Casa 2 Cadiz is a homestay, artist retreat and part-time school. Built in 1904, this timeless Andalucían house sits in the heart of the village of Albuñuelas overlooking the orange groves that adorn the banks of the Rio de Saleres. The house was known as one of the most elegant houses in the village back in the 40s-60s with its intricately patterned floor tiles, high ceilings and tall doors. The worn splendour of the property is as alluring as it is unique. The integrity and charm of this house has been preserved in every room, from its bakerlite light switches to its huge windows, the latter of which were rescued by the previous owners from an older 19th Century manor house in the 1950s. Staying or learning in Casa 2 Cadiz is an opportunity to embrace the imperfections created by the tear of time and to explore its mysteries and authencities.
We are creative, green-fingered people who are constantly inspired by the landscape here in the Lecrín. It's verdant slopes and strange geomorphic shapes mixed with Andalucia's rich history and culture is what we feel makes this part of Granada so special. Behind the village is 'El Parque Natural de Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama', a large complex of three forests that join together. It is as beautiful as it is wild.
We adore our house and sharing its secrets to travellers. We fell in love with Cadiz 2 and its ancient Mulberry tree, in the summer of 2022. Very few alterations have been made to the building as we wanted to keep it as it was. The house has been built with thick stone walls, which, along with its intricately tiled floors, keeps it deliciously cool in the summer months. We inherited a traditional wood burning chimney inside the kitchen which we use to cook on as well as to heat the house in winter. We also have a large antique wood-burning stove that was rescued from an old house in the Lecrín Valley that provides heating to the other side of this large property, ensuring all bedrooms and studios are warm in the winter months. The wood we use is sustainably sourced from our farm north of Granada.
We are continually seeking ways to improve our environmental footprint. We plant local oak trees in the forests here to help after fires and flowers for insects. We are proud that our olive and almond farm in the north is organic and we always enjoy cooking with our own pesticide-free oil. After cooking, all of our used oil is collected and made into soap. We recycle and re-use nearly everything. Old clothes are made into rags for painting, and broken chairs retrieved from bins have their seats re-woven. We use baskets made from local grass and endeavour to buy local food that is in season. We are lucky here in the Lecrín, as the growing seasons are long and the climate is perfect.
We look forward to opening the house in 2024. Guests in our homestay can expect to travel time and be transported into old village life. We will update you as soon as we have a calendar. Meanwhile, if you'd like to be the first informed for our future courses and homestays, please get in touch with us using the link on the right (or below if you're on a telephone).
If you are interested in staying or working with us, or if you want to use the salon space for an exhibition event please get in touch