25/01/2015

Special Offer: Don't miss our very Special Offer at La Jarilla!!! - If you book your stay by the end of March, you'll get 15% OFF on ALL low season bookings in 2015!! Low season goes from 22/01/2015 till 13/06/2015 and from 12/09/2015 till 19/12/2015.

10/1/2015

This year started on a high with a most gracious & generous Spanish family bringing in the New Year with me at La Jarilla. The year we saw out had been a good one, with bookings up by almost 10% but still too quiet during, in my opinion, the best months of the year, April,May,June,September & October, the last two featuring the almond & grape harvests & wine making.   That is why I have posted the low season discounts.
 
Last spring I built a grass terrace beside the tennis court with an outdoor ping pong table, which has seen a lot of action & is just a few steps from the terrace bar at the Pool House.  In June, I set up an archery range on one of the new olive terraces, fifteen minutes walk from the houses. It has proved very popular, competitive &, with some, addictive !!.
 
This year I will be awarding a litre of house wine to anyone ( or parents of, if under aged ! ) who scores over 35 out of 50 at the 18 metre distance, two litres for a score over 40 & a litre a point over 45 !!. There will be an engraved cup, yet to be found, awarded to the guest with the highest score in 2015, which I will mail onto them in January 2016.  Many thanks to you all & for your kind comments in the Guest Book.


31/12/2013

2013 ended quite literally with a bang with the first serious storm & torrential rain since March, just over 100 mm. fell in 22 hours, closely followed by gale force winds, gusting to 120 kms/hr, on Christmas day causing multiple power cuts. This resulted in a delightful return to the old fashioned Christmas of yesteryear, where the children were involved, by candlelight, with each other rather than with their electronic toys & T.V. - I didn't want to spoil it, so the backup generator was said to be out of action with some irreparable fault !!.

 The calm & dry autumn produced the best harvests since I started at La Jarilla, with a later than usual picking of prime quality grapes & producing almost twice as much as last year with some 2000 litres of 2 reds, a rosé & a white -  it's still too soon to comment on its quality but I'm sure it will be up to snuff. Over 3500 kilos of almonds were gathered & the good news is that this years' price has risen to just over 2 euros a kilo from the co-op buyers  - for many years it had been about 70 cents or less a kilo & it cost almost as much to harvest, as was paid for it !!. We were lucky with the olives because many of my neighbours had disappointing yields but I managed to collect & mill more than enough organic oil for this year & it's even better than it was last year !!.


8/12/12
Les travaux du patio andalous devant ma maison privee, sont enfin terminés et il est maintenant cerné d’un haut mur qui s’étire depuis la buanderie jusqu’à la maison Bodega. Une tonnelle recouverte de glycine abrite la grande table, en bois de feu l’eucalyptus, des ardeurs du soleil. Orangers et citronniers bordent le chemin tandis que le charme de la fontaine et la fraîcheur de la pelouse en font le décor parfait pour les déjeuners de chasse, cours de peinture et autre réceptions et célébrations punctuel , en reservant en avance.

15/10/2012
-Appréciations et photos de visiteurs. Octobre 2012
http://www.glitterazi.com/2012/10/15/a-visit-to-alhambra/

30/05/12
- - Alastar Sawday dans » The Guardian »
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/mar/16/spanish-holidays-rural-yurts-cottages



Nouvelles Septembre 2011
La zone de la piscine et du tennis est devenue un nouveau centre d’activité depuis que l’ancienne écurie des mules a été reconvertie en bar, cuisine et terrasse (cum WC). Il est maintenant possible d’y passer toute la journée sans même devoir descendre aux maisons

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/06/11
Irish Independent
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10/10/10
Isolé et charmant…

Isole et charmant. Une mer d’oliviers, de figuiers et de vines, des vues balayant les flancs montagneux, la mer méditerranée et les cotes africaines du même regard et un grégaire gentilhomme écossais avide de partager son refuge privilégié : l’Alpujarra profonde rencontre l’excentricité écossaise. Trois maisons construites récemment avec les moyens du terroir (toits rouges, poutres en châtaignier (sic) et sols en terre cuite) nichent au sein des amandiers, débordant de d’objet témoins d’une vie antérieur de propriétaire terrien. Bon vieux bouquins et chapeaux de paille, gravures de chiens et chevaux, paysages de lacs écossais, vaisselle ancienne et argenterie dans la cuisine/salle a manger. (Faites vos course avant d’arriver, et n’oubliez pas que la ferme de Simon peut vous fournir en huile d’olive et vin.) Non seulement les maisons sont originales à souhait- et parfaites pour vacances et fêtes- mais l’extérieur est encore plus particulier. Vous jouissez d’une vaste piscine ( filtre a ozone, pas de chlore), de vues panoramiques, d’un cours de tennis, terrain de pétanque, barbecue, randonnées, un restaurant a l’autre bout de la piste, plages pas trop loin et centre équestre dans les environs. Ha, et un héliport pour arriver en toute discrétion. Le lieu rêvé pour s’étirer et bailler…