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.


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.


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 rosť & 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 !!.

Work on La Jarilla is finally finished, with the completion of the Patio Andaluz infront of my house. It is some 300 sq. ms. with a 3 metre high wall all around, connecting the corner of Bodega House with that of the laundry. It has an iron, wisteria clad, gazebo with a massive table, made from the eucalyptus trees that no longer dwarf the house, a short avenue of orange & lemon trees, lawns, river gravel paths & an old fashioned trough fountain, against the wall facing the house. It is a great sun trap & will be very useful for special occasions, by prior arrangement, such as shoot lunches, painting classes, drinks parties & any other celebrations such as birthdays, reunions, etc.

Guest review & photographs of La Jarilla & the Alhambra - October 2012.

The Guardian with Sawday's

News September 2011

"The old mule stable, that was tucked away between the pool and the tennis court, has finally re-emerged as a very useful bar, terrace and kitchen with it is own bathroom. This has created a focal point for all activities centred on the pool and tennis court. So now,  one can spend the whole day around the pool, without any need to go down to the houses, for whatever !!"


Irish Independent


Remote and enchanting
Alistair Sawday, Special Places to Stay: Spain; Alistair Sawday Spain, Edition 9 (2011)


".......Remote and enchanting. A sea of almonds, olives, figs and vines, a soaring outlook over a
mountainous flank to the Mediterranean and across to Africa, and a gregarious Scottish gentleman
keen to share this special spot: rural Alpujarra meets Scots eccentricity. Three traditional new-built
houses (red roofs, chestnut beams, terracotta floors) nestle among the farm's almond groves, awash
with objects reminiscent of life among landed gentry. Find old books and hat stands, paintings of
horses, dogs, loch landscapes, a smattering of antiques, proper crockery and silver service in the
open-plan kitchen dining room. (Stock up on food before arriving; and note Simon can provide the
farm's olive oil and wine.) The houses may be unusual - and brilliant for holidays and house parties - but outside is even better. You get a large pool (ozone-filtered, no chlorine) with vast panoramic views,
a tennis court, a boules pitch, barbecues, walking trails, a restaurant at the end of the track, beaches
within a short drive, and horse riding nearby. Oh, and a helipad should you wish to arrive in style. A place to stretch and yawn......"