Cave Home Bed and Breakfast | Air BnB, Sacromonte, Spain

Air B & B Inspiration and a cave home in Spain

Ok so I am a massive fan of Air BnB, there’s always somewhere unusual to stay and great when you are on a budget. This time we stayed in a cave (yes an actual cave) in the stunning Spanish mountain town of Sacromonte. As you can see from the photos the landscape is absolutely beautiful; pretty cave houses, within whitewashed caves, punctuated with cactai, against a dramatic mountain backdrop.

Sacromonte literally means Sacred Mountain. It is a traditional neighbourhood in Granada, Andalusia. owes its name he alleged discovery of relics and the “lead books the Sacromonte”that came to be interpreted as the fifth gospel. Sacromonte is also the traditional neighborhood of the Granadian Gypsy folk and we got a real taste of traditional gypsy life when we went to visit a flamenco show at one of the few bar/restuarants in the area. Ole! These women were firey- the passion that came from their feet and the confidence that came from just one look – wow!

The cave home itsef can be booked online via Air BnB. The decor was just perfect, with bohemian details, rich traditional tapestries and Moroccan inspired cushions. Raquel our host was lovely though didn’t speak much English, but we seemed to get by! She left us eggs and jam and bread in the fridge, so breakfast could be cooked on the little kitchen stove and enjoyed in the garden before a day trip.

I have to admit it as a little spooky at night because it was so quiet, we we’re set right into the mountain side, but I kind of liked that. It was especially good when the temperatures soared into the late 30s, as it made for a fabulous cool retreat at the end of the day. Though it did feel a  little damp but nothing that couldn’t be solved with the de-humidifier.

All in all I highly recommend travelling to Sacromonte, and if you get chance to stay in one of the cave homes, you should definitely consider it. I guarantee you won’t stay find many places quite like this!!

Top Things To See When You Are In Granada or Sacromonte

  1. The Souks for Jewellery, bags and Moorish inspired goods galore
  2. The Alhambrah Palace
  3. The traditional Hamman baths

 

Travelling in Sacromonte in Spain with Air B & B
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Inside our cave home bed and breakfast in Spain

 

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Discovering Tuscany: Our quirky B&B in Pietrasanta

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Mini-moon part 2

Are you looking to book a holiday that is a little less touristy for 2017? Perhaps a last minute October break is on the cards. Whatever your plans, I hope to inspire you to make a decision that is a little less ordinary for your next break away.

Last year we stayed in an Air BnB, by Lake Garda. Off the beaten track, up a mountain and in the middle of nowhere; it was a real hidden gem. Its tranquility provided such relaxation, and our hosts home and cuisine made our stay truly authentic. In fact we loved it so much we decide to look for somewhere similar for our mini-moon.

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Le Stipe di Sopora, our Tuscan sanctuary

We discovered Le Stipe di Sopora, whilst browsing online and instantly fell in love with her stunning photos- this was the place for us. (Silvia told us at the time of writing, that she could be booked via Air B n B, booking.com and others).

Sylvia, our host was warm and friendly and quick to respond, which made us feel instantly at ease. She even cooked us a delicious Tuscan meal of home-made pasta, basil and tomato bruschetta and local home-made lager (hic!) on our arrival evening.

Le Stipe is only 4 km from Pietrasanta, a pretty market town in northern Italy in the Province of Tuscany. What made Sylvia’s cosy home stand out against all the other hotels and B&Bs we could have stayed in, was its quirky, personal touches and rustic charm.

Sylvia’s home is a classically furnished 19th-century Tuscan building. The beautiful farmhouse-style kitchen had a large fireplace and original marble skink which was decorated with beautiful coloured mis-matched tiles. You can see Sylvia has restored her home with love, she has kept the original features including the timber ceiling and terracotta brickwork. Colourful artworks line the stairwell providing moments of wonder as you make your way up the stairs. *Starts making plans to transform the flat into a Tusacan farmhouse.*

As you enter the bedroom you are instantly hit with how bright, clean and airy it is. Broderie Analgise cushions, gilded antiques, Moroccan inspired flooring and hanging wall art come together to make a dreamy sanctuary for some much-needed rest. When you open the chestnut brown shuttered windows, you get incredible view over the village, the hills and beyond. You don’t get these views in Leeds that’s for sure.

One of our favourite things to do was relax and waste some serious time in the ancient courtyard, in the hammock reading a book.  There are few things more perfect in life than lounging in a hammock with a book don’t you think?

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Here’s a few of the town’s highlights

Pietrasanta Marina: One of the best beaches in Italy

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The golden sands against a mountain back drop was insanely beautiful and so were the people. Quite possibly the most stunning beach we have been to in Italy.

Pietrasanta vintage market: On first Sunday of the month

As any vintage mama knows there’s always time for a spot of bargain hunting. I got my haggle game on and snapped up this gorgeous blue vintage dress for 5 Euros! I seriously considered leaving all my luggage and bringing a Moroccan rug home instead. And If I have had space I would have tried to smuggle Sylvia in there too!

Le Stipe di Sopora was the perfect Tuscan hideaway. I would highly recommend this or any other similar BnB, if you want to get a true taste of your Italy.

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Groovy Threads and Style Inspiration

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5 Awesome Things To Do In Florence

Mini moon part 1

The day following our wedding on the 27th August, happy but hungover, we went on the Ryanair website in the hope of a last minute deal and ended up booking a mini moon to Tuscany. Booked at 8pm that night to leave Monday morning at 8am- talk about flying by the seat of our pants!

Our trek across Tuscany started in Pisa. Pisa was a cheap destination but actually other than see the leaning tower, we found there wasn’t actually that much to do! So after travelling to Lucca for a day we spent the following two nights in Florence. There are many things to do, including the Uffizi Gallery to see Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (you know the one, the gorgeous redhead standing in the buff riding the waves in a giant clamshell) but in a bid to keep it simple, here are 5 things to do if you have 24 hours in Florence.

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Ready to explore! This was at a garden in Lucca before we got to Florence
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But relaxing was the first thing…

Morning

  1. Get Cultural: The Accademia Gallery & Michelangelo’s David

The Accademia reveals the genius of great Florentine artists and sculptures, the most renowned being the marble marvel that is Michelangelo’s David. Michelangelo carved his masterpiece from an abandoned block of marble, to create this vision of Florentine liberty. It is long debated whether our strapping chap is depicted before or after his battle with Goliath. I’d say after- he looks pretty pleased with himself doesn’t he?

As the museum is home to some of the finest works of Renaissance artwork in the world, lines to enter are long. You can however reserve a ticket down the street and bypass the entrance lines easily.

 

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  1. Marble marvel: Duomo Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

10 minutes from the Gallery you will find Florence’s main cathedral with its magnificent Renaissance dome. The exterior is covered in a decorative sweetshop mix of candy pink, white and green marble which looks stunning when lit against the night sky. Entrance into the cathedral is free, which is one of the reasons why you’ll usually find a long queue (Eugh). And like the length of time you appear to be in the queue- apparently it took two centuries for the cathedral to be finished.  We say only visit the inside if you really want to see it, your time here is probably best spent going to the top for the view or sat in the square listening to the talented buskers and taking it all in…

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  1. Find a Thrift Store in Florence: Melrose Vintage

Any vintage shopper worth their flares needs to seek out new groovy threads in a new city. Make a retro pit stop at Melrose Vintage. This quality thrift store is well worth a visit if you have time and is close to the Duomo peut on acheter du viagra en pharmacie. Find it here: argo 50123, Largo Fratelli Alinari, 8, 50123

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In my new vintage purchase from Melrose Vintage! Who knew a tablecloth would work so well as a skirt…

 

 

Afternoon

  1. Escape the crowds: Garden di Boloboli

Located just 10 minutes from Ponte Vecchio, this sculpture park offers a welcome break from the bustling crowds. You could probably spend all day wandering aimlessly around this park and exploring everything it has to offer. Statues and fountains are scattered around the park, and there is a breathtaking view from the top. Being Italy it was blazing hot, so pack lots of water oh and factor 50 if you’re a lily white Brit like me.

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Evening

  1. Watch the Sunset: Piazzale Michelangelo

Finish the day with this beauty. A short (ish) walk from the gardens, this 19th century piazza has undoubtedly the best panoramic view of Florence. Watch the sunset with a bottle of wine, and dream of a city apartment, before you hit one of the restaurants back in the centre. Just be warned – this is a tourist hot spot, at peak season prepare to push your way through a hundred students with selfie sticks just to get a spot.

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