What is(are) your name(s)?
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
This 100+ year old building was converted 'cosmetically' by ourselves in 1988 by adding a third floor followed by attempts at modern plumbing & by installation of en-suite showers & loos to each of five bedrooms. The earlier building had been originally constructed, at the beginning of the last century, as a depository for local crops and for wine-making. It was used subsequently as a school,a private house, and, later, before we moved in, it housed the village forge. The older houses in this village tell their own tale. They are all derived from dry stone walls which were man-made by heaving large, heavy piedras (rocks!) and mud. The load-bearing walls are strong & very thick, that is 2 to 3 ft. in width & the construction is of 4 walls around a central core. The intial layout is similar to that of houses in northern Morocco while the very few oldest, single story, buildings that remain here are reminiscent of the Berber villages. These houses provided shelter and a store. The antecedents must have understood the value of a rewarding diet given the availability of grapes, almonds, figs, honey,fruit & vegetables and meat & fish. Most households maintained a bread oven and families made their own wine!
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
This village is unique in that it was a centre for wine-making. Along with neighbouring villages, Sorvilan & Rubite, it comprises an ancient strip of development adjacent to a fertile agricutural strip of land. This is part of the Contraviesa which are the foothills to their grander partners - the Sierra Nevada. Here you will find a relatively small population following in the footsteps, as closely as modernity allows (!), of their forefathers. They are the true Alpujarrenos - and we (the foreigners) are, as newcomers, flattered (flattened?) to be here We may be termed 'forresteros' - on a 'good' day ! At given times of year, & on agreement, you might be able to plait garlic, dry peppers & figs, pick grapes, make jam, learn to make authentic dolce & tortilla, paint & repair houses, chat in the plaza, water the mule and walk the dog. Or, boringly, you can watch TV, surf the net, write a novel, paint a masterpiece etc. etc. . . . . . .
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
Well, - you're right . . . it's different ! . . . . Do we have to walk to La Mamola? Let's have lunch at 'the deserted village'! Why does Gregorio's wine taste . . . . . ? What time does the breadman get here ? (see also for fish, greengrocer, household goods, clothes . . . .) Is the doctor really here everyday ? What day(s) are the markets at Orgiva/Cadiar/La Mamola/Motril/Almunecar/Salobrena/Adra .. . . ? When can I get a taxi to . . . . . ? Will you teach me to play boule?
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
We offer Bed & Breakfast & Homestays. In addition to a room with facilities ensuite visitors have use of the kitchen, bar, TV room, & outside terrace. A washing machine & ironing are available on request. Every effort is made to make you feel 'at home' and we appreciate our visitors input to this end.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
There are three rooms, that is two double & one single, with a total of 5 single beds. A futon can also be made available if required. All the rooms are of a reasonable size to accommodate the given number of people and each has a shower, wash-handbag.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
All our letting rooms are on the middle floor - which provides best warmth in winter & cool in summer. There is heating November to March, & fans for the hotter weather. There are excellent views of the campo & the village & you can see the sea! The rooms are simple, clean & neat.
Which room is your personal favorite?
Different views from each - and it depends on time of year.
What do the room rates include?
Prices include all items listed above. Nominal charge for internet and use of washing machine.
Do you offer any special packages?
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Good continental breakfast includes - fruit juice, fruit, cereals, boiled eggs, cheese, cold cuts, toast & jam, various pastries, tea, coffee, chocolate, milk. Other items by arrangement.
When and where is breakfast served?
Available between 9am and 11am. & served in the dining area although it can be taken by trays to terrace etc.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
Vegetarian meals available - but we do not cater to Vegans.
Do you serve other meals?
All meals are by arrangement.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
Guests have access to the kitchen between main meal times for tea/coffee/snacks.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
Yes - kids OK.
Do you accept pets?
What is your smoking policy?
No smoking inside the house.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
There is ample parking within 200 metres.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
Fire-fighting equipment is available in kitchen & bar. Exits clearly shown.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Check in before 8pm unless otherwise agreed & CASH PAYMENT IS TO BE MADE ON ARRIVAL. Any other credit card payment can be made in advance by PayPal.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
2 nights minimum stay unless agreed in advance.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Telephone +34 958 836849 (also on Skype), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is you cancellation policy?
Depends on number of night's stay. Refund negotiable if cancellation made 36 hours prior.
What types of payment do you accept?
Cash, cheques, PayPal.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
No special requirements although guests should be cleanly dressed in modest attire.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
See details on lasalpujarras.com/holidaylets/polopos.
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
Please treat this house & your fellow guests with the same respect that you would value in your own home.