Orce in the Alti Plano Granada, Andalucia, SE Spain
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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)
La casa cueva muy bonita y vintage. El propietario "Monique" muy amable y respetuoso.- Ivan, Barcelona
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.
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
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
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
'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
'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
'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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