La Casa de los Bates is a rural house of 20,000 square meters, composed of a main Italian style palace and large gardens and orchards of tropical trees (avocado, mango, persimmon, guava, banana, pawpaw). We have five exclusive rooms, so our guests enjoy a very intimate atmosphere throughout their stay. In addition, the hygienic-sanitary measures implemented in all our facilities allow us to guarantee the tranquility of our guests in the times we live in.
This unique 19th century house, cataloged as an Artistic Historical Monument of the City of Motril and anchored in the heart of the Costa Tropical of Granada, with a total area of 660m2, is situated on a beautiful hill from which you can see unparalleled views of the sea, Sierra Nevada, the “Vega” of Motril and Salobreña.
The living rooms, spacious and with fireplaces, are ideal places for conversation and reading. The presence of music envelops the environment in a pleasant and peaceful way. Various family objects are added to the decoration, giving the place a very personal style. A 220m2 terrace, on the outside and surrounded by nature, is the ideal setting to savor tasty breakfasts and savor the tropical fruits of our garden under the magic sunlight of Andalusia.
It is without a doubt, a place created to enjoy.
Although the origin may be Jewish, the estate was an important farm in Muslim times and had an alcazaba and a wall to protect the people. There was a big house called “customs”, a sugar factory and a pool to cook linen. Next to the entrance was the Beas or Bates mill. What remains are the wall that protected the old farmhouse, the tower they called Bates Tower and a cube of the wall. The underground aqueduct that crosses the farm originally carried water from the ditch to the sugar factory. It could have about thirty houses, a small mosque, a sugar factory, a linen factory, a flour mill, a strong house or alcazaba, cellars, warehouses, etc.
After the conquest of Granada, the rich lands of Bates the Elder were bought by Francisco Ramírez of Madrid, Captain General of the Catholic Kings and Royal Counselor and by his wife Beatriz Galindo, writer and humanist, the Latina, maiden of great talent, knowledge and virtue, some twenty years younger than him, of nobel salmantina family. Educated to be a nun, she had been called to court for her great fame and Queen Elizabeth the Catholic took her great affection and named her Senior Made. It was the queen who arranged the marriage of both in 1491 and sent 500,000 maravedis to Beatriz. From this marriage were born two children: Fernán and Nuflo. Other owners of this beautiful estate were the Countess of Bornos and on the seventeenth century, Alonso de Contreras, ruler of Motril.
At the end of the eighteenth century the Jiménez Caballero family acquired the property by erecting a mansion and a botanical garden (Jardin del Generalife) which most of its plants were brought by a local sailor, General Hernández de Velasco, hero of the Cuban war and good friend of the family. In 1898 José Jiménez Caballero, mayor of Motril and parliamentarian in the Court, built a colonial palace, the only building that remains today and whose irons are said to have bought from Gustave Eiffel (although this is not documented) and he created a romantic Italian garden for his guests (Moon or Winter Garden), connecting both gardens by a large marble staircase flanked by coral cranes. Among his distinguished guests from that time it is worth highlighting President Maura and General Martínez Campos. In 1936 the mansion located in the north of the estate is burned down during the civil war.
Since 1957 it was completely abandoned and in 1993, Mariperta Martín Feriche bought the ruined estate and restored it with the help of her five sons. On its centenary, 1998 and after an intense restoration, the estate reopens its doors as a place for celebrations and rural accommodation. In 2006 The magazine Telva chose Casa de los Bates as one of the ten most romantic places to get married in Spain and in 2008 the agency Conde Nast chose Casa de los Bates among the two best guest houses in Europe, an award that the current owner collected in London. The estate hosts numerous events of all kinds throughout the year: concerts, weddings, fashion shows, charity galas and public and private parties and it is a favorite place of signatures for their photo-shoots and visits by associations of garden lovers.