Lying within the magic triangle of Andalucía’s ancient Moorish cities – Córdoba, Seville, Granada - CASA UNO is the art historian Nicholas Tresilian's Spanish home from home, and a very private holiday haven in a small hill-top village offering all the convivial pleasures of Mediterranean courtyard living.
CASA UNO is a very private holiday haven in a small hill-top village in inland Andalucía. It offers you all the convivial pleasures of Mediterranean courtyard living which Spain inherited from the Romans and the Moors. Brilliantly sunlit patios, deeply shaded eating areas, covered walkways to all rooms and a fountain murmuring under the bougainvillea.
Outside, a simple finca in the austere Andaluz style. Inside, CASA UNO opens out into a large, luxurious colonnaded villa with a huge kitchen and all facilities, accommodating up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms, with 5 bathrooms and a garage, set around a central atrium with its own secluded, solar-heated and safety-gated swimming pool
Nicholas and Fay Tresilian designed and built CASA UNO out of an ancient farm-house to be an enchanting place to inhabit: `magical’ and `paradise’ are words we often hear exclaimed about it by new arrivals. But CASA UNO is also at the centre of a web of lovely places to visit – starting with its own home village of Las Pinedas.
Zugang für Gäste
CASA UNO is your own house to relish, relax and unwind in, offering personal space to dream in and recharge creative batteries and a completely private pool all to yourself.
Interaktion mit Gästen
Maribel and Lolo are our caretakers. They live on the next street and will be there to receive you, give any help you need and fill you in on all the best flamenco spots, dining places and local fiestas. Maribel is a wonderful cook who by arrangement can offer fantastic Andalusian cuisine to order, to help you relax fully. They are also members of the wonderful flamenco group "Los makes del Duende" and offer a short set in the comfort of your own home - as professionals we insist they accept a very fair 50 EUR for this authentic delight.
Nicholas - a retired broadcaster and art historian who built the house together with his late wife Fay - has his own home in the village: when he is in residence he loves to invite guests for a drink and regale them with tales of his years living in Las Pinedas.
Joanna is a good friend of the family who has lived in Andalucia for many years and knows the area well, and is the point of contact for bookings and electronic communication.
Weitere wichtige Infos
CASA UNO is perfect for outdoor living during at least 9-10 months of the year (Andalucía boasts 320 days of sunlight per annum). There is an all-day-sunlit patio, a sunroof with a shady awning and BBQ, covered colonnades to all the downstairs rooms and a fully-shaded outdoor eating area round a vast Moroccan table, overlooking the walled and gated 8 metre pool. Solar heating extends the swimming season in the pool from early April to late October. Internally the house is proofed for all weathers: double-glazed and double-walled, with full air-conditioning for high summer which also heats the rooms in the short winter. There are ceiling fans in all rooms and a wood-stove for the seasons in between. There is a large family kitchen/dining room, a sitting-room with TV/DVD/radio etc. and an extensive if eclectic library. The bedroom wall-hangings and covers are from Fez. The pool can be floodlit by night. A fountain plashes musically. Moroccan lamps light up for supper.
Each of the great Moorish cities are within day trip distance, and each has its ancient wonders: CÓRDOBA has the Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from the 8th century which effortlessly swallowed the Catholic Cathedral later built within it; SEVILLE's Alcazar is a Moorish palace built for a Christian king with glorious Moorish gardens, the nearby Cathedral rivals in size that of Mexico city and contains the tomb of Christopher Columbus; the Alhambra at GRANADA is the last and most exquisite of all Moorish palaces - but access is nowadays rationed and you need to book well in advance for an entry time.
This is just a start. We can offer a great deal more information about our village, the surrounding landscape, the culture, the gastronomy, the towns and cities of the region - and also an extensive reading-list on Andalucía and wider Spain - in our specially written Gazetteer. The Michelin Green Guide to Andalucía makes a good companion for monuments and their opening times.
GUIDE TO SERVICES
WIFI wireless-enabled broadband. Full-size table tennis table . All bed-linen and towels including bathing-towels supplied. Cot and additional folding beds available. For stays of a week or more a welcome pack is provided, incl. bread, milk, coffee, tea, cheese, bacon, eggs, wine. Full range of kitchen and utility equipment: fridge-freezer, electric hob and oven, microwave, juicer, toaster, mixer, dishwasher; washing-machine, tumble-dryer, steam iron, ironing board. Mountain bike. Car-mountable GPS. . Emergency lighting system. First aid kit. Full-size bed-board for those with back problems. A hair-dryer in every bed-room.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES (BY ARRANGEMENT)
Daily cleaning. Spanish cookery, from single dishes to entire meals. A driver for the day or half-day for big-city visits. Bodega visits to Montilla and Jerez. Baby-sitter. Local physiotherapist.
Smoking in the outside areas only please.
In high season bookings are for a minimum of a week, with a Saturday changeover day.
The rest of the year, bookings are a minimum of 3 nights.
We offer discounts of 7.5% on the second week, and 15% on the third.
Breakfast and cooked meals are an optional extra
3 Nächte Mindestaufenthalt vom 1. Oktober 2017 - 22. Dezember 2017.
I believe we make the world a better place by making every encounter respectful, friendly, and with a touch of humour.
I think sustainability can only be achieved by integrating all areas of human culture - the environment and economics, yes, but also personal development, local and international solidary, arts and culture and having fun! We are working to build a holistic permaculture design on our land, and to build a local community of permaculture practitioners in the area.
I love the Earth, see humans as just a small part of the community of living beings, albiet one of my favourite parts. I am always curious about the Great Mystery, the Infinte. I especially love this part of Spain.
I am curious about so many things, and I will devour any book you leave behind! (Though in these days of the Kindle and Ipad I guess that won't be happening so often...)
I look forward to meeting you.