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Our House in Almunecar, Spain

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Now that we’re only 5 days away from leaving, I suppose we’d better get around to actually talking about where we’re staying.  We’d originally been planning on staying in town near the ocean, but never found a place that was the right fit.  So, we smoked the budget a bit and ended up in a villa.  Boo hoo, I know!

It’s set midway up a hill in a canyon just around the corner from Almunecar, in a “development” called Cotobro.  The owner of the house lives in a much smaller house beneath ours.  He’s been really great, though it’s a bit weird having the owner onsite.

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Because we’re set back in a canyon somewhat, our hours of daylight are somewhat limited, with sunrise around 8:30, and the sun going behind the hill around 5 pm.  That would be great in the summer, but in the winter it means it’s usually too cold to hang out outside after that time.

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This is our view on a nice day

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And this was our view much of February, when the weather sucked!

We’ve got a balcony upstairs and a pool on the main level.  The pool was just there for show, as the weather was way too chilly for us to go in.  The kids did take a quick dip our first week.  Quick as in a few seconds in, then fleeing the pool while screaming!

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There are several entrances into the house, but we mostly use the door that opens on to the kitchen

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Down the hall to the left is where Kirsten’s office / school room

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Past that room is our family room.  It’s a nice, big room with a TV and fireplace.  Too bad our channel selection was terrible!

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Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms.  The master had a European queen, which is smaller than a US queen.  So it was kinda cozy!

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Beckett’s room in an unusually clean state

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Mara’s room looking like the filth pit it usually is. We could have tidied up, but it seems better to remember it as it was!

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The kids’ bathroom was pretty sweet!

Since everything in this area is on a hill, there’s a steep driveway heading down to our house.

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There’s also a cool stairway leading down to the ocean.  Unfortunately, you first have to go UP that big driveway before going down all those stairs.  So we’ve done the stairs exactly once.

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There’s a cool little map of the community at the bottom of the hill.

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The plus side of having a late sunrise is getting to enjoy it more often than when it’s at a ridiculous hour.

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Wait for it. . .

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Wait for it. . .

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There it is!

Overall, this worked out to be a really nice place for us.  Location wasn’t ideal, but it was gorgeous and spacious.  When we’re together 24/7, having some space to spead out is essential!

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