About this listing
Traditional Andalucian cavehouse in Galera, sleeps 6, beautifully restored, with fantastic mountain views, WIFI and just a short walk to pool, restaurants, shops. Two bedrooms (both en-suite), open fires, outdoor dip bath and HOT TUB for 6!
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A traditional Andalucian cavehouse with original features, fine mountain views in a conservation village, and c.320 days of sun a year. WIFI included free! You can walk to a swimming pool or use your own hot tub on the patio and enjoy the mountain views.
The house has two double bedrooms, two shower rooms, and also two sofabeds in the lounge - it is suitable for 6.
Just bring yourselves, food and drink. The bed is made (100% cotton linen), towels are provided, as are teatowels, a new dishcloth at every changeover, washing up liquid, liquid soap, first few toilet rolls, first basket of logs for the fire (winter months), and the kitchen is equipped. There's even free WIFI - All you need to do is relax :)
There isn't much not to like about this part of Spain; fantastic and varied landscapes, friendly people, great regional food at fair prices, and weather that almost always brings a smile to your face.
Perez de Hita is in the heart of the conservation area at Galera, the most celebrated of the Andalucian cave 'towns'. The council here strictly controls development, restricting any new building, and making sure that any changes to existing houses doesn't detract from the character of the neighbourhood.
We chose Perez (over the many over-modernised cavehouses) as it retained good original C19 features such as the fireplaces and alabaster kitchen sink, and also because it was one of those houses that feels good from the moment you arrive 'home'. It sits on a very quiet dead-end road high enough up the hill to get the fine mountain views, but still close enough to walk into 'town' (some would say 'village') for lunch, wifi, or a dip in the municipal open-air pool.
Late evening arrivals are fine as we have a keycode access system.
The beauty of these caves that even in the heat of August they remain deliciously cool inside without any need for fans or air conditioning, and in winter when it snows they remain a constant 14 & to 17 degrees even before you light the fire. Trips out will include freshwater bathing lakes, geothermal pools, many pretty towns, or to the Alhambra in Granada, which remains one of our top 5 buildings after decades of seeing the greatest architecture of the world. Perez is a simple, relaxing place to stay. It faces south so you migrate to the patio at the front and watch the colours change on the mountain landscape as the day progresses. It started life as two cavehouses, so internally you have the privacy of two 'wings' making it ideal for two couples. Why not time your holiday to coincide with one of the local fiestas?
The property is heated by two fireplaces, and additional electric heating in winter - cavehouses maintain a constant temperature year-round
Lounge with working fireplace and two sofabeds.
Dining room with table for 6
Kitchen with working fireplace, induction hob, extractor, fridge-freezer, kettle, toaster, combination microwave/grill oven
Bedroom 1: Double bed, en-suite off
En-suite shower room 1: with Moroccan type shower
Bedroom 2: Kingsize bed, en-suite off
En-suite shower room 2: large shower
Patio to front with dining
Hot tub seats 5 inc one lounger, and is a quality American import, new for 2015
Ample parking for four cars above
Pool in easy walking distance.
Pets welcome - I just ask not to allow them on the beds or sofa thanks. This is actually a great place if you have a dog as open mountain walking starts at the door.
Complete traditional cavehouse with patio (with outside bath) for your exclusive use. Parking.
Interaction with Guests
Very little though there is a local property manager and housekeeper.
Probably the loveliest part of Spain - many local lakes, bathing beaches, historic towns and great food. Mountain walks from the door!
Alsat Bus to Galera or Cullar or Huescar.
Parking is free at the property for up to 4 cars
Granada - 150 km, 1hr 35mins (flies to London City etc)
Murcia - 195km, 2 hr, 10mins.
Almeria - 195 km, 2 hr
Alicante - 220 km, 2hr 20mins (Ryanair + many others (website hidden) also often cheap)
Malaga - 260km, 2hr 35mins (Ryanair + many others)
Albacete - 220km, 2hr 30mins (Iberia flights only)
Private hire taxis pickups around €100
90% of people hire a car
No smoking inside thanks - veranda outside
No pets on beds or sofas, thank you
Children should be supervised in the hot tub, and not suitable for children under age 5.
We had a last minute 3-night stay in the cave house and enjoyed our stay. It was a unique experience and allowed us to visit the best freshwater lake we've ever swum in (Lake Negratin). The cave house is basic and is located in a cute little town - close to cafes, restaurants and little grocery store. There were six of us - 4 children - and there was enough room for all of us. We loved the hot tub and also the bath at the front of the house. It's a nice place to relax in the evening sun... with a drink! Very close by is a freshwater spring (in Orce) - also brilliant and highly recommend a visit. Greg the host was very helpful and able to be contacted quickly.
Del 2 al 5 Abril 2015. Cuatro estupendos días que pasamos en Galera. No sólo estábamos sorprendidos al estar en una casa cueva sino también al contar con un gran jacuzzi en el que nos relajábamos cada día. La casa estaba muy limpia y bien equipada. Estuvimos 6 personas en ella perfectamente. Es un lugar muy curioso, al ser todo cuevas y además está muy cerca del centro del pueblo, para poder visitar todo. También decir, la tranquilidad que se respira allí, genial para desconectar de la ciudad.
Por su parte, Greg, es un gran anfitrión, ya que lo explica todo muy bien, contesta muy rápido a los mensajes, y es muy flexible en cuanto a los horarios.
Han sido unos días increíbles y todo un descubrimiento la zona de Galera y alrededores.
Greg was very helpful and easy to get in touch with during our stay in this cosy cavehouse. We had a great time and would definitely recommend it. Having said that, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. The cave gets quite cold and there are only two small radiators (but there are also two fireplaces which help). At the moment the hob in the cave is pretty annoying. There is only one stove and it burns everything (temperature regulation is totally useless). If you are planning a weekend with eating out in the warmer months this can be a great place. However, Greg has promised to replace it later on this spring.
There is nothing like eating breakfast with the view outside of the cave or bathing in a thermal baths in the region.
Hi - glad you enjoyed your stay, and thanks for your comments. :)
Normally I'd leave logs for the two open fires for winter stays...(but you booked last minute and arrived same afternoon which is why I gave the Euro 60 discount). I promise with the fires lit it's very snug. I will look into the induction hob (new in summer 2013).
all the best
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About the Host, Greg
I'm an architectural historian and founder of travel company Under the Thatch - I restore unusual and historic buildings across Europe and let them for holidays.
I'm a former University lecturer from the University of Wales, and have written several books and TV series on architecture in the UK. I live my partner and our dogs in Donegal, Ireland, though we're also often in Andalucia, Malopolska in Poland, and West Wales.
I speak English, Welsh and Polish, and I understand basic French. Learning Spanish.