Green Mountain Yurt
When Robert King and William Read first moved into the Sierra Nevada mountains they had a fair task ahead of them, with the early days devoted to renovating a farm house into both their home and an accommodation business. It was then, however, that they could turn to their true plans for their hillside haven, establishing a stunning garden in the 8000 square meters that surround the main building. A patchwork of formal gardens, untended wildflowers and climbing wall plants weave around the space. And in a quiet, private corner, a slice of the garden is cordoned off for one very particular use. Poised amid blossoming trees and sun-scorched grasses, The Green Mountain Yurt stands. A secluded off-grid abode with every comfort required for a luxury Spanish getaway.
A backdrop of steep mountain valleys, peppered with quaint Andalucian villages, provides the Green Mountain Yurt with a broader beauty than just the immediate garden surroundings. The structure itself matches the beautiful setting. Following a traditional Mongolian design, the canvas is lined with a thick wool felt interior, providing warmth in the winter whilst also reflecting away the infamous summer heat. The steam bent, Spanish chestnut wood is sourced locally, with the yurt built in the nearby town of Cadiar, and the interior décor continues the natural feel, with white wooden furniture, a log burning stove, Moroccan rugs and a light, full sized double bed.
Outside, on a raised wooden deck, the Green Mountain Yurt Shack provides a shaded outdoor area for cooking, accompanied by a private bathroom with an incredibly well-equipped modern shower, wash basin and cleverly designed composting toilet. The kitchen area has everything you need for a self-catered hideaway, all the utensils, along with twin gas hobs, a fridge and ample preparation and storage space. Guests can use vegetables from the garden and eggs from the hens that scratch around, or, for those fancying a night off, a home-cooked meal can be ordered, freshly prepared by Robert and William back in the main house.
Despite all the comforts you’d expect from hosts who already run a successful self-catering business, the Green Mountain Yurt also boasts top eco-credentials and is an entirely off-grid hideaway. Solar lighting operates throughout, working alongside a separate solar panel that heats the shower and hot water. A gas supply runs the kitchen hobs and the small fridge, while those still desperate to charge a phone or use the Wi-Fi can meander back through the garden and use facilities in the main house. It is from there that you can also jump back in the car to drive to the coast or to historic Granada, just over an hour's drive away. Happily, for most visitors, the setting provides a holiday without the hum drum of driving around. An exploration of the mountains can be done right from the campsite doorstep. Horse riding, canyoning and natural bathing in the mountain streams always prove popular, while such distinctly rural activities shouldn’t take away from the fact that a host quaint towns and villages are still well within walking distance.
FacilitiesThe Green Mountain Yurt is furnished with full sized double bed, 2 side tables, dining table with chairs, sofa, log burning stove, solar powered lighting, assorted rugs, cushions and soft furnishings. It has a glazed front door and 2 large double glazed windows to let the light in and keep the weather out, along with mosquito netting screens. Outside, guests have a large area of garden plus a vegetable patch, with out door furniture and sun loungers. 'The Shack', a timber construction, provides you with a shaded outdoor kitchen raised on a wooden deck. Here you will find all the equipment you need for cooking: crockery, plates, cups, glasses, cutlery, pots and pans for up to 4 people and various utensils. There is a sink with hot and cold running water, a twin gas ring stove and a gas powered fridge and food storage containers. At one end of the shack you will find the 'eco' bathroom; this is an enclosed room that has a shower, washbasin and a dry compost toilet. Hot water is provided in the kitchen and bathroom via a dedicated solar panel, and there is a basic solar lighting system in the bathroom, kitchen and yurt interior. Facilities for re-charging phones, laptops etc are available at the main house, as is a WiFi connection.
Suitable ForGlamping only. No tents, caravans or campervans. Though the yurt is well suited to couples, families can have a separate 'pups tent' erected if needed, adding space for up to 2 extra children. Pets by prior arrangement.
NearbyWalking routes in and around the National Park of the Sierra Nevada are excellent and the area is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Horse riding, canyoning and trail running are all popular, while swimmers can enjoy natural bathing in mountain streams and waterfalls. There is also a local public open air swimming pool within walking distance. Exploring the old villages of the Alpujarras is another obvious past time, the narrow village roads are often wide enough for traditional travel only (a donkey laden with local goods), and these rural spots still house some excellent rustic eateries. The coast of Costa Tropical is a 1 hour drive away, while famous Granada and Alhambra Palace (0034 958 027 971) is a 75 minute drive.
Food & DrinkDrinks and tapas await your arrival and home cooked meals can be ordered up to 24 hours in advance. Traditional Spanish, Moroccan and oriental dishes are available. Those who prefer to use the onsite cooking shack can use produce from the vegetable garden and eggs from the free range hens, or head into Pitres, 1.5km away, which is the nearest place for shops. Robert and William also supply a list of the best local eateries. Within walking distance, the lower villages of La Taha have between them a bar selling tasty homemade pizzas, a French owned vegetarian restaurant, a hotel with full restaurant menu and a traditional Spanish bar/restaurant selling delicious home cooked meals.
Opening TimesFrom April to the end of October
The nearest train station is Granada, 80km away. The nearest bus stop is in Pitres, 1.5km away, or you can asked to be dropped off at the top of the road to Atalbéitar, just 200m from Green Mountain Yurt. Robert and William are happy to pick you up from Pitres. They can also arrange transport for you from further afield, up to as far as Malaga (156km away)
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