Casa Sofia is available for visitors, writers' retreats, art courses and "sculptors in residence". It is a small village house, parts of which are some 200 years old. It is located in the ancient Arabic village of Otivar, deep in the Valle Tropical(Tropical Valley), at the convergence of the Almijara and Cazulas mountain ranges, and 20 minutes drive from the coast. The village is set on a steep slope in Moorish tradition, and cars enter the residential quarters at their peril. An ability to walk up the steep lanes and steps to reach car parking, bars and restaurants, is essential. Kitty's 93-year-old mother can do it in 10 minutes (5 minutes down), and she has a pacemaker.
Casa Sofia has two bedrooms. One has two single beds, the other a double. A sofa bed is also available in the living room downstairs, and there is extra lounging room next to bedrooms.
It has a tiny kitchen which used to be the family donkey stall, and a utilitarian bathroom with a good shower and unlimited hot water.
Casa Sofia has a cosy patio accessed from the living room, a small garden, and also a roof terrace with fabulous mountain views.
Staying in the village is a bit of an experience. People are friendly, often noisy, and nosey, but generally lovely. A "Buenos Dias" or "Hola" always goes down well. A number of expats of different nationalities live there, full or part time.
There are several bars, four restaurants of high standard, serving meals or drinks with free tapas (just about the last region in Spain to do so). There are two bakeries, and a couple of small shops for essentials, an outdoor public pool (open summer) and a bank.
The coastal towns are easily accessed on a good road for a wider selection of shopping and entertainment. Lovely beaches. Walking and hiking trails abound and bicycles are available to guests who will look after them.