With outstanding views over Lake Portillo, Casa Azul is a place to enjoy the natural surroundings of rural Spain at it's best. The house has been sympathetically restored, oozes character and charm and is WITHIN the Parque Natural de Sierra Castril. A 5 minute walk takes you to a superb, secluded bathing spot yet it's only a 10 min drive or 30 min walk through the olives groves to the beautiful heritage town of Castril.
Casa Azul is located in a remarkable position on the edge of the lake within a tiny community of 5 traditional houses, all but one of which are generally unoccupied.
It has fine lake views from the first floor bedroom, and astounding ones from the rear garden... but the best bit is the lake itself below the house. The crystal clear waters have an amazing green/azure glow from the limestone rocks and offer the perfect antidote to the searing summer heat . There are a couple of snorkels and masks available so you can make the most of the waters. In a secluded location with no real access it really does feel like its your own private lake - its very unlikely you will be sharing it with anyone throughout the whole of your stay, indeed when the previous owners were restoring the house they didn't see anyone for a whole year!
The property is simply furnished in keeping with its history and heated by a woodburner and electric heaters. There are fans to keep it cool in summer although the thick stone walls and mountain location means it maintains a reasonable temperature anyway.
Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner with double sofa-bed and woodburning stove,
Dining table for 6
Oven, hob, toaster, kettle, fridge freezer, two sinks, small dining table for 2/4
Bathroom - large room with Moroccan tiles and a double shower
Bedroom 1 - antique double bed with great lake view
Bedroom 2 - large room with antique double and single beds, and direct access out to the rear garden area
Parking for 2 cars
Wood fired bread oven
Dining table and chairs for 4
Lounge chairs and outdoor rug
Parasol sun shade.
Beach chairs and parasol
Things to Do:
Lake Portillo - wild swimming in the lake, a 5 minute walk down the track (10 mins return!).
Parque Natural Sierra de Castril - various well marked trails and tracks suitable for hiking or mountain biking. Details and maps of some of the trails can be found in the house plus there are more available at the Castril Visitor Centre.
Take the lovely 40 minute walk from your door through the almond and olive groves to Castril or alternatively try one of the other short (up to 5km) local walks exploring some of the many ruins and caves in the area. Details of routes are in the house.
Visit Castril historic town with its museum, restaurants, crafts and superb outdoor pool with picnic facilities and bar.
Castril Gorge Walk - a fantastic 1 hour walk from Castril along a suspended boardwalk leading to Lake Portillo.
Visit San Clemente lake for swimming and hiking - 20 mins
Galera - famous for its unusual "cave" houses built into the limestone rock and with a municipal pool and good museum - 35 mins
Huescar - the nearest larger, lively town with good restaurants, monuments, lake etc - 25 mins
Orce - more cave houses plus a fantastic freshwater bathing pool open year round, archaeological digs, castle, restaurants - 40 mins
Horse riding in the adjoining Parque Natural de las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas at Hinojares - 30 mins.
Explore the nearby Parque Natural de las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas. Fantastic for wildlife, birds and mountain villages - 30 mins
Granada (1 hr 45 mins) -The Alhambra, and much much more!
Aguilas - nice sandy beach, not busy, not overdeveloped - 2 hrs
Sierra Nevada National Park - (2hr 30 mins to ski-lifts, less to the Park) - skiiing, nature, hiking
Licence: VTAR/GR/ 01847