Homemade pesto at Almond Hill House, Andalucia, Spain

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Questions and answers

Car hire and getting to the property
– Car hire is recommended to get the most from your stay.
– For large groups, we suggest hiring 2 or 3 smaller vehicles rather than one large one making it easy to nip into town. Many guests hire 7-seater people carriers or smaller.
– Avoid upgrades to very large vehicles if you aren’t comfortable driving one. Tip: go straight to the car hire desk after getting off the plane while others pick up the luggage.
– Prior to arrival you will receive detailed instructions from Málaga or Granada airports.
– Normally transfers can be arranged to, and from, the airport with advance notice.
– The house is at the end of an asphalted country lane, 1km from the main road – the last 100m is down a narrow hill.
– There is ample parking for several cars.
– See Location and directions.

Getting around
– Órgiva is a 20/25 minute walk down a steepish goat track and quiet back lanes.
– The bus stop for Granada and Lanjarón is 10 minute walk from the house.

On arrival
– We’ll greet you on arrival to briefly show your around. We are in a neighboring property with our own private driveway and garden.
– Spain’s Guardia Civil ask us to take passport details of all guests aged 16+.

Shopping and provisions
– We provide a welcome pack which includes tea, coffee, herbs and spices, pasta/rice and fresh bread.
– For groups of 6+ we recommend stopping at a hypermarket on the way from the airport. From Málaga: Carrefour at Rincón de la Victoria, exit 251 from the A7 (normally open until 10pm). From Granada: Mercadona at Nigüelas, exit 157 from the A44 (normally open until 9pm).
– If you’re arriving very late we may be able to do a basic shop for you.
– Local shops are generally open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 2pm, 5pm to 8pm.
– On Sundays it’s possible to get essentials from a handful of places.

Children
– We have plenty of information for parents and guardians on this page.

Weather
Andalucia is well-known for its abundant sunshine year-round. Summer is from late April to mid-October. Cooler months (December to March) are normally sunny but with the chance of wind/rain. This website has data on Andalucía weather (opens in new window).

First aid and medical care
– There is a first aid pack containing antiseptic cream, plasters and bandages.
– If you’re prone to being bitten by mosquitos you may wish to bring protection.
– Órgiva has a medical centre with a 24-hour emergency service (5 minute drive).
– If you’re from the EU, you will be asked to show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC); if you’re from outside the EU you will need to show your medical insurance.

Cats
– We have four cats who roam the grounds freely.

Stag and Hen-type groups
– The house is not suited for groups who want to have noisy parties.

Smoking
– Smoking is not allowed in the house, including the interior patio.

Books, maps and local information
– There is a library of books, maps and guides to the area.
– We provide our own information about the area including restaurants, Granada and beaches.

The Alhambra
– Book in advance if you want full access to it, including the Nasrid palaces. Book tickets on this website (opens new window).
– Some of the grounds of the Alhambra, including the museum, are free of charge and you can just turn up.

Local activities
We can help book activities for you. See our activities section.

Swimming pool
– There’s a large, gated 10m x 5m tiled pool – it is solar-heated (not electrically-heated) in April, May and October, and the temperature of the water cannot be guaranteed.
– The shallow end is 70 cm deep with steps leading into it. The deep end is 170 cm deep.
– Generally the pool is available from mid-April to October.

Bedrooms and bathrooms
– Guests tell us that the beds are comfortable and we use good quality cotton linen.
– Showers are powerful with on-demand hot water.
– Cotton bath towels are provided, plus pool towels.

Air-conditioning
– The five en-suite bedrooms have air-conditioning and fans.
– The Fig bedroom (for children and infants) can be cooled from the adjoining Almond bedroom and also has a fan.
– The Lemon bedroom has a ceiling fan.
– We do not charge extra for air-conditioning but expect guests to use it responsibly. There are strict rules about its use.

Wi-fi
Wi-fi is available throughout the property, garden, alberca and even by the pool. It’s generally very reliable.

Heating
– The house is well insulated and there is double glazing throughout.
– The living area has an efficient wood-burning stove and we provide a starter pack of wood.
– There is central heating throughout the house including the living areas and heaters and/or portable radiators in all bedrooms.
– 6 hours of central heating per day can be provided when necessary.

Skiing
– The Sierra Nevada Ski Station is about 75 minutes’ drive away. The season is normally from late November to early May.

Testimonials
– Here’s our Reviews page.

Fiestas and parties
Spain is famous for its fiestas – we have our own in Las Barreras – and there are others in the wider area. They are occasional but can sometimes be noisy and go on late, and we don’t always know when they’ll be.

Courses and retreats
– Almond Hill House a great place to run courses in the spring and autumn – and summer where bookings allow. See information here or get in contact with us.

Goats

A short film of the lovely goats that regularly cross our track at Almond Hill House. This is where the 20 minute walk into town begins.

What our guests say

Here are some of the testimonials we have received. Use the arrows to scroll through them. Or visit our Reviews page.

¨All our group had a wonderful time – the best place we have every stayed.¨
James, Mary-Rose and family – August 2017

¨We have rented many houses over the last two decades and this is one of the best.¨
David, Birgit and family – April 2017

“Such a special place – it really is quite difficult to leave.”
Cindy, Richard and family – August 2016

¨We love Spain but this is definitely one of the loveliest places we have stayed. A special week!¨
Annie and Rod – June 2016

“I can’t recommend this place enough for a quiet, relaxed retreat in the most spectacular scenery I’ve seen in Spain so far.”
Sheena, Nicky, Clara and families – May 2016

Retreats and courses

If you would like to run a retreat or course at Almond Hill House – for example, yoga or creative writing – please get in contact with us. Options include: hiring just the Olive Hut (40 sqm) on a daily basis or renting the whole property on behalf of the course members. Courses can be for just a few days or a week or two, where bookings allow. Running a course outside the peak summer season costs less. Find out more about running a retreat or course.

Send us your snaps

Our Instagram page has a mix of photographs taken by guests, pictures of guests and some of our own. Send them to us and we’ll add them into the gallery. In the meantime, here is the Almond Hill House Instagram page (opens in new window).

Fetching mineral water from Lanjaron

A short film about where to collect the limitless, free water in Lanjaron, a ten minute drive away.

Weather

Andalucía has over 300 days of sunshine a year – although rain, when it comes, is very welcome. The weather here is gorgeous there’s normally a cooling breeze at Almond Hill House in the summer months. You can check the weather on the Aemet website (opens in new window). This website has data on Andalucía weather (opens in new window).

Making olive oil

Each year’s olive crop is different at Almond Hill House. This short film shows how we made it in early 2015. If you stay, we’d love to share it with you.