The Glass House
3 ensuite bedrooms, sleeps 6
Luxury and elegance in the rugged Sierra Nevada...
The Glass House began life long ago as a simple one-room ‘nave de aperos’ – an agricultural building used by local shepherds to sleep in while their flocks of goats grazed the meadows on the mountainside. We took it on in 2006, and gradually extended and transformed it into what you see today – a modern villa in a minimalist style with 3 ensuite bedrooms and a huge 12m swimming pool. We put in as much glass as possible – 15m of sliding doors on the south and west facades, leading onto expansive open sun terraces so that the amazing views to the Sierra de Lugar and Mediterranean can be enjoyed from inside as well as outside the house. In fact, every design decision was informed by the views and maintaining a sense of uncluttered space: the terrace handrail is frameless tempered glass; almost everything is white or muted woods and greys – polished cement on the floors and walls, the terraces, the furnishings… even the pool is raised a few feet above ground level at one end to make sure there are as few visual interruptions as possible. Cooler evenings are dealt with by under-floor heating – no distracting radiators!
“Curves don’t exist” – our mantra to the builders as the project progressed: clean, straight white lines everywhere, punctuated with the vertical simplicity of cypress trees, framing the strong diagonals of the Sierra Nevada as it rises dramatically on all sides of the house.
The Glass House is just 10 minutes’ drive from both Orgiva and the famous villages of the Poqueira Valley – Pampaneira, Bubion and (our favourite) Capileira. The GR7 walking route is just 100m behind the house, so an easy 15 minute stroll will take you to Soportujar for a cold beer and tapas.
Come and enjoy!
Room by Room
Bedroom 1 with access to east terrace and views to south and east. Large double bed, storage and arm chair. Bathroom with shower, wash basin, bidet and WC.
Bedroom 2 with access to rear garden and views to Sierra Nevada. Large double bed, storage and arm chair. Bathroom with shower, wash basin, bidet and WC.
Bedroom 3 facing east, with twin beds and storage. Bathroom with bath, shower, wash basin, bidet and WC.
All bedrooms have fans, and all the windows and external doors can be tilt-opened to allow air to circulate.
Laundry room to the rear of the house, with washing machine and tumble dryer.
The whole of the front of the house is a large, glazed, open-plan space facing due south to the Sierra de Lugar and Mediterranean...
Kitchen fully fitted, with oven, microwave, induction hob, fridge-freezer and dish washer.
Dining area with large oak dining table and 6 chairs.
Living area with large sofa and foot stool, white leather Barcelona chairs with foot stools and oak occasional tables. 32" TV (for DVDs) and DVD player. UK television channels can be viewed via the internet, so guests should bring a laptop or tablet.
South terrace over 80m2, running the full length of the house, with enclosed patio and chairs, large dining table with chairs, 3 two-seater sofas, large parasols and outdoor lighting.
East terrace with parasols and large all-weather bean bags.
Rear garden and terrace with large lawn and flower beds.
Pool terrace accessed via the east terrace through a secure gate, with 12m x 3.5m swimming pool (1.5m deep), sun terrace with sail shade and 6 loungers. Another lawned area surrounds the pool.
(Rental rates and per week, in Euros)
Summer season (mid-June to mid-September).....€1,450
Rest of Year.....€1,000
For bookings of 2 weeks or more, we offer a generous 10% discount.
Booking Information and Changeover Days
A 20% deposit is payable by bank transfer at the time of booking. The balance is payable upon arrival at The Glass House.
Wherever possible, we prefer guests at The Glass House to arrive on a Sunday. We do understand that this may not always be suitable, so will try our best to be as flexible as we can. If we have a same-day changeover, we would ask guests to be ready to vacate the house by 10am.
Good to know...
All bed linen and towels (including beach towels and bathrobes) are provided. We also provide toiletries (soap and shampoo) for the start of your stay.
Internet and wifi connected.
Heating in winter is provided by underfloor central heating.
Walking in La Alpujarra is second to none, and we provide a detailed walking map and a copy of Jeremy Rabjohn's "Holiday Walks in The Alpujarra".
The Los Llanos restaurant is just down the road from The Glass House, so you don't have to drive to eat out if you don't want to. Soportujar is a 15 minute walk (either along the road or the GR7), with 2 bars serving meals and tapas.