Built in the 19th century, the Casa Rural Plaza Vieja is located in the oldest part of Bullas. With narrow streets, arches and steps, this is a wonderful place from which to explore the ancient nucleus of this small town. The house can accommodate four people with one double bedroom and a twin room on the first floor, together with a spacious shower room, a kitchen/diner and living room on the ground floor and a wine cellar below. It is Accredited Accommodation with the Murcia Regional Government; No. AR.MU.310.
The restoration of the house has been carried out with the utmost attention to traditional detail. The vernacular construction of stone and clay has been maintained throughout, including the clay roof tiles and hand-made clay tiles on the floors, while the shower room has fittings of local marble.
KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM WITH FIREPLACE
The kitchen/diner and living room feature the very attractive customary curved ceilings and wooden beams, with other items familiar from this era of construction such as the glass-fronted cupboard set into the wall of the kitchen. The original purpose of many first-floor rooms in provincial Spanish houses was for storage of produce for the winter. ‘Troughs’ (known as ‘trojes’ and built into the fabric of the house) stored wheat and barley – the shower was in fact a troje before the re-organisation took place. Strings of peppers and onions, nets of melons and cured ham and pork sausages (embutidos) were hung from the beams.
The kitchen is beautifully-appointed with all modern conveniences, including a microwave and toaster and the dining area presents an elegant table and settings. The living room is comfortable with ample seating and a wood-burning stove for the colder months. There is a DVD player but, please , bring your own DVDs!
2 SINGLE BEDS AND 1 DOUBLE
The two bedrooms upstairs are spacious and elegantly-presented. The bathroom is light and airy with a good-sized shower and lovely details such as hand-made soap.
All rooms have heating and there is also air-conditioning.
TRADITIONAL WINE CELLAR WITH VINOTECA
Down in the wine cellar there is a wonderful curved tiled ceiling and the space is still furnished with the original jars for wine-making as well as the conduits through which the grape juice ran into the house.
The furniture is very much in keeping with the aesthetic of the building: much of it is traditional and has been carefully restored by Ginesa (the owner). There are also rustic pieces created by her from recycled wood and only environmentally-friendly varnishes have been used. Ginesa’s husband, Antonio, is a ceramicist and has made the shades for the wall lights, and some of the ceramic items in the house, in his workshop just around the corner.
The wine cellar –a genuine piece of tradition – not only has seating and attractive details but also offers a wide selection of the local D.O. wines for you to try.
Immaculately presented, with a flair for decor and true consideration for the comfort of the visitor, Casa Rural Plaza Vieja has everything necessary for a relaxing and memorable visit.