In the most southern region of Spain, Andalucía, you find the province of Granada, known for the
beautiful city of Granada, the highest mountains of the Iberian Peninsula, the Sierra Nevada and
its coast: the Costa Tropical. Güéjar Sierra lies in the Sierra Nevada National Park. It is only
15 minutes driving from Granada, 30 minutes to the ski resort and 1 hour to the beaches of the
Casa Rural Arroyo de la Greda
The Casa Rural, which literally means "House in the countryside", is a Bed and Breakfast and has been
opened since September 2007. The house is located at the end of the village, next to a little mountain
stream known as "Arroyo de la Greda", to which it owes its name. The house is built on a plot
divided in terraces. On the terraces there are many different types of fruit trees and a small
vegetable and herb garden. The house has a beautiful 360 degrees panoramic view of
Sierra Nevada and the village.
There are 3 ample and tastefully decorated guestrooms, and all
of them with a private bathroom. The guests also have a fully equipped kitchen at their disposal
and a lovely sun terrace on the same floor offers the opportunity to have breakfast or any meal
outside, or just to enjoy the views and the sun. Breakfast will be offered daily by the landlady
in the salon/dinning room on the first floor. The host family lives on the first floor of the house.
Güéjar Sierra is a small picturesque mountain village at 1100 meters of altitude on the border of the Sierra
Nevada National Park. The village has its origins from far before the Moorish conquest.
The Moorish building and features have merely been saved. The village has all basic necessities such as a
supermarket and many small stores. There are, of course, many bars and restaurants.
Güéjar Sierra is a very important base for many mountain sports such as climbing, cycling, hiking,
skiing and so on.
Not only there are restaurants and bars in the village, but there are also mountain
restaurants nearby where the local dishes are served in a very unique natural environment.
In the wintertime you can eat your meal in a rustic dining room by the fire and, in summertime,
you can eat in the shade of a tree by the river on the terrace.
History of Casa Rural Arroyo de la Greda
The old typical andalucian house was originally a cortijo (a small barn on a piece of land to keep tools and animals)
and over the course of the years the different owners have made some extensions to the house.
At some point in recent history it was a bar with a summer terrace where many parties have been celebrated.
One of the owners of the bar was called Tio Tripa (Uncle Tripe). He owed his nickname to the
fact that he made tripe sausages and hang them on the walls of the house, but he never served
these to his clients, although serving a tapa with a drink is a tradition in the Granada area.
When the current owners bought the house, it was a mixture of many small interconnected rooms,
some with a proper roof but many with only a sheet roof. They restored the house into an original
andalucian house with a modern edge to it.
The hot water is provided by solar panels and flows through a circular system directly to the tap.
By doing so, we save water which is necessary since there are signs of climate change over here as well.
The hosting family
The host family consists of Joël Bartels, Julie van Bosbeek-Bartels and the childeren Noa and Ruben Bartels.
In 2003 they gave up their life in Holland to go to Spain. After an intensive search they
found this beautiful spot, a perfect place for a B&B. And 2 years later, after a thorough renovation,
they opened the B&B for the guests.