Andalucia self catering accommodation, Spain

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Responsible tourism: Andalucia self catering accommodation, Spain

Environment

Almeria is a low rainfall area and so travelers are reminded that fresh water is a very precious commodity and should not be wasted, so use a minimum for showering and washing. We ask that guests ensure that lights and ceiling fans are switched off when not required, and do not leave TV, Video, Hi-Fi etc in standby mode – switch off at the set.

Separate household waste is sorted into general waste, glass, paper & cardboard and plastic for deposit to the village recycling bins. Free logs are provided for winter heating to minimise conventional oil fired central heating. We plant drought-resistant or tolerant plants to reduce the need for watering, which are then supplied to our guests.

We produce walking routes that keep to established historical trails and not to interfere with wildlife and flora & fauna corridors. We encourage visitors to leave their car on our car park and to walk to the village to help reduce carbon footprint.

We now provide wind up torches to now replace battery powered torches, and reusable plastic bags available for shopping in village

Community

The past 20 years has witnessed a steady decline in the traditional industries of agriculture, mining and animal husbandry and the Mayor, along with the support of the Provincial and Regional Governments is committed to the introduction of tourism as a replacement industry. Work has started on identifying and marking the old donkey trails that criss cross the almond and olive groves in the Sierra de los Filabres around Lubrin. We are proud to be part of the quest to breathe new life into the village of Lubrin.

We employ a single parent local woman to carry out the domestic cleaning and a retired farmer to maintain the gardens. We use a local builder to maintain the fabric of the old Cortijo and outbuildings and a local plumber and electrician to maintain the infrastructure. We locally purchase hard and soft furnishings, white goods and electrical items. We also locally purchase our food and household items and encourage travelers to do the same.

We provide travelers with a map of the village showing the locations of the village shops together with the bars and restaurants. We sponsor a village website and are listing the local services to show travelers that there are all the basic necessities on our doorstep.

Reviews of Andalucia self catering 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 11 Feb 2016 by

The village and the walks among the hills provided a great sense of adventure for two elderly people who hadn't expected to be able to enjoy so much sun and exercise. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2015 by

Great experience meeting local people. Rated fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2015 by

The vacation was truly relaxing with good accommodation and great hosts. Great local food (Tapas mainly) at remarkably low prices and friendly, welcoming local people. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2015 by

This was our first proper vacation in Spain. Discovering the diverse and stunning richness of Andalusia was a daily joy. The landscape and views are breath taking, the people are warm, funny and kind and the range of things to do is broad. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2015 by

Wonderful, already thinking about going back. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2014 by

Perfect..the best part was driving on the beautiful country roads. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2014 by

It was all great: peace and quiet, made to feel welcome but left alone when you wanted privacy. The local market was crammed with excellent local produce. Local wildlife, stargazing, scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2014 by

Absolutely excellent. The property was well kept but traditional and quirky too. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2014 by

Absolutely excellent...I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to others. John and Myra have created something very special here in Lubrin. We had a brilliant time there. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2014 by

The apartment was perfect for our requirements, simple and clean with our own BBQ and all the facilities we needed. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jun 2014 by

A wonderful vacation that I shall treasure...Being in such a beautiful,unspoilt area of Spain. Being able to see "real" Spain and enjoy its landscape, language, nature, food etc. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2014 by

Excellent. Great accommodation in a lovely little village. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2014 by

The most memorable parts were the place, our hosts, the local people, the walks, the food, the weather (sun, and wind) the hilarious bus trip with locals and very funny driver. Pretty much everything. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2013 by

Really superb... The beautiful scenery was the most memorable part of the vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2013 by

Very relaxing & peaceful...Rarely heard more than sounds of birds & insects. Wonderful views on the walks from the accomodation. John & Mair were very friendly & helpful, but not intrusive. Eating out in Lubrin unbelievably cheap & food pleasant & plentiful. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2013 by

Enjoying time in an uncommercialised rural Spanish village where the locals were friendly and seemed genuinely pleased to welcome visitors. Our hosts were most friendly, welcoming and helpful and contributed to making our vacation very enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2013 by

We wanted to relax and this was a perfect place in which to do so with great views, very sociable and generous owners who could not have been more helpful. We were pleased that there was a pool in which we could cool down during the hot day. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2013 by

Excellent, very very relaxing place. If you are looking for somewhere to chill out in the sun where you are not surrounded by tourism then this place is perfect. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2013 by

Lubrin is a great base for exploring Andalucia, with beaches only a drive away, but peace and seclusion to come home to. Nice walking opportunities on the hilly terrain. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2013 by

We had a great time, found it very relaxing and enjoyed the break...Waking up to fantastic views over the mountain tops was the most memorable part of the vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2013 by

It was fantastic. We read several books but at the same time felt we improved our Spanish and successfully immersed ourselves in this tiny corner of the world. We loved the relaxing ambience and feeling like we were friends or family staying. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 May 2013 by

A really relaxing vacation. Surrounded by beautiful countryside. Staying in homely accommodation with a cosy wood burner...and a private terrace to soak up the sun. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Apr 2013 by

Excellent...Waking up to the wonderful view and warm sunshine! The rural setting, the intense quiet and a large patio area enhanced it. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2013 by

Very good! I am very glad I chose to go there! The wildflowers were amazing; the weather very good, the weekly market with stalls all along the roads and little squares was lovely. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2013 by

Very relaxing...Lubrin was one of the friendliest places I have ever been - absolutely everyone said hello and made us feel welcome. I came back really refreshed and relaxed. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2013 by

The most memorable part was the lovely weather and setting. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2012 by

A very relaxing week in an unspoilt part of Spain. Great for walking and the mountain biking was a lovely unexpected surprise - would definitely recommend this and there are plenty of different routes to tackle if you want to bike all week! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2012 by

It was very much what we expected and needed. A lovely place to relax, no pressure, pleasant weather, most of the time, and wonderful walks. We would recommend it without hesitation. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2012 by

The setting was superb. The hosts were excellent. The walking was good. The locals were friendly. The apartment was well appointed. Fabulous market on Wednesday. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2012 by

We loved the house we stayed in, its location among beautiful hills so different from our own wet Scottish ones, and the nearby very Spanish village...Unspoiled Mediterranean beaches were close enough for a couple of trips. We were made very welcome by the owners. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2012 by

The scenery is beautiful, it was really relaxing with hot sunny weather every day. The coastline is not far away and there are some stunning beaches to explore in the nearby national park, Cabo de Gato. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2012 by

We loved the accommodation and location, it was so lovely. The sounds of goat bells and cicadas was a gentle reminder that you were far from home. We went to relax and that’s just what we did. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2012 by

Very comfortable, well appointed accommodation. Excellent walking maps and local material - including a small library. Nice 'dipping' pool. Friendly, helpful owner...Would thoroughly recommend. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2012 by

Most memorable was the dramatic scenery in the area around Lubrin and the walks we took through it. We also really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the other guests there. Another memorable thing was the fantastic municipal swimming pool, up in the hills overlooking the town, surrounded by pine trees for shade, and with an excellent, informal bar. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2012 by

The warm welcome from John and Mair made us feel at home immediately. Nothing was too much trouble and thanks to John we were finally able to see a hoopoe as well as hear several more calling in and around the accommodation. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2012 by

We went to here for our honeymoon. We thought it looked a good place to relax following the excitement of our wedding, and we weren't disappointed! We stepped out of the hire car to feel the sun on our faces and the mountain breeze on our skin...Simply put, we had a great time! Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2012 by

A really relaxed stay in a beautiful part of Spain. Our hosts were there if we needed them and they were very helpful at these times. The apartment gave us a feeling of complete privacy even though there were other people staying on the cortijo. We had a brilliant vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2012 by

Fabulous getaway kind of place, within reach of coast or Granada, lovely setting...Great break, lots of fun. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2012 by

The peace and quiet offered by this lovely house in a charming village, lighting our own fireplace and relaxing. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2011 by

Amazing, so relaxing and peaceful with fantastic day-trip opportunities. We saw a side of Spain we had never seen before. One of the best vacations we have been on as a couple. Perfect way to relax. We would love to come back one day. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2011 by

Imagine a perfect vacation setting - as quiet and secluded as it gets, free from mass-tourism traps, the landscape unspoiled by towering hotels. Get away from your daily rats-race and reset your mind. If there were anything like "Slow-Travel" I'd vote this place to top the list. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2011 by

This vacation exceeded our expectations and we could not recommend it more to anyone looking for a vacation to experience true Spain whether that be for relaxing or adventure, John and Mair looked after us so well... Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2011 by

Enjoying some much needed R & R was a priority for this. The beautiful apartment and surroundings were perfect. We enjoyed being in a very 'Spanish' village, away from the hustle & bustle of more touristy destinations. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2011 by

A really lovely vacation, very relaxing in a beautiful, unspoilt place we would never have been to had we not gone to this accommodation. Would definitely go back and recommend it to friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2011 by

Most memorable were beautiful views and good weather. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2011 by

The views from the terrace and being able to utterly relax for a week were most memorable...John is an absolute star and currently he has a couple staying and helping with the guests, and they also really made the vacation for us. They couldn't do enough for us, were super friendly Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2011 by

Being forced to sit in village bars, drink beer and eat tapas chatting with whoever might be around was an absolute delight... thank you again for letting us enjoy such a treasure. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2011 by

The welcoming and kind hospitality of the people of Lubrin...Very enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2011 by

Excellent break in the simple life of unspoilt Lubrin. Beach, lava rocks and waves at Playa de Monsul were most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2010 by

Magnificent! We had a wonderful time in Lubrin. John was an excellent host - informative and very attentive. The accommodation was outstanding value for money. The gardens and pool were a real delight. We will definitely return. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2010 by

Perfect for our honeymoon! Arriving at the accomodation was the best antidote to the stresses of life and in our case many weeks of wedding planning! You cannot help but relax and enjoy the friendly and truly welcoming village of Lubrin and from John. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2010 by

From the wine and bread and cheese waiting for us at arrival to the peace, quiet and beauty of the apartment and area, it was a cracking vacation and just what we needed. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2010 by

The whole week was a joy. Arriving at the Cortijo surpassed expectations - a beautiful unspoilt wild spot. John's a magnificent host as well. Being able to walk (when temperatures allowed) in any direction from the apartment was a delight. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2010 by

This was a very relaxing vacation. The accommodation was better than expected and very nicely appointed, clean, comfortable and homely. We were well looked after. There is a lovely welcome pack, providing a light meal and drink on arrival. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2010 by

It was a fantastic break...just what we were looking for. John was very welcoming and he has an extremely good knowledge of the area which he was always happy to share. It was a gorgeous setting with everything that we needed so would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet getaway...we genuinely felt a million miles from London! Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2010 by

Overall the vacation was chilled...The accommodation and setting was the most memorable part. Both were absolutely perfect. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2010 by

Wonderful evening BBQ's on the gorgeous patio looking out over the hills and mountains drinking local red wine.... the relaxing and beautiful vacation that we needed! Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2010 by

A four and a half out of five - I leave a half star for future vacations :) It was a great vacation and John was a very nice host. He helped us when we needed information but also allowed plenty of privacy. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2010 by

Absolutely fantastic and relaxing place in a gorgeous setting. The views were spectacular and such a lovely relaxing atmosphere that really help to relax and revive you. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2010 by

John, the villa proprietor, was extremely helpful and friendly. The villa itself was clean, well maintained and well furnished all while keeping a rustic feel. Although compact it is perfect for a couple sharing. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jul 2010 by

It was refreshing to see the real Spain rather than the touristy parts. The apartment location was ideal for a relaxing break and very tranquil with good outdoor space... We really enjoyed the vacation and was exactly what we needed, peace and quiet and not too hot in June, with very hospitable owners. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2009 by

The wild landscape around the house was memorable. The house is well fitted in the environment, comfortable and the external patios allow you to find fresh shadow (if you want) all day long. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2009 by

Very affable hosts in John and Meyer. A good very quiet vacation. Weather splendid all week, put us off walking in daytime; although there were several routes provided by host. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2008 by

The tranquillity and atmosphere of Lubrin was the most memorable part. With the weather unusually wet it was still relaxing and interesting. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2008 by

The most memorable would have to be sitting outside the apartment in the evening, looking out onto the hills and soaking up the peace and tranquillity. The beaches around Cabo de Gata came a close second. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2007 by

Memories of tranquillity, simplicity and space. Seeing stars clearly at night. Flamingos at Cabo de Gata. Friendly local people. Very enjoyable and relaxing and just what we were looking for. Comfortable, homely accommodation with friendly welcome and helpful hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2007 by

We arrived at night and when we opened the shutters in the morning the views all around were breathtaking. Driving around in the mountains was very exciting and the lovely deserted beaches great in the day. Read full review

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