This restored and extended farmhouse, set in an extensive 60 acre estate, has three ecological vineyard, tennis court and even a helipad to arrive in style.
"Long overdue now, but in case of use, I can report that our group had a wonderful stay there. The setting is stunning: beautiful, stately hills and vineyards all around, with a timeless atmosphere and a real sense of being part of the landscape. Nestled amongst this the guesthouses are comfortable and authentic, and ideal for a large group as there are plenty of spots to be both together and have time apart. Simon is a colourful and attentive host, and always game for an activity (archery and wine-making were popular) if anyone can tear themselves away from the pool. It's a beautiful place to get away to. "
"A unique holiday, from wine tasting in the bodega to pool fun with the kids."
"When I get older, losing my hair many years from now, I will still keep the memories of this fantastic 2015 New Year! "
"An absolute pleasure to be here. My love affair with Spain has begun & we hope to come back soon for a return archery match. "
"A magical & very special place - I loved every second & hope very much to come back soon."
"We were very pleased with the delicious food & with the great hospitality. We'll recommend this place to anyone we meet back home in Sweden. "
Ten (six doubles, four twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
12 m x 6 m, 1 m - 2.2 m deep.
In open countryside, 15 minutes from Alfornon in La Contraviesa region (Province of Granada).
From 2,870 € to 3,930 € per week.
After years of searching, here in this setting, our Scottish host found the ruins of a centuries-old, abandoned farm house. He chose to bring this cortijo back to life and have it as his home. The project took over three years to complete. Each window, door, beam, tile, reja … has been reclaimed from elsewhere in Andalucía to reproduce an authentic rustic farm house reminiscent of a 19th century cortijo. The 60 acre estate consists of four separate properties: the owner's house and three rental cottages called Bodega, Veleta and Campana.
The cortijo is situated 4 km from the country road, a reasonably well kept track takes you through a sea of almonds, olives, figs and vines to a soaring outlook over the rolling, south-facing slopes of the Contraviesa.
Welcome to the wine-growing region of the Alpujarras! This is where the grapes grow fat and ripe with all the sunshine they soak up.
The style throughout is traditional with ochre coloured rendered walls, red-tiled roofs, chestnut beams, timber and cane ceilings and terracotta floors. While not professing to be at all luxury, the ambience is comfortable, light and airy while at the same time being quirky and full of character.
Two of the self-catering cottages can be interconnected when required, making it ideal for bookings for several families with children, or perhaps workshop groups, for example yoga retreats or painting courses.
The first and smallest of the cottages is Bodega. It is laid out all on one floor (it sleeps four – one double bedded room and one twin with a shared en suite bathroom). You enter through a 'stable' door directly into the open-plan living room and kitchen. With its high wood-beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls and big open fire-place, there is something striking about this room – possibly the flood of light that shines in through the French windows, leading out onto the fantastic 90 metre terrace.
This magnificent south facing terrace, complete with built-in barbecue (which converts into an open fire for post dinner warmth into the evening), is ideal for enjoying the spectacular sunsets of this area, al fresco dinners and then on into the night, gazing at the display of the most astonishing night skies. Please note this terrace is not safe for unsupervised children, the railing is not child proof.
Both the bedrooms of Bodega Cottage are off the main living room. The twin bedroom (with built-in beds) also has doors onto the terrace. The one bathroom with bath and separate shower is en suite for both bedrooms.
The other two cottages, Campana and Veleta, are both on three levels and can be interconnected. Both have large private terraces. If rented as a whole, the door between the living rooms can be opened making one large room with enough seating and dining space for the group.
Campana is entered through a narrow, well equipped, kitchen up a few steps into the living room, long dining table with sofas and armchairs cosily arranged around the fireplace. Through an archway, on this level there is a bathroom, downstairs to the two twin bedrooms, both with doors out onto a private 50 metre terrace, that runs along the front of the property. Or upstairs to the two double bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom.
Veleta is entered from the covered terrace to the side of the house, into the living room. It has a similar layout to Campana except there are three double bedrooms, one en suite and one twin bedded with a second bathroom.
A full-size tennis court has this unbeatable backdrop and you will feel like you are playing tennis on top of the world. Outdoor table tennis is available too, just below the tennis court on a grass terrace.
A short and pleasant stroll down from the house is the helipad - for those who want to arrive in style. There are children’s swings, a boules/ badminton court, and a further walk through the olive groves brings you to an archery range. So there's fun to be had by all, whether it be relaxing by the pool, swimming laps, playing tennis, practising your skills at archery or just contemplating the view.
The estate farms some 3000 almond trees, 500 olive trees and a good number of fig trees.
And recently three new vineyards have replaced the old with six different grape varieties including Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo and Macabeo, producing more than 2000 litres of wine per year.
Almonds are harvested towards the end of September, just before the grape picking and wine- making, then on to the olive gathering in November. Anyone interested is welcome to participate and experience the joys of these harvests.
Whatever the season, the landscape is rich with colour. From mid-January the almond trees start to blossom, by mid-March the Contraviesa is alive with carpets of multi-coloured wild flowers, a spectacular sight that people travel from far and wide to see.
Set up above the house is the fabulous 12 x 6 m, ozone-treated, swimming pool, with the most wonderful panoramic views. There is plenty of space for everyone to lounge around the pool, with a little something prepared in the bar of the conveniently located pool house – complete with kitchen and shower room, nothing is missing.
And just breathe in ... the air all around is scented with rosemary, thyme and wild lavender.
When the cottages are booked together, a fun holiday can be had with all the family including the very young to the young at heart. The altitude of the villa (3000 ft above sea level) means that the summer heat is not as intense as further inland or on the coast. For rentals outside the summer season each cottage has an open fireplace (with wood included in the price) and central heating throughout.
There is full wifi coverage, so you needn't feel completely cut off during your holiday time out.
The Contraviesa mountain range rises between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean sea. Whether approaching from the south or the north, the drive to this holiday retreat is stunning. The north side takes you up to the almost perpetual snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the south down to the shimmering blue Mediterranean sea – on clear days across to the mountains of Morocco.
There are plenty of activities on the estate itself, but the Contraviesa offers a whole host of interesting days out if you are looking for a change.
The coast is easy to get to, about thirty minutes' drive, so a day at the beach, with a fresh seafood lunch thrown in, could be on the menu. Once on the coast, the motorway can take you further afield, directly to Málaga or Almería, either for their airports or for exploration in their own right.
Granada is roughly an hour away and is a city well worth taking time to visit. Not only is there the renowned Alhambra (it really is something special), there is the Moorish quarter of the Albacín, historical architecture, flamenco, lively tapas bars and general Spanish buzz. Granada also offers skiing at Sierra Nevada from December to April.
For golf enthusiasts, the Santa Clara complex just south of Granada offers decent level golf at reasonable rates. There are international standard courses further along the coast around Málaga.
Set in this wine-producing area of Andalucía, this villa has its focus on tranquil relaxation. With the added interest of its vineyards and bodega it will surely make for a fun holiday with a difference.
The swimming pool will be open from April to October inclusive.
Please, no smoking indoors.
The villa is remote and whilst the 4km track is negotiable in an ordinary car, you do need to drive slowly and with care.
Wine and organic olive oil from the finca can be purchased at the property.
Firewood and heating costs are included in the price.
Rentals for this property run from Saturday to Saturday in high season.
Prices are inclusive of firewood and heating costs.
A 350 Euro security deposit is required on each booking. This is held against your credit or debit card and will be cancelled one week after your holiday, subject to any reductions for breakages or damage. See Terms and Conditions for full details.
In open countryside, accessed by a 4 km track (see note above) 15mins from Alfornon (some facilities), 25 mins from Sorvilán (most facilities). 40mins from Órgiva, in Las Alpujarras region and 1 hour from Motril on the coast (all facilities).
Granada (all facilites) 1½ hours.
Salobreña (Mediterranean beaches) 1 hour; Almuñecar 1¼ hours; Nerja 1½ hours.
Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1¾ hrs.
Almeria 1 hr; Granada 1½ hrs; Málaga 1¾ hrs.
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