House Gallery

This page aims to show the accommodation in Casa Rafela as an aid to vital decision making! There are no claims to artistic value of the images; rather, they are geared to be as objective as possible.

The parking space

The parking space is our own property and is located  opposite the front door. Casa Rafela is at the end of what amounts to a cul-de-sac and it is the only house that has an entrance onto it. The lane is a right of way, however, but beyond it there is just access to a path that leads away across the fields to the woods and an alleyway that leads back into the village.

The patio

This leads off the parking. It has a wooden pergola which is slowly being colonised by vines, virginia creeper and wisteria. In the meantime there are pot plants in abundance – even an olive tree! – as well as roses and shrubs in a small raised bed. The patio has a built-in bench seat and wrought iron table and chair set. Thanks to the shrubbery and fencing the space has a great sense of privacy. The deep beams of the pergola ensure enough shade to make it comfortable to sit in all day long. But perhaps the best treat is at night, when the wild animals wander into the orchards right beneath the front wall!

The ground floor/entrance hall

This part of the house was originally the stable and it is full of memorabilia that reflect this. There is plenty of room for boots and overcoats as well as sports equipment. The room is wonderfully cool in summer and is a great adjunct to using the patio. There are extra cane chairs which can be taken out there.

The main bedroom

This speaks for itself. The view from the window is delightful, as is the sound of the birdsong from the inhabitants of the orchards right outside – it’s a great place to have a lie-in! As well as the antique bedstead the room is furnished with bedside tables, a large antique pine chest of drawers, a chest with spare blackets in case of cool weather, a pine rocking chair, a fitted wardrobe (with iron and ironing board – there are some!) and an en suite shower and WC.

The second bedroom/study

This dual purpose room has a traditional bacony window that overlooks the parking/patio and beyond to the fields and woods that surround the village. When not in use as a bedroom the twin beds turn into a sofa. A ‘colonial’ cane armchair rounds the room off – perfect for long afternoons curled up with a favourite book!

The bathroom

This is opposite the second bedroom and at the foot of the staircase that leads up to the living room, kitchen and terrace. Between the bathroom and the en-suite in the main bedroom, the cottage provides ample privacy for families or couples sharing.

The stairwell

The stairs are original and curve in a ‘spiral’ with two half landings,. Each landing is home to one of our small collection of antique woodstoves. Please note that it is impossibe to fit a stairgate, so Casa Rafela is not suitable for toddlers.

The kitchen

The kitchen is well equipped, with a large fridge/freezer, microwave, 4 ring butane gas cooker; plus all the electric gadgets like a kettle, cafeteria (filter), toaster, orange squeezer, etc. But above all there are all the utensils and accessories that are essential for real cooks!







The lounge/dining room

The lounge/dining room is located directly off the kitchen, as is the terrace. In this way meals can be served equally well on both the terrace and the dining room. Two more stoves are found here – the modern one works!

The terrace

This serves as Casa Rafela’s ‘living quarters’ throughout much of the year. There are two marble topped tables and two hotel style sunbeds and the terrace is completely private. But the most notable thing about the terrace is its ‘drop dead’ view!

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