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Escape the world and its worries with a retreat to Cueva Picapiedra - a real cave house in beautiful southern Spain with outdoor pool and every luxury to boot!

Cueva Picapiedra is a wonderfully secluded, perfectly unique Spanish hideaway in the stunning region of Alicante, and just a five minute walk to the pretty village of La Canalosa. Dug out from the hillside, this gorgeous cave house provides an exceptional piece of authentic Spanish living for six sun-seeking guests. If you've never seen a cave house before, abandon any preconceptions of dank, dark hovels. Cueva Picapiedra is quite the opposite; light, airy and spacious. It doesn't disappoint.

Set in peaceful countryside and surrounded by picturesque almond groves, Cueva Picapiedra offers unforgettable accommodation and fabulous grounds to its lucky visitors. As you enter into the spacious hallway, you'll notice the beautifully cool temperature providing welcome respite from the hot Spanish sun - one of the clever reasons cave houses were built in the first place! Whitewashed interiors and stone-tiled floors create space and light, while windows throughout the cave provide glimpses of your stunning surroundings.

Leading through to the lounge, you'll find a cosy sitting area, complete with comfy sofas, a TV (with all the English channels and a DVD player!) and a wood-burning stove - perfect for those evenings when the temperature dips a little. A separate kitchen offers every mod-con you need for easy self-catering, as well as a dishwasher and washing machine. Tea and coffee is included, and you can even order a specially selected hamper of goodies to meet you on arrival!

When it comes to enjoying your food - perhaps a homemade tortilla, some tasty tapas or a scrummy paella - you're spoiled for choice at Cueva Picapiedra. As well as an indoor dining area with seating for six, there are no fewer than three outdoor dining spaces! Perhaps enjoy a late breakfast on the patio to soak up some morning rays, a long lunch at the marble table in the shade of the carob tree, or a BBQ under the pergola with views of the Crevillante mountains - pure paradise...

With three bedrooms at Cueva Picapiedra, there's plenty of choice as to where to lay your head. The spacious Master bedroom features a king-size bed topped with stylish grey and white linen, while the double bedroom offers a cosy nook for couples to cuddle up together. There's also a charming twin bedroom - perfect for children or friends to share - with a skylight above and a toy cupboard with a wonderful assortment of toys and board games. You'll also find two bathrooms, both with shower cubicles, so there's no need to queue in the morning!

That's not all. There's also a fantastic cave games room, kitted out with a table-tennis table and a dartboard. And then there are those extensive gated grounds with plenty of under cover parking and equipped with a whole range of amenities to keep kids and adults alike entertained for hours.

Cool off in the large private swimming pool, or take a snooze on a sunbed or hammock. If working up a sweat is more your thing, you'll find a tennis court, basketball area, a trampoline and even bikes for exploring the area are provided free of charge. Or you could always exercise those grey cells instead with a game of giant chess, boules or a tournament on the outdoor pool table!

If you're itching to explore, take a look through the selection of useful leaflets provided, or ask Cueva Picapiedra's owners for inspiration (they're just in the farmhouse nearby!). Walking, cycling, mountaineering - you can do it all in Alicante. If it's civilisation you're after, the local village of La Canalosa is just a 10-minute walk away, where you can pick up fresh bread, enjoy a cerveza or two or stop for some traditional Spanish fare. The larger towns of Hondon de la Nieves and Algueña are also within a 10km drive, with market days, fiestas throughout the year, and tempting bodegas serving sensational local wine!

Whether you're searching for a fun-filled getaway packed with new experiences or an utterly relaxing retreat in the Spanish sunshine, this cave house paradise is just a short hop away. So isn't it time you booked your flight?

Things to note

Smoking is not permitted inside the house, families are welcomed but children should be supervised around the pool at all times. Food hampers are available to purchase prior to arrival, enquire for details.

Tried and tested

"We have just returned from what was an amazing family holiday. The cave house was everything we hoped for and more. The interior was modern, bright and airy. It had all the equipment you could ever need. Outside is a dream. There is tennis, pool, chess, basketball, bicycles to keep everyone happy and active and then of course the swimming pool to cool off in. Glorious. There are numerous areas to sit and relax in the sun or shade, whichever you want. The views of the surrounding countryside are stunning and are best enjoyed with a glass of wine as the sun sets. Helen and Warren and their family are wonderful hosts. They have an amount of local knowledge which they are most willing to share. The river walk with rock pools to jump in to at the end should def not be missed. I really hope that we get the chance to go back again soon."

"The cave was everything we had hoped for and more. The cave was very comfortable with everything we needed and some lovely touches like snacks and drinks ready for us when we arrived. The sports facilities were good and again had everything we could want. The hosts were incredibly welcoming and helpful. We would highly recommend it. Thanks so much for our lovely time!"

"We had a fantastic time at the Cavehouse. Warren and Helen were perfect hosts. Travel from Alicante airport using hire car and satnav is very straightforward and takes about 45 mins. The food hamper was fantastic and kept us going until visiting the local supermarkets, which are a short drive away. The cavehouse is quite spacious and well equipped, with the swimming pool, tennis court, table tennis, pool table, chess and boule all being well used by our teenagers. The local countryside is ideal either for relaxing, running, cycling or walking up one of the many local mountains. We felt very welcome at the Cavehouse, everyone we met was friendly and helpful. If you want to escape the crowds but still have the facilities to have fun with your family or friends this is the place to go!"

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The basics

Region: La Canalosa, Alicante
Cost (from): £500 (per week)
Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 712

Facilities

Sleeps up to 6, king size bedroom, double bedroom, twin room, bedding & towels provided, 2 bathrooms, shower cubicle, hand basin, toilet, dining area, modern kitchen, fridge freezer, hob, oven microwave, dishwasher, living room, wood burning fire, satellite TV, DVD player, DVD collection, books, games, magazines, table tennis, darts, terrace, pool, hammock, outdoor dining table & seating for 6, tennis court, petanque, pool table, trampoline, basketball net, outdoor chess, bicycles, parking.

Local activities

Cycling, hiking, bodegas, vineyards, horse riding, museums, markets, golf.

At a glance

  • Sensational cave house in Alicante, Spain with exceptional grounds and facilities
  • Sleeps 6 (1 king, 1 double, 1 twin); 2 bathrooms
  • Private swimming pool, tennis court, games room, outdoor pool table and more
  • Stunning gardens with suntraps and shaded areas
  • Optional hampers available for pre-order
  • Free bikes available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Explore the Crevillante mountains; a range of outdoor activities available
  • Local village La Canalosa - 5 minute walk
  • Alicante Airport - 45km; beaches - 45km
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