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Casa Rural Las Chimeneas
Ranked #1 of 2 Mairena B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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“Alpujarra-Tours couldn't have done more for us”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Emma and David run a tight ship at Las Chimeneas, providing their guests with everything they could possibly need. Nothing is too much trouble for them and the service is delivered with such an air of calm that it's infectious! I have just returned from a week-long yoga retreat taught by the wonderful Carrie of http://www.carrie-yoga.co.uk/#. We had a two-hour long session each morning in the bamboo-roofed finca nestled in the hillside looking out at a luscious view. So peaceful with the birds singing, then a handful of cherries picked from the trees on the way back. David or Emma then took us on a walk in the Sierra Nevada National Park, a trip to Granada, gave us talks & walks in the local area, all of which gave us a great flavour of the Alpujarras. Don't get me started on the great local, organic food!!

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely - each having it's own charm and character, furnished with local artefacts...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

I spent a week participating in yoga with a wonderful teacher called Carrie. The venue for the yoga was exceptional, it was under the shade in a place called the Finka, overlooking the valley. The accommodation was simple and sufficient, the food at the restaurant was second to none. We had a lovely three course vegetarian meal every day, better than any other vegetarian restaurant I have ever visited. The hosts Emma and David were very friendly and accommodating, leading walks and talks between the yoga. The whole experience was like visiting friends.

Room Tip: Higher rooms may have less flies that bite which despite spraying every day, still bit me at night.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

We spent four delightful days at Las chimineas in May. A really different side of Spain brought to life by hosts Emma and David. Charming accommodation in a house full of character. Wonderful views of the countryside and maps and notes provided for walks through olive and almond groves. Amazing dinners every night using local produce. Cheery and helpful staff. Thanks to all for a great stay!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wallingford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

This is a wonderful place to walk from with lovely walks from the village out into the Alpajurras. The hosts, Emma and David, are incredibly friendly and knowledgable. The restaurant food is wonderful with a nice range of local wines. The room we had was quirky but nice. Very informal and a perfect walking base.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Oban
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

We have just stayed for a week in a delightful little house belonging to Las Chimeneas which was just right for a relaxing break with some walking. Our hosts were so very helpful with everything, especially with advice for cooler walks. The food was superb - a choice of three options for each course at dinner and we could have chosen any one of them. The views over the countryside and mountains are beautiful and our accommodation was very comfortable and stylish. We'd go again - but in the winter! Would love to see it in snow.

Room Tip: We were in the little house below the restaurant which is spacious and well well equipped, with a ve...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

After extricating ourselves from the car hire counter at Malaga airport we had an enjoyable drive through the southern Spanish countryside to arrive at the oasis which was Las Chimeneas in Mairena. This was to be our home for the next week while we explored Las Alpujarras, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. We were welcomed by David and Emma Illsley whose enthusiasm pervaded our life for the next seven days. We were shown the intricacies of the ancient water catchment and distribution system, introduced over 1000 years ago by Moorish farmers; a guided tour of the olive mill helped us to understand the local cooperative of harvesting and pressing with the resultant golden liquid, equally being shared out between the growers. David and Emma send a percentage of their precious oil to a Michelin starred restaurant in London. We reclined under a grape vine one cool morning to listen to a brief history of the area before visiting the unique church at Jubar that has been carefully rescued from dereliction. We learned that the present day building has been variously a temple, a mosque, a synagogue and a church throughout its long history. We heard how Emma’s ‘masterchef’, Soledad, has served this village restaurant for more than ten years and were given a fascinating introduction to the local cuisine, including rabbit stew, enjoyed by all visitors later that evening. We walked, mainly locally from the village with the offer of a lift, if and when required. We climbed above the snowline on the nearest high peak, at El Chullo, where the enigmatic Ibex evaded us and we rambled in the beautiful Picena valley in search of the fascinating nettle tree butterfly. Although all of these Moorish hillside villages, with their flat roofed ‘pueblos blancos’ are similar, each has a unique character worthy of a wander. We were sad to leave but drove the amazing switchback road back to Malaga, in the firm knowledge that we would be this way again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the valley, at the front of the house. Spectacular!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Whitby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

From being picked up at Almeria airport, by Emma, to leaving three days later everything was perfect. Position of Las Chimeneas was great with views across the Fincas and valley, room was very comfortable and big, the food was excellent, walking was splendid and David and Emma went just that little bit further to make the stay as good as they could. If returning to that area Las Chimeneas would be first on the list.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Casa Rural Las Chimeneas
Address: Calle Amargura, 6, 18494 Mairena, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Mairena
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Mairena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
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