The hot dry climate of southern Spain lends itself perfectly to the concept of a cave house: cool in summer yet warm in winter. Scottish owners Shirley and Mark have taken a traditional Spanish cave house, totally renovated it and given it an unexpected contemporary twist. It becomes an ideal holiday home for a family or a group of friends.
Cuevas Helena is set out in the Granada countryside surrounded by hills and mountains and the beautiful lake at Negratin. This is a place for lovers of big skies and big scenery, with lots of places to visit and things to do.
In front of the cave house is a large terrace with a pergola, plenty of sunbathing space, a swimming pool and an outdoor dining area. It also includes a swing for children and room for them to just run around and do what children do. New for 2018 is the jacuzzi, set in an elevated position to enjoy the views.
On entering the cave house the special intimate atmosphere is immediately apparent. Pass through the entrance hall to the large living room that runs across the front of the house with plenty of windows to let in light and reflect it off the white walls. There's a kitchen of course and a bodega corner which feels like sitting in your own personal bar. There are three bedrooms, one with a double bed and two with twin beds. Then there are three wetroom shower rooms so there will be no queuing in the morning.
There is an obvious novelty to spending a holiday in a cave house, but it's practical too, sensible, comfortable and filled with a sense of well-being.
Modern-day cave-living is a rather special experience. Try it!
A Word from the Owner
We wanted to create a cave house which would open people's minds to what they thought cave living was like. We had the experience to do this as we had just recently completed our own cave house for ourselves.
Our goal was to turn the cave into "Modern Day Cave Living" as all the room sizes are bigger than a normal cave and we have very high ceilings. But we also wanted to keep the cave like a cave, so we have left a few areas of the original caves where you can see fossils shells in the walls, as this part of Andalucia was submerged under water millions of years ago.
We love our cave house and we want all our guests to enjoy their stay just as if it is their own home.
Lake Negratin. Just 15 minutes away. Stunning scenery and a great place to go for a swim; just like sea-swimming but without the crowds and without the salty water. You can find places for lunch and there are also the Banos de Zujar natural thermal baths near the edge of the lake.
Mount Jabalcon. Standing 1492 metres above sea level, you really can't miss this mountain. Just minutes from Cuevas Helena by road you can ascend to the top on foot, by bike or in a car. This is a popular spot for all sorts of outdoor pursuits; not just hiking and mountain-biking but hang-gliding and para-gliding too.
Benamaurel. The nearest town to Cuevas Helena, Benamaurel has everything you would expect of a Spanish village. There are local handicrafts, a weekly market, a Moors and Christians fiesta, some lovely old architecture and a ruined castle. The bars in Benamaurel still adhere to the traditional way with tapas: a free little titbit to enjoy with your glass of wine or beer.
Castril. Another small town deep in the Sierra Cazorla mountains. There's just about everything here: walking, cycling, scenery in abundance, caving, climbing, horse-riding, canoeing, bird-watching, a museum and a whole lot of history. Be sure to bring your phrase-book as you won't find many English-speakers.
Granada. Just an hour away, this is on everyone's bucket list, but be sure to book your Alhambra tickets in advance.
Sierra Nevada. The most southerly ski-resort in Europe. Ski in the morning and head down to the coast for a spot of sun-bathing in the afternoon. Or visit in the summer when the Sierra Nevada is a vast expanse of nature perfect for every outdoor activity.
Reviews from Little Hotels Travellers:
Having just celebrated a very special birthday in the cave (Cuevas Helena) I would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience something that is a little different. Beautiful setting, an extremely comfortable dwelling with everything you need there. However, the bonus is Shirley and Mark who are the hosts with the most, they were so welcoming and made us feel very at home they went out of their way making sure we had everything we required right down to organising taxis to the recommended restaurants.
Here's What Some People Have Written On Other Review Sites or in the Guestbook:
|Where do I start? This place is amazing. I would call myself a big traveller and have been to some amazing places around the world in my lifetime, and this one certainly sits up there as one of the best .
It has everything you want and need to make your holiday/break a complete pleasure, stunning views, modern interior, pool, BBQ, plenty of outside seating to enjoy the views, Shirley and Mark have thought of everything.
|Shirley and Mark were the perfect hosts and their knowledge of restaurants and places to visit is incredible. The breakfast which they serve is absolutely out of this world. The night time pool experience is the perfect way to finish off the day at Cuevas Helena. We can't wait for our next visit.|
|A beautifully situated 5 star cave dwelling, excellent amenities you could want for nothing more. The hosts Shirley and Mark give top class hospitality and more than happy to help with anything you may need.
Don't miss out on this wonderful experience, BOOK IT NOW!
We will definitely be returning soon.
|This amazing and beautiful cave surpassed any expectations we may have had .. Thank you Shirley & Mark for being the best hosts. You both went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and at home during our stay. We were warm and very comfortable in every way, the beds were very comfortable & plenty of hot water. And we appreciated the honesty bar! The decor in the cave is just beautiful … Would we come again??? Most definitely!!!|
Guest Rating: 9.8 / 10
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In the hotel
- Dining area
- Honesty bar
- Three bedrooms
- Three bathrooms with showers
- Wi‑fi internet
- Bose speakers
- Board games
In your room
- Swimming pool
- Outdoor dining area
- Children's play area
- Car park