The place is literally the end of the road. Unless you bring your own mule you have to cover the last 200 meters on foot as the village roads are too narrow for a car, let alone a bus. (But you can park at the church).
In our case, the owner Anne Hunt came to the bus stop to welcome us, a nice gesture. Most people have said plenty about the house and the location, so here more personal impressions. I was there in the first week of October for a writers' workshop and everything about the place exceeded expectations by far.
Anne seems to have a special skill in finding the right people as staff: in our case it was largely Maria (an American) and Christof (from Germany). There was no feeling of 'us' and 'them': they ate with us and talked with us. And Canadian cook Wes, who comes into the house, is simply a sensation. His largely vegetarian cooking (but meat he does too occasionally) was supreme. All conjured up in a tiny kitchen. As if that wasn't enough: you can talk to him about art, about philosophy, about a whole range of topics.
Our study sessions were exclusively in the garden - even in October it was pleasantly but not excessively warm. If necessary, a new lounge has been added on. You can make tea or coffee there as you wish. The rooms are fine, and very individually equipped: modern showers (a bit 'Spanish' - they tend to be generous in distributing water all over the place...) and under floor heating.
If Ferreirola is too quiet for you: there is nothing at all in the village itself but a bar/restaurant 15 minutes walk away. Good fun. they claim to have invented the pizza there: a dastardly Italian stole the recipe and the rest is history... Just behind it a vegetarian restaurant of exceptional quality. If you have a car, Anne has further recommendations in the area. You think you are at the end of the world but there are excellent resources hidden all around.
All in all: this is not a place for everyone but if you love good food and brilliant scenery and are happy to walk extensively in the hills and do little else, then this is the place for you. Shoes will do in the village but do bring trekking boots if you are more adventurous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Ana is a historic village house in the mountainous Alpujarra region of Andalucia. Once a family home, with a wine press, olive store, barns and a goat shed, the property was lovingly restored between 2005 and 2013. It provides comfortable, quiet accommodation with 8 en suite bedrooms, dining room, sitting room, a Moorish courtyard garden and several south-facing terraces. The style is simple and traditional - chestnut roof beams and terracotta floors - but with modern comforts, including underfloor central heating in winter and rain showers. At Casa Ana we provide delicious breakfasts using local produce - fresh oranges from village growers, local honey, eggs, bread, hams and olive oil. Picnic lunches are also available. The house is located in the mountain village of Ferreirola (population around 28), near Pitres. The village has fantastic views of the Trevelez river gorge, and is a wonderful base to go walking, explore the Sierra Nevada National Park, visit the traditional white villages of the Alpujarra or take a day trip to Granada or the Mediterranean beaches. ... more less
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