We are looking for a reliable couple to house sit for approximately 4 weeks starting on 21st September 2018.
There is one cat to care for who lives inside and does not go out that much. There are also village cats to feed outside. There will be some watering required for pots and the garden.
Our house, a old large farmhouse, is located in rural Andalucia in the province of Granada, with mountain views all around. We will provide an insured car for you to use whilst you are here. All you will need to pay for is fuel and any road fines. There is wifi.
The farm house is on the edge of the village of Venta Micena, ten kilometres from the historic town of Orce in north-eastern Granada. The town of Orce has a Moorish castle and a fascinating museum, plus a beautiful old church, and there are shops, banks, bars and restaurants, as well as a weekly market. There are good quality reasonably priced restaurants where a menu del dia is 10 euro per head including all courses, drinks and coffee. It is also well worth sitting in the bar in the square sampling the free tapas with a few drinks and watching the world go by. Orce has a natural free swimming pool, spring fed, which is a lovely relaxing place to spend some time, it also has a bar and restaurant. There are many villages to explore and the mountain town of Castril has a dramatic gorge which you can walk through on an elevated wooden platform. Granada is a must for the Alhambra etc and this can be done as a day trip from the house. Twelve kilometres in the other direction is the unspoilt wilderness of the natural park of the Sierra de Maria. This is a dramatic landscape of forests; mountains, which rise to a height of over 2000 metres. There are numerous tracks and pathways where you can walk for miles with little likelihood of meeting other people.Twenty minutes drive away is the regional centre of Huescar, another historic town with a greater range of shops , busy restaurants and bars. This is an ideal place to sit outside a street cafe and watch the world go by, or relax in one of the many bars where free tapas are served with every drink. A bustling market every Thursday fills the streets and squares and is a great place to soak up the atmosphere of real Spain.To the north is the vast natural park of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, another region of forests and mountains, famed for its wildlife. Between Huescar and the park is the highest mountain of the area, La Sagra and there are signed footpaths to the top, should you have the energy.A drive in any direction will take you through stunning scenery and you will encounter little other traffic.The nearest coast is around one and a quarter hours drive away at Aguilas, a typical Spanish resort and not over commercialised. Close by are numerous unspoilt beaches which are rarely crowded. Nature lovers should be in their element, with endless opportunities for exploring the wilderness.
The historic city of Granada is around one and a half hours drive away. Well worth a visit for its elegant squares and winding streets, Granada also boasts the world famous Alhambra, with its wonderfully preserved palace and the beautiful gardens. Above the city is the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada. Less than half an hour away from the house is the dramatically sited castle at Velez Blanco has splendid views, and all the towns in the region offer street cafes and bars to sit and watch the world go by.
This is a rural location away from it all with a very small population.
It is still summer weather in September and the days should be sunny and hot. Average daily maximum temperatures are: September 29 degrees and October 24 degrees.
The house is comfortable and restored but it is not flick of the switch heating ( if needed). In the kitchen is a wood burning range which will may need to be lit by the middle of October alternatively, in the sitting room, there is a wood burner which can be lit if the house cools.
Hot water is heated by an electric immersion heater.