This is a 16th-century house made of the local tufa, a yellow, sandy stone (though the walls are rough plastered as the stone is very crumbly). It was probably originally a small house at the front with a large arched granary attached and land for small livestock in the rear. Last century it would have been occupied by three to four or more families, each with their own room and kitchen but for the last fifty years it has been a family house in the Andalucian style - massively thick walls to keep the heat out, all-white, terracotta floors.
Downstairs there is a large comfortable living room and a large kitchen/eating area. There is wifi, TV, video and DVD (no Sky, I'm afraid), music centre. Both rooms give out onto the large, open, tiled courtyard (which has a huge blind that can be drawn over the entire roof - vital in Summer!). Upstairs there are four double bedrooms, three with double beds and one with twins plus two bathrooms (actually one has a shower rather than a bath). Outside there is a garden - about 200 sq m - with a tiled patio and a full-sized football table. The garden is coming on – the last owner used to grow asparagus, but our fruit trees and vine are slowly growing ....
The house is a holiday home for us too so you will find lots of things like reading and guide books. Feel free to borrow them but please return them. And we are always grateful for extra leaflets and maps you have picked up from tourist offices to add to our stock.
There's a dishwasher and a washing machine – very easy and there are clear instructions in situ. Drying is in the open air and there's a retractable line. The kitchen range is gas (bottled) and electric and the water inside is all electric. Should you be really unlucky and have a bottle run out in you, there are spares in the utility room but do tell us so we can order a new one. If it's cold (only really December/January) there are electric fires in each bedroom and downstairs, a very efficient butane heater plus a wood burner (with lots of wood in the courtyard).
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