About this listing
The room, with its own lockable front door, is entered from the roof terrace on the third floor of the house. It has a king-size bed, a bathroom en-suite with shower, wash basin and toilet, and facilities for making tea and coffee. There are beautiful views from the terrace over the valley of Lecrin to Beznar reservoir, other villages and the hills, beyond.
In winter the room can be heated by an electric heater and I can supply an electric blanket and/or hot water bottles if required. In summer the room can be cooled using an electric fan but it is well insulated so it doesn´t get too hot if you need a siesta in the afternoon.
All bed linen and towels (including for the pool or beach) are provided.
The house is located at the end of an alleyway at the edge of the upper part of the village of Chite.
The ground floor is L-shaped with one leg of the L being the sitting room and the other leg the dining and kitchen area. In winter the ground floor is heated by a wood-burning stove in the sitting room and/or a movable gas heater in the kitchen.
There is a TV set for watching DVDs and VHS videos (but no broadcast TV at the moment) and a hi fi set for playing vinyl, CDs, tapes and radio.
The kitchen is equipped with electric oven and gas hob, a fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, washing machine, toaster and electric blender, plus all other necessary pots, pans and utensils.
The first floor comprises a second guest bedroom, my bedroom and study, and a bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet.
The second guest bedroom has a small double bed (halfway between a double bed and single bed in width). This room is also my gym containing a rowing machine and weights. It is also used to store my clothes and books. I am planning to make this room available as a separate let on airbnb for groups of 3 or 4 or if the main guest bedroom is already taken.
THE VILLAGE OF CHITE
Chite, in the valley of Lecrin, is a small, quiet and peaceful village with just over 300 inhabitants. The only shop is one which sells objets d´art so provisions need to be bought from the village of Talara, only 15 minutes’ walk away, or from various merchants who visit the village daily or weekly. For example, the baker comes twice a day, the fishmonger 3 or 4 times a week, the egg lady once a week. At harvest time various local farmers drive through the village selling fruit and vegetables.
The streets of Chite are very narrow but most can be driven through with care. Parking very close to the house is very limited but it is always possible to find somewhere to park just a couple of minutes´ walk away.
There is no bar or restaurant in Chite but these can be found in Talara. See below.
You pass through Talara to get to Chite from the motorway. Talara has everything that you will need. There are 3 banks (with ATMs), 2 petrol stations, 4 small supermarkets, a pharmacy, 3 garages for car repairs, an ironmonger, a hairdresser, a dentist, 6 bars (all selling food as well as drink), a baker and a health clinic. The Acropolis bar in Mondujar (contiguous with Talara) has a swimming pool which opens June - September.
Talara has a bus service to Granada. There are about 8 buses a day but the last one back is quite early so it is almost always best to go by car. There are also buses to the coast and into the Alpujarra.
THINGS TO DO
Granada – Chite is situated a little way from the Autovia de la Sierra Nevada almost exactly half-way between Granada – the ancient capital of Spain – and the coast. Granada is 35km from Chite and about 30 minutes´ drive. The UNESCO heritage site of the Moorish palace, the Alhambra, is a must for any visitor, as is the Albaicin – the old Muslim quarter - with its pedestrianised streets filled with teashops and various items from Morocco on sale. The Royal Chapel in the Cathedral houses the crypt where the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabel, who liberated Spain from the Moors, are buried. The modern city has a fabulous traffic-free shopping centre and a profusion of excellent bars and restaurants.
Granada has an airport with flights to and from Madrid and Barcelona as well as other destinations. British Airways has a service from London City Airport.
The Coast – 30 minutes ´drive in the opposite direction takes you to Motril and Salobreña – both seaside resorts. A little further along the coast, towards Malaga, are Almuñecar and La Herradura as well as numerous small bays if you want somewhere more secluded to sunbathe and swim.
Skiing – The ski resort of Sol y Nieve in the Sierra Nevada is only 45 minutes’ drive from Chite. Ski equipment and clothing can be hired or bought from various shops there. Depending on conditions the slopes can be open from November to April.
The Alpujarra – This is the hilly, almost forgotten, part of the province of Granada locked between the Sierra Nevada and the coast, now made famous by the books of Gerald Brenan (South of Granada) and Chris Stewart (Driving over Lemons) . Lanjaron (15 minutes from Chite), famous for its mineral water, is the gateway to the Alpujarra, and you can progress from here onto Poqueira, Pampaneira, Bubion and Trevelez villages where it is possible to buy local handicrafts and comestible products of the region.
Guadix – Is famous for its troglodyte village where some people still live in cave houses carved out of the soft sandstone. Some have opened as museums for visitors to see the interior. There is also a cave church hidden inside the modern one which dominates the village square. It takes about an hour to drive here from Chite.
Walks – There are some lovely walks through the orange, lemon and olive groves which surround the village of Chite. For more adventurous walkers there are some great walks in the Sierra Nevada but it is wise to ensure you have maps and a compass, or a guide, as most of the trails are not well signposted.
Further afield - If you have a car Cordoba and Ronda are doable in a day from Chite, but you would be best advised to stay overnight to get the most from your visit. If you are planning to visit Seville from Chite I would definitely suggest you stay at least one night there.
Breakfast – The price quoted on the site does not include breakfast and I do not usually provide it. You have full access to the kitchen to prepare your own. However, if you would like me to provide it I can do so at a reasonable extra cost. Please let me know in advance. If you don´t want to make your own or for me to provide it, all the bars in Talara are open early and will serve a traditional Andalucian breakfast of “tostada con tomate” – a toasted small baguette spread with olive oil and mashed tomato – and coffee.
My home – This house is my main home and is full of my personal effects. Guests are expected to treat it as they would their own. I am not always in the house but if I am please remember you will be sharing everything with me and my cat Molly. If I am not here then you have the whole house to yourselves except my bedroom and study and the other guest room (unless you have booked that as well).
Not suitable for invalids – The guest bedroom is up 2 flights of stairs, the second flight being a little steep and narrow. Regrettably, I do not think this room is suitable for people with mobility problems.
Other room to rent – If you are visiting Andalucía by flying into or out of Malaga airport I have rooms to let in an apartment in Torremolinos, only 10 minutes´ drive from the Airport. It could be very convenient for you if you arrive very late or depart very early, or even if you want to holiday in Torremolinos or visit Malaga for a few days.. This apartment is also available for booking through the airbnb site.
Booking for one night only incurs an additional €5 charge.