This month I had the pleasure of meeting Feroza and Graham who have opened up a beautiful boutique Bed and Breakfast in Competa. It is located in the corner of the main Plaza (next door to the tobacconist) hence why they have called it the Almijara Residence. The building was originally a narrow and tall town house in need of substantial renovation. They had the vision to create a 5 roomed bed and breakfast with a reception the ground floor and a roof top bar with views over the Plaza.
Feroza is originally from Cape Town in South Africa and she said the mountain they can see behind their roof top bar reminds her of Signal Hill from her home town. Graham and Feroza met in Cape Town 25 years ago and married there. They later moved to London where Feroza worked as an investment banker and Graham in the Construction Industry. They spent 15 years in London working & traveling, eventually they decided they wanted the sunshine long term.
Research began first on the Internet. They wanted to move to somewhere near a major airport with an element of tourism but which was still traditional; they quickly found Competa fitted the bill.
In February of this year they made their move to Spain permanent and came out to renovate their town house in Competa. Feroza and Graham are a great believer that people do like the traditional to look at but to stay in,they like fresh, new and modern. From the outside the Bed and Breakfast is still a tall narrow townhouse just off the main plaza but that’s it. They have renovated it all to a top quality spec with a contemporary look. All rooms have air-con, TV and an top quality mattresses to provide a good nights sleep along with modern en suite bathrooms. The internal areas have all been cleverly lit and designed for light to flood through the building from top to bottom. On the roof terrace they have a full bar where between 7pm and 8pm every day they have Happy Hour where all guest meet for a chat & have free drinks (local wines and beers) . This and breakfast is included in the 75 euro a night rate they charge per room.
They opened their doors at the beginning of August this year and have been almost full ever since. The Spanish have been particularly complementary and have already written some great reviews on Booking.com & Trip adviser. They are also booked in October with part of a wedding party and they looked forward to a busy winter.
Do take a look at their website http://www.almijararesidence.com/as there are photos that show what a beautiful job Feroza and Graham have done and what a lovely place it is to stay in the heart of the traditional white washed village of Competa.