The Alqueria de Morayma , Alpujarra – Granada ,comprises eighteen bedrooms and four houses/appartments totalling 48 places.The Alqueria is a group of one storey buildings cleverly constructed in the old manner, using local materials and expertise, nestling higgledy piggledy in lanes, alleyways, arcades and tiny squares to create the asymetric feel of an authentic Alpujareño village. There is a hermitage, extensive stabling, a home farm, and kitchen garden. Cobbles and quiet!
The Dining Rooms
In the Alqueria de Morayma restaurant one can enjoy the traditional dishes of the Granada Alpujarra prepared from recipes collected, conserved and then prepared in our kitchen. We have two dining rooms – one with a communal bar and open fireplace, chestnut beams and convivial atmosphere; the other cosy and intimate. Both are decorated with local memorabilia and artefacts.
Meals can also be enjoyed on the ample terrace with its vast views of the Sierra Nevada. On summer nights for the cool air, or warm sunny lunchtimes in mid-winter! In Spring (almond blossom and wildflowers) and in Autumn (leaves) the colours are wonderful.
Going down through the gardens of cypress and herb bushes we come to the workshop (90m²)
We use the space for workshops, meetings, courses, exhibitions, concerts – and recently (by special request) weddings..
The workshop has bathroom facilities and is equipped with :
- Music centre
- Film projector
- Overhead projector
- Yoga mats, chairs and tables
At the Alqueria we have always wanted to have a special place to house our ‘Alpujarra Collection’.
Here in the Library, surrounded by antique glass fronted cases which contain a lifetime’s collection of books and memorabilia dedicated to the social, economic, cultural and physical life of the Alpujarra Granadina, we can read and relax. Here we have brought together books, diaries, travelogues, maps, guides, articles and memoirs – over the centuries, from Alpujarreños all over the world.
Float and look up at the mountains – floating too. We have a large pool for bathing, exercising and playing; refreshing after a day’s hike, and a very special place to lie down in the sun and enjoy the magnificence of the views. High peaks, white villages, huge skies. The pool is usually in use from April to October.
The Farm and Stables
One of the best attractions of the Alqueria de Moryama are the magnificent sunsets; looking westwards as the sun goes down along the Guadalfeo river valley the Sierra Nevada is lit up in extraordinary relief. As we see the sun flitting westwards behind the mountains we find ourselves at the stables, our organically cultivated kitchen garden, and ancient threshing floor from where we can see the head of the Guadalfeo river whose waters flow from the high Sierra to the Mediterranean at Salobreña.
The farm with its animals, the aviary and our dovecotes are especial favourites with our younger visitors.