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All About the Accommodation

Inside

The accommodation is all on the first floor. The long, beamed living room has a wood-burning stove and comfortable seating with a dining area next to the balcony. We have a large collection of modern novels in English (and welcome more).

There is a large bedroom with a double bed and two single beds. The beds have sprung mattresses and duvets and we have used local furniture and fabrics to decorate.

The kitchen has fridge, gas stove (3 burners) and a washing machine. A fairly steep wooden staircase leads to the railed roof terrace.

The bathroom has WC, shower and sink. We supply soap and towels.

Outside

From the living room there is a south-facing covered balcony with seating and there is also a roof terrace for sunbathing or stargazing. Outside facilities include a table, lounging chairs and a sun lounger. Several of the local signposted walks along ancient mule trails start just outside the house, which is on the edge of the village.

Animals and Pets

Sorry, but we cannot accept any animals or pets in the property.

Disabled Access

The house is not suitable for the disabled and the entire area would prove very difficult for anyone with mobility problems.

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Customer Reviews

  1. Paul S Says: “Great little house in a wonderful remote village of Ferreirola.”
    September 20th, 2018

    This is a lovely place to enjoy the Alpujarras and all the time have to offer. The traditional house with its superb views of the mountain opposite is a great space. We will be back.

  2. Jason O Says: “Charming old village house in the Alpujarra.”
    August 5th, 2018

    We stayed in Casa Barbara in August 2018 and we really enjoyed our time there. It is a nice old house, well done up with personality and an interesting design. It was our first time in the Alpujarra so that was a fantastic discovery for us too. The walls and ceilings of the house are very thick so that made it quite cool in August. It is quite comfortable for two people and it has a great covered terrace area with a lovely view where we spent most of our time. The roof terrace was also available but it is a tad hot in the summer. Great for star gazing though! The kitchen was fine, adequately equipped for basic cooking and there is a wide variety of books to choose from when you want a break from walking. The wifi signal was sufficiently good to let us access whatever we wanted on the internet but the mobile phone signal was a bit less reliable.

    The town Ferreirola is very pretty with friendly people , indeed the people are friendly in all the surrounding towns too. We actually coincided with the annual fiestas there which were fun and probably the only time when there is a bit of loud noise! It’s quiet but not always since you’re in a town so you can hear people in the nearby houses sometimes from the terrace. There are great walks nearby with lots of information in the house on routes etc. There are a few good restaurants in the next town 15 mins walk away and I would recommend a head lamp for the way back.

    The main biggish town in the area, Pitres, is about 10 minutes drive away and it has a good supermarket, bakery and the bookshop sells newspapers too. Of course we took a trip to Granada half way through our stay to visit the Alhambra by day and night. Make sure you do the night visit! I had forgotten what an amazing place it is. All in all, it was a great holiday and we would highly recommend Casa Barbara as a base to experience The magical Alpujarra from. One word of advice> Watch out for the low beams!

  3. Hans S Says: “Perfect place for relaxing and walking.”
    September 23rd, 2017

    Ferreirola is a small village surrounded by mountains - the village is very quiet and the only thing we heard were the cats and bells from the sheeps. The apartment is good - the kitchen contains everything needed - there is a lot of inspirations for walking tours which can start in Ferreirola. We can recommend this place if you are searching for relaxing and walking/trekking - most of the walking tours have a height difference of 200 to 450 meters.

  4. Ctavia C Says: “Beautiful home in a very peaceful village.”
    July 20th, 2017

    Firstly some tips: Make sure you stock up before you get to the house since you need to drive to the nearest shop. You also cannot drive directly to the house so will need to leave your car in the plaza or just outside the village. The village was really pretty and there are some amazing walks. The house was perfect. It had a beautiful terrace and it stayed cool during some hot nights. Lots of lovely features. Not an area for people wanting to party but it's a really friendly, pretty village and probably the nicest in the area. Barbara has left a tonne of information about all the walks and the best places to collect delicious drinking water. She also told me about a lovely natural swimming spot. There are so many markets to visit and interesting things going on in this very special part of Spain.

  5. Rosa S Says: “Fantástica estancia. La casita tiene un emplazamiento perfecto para disfrutar de la naturaleza.”
    July 2nd, 2017

    Hemos pasado una semana inolvidable. La casa es cómoda y con mucho encanto, con unas vistas increíbles, además la propietaria es muy amable y te facilita la estancia. El pueblo y el entorno son maravillosos.

  6. Jan G Says: “Traditional house in an old Moorish village.”
    June 4th, 2016

    Casa Barbara is a traditional Moorish house in a small village at the end of the road. There is great walking all around and good access to Mulhacen (bus from Capiliera to 8,800' and good track to the summit). The supermarket and bakery in Pitres are good, and eating your evening meal on the balcony every evening a rare treat (especially if you come from Scotland!!). The history of the area is fascinating and we found lots of endemic plants. Barbara's warm welcome, knowledge and love of the area will see us back again!.

  7. Birgit L Says: “Einfach wunderschön!”
    February 27th, 2016

    Dies war unser erster Aufenthalt in der Casa Barbara - und ganz sicher nicht der letzte! Ferreirola ist ein wunderschönes kleines maurisches Dörfchen und gehört zu den sieben Dörfern der Großgemeinde "La Taha". Die sieben Dörfer liegen auf rund 950 bis 1.400 m Höhe in den Alpujarras, einer der Sierra Nevada im Süden vorgelagerten Gebirgsregion. In Ferreirola endet die Straße und von nun an geht es nur noch zu Fuß weiter - ein Paradies für Wanderer. Trotz der Abgeschiedenheit des Dorfes gibt es mehrere Bars und Restaurants im 1.5km entfernten Mecina, in Pitres (ca. 10 Minuten Autofahrt/ 30 Minuten zu Fuß bergan) gibt es einen sehr gut bestückten Supermarkt und sogar eine 24 Stunden Ambulanz und eine Apotheke für Notfälle. Die Küste (Salobrena) ist in einer 1 Stunde Autofahrt zu erreichen, Granada in ca. 1.5 Stunden. Die Casa Barbara ist ein 500 Jahre altes maurisches Häuschen, das von seiner Besitzerin Barbara - einer sehr netten englischen Lady - liebevoll restauriert wurde und seinen ursprünglichen Charme dadurch erhalten hat. Alles ist zweckmäßig und gemütlich eingerichtet. Für kalte Tage gibt es einen Gas- und einen Holzofen. Neben einem Balkon, der sowohl vor Hitze als auch vor Kälte schützt, gibt es eine wunderschöne Dachterasse, von der aus man einen atemberaubenden Blick auf die umliegenden Berge hat. Es herrscht eine unglaubliche Ruhe in dem Ferreirola Tal - einziges Geräusch ist der Rio Trevelez in seiner hier sehr tiefen Schlucht.Der Sternenhimmel ist ein Traum! Vor der Casa Barbara kreuzen sich mehrere Wanderwege, die mittelalterliche Ruta Medieval beginnt direkt um die Ecke. Der Einstieg zu den höchsten Gipfeln der Sierra Nevada (Mulhacen und Alcazaba) ist innerhalb von 20 Minuten Autofahrt erreichbar. Wir haben eine wunderschöne Woche in den Alpujarras bei strahlendem Sonnenschein verbracht und wären sehr, sehr gerne noch länger dort gelieben!

    Thanks for everything, Barbara - we will be back soon!

  8. Visitor Says: “The best holiday I have ever had, either alone or as a family. Truly magical.”
    December 28th, 2011

    I am extremely reluctant to write a review about Casa Barbara, and Ferreirola in general, because I don't really want anyone else to know about it! It's mine!! But I'm going to anyway...

    The village itself is amazing in so many ways. From the beautiful views which entice you on the journey up there, to the first views you catch of it peeking through the mountain greenery, to the picturesque white houses and narrow sloping, winding streets all framed with the gorgeous foliage of the Alpujarras. We were only there for a week, but the memories of Ferreirola and the wonderful friendships we made there are etched on our minds forever. We were all in tears leaving the place, and as soon as we got home we got on the internet and booked again for the following year!

    Casa Barbara itself is perfectly located right in the heart of the village. Perched over a stone clad pathway, right beside the only village cafe, and with a view from its balcony that quite literally takes your breath away the first time you see it. And if you think that one's good, take a trip up onto the roof!! Wow!!

    Ferreirola has very little in it apart from the cafe, but Pitres, the largest of the Taha villages, is only a short drive away, where you can find a public outdoor pool, supermarket, bank, pharmacy, bars, restaurants etc. etc..... What Ferreirola does have, however, is a natural effervescent spring, free flowing mountain water in the village square, a beautiful church, no end of breathtaking mountain walks, a bespoke guitar maker, a music academy, and some of the nicest, most interesting and friendly mix of people you will ever meet.

    Right, now on to the details. The village is very well hidden, but with Barbara's directions we had no problem at all finding it. We stayed in the house with our 2 children, aged 7 and 2. Thankfully our littlest one is a fairly calm, well behaved toddler, as the living room of the house has an open stairway leading right up to the middle of it. So if you have boisterous small children, bring a stair gate. And a wee tip that I will offer you.... hang some sort of brightly coloured scarf or something in the doorways of the bedrooms and the bathroom as they are quite low, and by doing this you will avoid whacking your head on the crossbar as my clumsy husband did! Several times!! And if you love to read, make sure you don't bring any books as Barabara has two bookshelves full of them! There is no air conditioning or anything in the house, but the thick stone walls and small windows mean that it stays pretty cool in there anyway, and we were there in the middle of July, so pretty hot then. Also, stock up on groceries and such before you get there, as once you get to Casa Barbara you probably won't want to leave.

  9. Visitor Says: “Charming house in idyllic village.”
    December 27th, 2011

    Ferreirola is one of the most beautiful of the Alpujarran villages and Casa Barbara is a perfect rustic retreat. The property you rent is the top floor of an old Moorish style house, full of bohemian charm: with wooden beams, skylights and a covered balcony with amazing views across the Rio Trevelez gorge. The place has everything you need and best of all has a really chilled out ambience. You can almost feel the peace. The house is on the edge of the village and within seconds you are on tiny donkey paths winding through terraces of lemon and olive trees. Its a perfect spot for a walking holiday or just for relaxing and working your way through the fantastic collection of books.

    Barbara was a great host and even arranged drivers for us at the last minute when we thought we would be unable to hire a car. When we then cancelled this, it was no problem.

    This is definitely somewhere I would love to visit again. I can't think of anywhere in the world more relaxing.

  10. Visitor Says: “We stepped inside the perfect mountain village postcard!”
    December 21st, 2011

    This was the best experience of our 6 week overseas holiday. Barbara welcomed us warmly and was very helpful with suggesting lovely walks and recommending local cafes and restaurants in the area.

    The house has the romance of the past with exposed beams and stone flagstones but with modern comforts. Relaxing in the shade on the terrace with a glass of wine was a favourite pastime in the hot mid afternoons. We explored the unspoilt village enjoying the twisting streets with different views around each corner. The locals were friendly and one of my favourite memories was dining at an outside table watching the sun go down over the mountains while live music played.

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