About This Listing
Welcome to this beautiful mountain eco-farm hostel.
We offer this double bed room in a beautifully restored cottage typical of this region, which is hidden away in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is peaceful and private, with lovely views and is a great base to explore this stunning corner of Spain known as La Alpujarra.
The facilities are simple but charming and include a kitchen-dining room and a cosy sitting room area with a wood burning stove. There is also a shaded dining patio. The bathroom consists of a bath with a shower and wash basin and the eco-friendly compost loo is situated down a short path.
The land is terraced and wooded with many fruit trees. There is fruit in season most of the year including oranges, figs, grapes and pomegranates. Guests are welcome to help themselves! There is a chlorine-free swimming pool filled weekly with fresh mountain water and hammocks near by to relax in.
The local market town of Orgiva is just a 20 minute stroll, with a variety of bars and restaurants to enjoy. This is where to catch the buses to get around the region for those without a car.
This area is noted for its wild beauty and is ideal for those people who love mountain walking, bird watching, horse riding and love being in the heart of nature.
There are stunning views from the white villages of Capileira, Pampaniera and Trevelis, and on a clear day, it is possible to see as far as Morocco!
If you want to go further afield; it is 1 hours drive to the fabled city of Granada famous for the Alhambra Palace and 40 minutes by car to the beaches of the Costa Tropical.
Other Things to Note
Whilst an electric heater is provided in the bedroom during the winter months, a small charge is made for logs for the wood burning stove.
As there is a steep hill to climb from the car park to the house, please bring easily carried luggage, good walking shoes and a torch.
Please do not use blankets ore other bedding for sun bathing on the ground, please use the chairs and mats provided.
Please smoke outside and use the ashtrays provided.
Rita is a great host - we received many very detailed and spot-on suggestions about places to visit and to hike, not to mention the almonds, oranges and sage for muesli and tea, right from the garden outside our room (spring seems to be a very 'fruitful' time to visit Orgiva)! The views from the house (and from the toilet, have to emphasize that one) are amazing, Sierra Nevada during the daytime and countless stars (and full moon in our case) at night. The dogs are friendly and get used to visitors being around alright. All in all, the place is what it says it is - an eco-farm in the mountains - we had a great time there and hope to visit again in the future!
Beautiful house in a beautiful setting with a warm and friendly host!
Rita gave us good directions and was theere to meet us. As were 3 barking dogs. The newest of the tribe really never settled with us, so we were regularly greeted with his barks. Seems the dog was subject to some violence and rita is trying to calm him down. With 3 dogs on site, you ahve to constantly watch where you put your feet.
We liked the site, the quiet, when all the dogs in all the valley were quiet for a bit, we liked the refurbished rooms. We liked time with rita, looking at how the water system worked, spending most of one day just relaxing around the site.
We didn't like the cobwebs in all rooms, the paint coming off the walls and the poor state of the composting loo.
I am sorry you were not completely comfortable during your stay at my home, Chico is responding to my training and certainly wouldn't bite anyone, he is a bit nervous of some men which makes me think he has been hit by a man in his last home, he is fine with my 2 male guests staying at present, so sorry he caused you problems.
The cobwebs are now swept away from the skylights, however there isn't much I can do about the paint, it is a 300 year old farmhouse, built of mud and stone into the back of the hill, I have repainted most of it last spring, using sealent first but still some bits do drop off in places. I do keep the loo clean and tidy and intend to refurbish inside in the near future, the view is amazing!
Rita is a very lively and welcoming host. Always ready to give information on the area. On the first evening she came on the way for us because it was night time already and the last two kilometers can be tricky when you do not know and it is dark...The last 200 metres are quite steep but the place is so pleasant!!! On the first morning we discovered the view and it was just brilliant!
We had a wonderful stay at Rita's eco farm. Picked pomegranates and kaki fruits from the garden. Rita knows everything about the area and made us feel very welcome. The farm is a good place to relax and be close to nature. Comfortable and clean.
Quedarse en la linda casa de Rita fue una muy buena experiencia!
La casa es muy agradable y muy linda, el jardín, la piscina, la vista, los arboles de frutas, todo es muy lindo y nos dió un ambiente unico para quedarnos en las Alpujarras.
Tienen que saber que los baños están afuera, y que la subida para llegar a la casa desde el aparcamiento es bastante difícil - pero da una experiencia más a la estancia! :)
Para los que prefieren tener una experiencia unica al contacto de la naturaleza en vez de quedarse en un hotel en el centro de Orgiva- la casa de Rita es lo mejor!
Y encima, Rita es muy simpática!
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About the Host, Rita
I moved to Spain from N Yorkshire with my family in 1983. We bought this farm to raise our children in the nature, growing our own organic veg. rebuilding and restoring in traditional style the old farmhouse and living a very simple life without electricity or T.V! My husband was a craftsman in wood which is reflected in our home.
Now my 2 half Spanish grandchildren love to visit and enjoy my farm as their father once did, being in the nature, playing with my 3 dogs and 2 cats, swimming in summer, picking and eating fruit straight from the trees..
I still love gardening, and being outside and walking my dogs . I am also a feng shui practitioner and especially love dowsing. I also like to travel when I can and enjoyed a trip to Thailand this year (2011) where I spent a week on an elephant sanctuary as a volunteer which included feeding and then bathing the elephants in the river! In the past I have been on shamanic journeys to Mexico and Peru. I enjoy meeting people and welcoming fellow travelers and kindred spirits to my home and sharing with them my way of life. I feel I have been very blessed.