Here you find will answers to some commonly asked questions, but if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Who are the hosts?
Pete and Heather are very easy going and have been welcoming guests to their three properties for eleven seasons. As this is also a B&B we live at this property. We know guests have individual needs and some will like to share a bottle of wine and chat in the evenings, whilst others will prefer to be left alone which we respect. We are prepared to help if you have a problem, particularly if it's a medical emergency.
Do we have sole use of the casa?
The guest accommodation has been created within a large old cortijo. It is completely separated and has independent facilities with it's own front door, as detailed in this web site. We usually live next door in a back to back situation, (although we go away in our motorhome,) with our very friendly and well behaved dogs who are fenced in on our side of the casa. We do need to share the gateway for the cars though. When you come in at the gateway you are at the corner of the house, we turn left and walk down the side of the house to the back and you would go straight on to the front and the pool. There are well separated outside areas which face in opposite directions on either side of the house as the 2 apartments are back to back. What you see on the video on the website is your space.
Do we get sole use of the pool?
Pretty much yes! The guest bedroom opens onto the tiled patio area surrounding the pool. This area, with sun loungers and a shaded dining area is solely for the use of our guests. However, most afternoons as part of her fitness programme Heather likes to have a swim for half an hour or so in the summer. We have found that many of our guests have appreciated this opportunity to chat about their holiday plans, which bars and restaurants to go to, and what it's like living in Spain. If this is a problem for you please say and we will try to make alternative arrangements.
Is the property overlooked?
The house above us is presently empty. We have had naturists to stay who have kept a towel with them to wrap around them should the need arise. The casa is in a hamlet of about 40 detached houses dotted around the ravine and so is not completely remote.
Where are the nearest bars, restaurants and shops?
Our nearest village is Oria. Here you will find all facilities - bars, restaurants, mini supermarkets, banks, petrol station, medical centre, small Sunday market etc. It is 7 minutes drive away. Please note that the local shops are shut 2-5pm.
When is the pool warm enough to swim in?
The pool is naturally warm enough to swim in in July and August at usually about 28 deg. We do our best to keep the pool temperature up as high as possible for the rest of the year but this is obviously dependent on the weather. Between September and June the pool is solar heated, it has a double glazed polycarbonate enclosure like a greenhouse on it that you can swim underneath. This has sections that can be raised up on to stilts during the day.
If the temperature isn’t high enough you can also pay to have it raised using the electric heat exchanger. It costs about €2.50 for each day and this is available in May, June, Sept and Oct, but we need a week´s notice so it is ready for your arrival. We obviously can't guarentee the final pool temperature because we can't predict the weather but it will be warmer than it would be otherwise. If it isn't warm enough for you we suggest that you swim at the hot thermal springs near Baza or go to the heated indoor pool at Mojacar or Albox.
Where is the nearest beach?
Villaricos with it´s water slide park is an hour's drive away. Garrucha is a bit further and then Mojacar is a bit further again.
What heating is there in the house in autumn/winter/spring?
What I hope you could expect are clear sunny days, when you could wear just T shirt and shorts; and when the weather is like that it is beautiful here, but, the casa is at an altitude similar to the summit of Snowdon, and we sometimes experience a day or two of cooler damper weather or even snow.
Every evening though, when the sun disappears behind the mountain, it is invariably chilly, and you would be glad of the central heating (which we control), log fire in the kitchen, perhaps a gas fire too, and the electric blanket/hot water bottles!
Please ask for prices as heating is not inclued in the rental price.
How do we find flights?
Look at flight comparison websites such as http://www.skyscanner.net
Can you recommend a car hire company?
In the past we have used a booking agency http://www.rentspain.com/ We recommend hiring a car so that you can get to the village for shopping and go for days out exploring the area.
Is there a parking space close to the house?
Yes right by the patio and it's free!
Is there a hairdryer and are towels provided to save weight in my case?
Yes there's a hairdryer and the 3 towels provided are hand, bath and beach.
Is there wifi?
Yes in the sitting room and some devices can pick it up outside €1 a night.
Where can I find the weather forecast?
Is the BBQ gas or charcoal?
The BBQ is gas because charcoal is considered to be a fire risk when we have dry conditions in summer.
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