Casa Moginar - Casa Rural Basica CR/GR/000209
This newly built country house was finished in September 2011. It is situated in the midst of old terraced orchards of olive, almond, orange and lemon trees. Although set in a completely private and unique location at the end of a concreted single track agricultural road it has all the requirements for a comfortable and relaxed stay. The house is essentially on one level flowing across the side of a hillside terrace with an open tower room at one end, an ideal place to take advantage of the stunning views and cool breezes in Summer.
The house has been built on the site of an old cottage and stable that sat tucked below a flat plateau looking across a deep valley.
The valley was dammed in the 1950’s to form Lake Beznar and the house sits above the lake facing southwest. The approach to the house from Talará is along a concreted road which becomes a concrete track through ancient olive and orange groves with an acequias running alongside the road supplying water to all the orchards on a rotating basis. The journey, which has to be negotiated at a gentle pace because of the numerous twists and turns and the chance of finding a laden mule around the corner, takes some ten minutes from the village of Talara before you turn onto a new concrete track and climb up to our finca. You can park outside the house to unload and then drive up to the top plateau to turn round where there is plenty of parking space and stunning views round 360 degrees of the valley.
The house has been built to blend into the countryside but is designed to be completely modern and comfortable. No draughty doors and loose windows, but under floor heating throughout, double glazing and well fitting exterior doors. This is an ideal place to rent if you want to ski in the winter, and have a warm and comfortable house to return to, but where some members of the party may want to spend some time at the coast or in Granada rather than on the ski slopes.
In midsummer the layout of the house catches the cool breezes off the lake and ceiling fans keep you cool in the evenings. In the day there are plenty of places to sit outside in the shade and relax with the brilliant views.
Access to the house from a car is up a wheelchair friendly ramp at one end of a level terrace that runs along the front of the house, with exterior stairs to the tower room at the other end of the terrace.
The front door opens onto an entrance hall with a large storage cupboard for coats, sports equipment and shoes, a large cloakroom with WC and an arched entrance to the bedroom suites at one side and double doors to the living areas on the other side. There are steps down to a basement area which is currently unfinished but will become a further two bedrooms with bathrooms and a games/coffee area in the future.
Bedroom 1 has a king sized bed (1.8 x 2.0m), large storage cupboard, en suite bathroom with shower and bath etc. and windows looking out onto the lake and mountains. The bedroom has a ceiling fan and windows can be opened to take advantage of cooling evening breezes.
Bedroom 2 has two single beds 1.9m x 0.80m which can be pushed together if required. Large built in cupboard, ceiling fan and again views of the lake and hills complete this slightly smaller room which has a wet room bathroom with level floor and walk in shower also suitable for wheel chair use.
Going through the double doors to the living area is again on the same level opening out into a large kitchen/dining room. The kitchen on the left is fully equipped with modern equipment, fridge/freezer, oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine and adequate crockery, glasses and cutlery for eight people. A central peninsular unit with two stools provides a breakfast bar for early risers or a place to sit and support the chef whilst helping to keep all glasses charged. The oven is electric and the 4 ring hob unit is split between gas and electricity.
The dining area to the right provides seating for up to 8 people looking out over the terrace to the lake and mountains.
An arch leads through to the large living room with sofas, TV, hi fi equipment and a door out to the front and side terraces.
A wood burning stove sits in an arch between the kitchen/dining room and living room with a glass fronted doors on both sides providing cosy warmth on cold autumn evenings when the under floor heating is not really required.
All heating and power is provided by our own self contained system using natural energy supplemented with a diesel generator. The system is completely automatic and provides a reliable and unobtrusive power supply and hot water. The tower room is an added bonus for hot summer days providing a shaded retreat with gentle breezes and spectacular views across the lake. It is open to the air, has power and light and a small table, chairs and loungers. The tower room is reached by an external staircase from one end of the terrace and is not suitable for wheelchair access.
There are two main terrace areas on a level with the house, the front terrace has a table under a shaded gazebo and this will get the benefit of any evening breezes. If more protection is needed then the side terrace is again on the same level but surrounded and protected on three sides, we expect it to be a veritable sun trap and have eaten outside there whilst building work was underway in December! Again this will have some protection from the overhead sun with either a sunshade or planted cover.
The land around the house was orange, lemon and orange groves dropping down in terraces from the top plateau which provides a gently sloping area of about 1 acre. The plateau was an old almond grove and we have retained and revived a number of trees, left some areas to natural wilderness and are planning to gradually develop this area to be a varied orchard and place of relaxation. Bird life here is prolific, the uncultivated and wild areas and the quiet nature of the land has encouraged all sorts of birds to make it their home. There is a small colony of herons at the back of the peninsular in one corner of the lake and these can regularly be seen fishing in the lake. The fish in the lake are prolific. We don’t fish but licences are available and locals fish for perch, lake trout and other local fish from the track that runs around the lake.
There is a small above ground pool on the plateau, an ideal place to cool off in the summer heat with stunning views all around.
Chité is a small village located at an altitude of 650 metres near Lake Beznar in the Lecrín Valley. Lecrín is a semi-tropical valley filled with orange and lemon trees as well as olive, fig and almond trees. It represents the real Andalusia and yet is close to sophisticated Granada and the Mediterranean coast. Several villages in the valley offer shopping, restaurants, bars and other facilities. The nearby village of Albuñuelas is the highest village in the valley, offering a weekly market and several historic buildings, including a 14th Century Moorish Tower. Melegís has more shops and holds the three-day festival of San Juan in late June. From Chite you can walk down to Lake Beznar. Near the motorway, Talará contains the ruins of an Arab castle and offers some nightlife for young people! Dúrcal is the biggest town in the valley, offering a weekly market, some nightlife, English newspapers and access to the Sierra Nevada Parque Natural.
Throughout the Lecrin valley are numerous restaurants ranging from small bars selling Tapas and local platters to Hotels offering fine dining. The scene constantly changes and we have included details and recommendations in our guest information pack at the house. Our local representative will also have up to date local knowledge.
The Alpujarras, the location of Chris Stewart's "Driving over Lemons" book, are 45 minutes drive and offer spectacular scenery, interesting walks and attractive white villages to visit.
The house is built on a peninsula overlooking Lake Beznar with a level plateau and terraces which we are gradually replanting with Orange, Lemon and Olive trees . Originally a terraced olive and almond farm, there are numerous spots to sit and contemplate the stunning views. In summer there is usually a cool breeze blowing down the lake and the tower room offers a shaded and reclusive place to read or relax with your evening aperitif and watch the sun set.
The steep terraces that surround the house and drop down from the plateau are not suitable for young children and infants.