Beautifully Restored Andalucía Farmhouse for Rent

Sleeps 12, 6 bedrooms

A perfect escape for families or groups, Las Almendras is an exceptionally spacious farmhouse, beautifully restored but with many original features.

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Las Almendras is located in the traditional Spanish village of Los Herreras, near Lubrín, Almería.

Formerly a small hotel, the house has 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. It has been restored to a high standard, with a large modern kitchen, a huge dining/sitting room, two other sitting rooms and a covered porch room for al fresco dining. It has many original features such as heavy wooden doors and traditional cane and wood beamed ceilings.

Inside the House

Donkey room window

Las Almendras sleeps 12 people easily.

The house has two double bedrooms downstairs, and two doubles and two bedrooms upstairs. There are five bathrooms, plenty of reception rooms and summer and winter dining rooms.  There is a delightful upstairs sunroom (pictured) with double sofabed and plenty of room for sleeping bags!

At Las Almendras, everyone can find their own space. It is a rambling place with two staircases where children will enjoy playing hide and seek.

Dining, Sitting and Living space

As you come in from the entrance hall, there is a large, modern kitchen with range style cooker, dishwasher, microwave, two large fridges and a breakfast bar. This opens into a sitting room and the large porch where the table seats 8 -10. Additional utility space has storage and the washing machine.

Downstairs, there is a main dining room with wood burning stove, where the table seats up to 12, with candelabra lighting and sofas. Next door is a central TV room and beyond, an informal seating area with fireplace that opens into the kitchen.

Upstairs, there is a central room that can be used for games, a sun room and a study, also with a stove.

In summer, the wooden porch room with roll down screens faces onto a 6 by 10 metre pool, making this a wonderful place to enjoy for insect-free lunch al fresco. An excellent barbeque in the porch and wood burning stoves in the sitting rooms mean you can enjoy winter sunshine in comfort.

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Bedrooms and Bathrooms

All bathrooms except the master have large, stand alone shower rooms with good water pressure and plentiful hot water, as well as basins and bidets.

The master bedroom – a large double with dressing room and next door bathroom with bath and shower over the bath

The blue room – a large double bedroom with adjoining bathroom with shower

The donkey room – once upon a time the stable – now a small double with next door bathroom

The rhino room – (a small stuffed rhino sits on the bed...) double with adjoining bathroom

The white room – twin beds that pull out next to each other and adjoining bathroom

The brown room – a twin suitable for teenagers or children – a good pull out twin that stands lower than the main bed

The sun room – has a double sofa bed for extra visitors

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Outside

Las Almendras is a traditional Spanish farmhouse, with stables, ancient wine press, old woodshed, well and chicken coops... the addition of a lovely, large swimming pool and terrace make it a great retreat.

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The grounds and beyond

The house’s pretty garden with succulent plants and trees encircles a traditional stone threshing circle where villagers came to thresh the grain. There is a sun terrace and back terrace with large dining table and umbrella – plus an outdoor barbeque.

At the pool side of the house, a large tiled terrace takes you from the shady screened porch (with large dining table) to the spacious pool. Cypresses shield the view, while a tropical garden of yuccas and palms provides welcome shade beyond.

A rustic bread oven and old olive tree with a stone bench around it are features, while in the porch there is a modern gas barbeque. White and black fig trees, pomegranates, prickly pears and citrus fruits grow in abundance round the house.

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Walking, Cycling, Driving and the Landscape

Beyond the pool, you can wander through our field and find figs on the trees, and descend into the rambla or dry river bed, take a walk through the small hamlet and out into the hills beyond. The land is all open for walking and our neighbours will make you feel welcome.

The winding country roads are great for cycling and you often see serious cyclists practising here. You can drive along country roads inland and hardly meet a soul.

Las Almendras means “The Almonds” and almonds are still grown over much of this part of the countryside, alongside olives, oranges and lemons.

Birdsong in the morning and goat bells in the evening as local goatherd Alberto leads his flock out to graze are among the few sounds in this tranquil place, famous for its rare bird life.

You may see an eagle above the hills beyond the house or a hoopoe along the road, or sight a wild boar wandering under the stars at night. Lower down, rock thrushes and blue rock thrushes can be seen along the road to the valley, along with many other unusual birds.

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Around & About

Almería – our local province – is a little known part of Andalucia and away from the coast, you will find very deserted places that have changed little in the last 100 years.

Discover the unspoiled beaches of the Cabo de Gata – not a hotel or house in sight, the desert of Tabernas, the famous Arab town of Mojacar and the caves and pottery of Sorbas.

Nearby, head towards Albanchez for deserted country roads and lonely landscapes. Heading down the winding Arroyo Aceituno owards Albox, find the tiny dark bar where they sell delicious ham and cheese with salted almonds.

Local Bars and Shops

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Bar Lopez, ten minutes drive away in the village of Rambla Alhibe, is a great place to have a drink and tapas. Beyond that, the market town of Lubrín is still very traditional, with its weekly market and frequent local fiestas. There are four or five good places to eat and all the basics like banks, butcher, baker, small supermarkets and a chemist. About ten minutes further on, in the village of El Marchal is the popular Paniajo bar, run by Jessica and Anne-Marie, where you may hear live music but will certainly have excellent food and company.

Visit Vera
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Vera, on the coast, is about half an hour away and the nearest town for a big supermarket. There is a good Saturday market with everything from local honey to fake designer sunglasses. The central square with huge honey coloured church among the trees, has a very pleasant café for drinks and ice creams. About 5 minutes away try the very Spanish Terraza Carmona hotel where at weekends Spanish families come for tapas and lunch. Vera has an enormous sandy beach and, on the Villaricos road, Vera Aquatica, a water park that is very popular with children.

For a sophisticated drink, wide range of flamboyant pizzas and Caribbean style relaxing by a pool with beach view (entry free and loungers cost about 5 Euros) try Lua Puerto Rey in the San Bernabe Club on the Avenida Descubrimiento south of Vera.

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches! For those who like snorkelling, clear water and rocky coves, head north towards Villaricos and beyond. Villaricos itself is a relaxed sandy beach, with a great beach bar, Las Brisas, where you can have a great lunch under a bamboo roof.

Going north along the coast road, there are many wonderful coves accessed by side roads. Heading south to San José, a small fishing port in the Cabo de Gata natural park, you can find completely unspoiled and stunning beaches with sand dunes, rock climbs and clear blue waters. San José is a great day trip – in summer there are souvenirs, stalls and a lively, mainly Spanish, tourist scene – and Agua Amarga up the coast is a slightly quieter and smarter pretty seaside village.

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Visit Tabernas

Oasys Mini Hollywood is a specially created theme park that combines a Wild West setting, western shows with gunfighters and Cancan dancers, with a Zoo, botanical gardens and a swimming pool.

If the weather’s not great up at the house, head for Tabernas and Europe’s only desert. It’s almost bound to be hot and dry here- and there is plenty to do.

South of the Filabres and about half an hour to the east of the house, Tabernas a dramatic, lunar landscape with gullies and ravines. For birdwatchers, this is an area for spotting all sorts of birds, including Stone Curlews, Trumpeter Finches, and Crested Larks.

Since the 1950s, the desert has been used as a location for shooting Westerns, such as “The Good the Bad and the Ugly.” Driving along you can see sets with crooked trees and shacks still used for filming. Children (and some grown-ups) will love the Oasys wildlife and theme park where you can watch a Wild West mime enacted on horseback, visit a Wild West saloon with can-can dancing, see a parrot show, dress up as cowboys or Indians and visit animals of all kinds.


Visit Sorbas

Sorbas is about half an hour to 40 minutes from the house, driving east into the dramatic rocky landscape called “karst”. The picturesque old town clinging to the edge of a cliff is famous for its pottery workshops where visitors can buy beautiful one-off decorative ceramics as well as more ordinary china. There is a market on Thursdays in the central square. Just outside the town and well signposted you can visit the famous caves.


Visit Mojacar
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Combine a trip to the beach with a walk around the old Arab hilltown about ten minutes inland. Just by the Tourist Information kiosk on the beach front is the lovely shady bar La Cava where you can eat right by the sea. Old Mojacar has white shops, bars and cafes tumbling down the slopes of a hill. The ancient gateway to the town survives, covered in bougainvillea, and there’s a wonderful view over the whole valley. Shop for antiques or souvenirs and then do the easy walk to the very top of the mainly pedestrianized town.

Ground Floor (click for large version)

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Upper floor (click for large version)

Upper floor plan

Utilities and Practicalities

The house was completely restored between 2007 and 2008, when the pool was built and the roof replaced. All paperwork relating to the building work, which was carried out by reputable local builder Juan Mañas, is available.

As this is a rural property, like the other properties in the village, it is not registered for rates or any taxes.

Water, Heating and Communications

The house is on the water mains, with a supply from the village well as an alternative. This supply is very reliable, and provided the whole house with water before it was connected to the mains in 2012. The house has two boilers, one main boiler downstairs, recently serviced, and an independent boiler upstairs which was replaced in 2012. This can be switched on to provide the master bathroom with water, without using the main boiler.

Hot water is heated by gas, which is reliably delivered in large bottles by Vera Gas (the gas bottle shed is at the pool side of the house). Smaller gas bottles supply the cooker, barbecue and portable heaters.

Heating is not needed much, but the main source of winter heat is the two wood burning stoves. The house also has two electric wall radiators and more could be fitted.

The house has a good modern washing machine and dishwasher.

There is a good mobile signal at the house and internet is easily available through SatComm – we previously had a landline and internet but as we no longer live in the property, don’t currently have contracts.

Local Utilities

Endesa is the electricity supplier. Water is paid for quarterly at the town hall, or someone in the village will come and collect the money, which is a small sum of about 20-30 euros. The gas bottles are paid for on delivery – about 400 Euros to change the whole set. Small bottles can be changed at a local garage.

Property, Land and Sale Information

Thank you for your interest in Las Almendras. Some basic documents can be downloaded here:

House Information (zip file).

  • Plan of the land to show plot and boundaries
  • Plan and information from the catastral (official) register
  • Survey of the land May 2010
  • Nota Simple - land registry documents 2005 (these are from the previous owners – an updated Nota Simple will be posted when it arrives from the lawyer)
  • Escritura or house deeds

Interested in Buying?

Las Almendras is for sale at £400,000/€48,500.. Please contact juliet@andaluciafarmhouse.com or call me on +44 7753 832487 to discuss further or arrange for a viewing.

What Visitors Say

Las Almendras has been rented as a holiday house, and before that was a hotel, when it was listed in Alistair Sawday’s ‘Special Places to Stay’.  Here are a selection of guests’ comments on their stay:

Wow... what a fantastic place!! Thank you very much for the use of Las Almendras for the last 10 days. We had really good quality time together and a much needed rest. I cannot tell you how impressed we all were with your beautiful farmhouse. The thing I'm going to miss more than the sound of the goats coming back in the morning is waking up every morning with birds singing right outside my window! I stood out side this morning at 5.30 a.m. willing them to wake up before I had to leave just so I could hear them one last time. I must congratulate you on the sheer quality of everything from the two fridges in the kitchen, to the beautiful bedrooms and all the soft furnishing you would not expect to find in any rental property... I will certainly will be looking to return next year as this has to be one of best properties I have had the pleasure to stay in.

—Jackie Claridge, Bushey, Hertfordshire

It really is a special place and we enjoyed its remoteness, tranquility and beauty. We had various family and friends out whilst there who all enjoyed their time at Las Almendras.

We spent a great day in Granada enjoying the delights of the Alhambra and Moroccan markets. It was very hot! We also enjoyed trips to the beach at Agua Amarga and Las Negras. My husband also took a drive over to Albanchez and Lijar which he says was beautiful... After three weeks we felt we understood the rhythm of Las Almendras; watching the figs and grapes ripen; wasps multiplying; beautiful birdlife. We had linnets nesting in the cyprus trees and they fledged whilst there.

All in all it was a memorable holiday and our children were fortunate to experience a little piece of real Spain. Las Almendras is a beautiful property and in our view would certainly appeal to the more adventurous and discerning holiday maker. We are extremely grateful to you for letting the property for 3 weeks. We hope we left it in good order and we hope to return one day to sample the delights of Andalucia.

—Jon & Rosie Fry

Where to start? The drive up is interesting but very worthwhile when you arrive at the house. It has obviously been extensively yet sympathetically refurbed to a very high standard. All the bedrooms have indvidual character, we chose one on the ground floor with an ensuite shower and view of the rear terrace. My favourite spot was a small reading room on the side of the house with windows on three sides, overlooking the village. Outside the barbecue and pool area was a good place to relax with a G & T and a very fresh slice of lemon. Down in the valley in the village of El Marchal, the Paniajo music bar is a must for good food and entertainment and the nearby coastal town of Mojacas has everthing you might need. I would recommend a beach bar called La Cava. If you're looking for stylish peace and quiet, but with places of interest nearby, this is for you. We would definitely book again.

— Kevin and Elaine Scott, Shoreham, Kent

This is a wonderful house in a lovely setting. Our stay was wonderful. The house has been restored, furnished and decorated beautifully and is really comfortable. The pool is amazing – absolutely huge. I particularly liked the fact that there are so many different places to sit and relax or eat outdoors around the house. I would thoroughly recommend this property. We will certainly return.

— Jane Upperton, Rosa and Isabel, London W12

As we approached Las Almendras, our kids said the landscape looked Mexican with a bit of Hollywood (the lovely swimming pool) thrown in! Although the setting is remote, the house is a pretty delight with everything you need for an enjoyable family holiday; from stylish Molton Brown handwash and a well equipped kitchen to a library of "must see" DVDs and books which kept us all entertained during siesta time. As we visited in August, the children were rarely out of the pool (which is well maintained and enjoys a stunning view of the mountains). In the hot weather more contemplative guests can also retreat to the vine covered terrace on the other side of the house with a book and a glass of wine.

We would certainly return and look forward to enjoying the delights and amenities of your lovely home in other seasons too.

— Annabel Lord

We were seven in total, three adults and four under thirteen, and we had a ball.

'Las Almendras' is fantastically well equipped for a great family holiday – oodles of comfortable spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, toys, books, DVDs, flippers and snorkels for all age groups. A well equipped kitchen a barbecue that fires up at the touch of a button and stunning views tempting the reclining sun-worshipper to get up from by the large pool and head off into the hills. We enjoyed the quirky expat knee- up at remote village bars, and followed the excellent detailed guides left in the house and enjoyws the 'beach fix' at Villaricos. The waterpark is great for kids of all ages even those winking at 50 !!

This a place for those in search of something a bit different, where there is space, solitude and sunshine and where you can make heaps of noise without anybody minding.

— Chris Millard, family and friends

This is a beautiful and luxurious house equipped with absolutely everything you could ever want. It has a massive pool and two different outdoor eating or star-watching areas front and back. The interior of the house is vast and beautifully decorated throughout.

This feels like a luxurious home or upmarket B&B rather than a holiday rental. We counted six bedrooms – five en-suite, four living rooms a dressing room, dining room, study and library. The layout allows you to be completely separate from each other. My daughter particularly appreciated the play room and huge selection of DVDs”.

Unlike most holiday homes everything is very high-spec with an amazing selection of gadgets in the kitchen and a BBQ and pizza oven outside. You are surrounded by almonds, olives and jasmine and there are some lovely walks from the house and snorkelling beaches nearby.

We can't wait to go again and bring some friends. The best value self-catering holiday we have ever had.

— Penny & Sid Jones & daughter Elena

Our party of six all agreed that Las Almendras provided one of the best holidays we've ever had. And given that the ages in our party ranged from 5 to 68, you should get a picture as to how universal that appeal was.

Why the appeal? Firstly the farmhouse and its setting. Las Almendras really has been beautifully restored. The quality of the furniture, the decor, the fixtures and fittings was top notch. Next up are the unexpected or hidden treasures. My kids (5 and 7) thought a couple of Christmases had come at once when they saw the contents of the play room upstairs. The library in the hallway had us all regretting that we had wasted any luggage allowance bringing our own books. The DVD collection was chock full of great movies and TV series.

And then there's the swimming pool. Our second trip to the beach proved to be our last because the kids wanted nothing more than to spend their days playing in the pool. It's the perfect size, depth and temperature - and of course there's a big chest full of air beds, water guns, snorkels, flippers and goggles.

Then there's the food. The house comes with two big fridge freezers and the quality superstores nearby mean that you can eat like kings the entire time. If we weren't eating out then it was invariably a barbecue by the pool each night.

Getting around isn't easy in that the nearest hamlet is a ten minute drive down some winding and hilly roads but that sense of seclusion was half the charm. The other half was not having a mobile phone signal or internet access. Pure bliss for a smartphone and iPad addict like me who just wanted to unwind.

In short, I'm sure there are wonderful villas all over Europe but why bother looking when we've found something and somewhere so perfect?

— Andy Rivett-Carnac

Location & Travel

The house address is:  Las Almendras, Los Herreras, Lubrin 04271, Almería, Spain

The weather

Almeria has beautiful weather most of the year round: you can find averages on the BBC website or many other sites.

Spring weather is like English summer and warm enough from mid April to swim in the sea. You will want something long sleeved for evenings. This is when the landscape looks green and bird song is everywhere.

Summer weather is really hot – you will need to escape into the shade for several hours in the middle of the day. At night, you may need to put fans on and won’t need more than a sheet on the bed. Beaches are much busier especially at weekends in August when all the locals are out and about.

Winter weather is often sunny with clear blue skies – and warm enough for sleeveless tops – but early and after the sun goes down it will be chilly inside and you need stoves and heaters or electric blankets in the house. This is the best time for walking and exploring.

Flights

Almeria is our closest airport, about an hour’s drive mainly on motorway – but Murcia (1.5 to 2 hours) and Alicante (2.5 hours) are other options.

There are regular EasyJet and Ryanair flights to Almería airport.

Ryanair, which flies from Stansted, goes most of the year except the winter, departing in the late afternoon from London and arriving in the evening. On the return flight, Ryanair leaves in the evening from Almeria and arrives late in Stansted.



Directions

Las Almendras is on the ALP 372 road; access is easy. The road was recently completely resurfaced.

It’s about an hour from Almería airport to the house. You can also fly to Murcia (1.5 hours), Alicante (2.5 hours) Granada (2.5 hours) or Malaga (3.5 hours).

From Almería, there are a number of routes, but the easiest is to take the motorway towards Murcia and turn off just after Vera (about 30 minutes), at the turn off for Pulpi and Cuevas de la Almanzora. At the end of the slip road, head left and take the first right, a winding country road marked to Lubrin. At the top, turn left towards Lubrin, and then take a right turn towards Albanchez in the small village of Rambla Alhibe.

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Contact Details

Apologies, but we will not be taking any more bookings for the foreseeable future.