La Veranda (+ pool + hot tub)

Orce in the Alti Plano Granada, Andalucia, SE Spain

about the property

The most amazing Spanish party villa in Andalusia. Sleeping 20 (or more) the world’s largest cavehouse is perfect for your big family holiday – with pool and Moorish hot tub and even its own bar!

Guardian Newspaper 'Top 40 Places to Stay in Europe' says

'this vast cavehouse is like the den of a rather discerning hobbit. It has seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, several reception rooms and a kitchen - and all are stuffed with antiques and art. Modern additions include an 'endless pool' (you swim against a current) and a large hot tub with views over the plateau. There are geothermal pools, wine and tapas 10 minutes' drive away.'

Luxury cavehouse featured on Channel 5's 'My Dream Hotel' (note La Veranda is a self-catering house, not hotel - it's just as large as a small hotel!)

La Veranda is a wonderful place for a group gathering in the sun - an unforgettable house in a beautful location. It sits in a beautiful mountain landscape that enjoys c320 days of sunshine a year, in Granda province, Andalucia. It's an area known for its traditional culture and geothermal pools, but if you want to stay home you have an 'endless spa pool' (with pumps so you swim against the current) and a  large hot tub with mountain views. You can sleep up to 20 but the internal configuration still makes it suitable, and comfortable for smaller groups of 4>8 people as there are a choice of receptions of different sizes.

Local 'adventure' firms can organise days out paintballing the in the mountain forests, on treetop 'zipwires', archery, 4x4 off-road treks, guided mountain walking, caving and minibus 'cultural' tours. Kids will love the sense of freedom (they can roam freely from the house, exploring the caves etc), the pools and the forest adventure park, or (if they wish) feeding the goats and horses with our housekeeper, Monique.

Inside you'll find an remarkable and beautiful interior in what is probably the largest cavehouse in Spain (or the world?). This ancient home, cut from the local stone has three large reception rooms, seven bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen. You won't be short of space inside or out.

Days out will include geothermal pools (the nearest under 10 minutes drive is 18C and free, open all year round), Moorish castles (nearest under 10 mins), archaeological museums and excavations (walk the mammoth excavation in the village) or to the many lakes. There's no need to go to the coast but you can reach beautiful beaches (or a waterpark for kids) in around 90 minutes. You can walk freely from the door, across an open unfenced landscape. Walk to the ancient Moorish watch tower on the horizon, through forestry, or take the track to nearby Orce (6km) for a meal.

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a casa está decorada con un gusto esquísito. Mucha amplitud y comodidad. Nosotros fuimos 16 personas con tres niños y un bebe y nos resultó muy cómoda. Baños dentro de las habitaciones, salón amplio....

7 September 2016

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good to know

arrival at
16:00
depart by
10:00
guests
20
7 nights from
£660.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£1391.00 (based on two staying)
pets
pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Double (ground floor), Double (ground floor), Double (ground floor), Double (ground floor), Single (ground floor), Twin (ground floor), Twin (ground floor)

facilities at La Veranda (+ pool + hot tub)

internet
wifi broadband available
general
farm or rural location
young children welcome
activities
open fire / woodburner
hot tub
swimming pool access
cleaning services
washing machine

map - location

travel info

People have arrived by public transport (taking overnight rains via Paris and Barcelona, and there are regular buses to the local town of Orce (6km), Galera, Huescar and Cullar. However you'll probably find you'll want a car during your stay. Luckily this area has a good choice of airports with low cost carriers. Many guests fly to Alicante/ Murcia/ Malaga/ Almeria and have a night or two on the beach first.

Airports:

  • Granada - 150 km, 1hr 35mins (BA flies to London City, Easyjet flies to Gatwick)
  • Murcia - 175km, 2 hr
  • Almeria - 175 km, 2 hr (many inc. Jet2 who fly to Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, East Midlands & Newcastle)
  • Alicante - 210 km, 2hr 15 mins (note it is a little further but often has the lowest priced flights)
  • Malaga - 260km, 2hr 40 mins (Ryanair + many others)
  • Albacete - 230km, 2hr 40mins (Iberia flights only)

We can recommend a local (English-speaking, friendly) taxi guy who does airport runs to collect and return guests - arrange direct with Tony

  • Skyscanner is a good place to start looking for flights as there are a huge number of providers in this area, beyond the usual Ryanair etc. Each airport website will have a destination map so you can see who flies to your area. The roads from all airports are good, being almost all dual-carriageway, and rarely busy. Driving is much less stressful here than in the UK!

    The local bus service is good, though you may find a hirecar useful. For buses this site is useful (bus to Orce, Cullar or Huescar - we may be able to arrange a pick-up if arranged in advance). Or it makes a remarkable drive from the UK. Why not ferry to Santander and then trickle down through Spain?. We've had guests stay with us in Barcelona and then take the amazing roadtrip down through Spain to stay here.

in detail

WIFI is available and included, as is fuel for the woodburners (typically only required in January and February). There are also storage and electric radiators if required. The beauty of cavehouses is they maintain a constant temperature (around 15C) all year round, even before heating. So no airconditioning is required. Bedding and towels are provided - just bring food and drink! There is an iron and an ironing board. 

Babies - we have one cot and new mattress and one high chair in the house. Bring own bedding for cot.

Receptions:

  • Entrance
  • The Blue Room - decorated in a lavish, almost Baroque style. Woodburner.
  • Kitchen -  two ovens, dishwasher, washingmachine, two large fridge freezers, toaster, kettle, local granite worksurfaces and artisan sinks
  • Dining Room - with dining table to comfortably seat 14, woodburner and original bread oven. Direct access to patio.
  • Salon - an 18m (60') long socialising space with its own bar. Two double new, comfortable sofabeds.
  • The Snug - a reception room near the bedrooms with a Moorish bench, and collection of religious icons

Bedrooms:

  • Bedroom 1 - Master - double with own direct access to terrace and large en-suite shower room - off Snug
  • Bedroom 2 - twin with own direct access to terrace and large en-suite shower room - off Snug
  • Bedroom 3 - single - off Snug
  • Bedroom 4 - double  - off Blue Room
  • Bedroom 5 - Family Room - very large room with one double and two singles, and woodburner - off Blue Room
  • Bedroom 6 - Double - off Kitchen
  • Bedroom 7 - Double - directly en-suite - off Dining
  • Salon/ Bedroom 8 - 2 x double sofabeds in the (immense) Salon - a 60' long room - off Dining
  • Bathrooms - There are a generous 6 bathrooms to the 7 bedrooms. Nobody is far from a bathroom. All the bathrooms are of a generous size and contain toilet, bidet, washbasin and shower.

Outside:

  • Endless spa pool -  The pool is a top-of-the-range spa pool with spa jets and pumps so you can swim against the current (if desired). Has lighting. Children must be supervised. It is possible to use as a standard pool, without the jets and pumps (recommended for children). Note the pool is not heated so is typically only suitable for use April until November. Note there is a free geothermal pool (18C year round) under 10 minute drive away and there are large outdoor municipal pools in every local town (many are free). 
  • Various outdoor eating areas including one large table and outdoor cooking grill for al-fresco dining.
  • Spa Hot Tub - a large 6 seater (one lounger) hot tub spa with 60 jets. Good quality, imported from USA. Great mountain views.
  • Garden terraces including several outdoor eating areas with seating and tables, sun-loungers, and a large grill for outdoor cooking.
  • Parking for 7 cars.

 

local area

  • Altiplano Granada - the local area you are in (the 'high plain of Granada')
  • Fuente Nueva (your village) - walk to see the archaeological excavations of the mammoth & sabre-tooth tiger (open in summer).
  • Orce (10 mins drive, 6km - nice walk) - fantastic freshwater bathing pool open year round, archaeological digs, castle, restaurants, shops, butchers, fishmongers. weekly market (Tuesday). Apart from the road there is a nice track down the valley to Orce, and it makes a lovely walk.
  • Galera (20 mins, 16km) town has four places to eat, half a dozen bars, shops, bakers, butchers, bank with ATM, a municipal pool (open in Spanish school hols.) and a good museum. Market on the square every Wednesday, and a Bodega where you can buy the wine made on the premises! There are also many good walks in beautiful mountain countryside from the door - starting at the end of the street.
  • Maria - 20 mins (Sunday market) - Botanic gardens (free), mountain walks, forest zipwire park for kids and adults, archery, paintball, 4x4
  • Short video of local activities - skydiving, mountain-biking, swimming, wine-tasting, festivals...
  • Huescar (25 mins) - nearby larger, lively town with good restaurants, monuments, lake and another huge geothermal swimming pool.
  • Choice of three azure-blue local lakes for bathing locally - though we prefer the geothermal pool at Orce.
  • Castril historic town (museum, lake crafts) and local walking including famous 'gorge precipice walk', National Park. 45 mins.
  • Geothermal pools open year-round for outdoor bathing - 45 mins.
  • Go-karting at Baza (historic town) - 45 mins. Market on Wednesdays, large supermarkets including Lidl, Mercadona, Consum, Dia.
  • Aquapark at Vera on the coast - 80 minutes - also beach, and naturist beach
  • Lorca (1 hour) - castle, monuments, lovely town, archaeological museum
  • Granada (1hr 45) -The Alhambra, and much more!
  • Aguilas - beach (90 mins) - nice sandy beach, not busy, not overdeveloped
  • Sierra Nevada National Park - (1hr 45 mins to ski-lifts, less to the Park) - skiiing, nature, walking

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customer reviews for La Veranda (+ pool + hot tub)

a casa está decorada con un gusto esquísito. Mucha amplitud y comodidad. Nosotros fuimos 16 personas con tres niños y un bebe y nos resultó muy cómoda. Baños dentro de las habitaciones, salón amplio. Cocina completa. El entorno privilegiado. Aunque está separado de toda civilización merece la pena la estancia - Ana (Madrid)

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7 September 2016

La casa cueva muy bonita y vintage. El propietario "Monique" muy amable y respetuoso.- Ivan, Barcelona

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2 September 2016

What an amazing place. Filled with history, furnished with great care and panache. A fascinating area to explore (although beware the local archeological excavations are only open for a very limited time each year). The museum in Orce was fab. And swimming with the fishes was so cool.

- Jonathan shaw ,
16 July 2016

We have had a lovely time at La Veranda. We had a great time at Fuen Caliente geothermal pool at Orce, and the lakes at Castril and Negratin are beautiful. We drank wine from Orce and Galera - such a great place to stay with friends! - Rob, Anna, Sheena, Jenny, Fran & John

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18 January 2016

We had an amazing and captivating time here. I really loved 'Fuen Caliente'- a giant swimming pool at Orce, natural, with fish in it. It was wonderful to swim in the blue water with the fish. I loved this place with its fantastic scenery and history - Ava, age 10

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2 January 2016

I would like to thank all of the staff at UTT for the help we had arranging our holiday at La Veranda. We had a great holiday In this beautiful and unusual property. La Veranda has a great views across the valley and is a peaceful place to stay. The cave house was comfortable and easily large enough for a big group of people to stay. We swam in the geothermal pools at Orce and Huescar. We visited Castril and Lake Negratina. There was plenty to do nearby and the house keeper Monique was very helpful and suggested other places to visit. The local markets provided us with everything we needed for our self catering holiday and nearby bars were great for tapas or meals out. We drank local wine from the bodega in Galera and watched the meteor storm in August as the sky was so clear. Inside the cave was comfortably cool and a relief from the hot August sun, at night it was great for sleeping. We would happily recommend La Veranda for a large group of friends or family. Thank you

- Jackie walsh ,
10 September 2015

'We had such good fun here...it's a fantastic place for a party! Thanks so much for letting us come and test it out! Wouldn't change a thing - loved the location, the area, the house, the lot!' Adele from The Wirral

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7 March 2015

'The perfect place for a getaway from the stresses of modern life. Beautiful views and the hot tub is an added bonus! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and can't wait to go back.' Becky McCarthy, N. Wales

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6 March 2015

'It was the perfect place to relax: watching the sun set over the vast panorama from the comfort of the hot tub.' Julia from Chester

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28 February 2015
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