar villages,20 mins from the coast and 1 hr from Granada.This is still a living white Andalusian village of mainly small farmers.Cool off in the Jacuzzi set into a cave with a waterfall,read a book in the pleasant patio or enjoy the magnificent views from the roof top terrace,where you have a choice of 2 shady pergolas.Or rock in one of the hammocks and let life go past.This place is as idyllic as it sounds,just lean back, relax and enjoy!!!