Association Turismo Valle De Lecrin

We have now joined the association Granada Rural Sur which is a Tourism Association of the Lecrin Valley (Turismo Valle de Lecrin) to help us draw more visitors into this beautiful part of Andalucia and enjoy all that it has to offer.  See our recent entry on their website – Casa Molino Pinos del Valle

GranadaRuralSur is a Tourism Association of Valle de Lecrín, created in 2005, composed of a group of businessmen and entrepreneurs in this region south of Granada whose activities are related to rural tourism. The main objective of the association is to promote the region inside and outside our borders. The region of Valle de Lecrín is a region located in the central part of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. This region consists of eight municipalities: Niguel Albuñuelas, Dúrcal, Lecrín (where Talará, Murchas, Chite, Béznar, Acequias and Mondújar integrated), El Padul, El Pinar (composed Pinos El Valle and Izbor), El Valle (With Melegis, Restábal and Saleres) and Villamena (with Cónchar and Cozvijar).

The association has been created to help the visitor to the Valley of Lecrín find out what is on offer in the way of activities, bars, restaurants, accommodation etc. It also provides information about the rich culture, historical, natural and geological heritage of this region.

In the Valley of Lecrín there are paths of lush vegetation, peaks that pass from 3000 meters, ‘orchards’ full of orange trees smelling of orange blossom, old mills that still work, and a long list of places to visit.

The range of tourism services is composed of cozy rural houses distributed throughout the region; Small hotels and rural hostels; Restaurants where you can taste great local dishes; Wineries to enjoy the wine of the area; A balnerario and multiple companies dedicated to active tourism such as climbing, horse riding routes, walking and cycling, etc.

The route Boabdil is the best way to explore the Lecrin Valley. The route covers 113.11 km and can be completed in stages of 7 to 12 km that joins together the 18 villages of the Valley.

So what are you waiting for – book a stay with us here in Casa Molino and explore this beautiful part of southern Spain.

Walking, Trekking, Scrambling, Mountineering – Escaping the Summer Heat

If you’re planning on doing some outdoor activities such as walking, trekking, scrambling or mountaineering during the months of July or August here in Southern Spain you need to slap on the sun screen and take plenty of fluids with you as it gets HOT.  The ideal time to enjoy the great outdoors around here is Winter, Spring or Autumn when the temperatures are a little gentler than now, however if your only chance of visiting this area is during the height of summer then you may want to consider exploring the higher walking routes up in the Sierra Nevada or high above the Alpujarra as temperatures can be 10 degrees+/- lower than down here in the valley.

If you are in Lanjaron the tourist office there has plenty of information on walking routes available as does the ski area up in the Sierra Nevada (this area isn’t just for skiing – there are activities going on up there all year round – walking, mountain biking etc).

If you feel a little nervous about exploring on your own then perhaps consider some guided walking with Spanish Highs – they are highly experienced and knowledgeable about the area and our guests have been very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed their time with them.

UPDATE – SPANISH HIGHS NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR THEIR WINTER ALPINE MOUNTAINEERING SURVIVAL COURSE.

If you’re unable to come out to Spain for your summer holiday but want to enjoy the great outdoors in the UK then why not contact Ron and Hilary at Summitreks Adventure Centre which is situated on the shores of Coniston Water in the heart of the Lake District National Park.  From Summitreks main base in Coniston they deliver activity programmes and courses anywhere in the Lake District.  If you book any activities with them please mention you heard about Summitreks from Mel & Phil at Casa Molino Guesthouse.

Whatever you decide to do this summer, have a great time and enjoy the great outdoors.

Hasta luego.

Bed & Breakfast in Pinos del Valle

Well it’s been a while since we posted an update on our blog but many of you will know by now that we’ve finally completed our mega project!  Rooms are ready for B&B visitors at last.  It’s been a long journey but we got there eventually.  The last thing to sort out at the end of December 2015 was our central heating system.  We’d had the logburner with inbuilt back boiler for over 6 years but couldn’t use it until all the radiatiors were installed and pipework finally connected to the pump & overflow tank.  Finally we got the radiators fitted (really good price from Screwfix UK and Colin Skinner of Colins Eurotransport brought them over for us for a very good price.  If you want anything bringing over from UK or sending back give him a call on 0752 307 0329 UK mobile or +34 633 414 906 Spain – his rates are very reasonable and provides a great service).  We’ve had the system running now a few times and it’s so nice to have the main part of the house warm – it really does a great job and uses locally sourced wood to keep it running.

The winter so far has been quite mild here (bit like the UK) and as I type the surrounding hills are filled with the beautiful scent of Almond Blossom – it’s stunning walking Ginger along the tracks above Pinos in the mornings.  The evenings do get quite nippy here now (which is why we need the heating) but the days are glorious when the suns shinning.

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If you’d like to sample some of this wonderful scenery then why not check out the main part of our website for more information about the house and pictures of the rooms we have to offer guests (we’re also on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/casamolino – you can access this even if you don’t have a Facebook account).  There’s also lots of information & links to other websites giving visitors ideas of what activities are on offer in the local area.

Check out my recent article for thelecrinvalley.org blog.

We look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy this beautiful area of Andalucia.

 

November Brings the Snow on the Mountains

Well after a very mild October November finally brought us the cold air and snow high up on the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  We managed to postpone the lighting of the log burner until 2nd November but then our resolve broke and we now have a warm snug lounge every evening when we light the fire.  The days continue to be bright and sunny with the odd day of rain but the temperatures have certainly dropped.  One minute we are walking about in shorts, t-shirt and sandles and the next we are in jeans and jackets!  The nights are drawing in now and by 6.30pm it’s dark so we make sure Ginger gets her walk before the light goes.

Work continues on the top floor and the landing area is nearly finished – Phil has worked really hard to get this done and we are off this week to get stair tiles ordered so he can carry on and fingers crossed by January we will have a completed stairway & landing to the top floor.  Then work commences on the 3rd bedroom & bathroom.  Fingers crossed by May this might be finished.  We are already starting to think about renting the rooms out and you may have noticed by our website that it’s been reconfigured with some info. about the Guesthouse posted.  This is a work in progress and subject to continual updates until we are ready to open but it gives an idea of what will be on offer.  So if you fancy a long weekend break or a few days up on the ski slopes give us a call and we will get you booked in.

End of Summer – Autumn on it’s way

Well the heat of summer has gone and we now have more comfortable temperatures.  This week storms were forecast for the Granada area but so far we only had a small downpour last night with a spot of tunder & lightening.  Supposed to be a few more stormy showers today and then sunshine & cloud for the rest of the week with temperatures around 22 degrees – wonderful.

We had our annual wood delivery the other week so we are now well stocked for the winter when it arrives (seems mad stocking up with wood when it’s 30 degree heat but it’s worth it – nice dry wood ready to go).

Work on the house continues and we are on the last part – the top floor at the front of the house.  The chapa roof is being lined out with 3 different types of insulation and the decorative beams are up and the wood panelling going in slowly.  Once all that’s done I think the new internal walls are next which will also be insulated.  All in all probably 6 months of work ahead but all being well by April 2015 we will be ready to start renting out rooms!!!!  Over the winter we’ll be starting to work on info for the website etc and waiting to see what the new rules are from the Junta de Andalucia for holiday rentals.

Also pleased to say that come the new year there will be a new App available to download for interactive tours around Granada’s historic quarter.  This is a new start-up business venture by some local Spanish youngsters wanting to promote Granada’s many sites and places of interest using new technology.  They have degrees in tourism and are working with IT professionals so it promises to be a great service. So if you fancy a trip to Granada next Spring why not book a room with us and try out the new tour app for Granada.  Watch the video here

I’m planning a trip back to the UK at the beginning of December to see family & friends and to soak up all the festive atmosphere leading up to Christmas so hopefully I’ll get to have a drink with one or two of you.

Well that’s all for now – enjoy any warm weather that is left and have a great Autumn with all the changing colours that it brings.

Hasta luego

Mel

Summer 2014

Apologies for not updating the blog for such a long time 🙁  Work on the house has been progressing well and after a long 6 months of work the new guest suite is now finished!!!  We are really pleased with it and was well worth all the hard work (on Phil’s part).  It was recently christened when Mike & Dean visited and both guest rooms were tried out and given the thumbs up.

Our next job after our friends visit was to redecorate our own living quarters and I’m happy to say that our bedroom, bathroom & lounge are all now freshly decorated and looking good.  The log burner has been given a good sweep out and polish so fingers crossed this winter we won’t be suffering with smoke billowing out into the lounge everytime the door is opened.

As usual the summer has arrived with hot weather and the village is currently getting prepared to kick off with the annual summer fiesta this Thursday evening and it will go on till Sunday night.  The office is ready for Ginger to escape to and hide from the noise of the rockets, fireworks and marching bands.  Peace will return by Monday.

Work has now started on the final part of the house on the top floor to create the last  bedroom & ensuite and access to the guest terrace (stairs are there but it’s more a building site at the moment).  Fingers crossed and if all goes well we might have it finished by the Spring and be ready to start receiving paying guests.  The new rules for renting out property/rooms will be made available later in the year so we’ll see what we need to do to get registered.  In the meantime we’ll crack on with the work.

Hope you all enjoy your summer whatever you are up to and hopefully my next post will be a little sooner – probably Christmas!

Hasta luego

 

Christmas 2013 Nearly Here!

Where does the time go nowadays.  Doesn’t seem 5 minutes since we were celebrating last Christmas and here it comes again!

Phil’s managed to get loads done this year on the house – mainly due to lack of other paid work, and by June all the hallway and landing had been finished. It’s so nice to walk in to a lovely finished hallway and not a building site! I’ve been busy painting etc and during the summer we concentrated on some remedial work on the terrace to hopefully fixed the leak above our bed when it rains. So far so good but not had a lot of rain yet (November and still in the low 20’s during the daytime!).  All the terraces and patio have been painted this year and we took the last small roof off which was at the side of the metal stairs leading up to our terrace –  to make use of the space Phil’s created a new store area (nicknamed El Shed) with a small sloping roof – this gives us some more outside storage up there. We also took out the old chimney which passed through the office down to what will be the 2nd guest bedroom. This has created more space in the office and we redecorated that after the work was finished. We’ve also had to rebuild the pillars on our terrace and replace the decorative brickwork with some nice new iron railings – made by Phil of course. I think it looks better now as it seems to open up the views from the terrace down into the valley below. Now we’re into Autumn the next job is the 2nd guest bedroom/bathroom. Phil’s just spent the last week removing the old flaky paint off the ceilings in there and knocking some more walls out. Fingers crossed by May 2014 it will be ready for our friends & family that will be visiting us.

I thought last year we might have the new central heating system (fired by the special log burner in the hallway) up and running by now but alas no – think that will be next winter – we’ll get there in the end. This will get done when we start the last job of reforming the 3rd floor area at the front of the house which leads out on to the guest terrace – this will give us the final 3rd bedroom. Finally, when this has been done we can more or less say we are finished and hopefully start the B&B – if we have any money or energy left.

My mum finally came out to visit in May and had a lovely time – we did the Alhambra, Alpujarra, coast etc. and she is hoping to come back next May for another visit (the weather was just right for her – not too hot). Next year we have some other friends coming to stay in June for a long weekend and they haven’t seen the house since we first started it in 2006 so will have a very big surprise.