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A Walking Week with Chris Stewart

Las Alpujarras – land of olive and almond trees
Mairena is a typical Alpujarran mountain village where mules still outnumber cars by two to one at harvest time!

Casa las Chimeneas (4* guesthouse), Mairena

Meal arrangements: dinner & breakfast

Casa las Chimeneas
With its characteristic tall, narrow chimneys, Las Chimeneas, (the ‘House of the Chimneys’) is a charming guesthouse contained within a sprawling village house and three of its smaller neighbours in the heart of Mairena, a typical whitewashed villages of Las Alpujarras. Lovingly restored over the years by genial hosts Emma and David Ilsley, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly with visitors treated more like family friends than paying guests. The restaurant continually receives high praise, mainly due to the tireless enthusiasm of head cook, Sole, who was born and bred in the village and whose tasty dishes, with innovative North African influences, are inspired by family recipes passed down through the generations. The house wine is locally sourced and, wherever possible, Sole uses organic produce from their own smallholding, or finca, of olive groves and organic orchards of fig, medlar and pomegranate trees, the fruit of which is also used for the homemade preserves served at breakfast.  
All the rooms are different shapes and sizes, each with balcony or terrace boasting sweeping views, yet all are carefully styled in the rustic traditions of the region, and furnished with authentic antiques. Each of the houses has a comfortable shared lounge with wood-burning stove, making for a cosy atmosphere on chillier evenings. There is a plunge pool at the main house for all guests to use.
Emma and David, who are keen walkers themselves, are attentive hosts and are always delighted to share their unrivalled knowledge of the area with their guests.


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At a glance
Accommodation: Casa de las Chimeneas, Mairena
Included room: standard room
Facilities: lounge, terrace
Location in the village: outskirts