Traditional Andalusian whitewashed house - recently renovated

Traditional Andalusian whitewashed house - recently renovated

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

You can see some more pictures of our house at the website. Because of the hot climate, we live upstairs (open-plan kitchen, dining area, living area with separate office and doors to large terrace) and sleep downstairs (large bedroom with separate nursery room (with cot)through arch and adjacent bathroom, as the thick walls provide great insulation. The downstairs floor backs into the hillside, with the front entrance opening out to a patio and three adjacent 'cuadras' - storage sheds. There is a well-equipped kitchen -fridge/freezer, gas cooker, microwave, double sink, lots of shelf space; dining table, sofa opposite wood-burning stove, office with lots of books and ADSL 1 MB internet access. Even in Winter, it's often possible to have lunch outside on the terrace (see pictures). The house can sleep 4+ 1 small child/baby, as there is a double sofa bed in the office, though the house may feel a little crowded with more than 3. The Spanish neighbours behind us are very pleasant. The adjacent house is currently (Nov 05)unoccupied.

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Who we are

  1. We are David and Judi, not forgetting our little girl Olivia who is 14 months old and keen to see the world! We are both former teachers from the UK and have worked abroad for several years, including five years in Madrid. I taught modern languages for 15 years and am now working as a freelance translator from home. Judi was a senior primary teacher and then travel writer before taking on the challenge of being a mum. More details about me on the website. We love exploring, walking, languages, reading, learning about new places, and see the home swap system as an opportunity to see more of another country and culture than we could on a holiday.

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Your neighbourhood

We live in a restored 2-storey house about 1 km outside the village of Órgiva in Granada province (10 mins walk into town - uphill, though!), about 45 mins drive from Granada city and a bit less than that to the Mediterranean coast. Órgiva forms part of the Alpujarra, a very attractive region that stretches along the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Look it up on Google! From our 70 m2 terrace you can see the Veleta, mainland Spain's second-highest peak. We are about an hour's drive to the ski slopes in Winter. Our country lane wanders through olive groves, with figs, palms, citrus, avocado and even banana trees. The local village of Órgiva (pop. about 3,000) has several small supermarkets and a good range of other shops for its size. Read your paper (foreign press available, too) over breakfast out on the terrace in the high street all year round. Try the chocolate napoletana with your cafe con leche at Galindo's on the left hand side - a sun-trap in the morning - then follow the sun over to the other side for lunch! There are several good bars, most of which will offer you a tapa with your drink (try Cuatro Esquinas), a pizzeria (open fire inside - or eat outside in the attractive orange garden), a cinema (Spanish only - Friday and Saturday nights), and of course there is Granada just 45 minutes away. Lots of exploring to do, especially up in the higher Alpujarra area with stunning walks up into the Sierra Nevada from the white villages of Capileira and Trevelez.

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