Andalucia Spain... Places to Stay...
Spain, with spectacular mountains and enchanting cities stretches from
Portugal in the southeast to the southwest corner of Spain.
means "the land of moving light". Half way between Granada with its
fabulous Alhambra palace and the sparkling Mediterranean lays Orgiva, a
bustling market town known as the gateway to the valley of Las
As well as the
colourful Thursday market, Orgiva has a castle, a beautiful church, and
is surrounded by mountains. To the north lie the snow covered peaks of
the Sierra Nevada, and to the south the majestic Sierra de Lujar. David
fell in love with this magical place, Andalucia Spain! (Find out who
David is at the end.)
After a few false starts he bought Los Piedaos, a farm of about 2 1/2 hectares (8 acres) of olives, almonds, oranges, lemons, figs and pomegranates.
It straddles a
tree-covered ridge just outside the town. David had always wanted to
design his own house and now was the chance.
The house follows the contours of the hill that it crowns and encloses patios to give alternative protection from sun and wind.
On the estate, amongst the olive trees was a group of six ancient stone farm buildings.
After the main house was completed these buildings were recreated as three beautiful self-catering holiday homes.
They can be seen at Los Piedaos and offer discounts for last minute bookings.
Who is David?
David Dry, studied
architecture in London where he started in practice, eventually having
offices in London, Cambridge and Manchester with projects in UK, Europe
In the early 80s,
tired of running a large practice he designed and had built a 43 ft
yawl that was christened Fata Morgana and which became home.
However, a friend,
Satish Kumar who has a magazine called 'Resurgence', was running a
meditation course in Orgiva and asked if he knew it. He hadn’t even
heard of Orgiva but came to have a look at the town and fell in love!
David now practices
architecture with a young Spanish architect. Avoiding attachment to any
stylistic dogma they search for an appropriate response to each site
while paying homage to the wonderful architectural traditions of
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