Granada guest house accommodation, Spain


Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Granada guest house accommodation, Spain


We are fully committed to renewable energy, we have a fully ‘off grid’ system with an extensive array of solar panels for hot water and electricity. We are very happy to show our guests how everything works.

Our central heating system is driven by a large pellet burner stove, which also helps to heat the dining room. We use only energy-efficient light bulbs and every bathroom has shower facilities as well as a full bath to encourage sensible use of water; all the toilets have dual flush; the room keys have an energy saving card to fit in the slot in the room, to ensure there is no waste of energy. For washing we use an eco ball and prefer ecologically friendly cleaning, washing and personal hygiene products, though they are very difficult to find in this part of Spain! We change bed sheets and towels every 4 nights, unless otherwise requested.

Our land is mostly wild, with Almond and Olive orchards which had not been exploited for some time. We do not use pesticides and are bringing the trees back into production organically. We grow our own organic fruit and vegetables in our own kitchen garden, raise free range chickens and source everything else from local organic farmers. We have dedicated recycling bins for guests to use, which we add to our own domestic recycling. We also practice composting which is a great way to use up vegetable peelings and chicken manure!

We support the Foundation Gypaetus, for the reintroduction of the Bearded Vulture which reached the brink of extinction in Europe a few years ago. The FG has a rearing site in the natural park of the nearby Sierra de Cazorla and every year release into the wild a number of vultures, which are then tracked for a minimum of 5 years. Up to now all the released birds have taken up residence in the Sierra de Castril, very close to the hotel. We offer interested guests information about the whereabouts of the birds and how to get to the various sites, plus special information cards to fill out in case the birds are spotted. And of course it is amazing how many other beautiful things you see when looking for something else!


This part of Andalucia has historically been one of the poorest in Europe. For many decades now the economy of the area has been dependent on agriculture (principally olives and almonds) and associated European subsidies. Tourism offers a lifeline for the ailing traditional economy for a community only now beginning to appreciate the appeal of their natural resources to a new generation of responsible tourists who value authenticity and the road less travelled.
Habitually young people in this area have migrated to the coasts or to cities such as Madrid or Barcelona to look for work and the countryside population continued to diminish. Economic crisis is again tightening its grip on Spain and unemployment figures - particularly for young people - are among the worst in Europe.
Again, tourism is offering an alternative. The hotel´s auxilliary staff and preferred guides, for example, are mainly young local people with enthusiasm and a passion for nature and the environment. They have chosen to stay in their own community to carve out a living and the development of tourism will help make this viable in the longer term.
We are involved in two associations which are doing something to reverse these trends: one is an association of local organic producers and consumers, to promote organic farming. This employs young people to teach the importance of organic practice for the land and the health benefits for the people.
The second initiative is concerned with the sale of organic produce which employs only local people and is carrying out a campaign of information in schools as well as providing ingredients for school dinners. By supporting this association as customers, guests are provided with organic produce, thus supporting local employment and organic farming. At the hotel guests may buy local organic products such as olive oil, oregano, honey and saffron, alongside art, craft and glass products from local workshops.
All guests are encouraged to make use of local restaurants and shops via extensive information available at the hotel and we put our language skills at the service of our guests to ensure a hassle free and authentic experience.

Reviews of Granada guest house accommodation, Spain

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2016 by

Excellent, very relaxing but with plenty to do....Such a wonderful location, the hotel is lovely, peaceful and homely. Home cooked meals every night and hours spent relaxing in the evening sun on the veranda. The vacation can be as active or as relaxed as you like. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2013 by

The hotel is in a beautiful setting, the owners are wonderful hosts and the surrounding countryside and local villages provided a wonderful experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2012 by

The scenery, the relaxation, the welcome at the hotel, the glorious setting, the range of locally run activities (canoeing horse riding swimming, mountain biking etc), the joy of the children as they explored and enjoyed the freedom, the hotel and it's amazing environment...good job this box is character limited - I would go on all day. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2012 by

Fantastic vacation: we all loved it and there were a few tears in our eyes as we left. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2012 by

So many memorable & exciting parts: Arriving at night to see the amazing incredibly clear sky (with no light pollution), and the density of stars we never see at home...Fantastic - and we certainly intend to go back Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2012 by

The most memorable part was the peace and tranquility of the place, the friendliness of the owners, the delicious meals we were served for dinner! Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2012 by

There were lots of memorable moments:- from lovely walks, beautiful surroundings of the hotel, really lovely owners, Ilaria and Derek, who couldn't have been more helpful, beautiful starry night sky and lots of different types of wild birds to be seen nearby. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2011 by

We had an extremely memorable week in so many ways; fabulous location, comfy room, exceptional hospitality, great adventures and wildlife spotting opportunities, don’t hesitate, just book it you’ll have an amazing vacation in this very scenic yet un touristy region of Spain. The real thing! Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2011 by

We absolutley loved our hosts, Ilaria and Derek. They welcomed us like family and prepared very fresh delicious meals. Our accomodations were extremely comfortable and peaceful. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2011 by

Derek and Ilaria are great hosts who make a staying here very relaxed and homely - they provided us with lots of great ideas for places to visit locally and set up various activities but were never pushy; they really take pleasure in seeing guests enjoying their vacation and exploring this lovely area. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2011 by

We would definitely recommend this vacation as one of the most memorable we have been on. The place is beautiful, the stars at night fantastic and Ilaria and Derek are wonderful hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2011 by

The hotel and the couple who run it are delightful. The hotel is very comfortable.. tasteful rooms and in a lovely situation with beautiful views of the surrounding hills. Ilaria cooks delicious food, and both she and Derek will do all they can to help with your vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2011 by

Sitting out on the Terrace in the cool of the day, totally relaxed, with a glass of cold crisp wine and admiring the view, nothing to do but enjoy the company and decide what I fancied for supper was the most memorable part. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2010 by

Wonderful. Couldn't ask for more. The hosts, Derek and Ilaria, were lovely people who could not have done more to assist us and make our stay special. Their speaking three languages was very helpful and our eldest even learnt a couple of words of Spanish and Italian. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2010 by

Most memorable? Sitting on the terrace watching the sun set over the hills followed by a show of lightening. You could never tire of the spectacular view from that terrace. It was the first time we had picked almonds too. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2010 by

It was first class and we felt like we were staying with friends. Read full review

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