Brian and Marie were friendly and excellent hosts, leaving us to our own devices, but present at the beginning and end of our holiday and available to provide a bit of local knowledge when required.
Jatar is a quiet little village; a good place to practice your Spanish (ours was pretty much non-existent when we arrived, but we managed to order and pay for enough food and drink to get us through the fortnight). The setting is fantastic, in a fertile valley with vegetables and olive trees, right at the base of some sparse, rocky hills. The night sky is glorious and, though the sun is hot during the day in July, the evening temperatures are tolerable and there is usually a bit of a breeze.
Bermejales lake is surrounded by mountains, rimmed by shading trees and its sandy beach is clean and unspoilt. The turquoise waters reflect the clear blue sky and provide safe swimming. It's free from motorised boats, but a few canoes & pedaloes (with onboard water slide) are available to hire. I suggested to the kids that one day we could, for a change, drive an hour or so to the Mediterranean coast, park the car for £20, walk another half hour in the blazing sun from car park to the beach and carve out a square metre of sand next to a family of violent Mancunians. We could try to avoid being drawn into a heated argument over who is the most hated Big Brother contestant, before hopping barefoot across the burning sands to bathe in the filthy waters of the world's most over populated coastline. I was over-ruled and had to spend another afternoon floating on my back in the cool, lapping waters of Bermejales, watching the eagles soaring overhead.
The house was comfortable & clean: plenty big enough for six, though there were only four of us. The pool is clean, private and well maintained. It's tear drop shaped, with a stepped shallow end and a larger area about 2m deep. You can swim end to end in a stroke or two, but it's perfect for a dip and there is a good pool in the village if you need to do some proper swimming. The back yard is large, secluded, with a good mix of shaded & sunny areas.
Alhama de Granada is a larger village with shops and cafes, about 10km away and Granada itself, a glorious city, is just over an hour away by car.
If you can deal with the fact that Jatar is more concerned with growing vegetables than it is with tourism, then I'd definitely recommend it . With one pleasant-enough cafe bar, a poolside bar, a bakery, one small general provisions shop and a weird little food store that I suspect is there for South American fruit pickers: it's got enough to get by. If you like a bit of peace and quiet, then fill your boots.