The vision of a renowned interior designer, Villa La Tapia has come a long way since its days as a working mill and yet, the original millstones and ancient walls offer a tantalising glimpse of times gone by.
The thoughtfully restored interiors include a sleek contemporary kitchen and minimalistic living spaces, while an understated colour palette is complimented by raw materials such as jute and natural wood.
What were once stables and hay lofts, have been converted into 8 beautiful suites, complete with twin/king beds, elegant writing desks and spacious en-suite bathrooms.
Further clues to the Villa La Tapia’s industrious past can be spotted throughout the property, where original mill machinery now works as an attention-grabbing design statement, alongside semi-industrial ceilings and treated stone floors.
A perfect blend of communal living and luxurious privacy
Villa La Tapia was designed with groups in mind. The large, open plan ground floor is the focal point of the house and features a modern kitchen, lounge and dining room.
With its high beamed ceilings and chunky stone walls, it’s an inviting space where guests can gather in the evening for a glass of wine or pre-dinner cocktail. Outside, the shaded patio with its range of comfortable seating is the perfect spot to swap stories over a morning coffee before a cooling dip.
But Villa La Tapia is also a house that allows for privacy. Each of its 8 suites is tastefully decorated to the highest standard and features comfy beds, luxurious linens and sleek bathrooms.
Bedrooms are located away from the villas main living area for added serenity. The first floor is also home to a yoga studio and a rooftop terrace, ideal for a quiet moment in the sun.
Laid-back Mediterranean living at its finest
The exteriors at Villa La Tapia are simple yet inviting.
A shaded terrace with a family sized-table and various low-slung chairs gives way to an immaculately maintained lawn dotted with citrus and olive trees. White stone planters of succulents and bright bougainvillea blooms encircle the modern pool.
With the only sounds being birdsong, and the comings-and-goings of the sleepy village beyond the wall, the garden is an idyllic spot to relax on a lounger with the sun on your face, or doze on the porch with a good book.
The ground-floor living room at Villa La Tapia is a comforting blend of rustic charm and modern functionality.
High ceilings and large windows create a sensation of space, while solid walls succeed in keeping the room cool in summer and cosy during winter months. The living room’s open layout features a stylish 8-seater modular sofa set on a jute rug, complemented by a light oak coffee table. Elegant olive trees in solid white planters add a touch of greenery to the space.
The house’s only television is also located the living room, creating a focal point for family film evenings, while the 10-seater dining table is flanked by a breakfast bar and a collection of smaller tables, providing ample seating for large group dinners.
An extension of the open-plan living room, Villa La Tapia’s kitchen embodies the concept of farmhouse chic. Light wooden cabinets are paired with white beams and exposed stonework, creating an elegant blend of character and modernity.
The kitchen hosts a range of appliances, such as Beko oven and microwave and Cata electric hob with concealed extractor fan. For coffee enthusiasts, there is also 2 Delonghi coffee machines, ensuring nobody has to wait too long for their morning brew.
A breakfast bar invites casual dining, furnished with six high stools and offering expansive counter space for food prep.
Located on ground floor, identified as “Suite 8” on the door. Two single beds (105cm) which can be pushed together to form an Emperor double (210cm).
Bamboo console table with chair and circular wall mounted mirror. Wicker stool bedside tables and large cream hanging “lantern” lamps. Exposed beams painted white. Sisal/jute runner rug. Bifold doors open onto pool area. Also features dressing area with hanging rails and shelves.
Bathroom 1: Modern en-suite featuring single white basin with wooden cupboards and black circle wall mirror. Walk-in shower.
Guest Bedroom 2:
Identified as “Suite 7”. Twin beds (105cm) with white slatted headboard feature. Wicker stool bedside tables with cream “lantern” style hanging lamps. 3-seater grey fabric sofa bed, suitable for 1 adult/child. Full length mirror. Doors open onto courtyard.
Bathroom 2: Contemporary en-suite with walk-in shower, hanging rope/bulb feature light and textured light grey walls
Guest Bedroom 3:
Identified as “Suite 4” – first left on corridor. Twin beds (105cm) which can be pushed together to form an Emperor (210cm). Light wicker woven hanging lamps and feature fireplace.
Bathroom 3: En-suite featuring single white basin with wooden under sink cupboards. Light grey tile/textured feature wall and walk in shower
Guest Bedroom 4:
Identified as “Suite 1” – first right on corridor) Twin beds (105cm) which can be pushed together to form an Emperor (210cm) Light oak coloured wicker hanging bedside lamps and white and glass bedside tables. Full length bamboo mirror with hanging detail. Dual aspect windows with white roller blinds.
Bathroom 4: Sliding door to en-suite bathroom. Single basin with wooden under sink cupboard. Walk in shower.
Guest Bedroom 5:
Identified as “Suite 2” – second right on corridor. Twin beds (105cm) which can be pushed together to form an Emperor (210cm). Cream “lantern” style hanging lamps. Grey sofa bed suitable for 1 adult/child. Two Juliette balconies with street view.
Bathroom 5: En-suite featuring single white basin with wooden under sink cupboards. Light grey tile/textured feature wall and walk-in shower.
Guest Bedroom 6:
Identified as “Suite 3” – third right on corridor. Twin beds (105cm) which can be pushed together to form an Emperor (210cm). White slatted feature headboards. Small desk/side table with director’s chair. Open light oak slatted wardrobe with shelf. Juliette balcony with street view.
Bathroom 6: En-suite featuring single white basin with wooden under sink cupboards. Light grey tile/textured feature wall. Walk in shower.
Guest Bedroom 7:
Identified as “Suite 5” – second left on corridor. Twin beds (105cm) which can be pushed together to form an Emperor (210cm). Cream hanging “lantern” style lamps and jute rug. Folding table and chair. Exposed brick feature wall and freestanding wardrobe.
Bathroom 7: En-suite with single white basin with wooden under sink cupboards and walk in shower.
Guest Bedroom 8:
Identified as “Suite 6”. Twin beds (105cm) which can be pushed together to form an Emperor (210cm). Woven wicker style hanging lamps with matching bedside tables and small folding table with director’s chair. Doors open onto courtyard shared with bedroom 2.
Bathroom 8: En-suite featuring single white basin with wooden under sink cupboards. Light grey tile/textured feature wall. Walk in shower.
Your rental includes a daily visit from the housekeeper, plus a linen and towel change twice a week. Additional housekeeping hours can be booked and paid for directly to cover things like after-meal clearing up, nightly turn-down, or personal laundry.
A premium organic breakfast service is available for a per person supplement*. Breakfast will be prepared and laid out each morning by your housekeeper.
Special request and dietary needs can be accommodated.
Catered to your choosing
If you prefer not to cook, please ask our Concierge team for details of our private chefs. Our professional villa chefs can showcase the best local ingredients or cook favourite international dishes for you and your guests.
For a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine, ask about our gourmet tapas menus, wine tasting, or book a private food tour with our expert guides.
All of our villas have a convenient stock-cupboard, with a starter supply of the essential household items you might need for a comfortable stay.
Villa Essentials Service
A pre-arrival shopping service is available to cover essentials for the first 2 days. Our Guest Experience Team will assist with making your order before you travel, with a payment made on account and adjusted at the end of your stay.
All stays with The Luxury Villa Collection include a personal meet and greet with an English-speaking Villa Manager for peace of mind. Your manager is then available during your stay to assist you with any villa queries.
In addition, from the moment you book, our Guest Experience Team will help with all your travel arrangements to ensure a smooth stay.
Complimentary Itinerary Planning
Every booking includes around 3 hours of itinerary planning before you travel (more complex itineraries can be organised for a fee to cover extended hours).
As a guide, 3 hours is usually enough to help with your airport transfers and car hire, a chef service for a special meal, and to help you plan and book one day out.
Concierge-Style Support in Spain
Once you arrive at Villa La Tapia, our Guest Experience Team will be on hand via email, SMS or WhatsApp with further ideas and recommendations.
If you think you might need a more personalised service, we can arrange for you to have a Personal Concierge* for the duration of your stay.
Your Villa Manager is also on hand daily to assist with local queries.
Villa La Tapia is within easy reach of a whole range of amazing experiences to add to your travel memories. From exciting family adventures like canyoning or diving to world-class golf, in-villa gourmet chefs to wellness treatments, we work closely with the best local suppliers to help make your stay extra special.
Skiing is always popular during the season (from December to late April). Sierra Nevada is great for beginners and children. Passes and ski hire can be arranged by the villa concierge.
For Spanish culture, explore the cities of Andalucia with a personal guide direct from your villa. Granada is an easy day trip away with the Alhambra Palace an absolutely must-see. For foodies we have selected the best places to eat in Granada city. Enjoy a selection of day tours or bespoke itineraries all with a door to door service in air-conditioned vehicles.
To help you get the very best from your stay at this villa, our Guest Experience Team can help you with hire cars and transfers when booked in advance. There is also a local taxi service on-call which your Housekeeper can help you to book.
I’ve always admired the vision that goes into a restoration project like Villa La Tapia, which was originally a working mill. How do you ensure none of the property’s character is lost while trying to effectively modernise the space?
Succeeding in getting the balance right is no easy feat, but the designer of Villa La Tapia absolutely nailed the brief!
While the original stone walls of the mill remain intact (hence the name, La Tapia), the interiors are all about modern luxury: sleek countertops, levelled stone floors, high-grade linens and gorgeous raw materials. Nothing about the space is clinical, though – there’s a cosiness about it that makes it feel like a home away from home.
And then there’s the garden: a Mediterranean oasis with fruit and olive trees galore, not to mention that beautiful turquoise swimming pool. It's the kind of place where you can just chill out with a book or have a lazy afternoon nap in the shade. Heaven!
Formerly a working bread and olive mill, Villa La Tapia has been reimagined as a contemporary villa while losing none of its original charm.
Dotted around the property are relics from its former life: huge stone presses in the garden, which would have once been used to grind wheat, along with original stone walls enclosing the garden.
Now owned by a talented interior designer, Villa La Tapia has been coaxed from the past with the inclusion of luxurious modern design touches, such as a contemporary kitchen, understated yet elegant bedrooms and stylish en-suite bathrooms.
With daily housekeeping and a morning breakfast service available*, Villa La Tapia has all the perks of a private boutique hotel.
All bedrooms are en-suite, with some added sofa beds for larger families.
Villa La Tapia’s breakfast is no ordinary affair, either. Ingredients are handpicked from the local area and feature the very best Andalucian olive oil along with fluffy homemade biscuits and breads still warm from the bakery, accompanied by fresh coffee and orange juice.
When eaten on the patio with the early morning sunlight slanting across the pool and the birdsong starting in the trees, there’s no better way to start the day.
Your villa manager will also be along daily to help with any local requests and recommendations.
Villa La Tapia is located in the The Lecrín Valley, in the province of Granada. The region comprises seventeen towns and villages and is characterised by its lush landscapes, featuring orange and lemon groves and vineyards. In recent years, the area has gained popularity among tourists seeking outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking in picturesque surroundings.
The house is situated in the quaint town of Albuñuelas, which is as well-appointed as it is charming.
The village is a short 25-minute drive from Granada city with its world-famous monuments and thriving tapas scene, while the pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Costa Tropical can be reached in 30-minutes.
Meanwhile, half an hour drive inland will lead you to the Sierra Nevada mountain range with its iconic slopes. During the season it’s easy to drive up, hire skis and head out to the slopes.