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Review submitted by Frances from Chesterfield (Submitted: 10 Aug 2012)
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.
Review submitted by Karen from London (Submitted: 22 Aug 2011)
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.
Review submitted by Steve from Eastbourne (Submitted: 8 Apr 2010)
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.
Review submitted by Marilyn from Glasgow (Submitted: 12 Sep 2008)
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!!!!
Review not verified by RentalSystems* (Submitted: 24 Mar 2008)
"Thankyou so much for a lovely stay in your beautiful house, we have really enjoyed it and wish we could stay longer. Hopefully we will come back in the summer" Carl, Karen, Richard + Harry, Benitachell, Alicante
Review not verified by RentalSystems* (Submitted: 11 Jan 2008)
"We love the cave - it is very cosy...perhaps we will be back in summer when the weather is hot. Thankyou for making our stay welcoming" John & Jane Youde, Steven, Sarah & Izzy Stevenson-Olds, Hixon-Staffs