*NEW - Cueva de la Merotte

Fuente Nueva, Orce, Altiplano de Granada, Andalucia, SE Spain

about the property

Andalucian holiday home in the sun, a genuine ancient cavehouse with pool and fabulous views - great value holiday villa in the sun, with a quirky interior the family will love!

This quirky cavehouse in the sun is an ideal family holiday home in a wonderful area; Altiplano de Granada - the most traditional part of Andalucia, Spain. Stay here to enjoy c320 days of sun a year, explore the local mountains and geothermal lakes, Moorish castles and free tapas in all the local bars. 

The four-bedroom cavehouse sleeps 7, and has an 'endless spa pool' (with pumps so you swim against the current) with mountain views (pool shared with La Veranda next door, and as not heated generally in use Easter> end Oct, though geothermal heated pool free year-round just 6 minute drive away). The cave is located on a hillside above the village of Fuente Neuva, famous for its archaeology - the first evidence of human occupation of Europe was found here, and there are still excavations ongoing in the village of mammoths and sabre-tooth tigers. 

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 many caves etc), the pools and the forest adventure park, or (if they wish) feeding the goats and horse with our lovely housekeeper, Monique.

Inside you'll find an remarkable original cavehouse interior cut from the local stone centuries ago. Outside you have a private sun terrace to enjoy the view. 

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 Moorish watch  tower on the horizon, through forestry, or take the track to nearby Orce (6km) for a meal (three bar restaurants).

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good to know

arrival at
16:00
depart by
10:00
guests
7
7 nights from
£447.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£740.00 (based on two staying)
pets
pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Master Double, Double, Double, Single

facilities at *NEW - Cueva de la Merotte

internet
wifi broadband available
general
farm or rural location
young children welcome
activities
open fire / woodburner
swimming pool access

map - location

travel info

We can put you in touch with a good, reliable English-speaking taxi guy who lives locally who (if available) will collect you from the airport etc. Arrange direct with Tony. You'll probably want a car in your party in any case. 

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)
  • 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 woodburner (typically only required in January and February). 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.

Babies - we have one cot with mattress and one high chair in the house, as well as a baby bath. Bring own bedding for cot.

Main room:

  • Open plan kitche/living room heated by a 10KW woodburner (wood provided). Kitchen has microwave, kettle, toaster, grill oven, fridge with small freezer compartment. 

Bedrooms:

  • Bedroom 1 - Master double, a spacious, light room
  • Bedroom 2 - Double with walk-in wardrobe
  • Bedroom 3 - Double
  • Bedroom 4 - usually the dining room, this room has a single bed and is located between the main room and Bedroom 1.
  • Shower room with large shower
  • Toilet - separate toilet

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). 
  • Garden terrace
  • Parking for 2 cars (note down several steps, but you can park temporarily immediately in front for unloading/packing). 

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...

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