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This spacious modern Spanish Country house overlooks Lake Beznar near Talara in the Lecrin Valley in the Province of Granada.
Built in 2011 the house has 2 bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms and extensive living accommodation situated in a completely private & unique location at the end of a winding farm track with panoramic views of the mountains on three sides.
The modern Farmhouse is built on one level flowing across the width of a hillside terrace with wide level patios on two of the south facing sides.. At one end is a large tower room, reached by external steps, an ideal place to take advantage of the stunning views and cool breezes in the heat of summer. The house blends into the countryside and is designed for easy living and comfort. It is warm in winter with underfloor heating throughout, double glazing & well fitting exterior doors and windows.
Internally it is well equipped with comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a large open plan kitchen and dining area and comfortable lounge area. Outside the shaded terraces can be used for sunbathing, eating out, sunset cocktails and watching the wildlife on the lake.
The house is an ideal base to explore the Lecrin Valley & Alpujarras with numerous local walks and a variety of flora & fauna. Although Casa Moginar is in a secluded and peaceful spot it is only 10 minutes drive to the Costa Tropical Motorway linking Granada to the coast. Granada is a city of culture with a vibrant arts scene and the World Heritage Alhambra Palace and its nearby Ski Resort of Sol y Nieve. To the south the motorway gives access to the beaches of the Costa Tropical only 35 minutes drive away.
This is an ideal property for a relaxed holiday away from it all but with easy access to Granada and the Costa Tropical. The house is suitable for a family with a baby but not suitable for young toddlers due to the steep nature of the land falling away from the plateau and terrace the house is built on. Once children are old enough to understand the danger it again becomes suitable for a family holiday and the large level plateau above the house offers is a brilliant area for children to explore and play on
We have our own manager who looks after the house and will meet you in Talara to show you the way down to the house and explain how everything works. It essential to arrive in Talara in daylight hours so that you will easily remember the route down to the house.
Access to Casa Moginar
A car with good ground clearance is essential for a stay at this house as it is a slow 10 minutes drive from the nearest village of Chite down a narrow (plenty of passing places) concreted farm road that winds through the orange and lemon groves with numerous drainage humps to cope with winter deluges and some steep curves as the road winds down towards the lake. Some renters hire 4 wheel drive cars but this is not essential and we found a Fiat 500 was amazing fun on the road but struggled to cope with more than two people on the steep curves out. We’ve hired a VW Golf, a Caddy and a Citroen Berlingo, just try to avoid small 4 seaters with small engines if there are going to be 4 of you with luggage. You arrive at the house up a steep drive to a level gravel area stretching in front of the house and from there a wheelchair friendly ramp leads to the level front terrace with access to the front and lounge doors with steps at the far end leading to the Tower Room.
You can park outside the house to unload and then drive up to the top plateau to turn round where there is space for numerous cars to park.
The Interior Layout
The entrance hall opens out with a large storage cupboard for coats, sports equipment and shoes, a large cloakroom with WC and an arched entrance to the bedroom suites at one side and double doors to the living areas on the other side.
Bedroom 1 has a large double bed (1.8 x 2.0m) large storage cupboards, an en suite bathroom with shower and bath etc and windows looking out onto the lake and mountains. The bedroom has a ceiling fan and windows can be opened to take advantage of cooling evening breezes.
Bedroom 2 has two single beds 1.9m x 0.80m which can be put together to form a double if required. Large built in cupboard, ceiling fan and again views of the lake and hills complete this slightly smaller room which has a wet room bathroom with level floor and walk in shower also suitable for wheelchair use.
Going through the double doors to the living area is again on the same level opening out into a large kitchen/dining room. The kitchen on the left is fully equipped with all modern equipment adequate crockery, glasses and cutlery for 8 people, fridge/freezer, oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. A central peninsular unit with two stools provides a breakfast bar for early risers or a place to sit and support the chef whilst helping to keep all glasses charged.
The dining area to the right provides seating for up to 6 people (8 at a squeeze) looking out over the terrace to the lake and mountains and there is a further 6 seater table on the terrace outside for summer meals.
An arch leads through to the large living room with sofas, TV, hi fi equipment and a door out to the front and side terraces.
A wood burning stove sits in an arch between the kitchen/dining room and living room with glass fronted doors on both sides providing cosy warmth on cold autumn evenings when the underfloor heating is not really required.
All heating and power is provided by our own self contained system using solar energy, a wind turbine and diesel generator. The system is completely integrated and usually provides more reliable supplies than the local electricity provider; the only thing that may need changing is the gas cylinder under the hob unit, which is 50:50 electricity and gas.
There are two main terrace areas on a level with the house, the front terrace has a table under a shaded gazebo and this gets the benefit of any evening breezes as well as spectacular sunsets. If more protection is needed then the side terrace is again on the same level but surrounded and protected on three sides also an overhead sunshade. It is a veritable sun trap and you can often eat out there in December. There is a large wheeled gas Bar B Q in this area for cooking while watching the sun go down.
The tower room is an added bonus for hot summer days providing a shaded retreat with gentle breezes and spectacular views across the lake. We keep a couple of sun loungers there for afternoon siestas!
Above the house is a large gently sloping plateau divided into two areas. The above ground pool occupies the higher area with ample space for sitting out under an awning and relaxing. The pool itself is entered by wooden steps and is 7 metres by 4.5 metres wide. Its not an exercise pool for serious swimmers but is ideal for a refreshing dip and children who have learnt to swim love being able to dive and play and remain in their depth. The pool has 360 degree views of the plateau, lake and different mountain ranges but is far enough away from the hillside villages to feel completely un-overlooked.
The lower are of the plateau contains almond and olive trees and a large area left to nature which makes an ideal adventure and exploring area for children.
The Lecrin Valley is a semi-tropical valley filled with orange, lemon, olive and almond groves. It represents the real Andalusia and yet is close to sophisticated Granada and the Mediterranean coast. Several villages in the valley offer shopping, restaurants, bars and other basic facilities. The nearby village of Albunuelas is the highest village in the valley, with a weekly market and several historic buildings, including a 14th Century Moorish Tower. Melegis offers more shops and holds the three-day festival of San Juan in late June. From Chite you can walk down to Lake Beznar. Near the motorway, Talara contains the ruins of an Arab castle and also offers some nightlife for young people! Durcal is a bigger town at the head of the valley offering a daily market, some nightlife, a mountain bike hire shop and access to the Sierra Nevada Parque Natural.
Granada is a beautiful historic Moorish city with the superb palaces and gardens of the
Alhambra and the Generalife, the Old Islamic Quarter of the Albaicin, a wide variety of restaurants, theatres and cinemas, good shopping, many cultural pursuits by day and by night, and its own bullring. The Summer Music Festival in the Alhambra is not to be missed!
If you are planning a visit to the Alhambra go on line and book a date well in advance it is one of Europes most popular tourist attractions. (http://www.lovegranada.com/alhambra/tickets/)
Drive into the picturesque Alpujarras or visit the magnificent Sierra Nevada with world
class skiing resort of Sol y Nieve less than an hour away. The ski station, located at an elevation of 2,100 metres, has 19 lifts and 61 kilometres of pistes, plus extensive snow-making equipment.
The Mediterranean Coast is easily reached and offers beaches and seaside pleasures at
many coastal villages and towns. Drive down to Motril or Salobrena (25 minutes) and then along stylish Almunecar, the pretty horseshoe bay of La Herradura, and to Marina del Este where you can watch the boats from one of several waterside restaurants. Keep going along the Costa Tropical to the sandy beaches of Nerja or to the Costa del Sol where Malaga and Marbella await you!
Nearby activities include skiing, walking or hiking to enjoy the valley scenery, golf and tennis (nearby in Murchas and on the way Granada), mountain biking and horseback riding.
Granada Airport (BA and EasyJet) is about 35 minutes away by car and Malaga Airport with a wide variety of charter and scheduled flights is about one and a quarter hours away by Motorways (we will send detailed driving instructions when you book).
If you want to explore more of Spain using the Lecrin Valley as a base it is best to do this early in the year when temperatures are moderate (70 – 75c). Cordoba is a 2 hour drive and definitely worth a stopover night whilst Antequera, Seville and Cadiz are all around a three hour drive on very good roads.
The Lecrin Valley
The Lecrin Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty planted with orange, lemon and olive trees largely untouched by tourism and a phrase book or working knowledge of Spanish is a useful adjunt in the local bars.
The seasons are clearly defined here and each have their distinctive highlights.
White Almond blossom appears first in Spring and then the valley is perfumed with the scent of oranges and lemons.
The summer is highlighted with hot sun and blue skies but always with gentle breezes wafting down from the mountains. The scents are rosemary, lavender and thyme in the hills whilst in the villages racks of tomatoes, chilies and peppers lie drying in the sun.
Autumn is a period of mellow warmth with more acceptable temperatures for Northern Europeans with plenty of evening warmth to eat out. In the evening the villagers sit shelling almonds by machine or hand and the Olive orchards then ring to the clatter of sticks beating the branched to bring the olives down from the trees, grapes are gathered and there is the strong smell of fermentation of the new vintage.
Winter brings colder nights, snow and skiing in the mountains and often rain to refresh the fields and wash down the dusty streets. The hill villages now smell of wood smoke and frost and it’s an ideal time to walk and visit out of the way villages. Wet days never last long and are interspersed with bright blue skies and warm winter sun, all the locals gather on street corners absorbing the warmth and discussing the year to come. Winter is also the time of festivals and Saints Days and hardly a week passes in the Valley without a parade, fireworks display or outdoor festival somewhere, visitors always being most welcome.