This fabulous property, a beautifully restored Casa Señorial (manor house), sits proudly on the edge of the town, overlooking its own lush gardens and pool below.
Beyond the village is a broadly sweeping landscape that encompass both the Sierra de Ronda and the village itself, perched high in its dramatic terrain.
In the heart of rural Andalucía and its classic pueblos blancos, Grazalema is situated at over 800m above sea level and is considered by many to be the showcase white village. Located at the edge of the village, but close to all local amenities, this house is surrounded by the natural parklands of the Sierra de Grazalema.
Walking in from a cobbled, pedestrian street at the back of the house, you come to a beautiful, solid wooden door. This door leads directly into the reception area where all is cool, calm and very comfortable. The living areas are all on this level and include a small, well equipped kitchen, a spacious sitting room with a couple of steps up to the dining area.
Wooden ceiling beams and traditional terracotta floor tiles combine beautifully with the rich, dark colours of antique furniture and attractive modern paintings. There's a great feeling of space with soft sofas and armchairs to relax in, and dining tables which will comfortably seat ten. The front of the sitting room is (almost) all glass - a floor to ceiling picture window which looks out onto a splendid terrace. Decorated with potted plants and shady vines, the terrace is the best spot to enjoy the vistas of the magnificent countryside all around.
The living room is connected to the kitchen by a 'breakfast room' which has six smaller tables (breakfast is served here when the villa is being run as a B&B). The tables can be put together to make one large dining table if you wish, or you can choose one of the lovely eating areas on the terrace just outside.
Upstairs, the five attractive bedrooms (three doubles and two twins) are neatly distributed. Each has its own en suite bathroom. Each has its own personal touch of character, colour, style and decor.
Three bedrooms are to the left of the main landing:
Lavanda this room has twin beds pushed together and a walk-in shower. There are three steps down to sitting area with large, double glass doors with views of the mountains, valley, village rooftops and pool below.
Albahaca this has a double bed (1.50m), bathroom and sitting area both of which are on a lower level (three steps down). The sitting area looks out over the same spectacular scenery as Lavanda.
Jazmin has a double bed (1.50m) and en suite shower room. This is the only room facing the back of the house, overlooking a courtyard and a beautiful old, walnut tree.
Two rooms are to the right of the main landing:
Hierbabuena has double bed (1.50 m), walk-in shower, sitting area, small terrace (balcony) and the endless views.
Amapola is a twin-bedded room (beds can be pushed together for a double), walk-in shower, sitting area, furnished terrace balcony and valley view.
The sixth room, Mejorana, is situated above the kitchen and accessed via a spiral staircase.
Mejorana has a double bed (1.50m), en suite shower room and a small balcony overlooking the swimming pool and valley.
Outdoors, from the front terrace, steps go down through terraced gardens to the swimming pool area and a tree-shaded garden with hammock. There are all kinds of flowering plant, both familiar and exotic, potted plants, mature shrubs and an amazing variety of trees: nispero, pomegranate, palms, lemons, laurel, olive…such lushness, it’s delightful!
The swimming pool is on the lowest walled-in terrace, surrounded by flowers and attractive greenery. The pool is hidden from street view by a high, white-washed stone wall. There is room for nine sun loungers around the pool. At one end of the pool terrace is a small lawned area, shaded by a splendid olive tree, ideal for a towel and a book. At the other end of the terrace is a changing room with shower, WC and hand basin.
The many outdoor spaces are a delight and the attractive covered terrace (accessed from the living room) is perfect for a relaxed breakfast or a long, leisurely dinner enjoyed al fresco. The garden terraces go down to the pool and on one such terrace, slightly away from the house, is a fixed barbecue.
There is a second entrance to the gardens directly from the street below, where you can also park.
In Grazalema itself there are a good selection of nice restaurants and bars to choose from. It is, of course, just a short walk into the centre of the town where the ancient, maze-like streets are full of nooks and crannies to explore, quaint little shops and interesting eateries.
For generations exemplary planning controls have been strictly enforced in Grazalema which is now paying a rich dividend. It's a lovely, 'oldy-worldy' place with no ugly modern structures at all.
The narrow streets and whitewashed walls hark back to the town's Moorish origins, being settled by Berber folk during medieval times. You can still see remains of the Arabic fortification dating back to the 10th century. The parish church in the main square, Parroquia de la Encarnación, is from the 16th century, Nuestra Señora de la Aurora from the 17th century… There is an unbelievable richness of history in this small town with a population of just over 2000.
From the 17th to the 19th century, Grazalema was famous for its textile industry, at one time being known as Cadiz el Chico 'little Cadiz'. After the industrial revolution though, the town lost its importance in the cloth trade.
As well as the small remaining textile industry, traditional work is centred around small scale agriculture, sheep and goat farming, the harvesting of cork and furniture making.
And beyond the town is some of the most rugged and beautiful mountain scenery to be found anywhere in Spain, a part of Andalucia unlike any other: the fir-covered mountains of the Grazalema National Park, the cork forests of Los Alcornocales, the Serrania de Ronda and much, much more.
Grazalema Natural Park is a vast, protected area of jagged limestone mountains and varied flora. Because of its unique microclimate, a wide range of vegetation grows here. The rare Spanish fir pinsapo grows in the Sierra de Pinar close to Grazalema. And of course there are the fantastic cork oak woodlands. The parklands surrounding the village are home to mountain goat, red deer and wild boar while in the sky one can often see griffon vultures as well as golden, booted and short-toed eagles.
Other white villages are close by: Arcos de la Frontera, Zahara and Setenil are all less than 30 minutes away, all make for interesting trips out.
All in all, this rugged terrain is both spectacular and beautiful - a wonderful place for a great holiday.
The swimming pool will be open throughout the rental season (from early June to early September)
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday.
No pets allowed in this property.
This property has a total of 6 bedrooms sleeping up to a maximum of 12 guests. The minimum booking is 2 bedrooms (sleeping up to 4) and then an additional 125€/week per each extra bedroom required.
Please note that for smaller parties, all unused bedrooms will be closed off.
A 300 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.
Costa del Sol 1¾ hrs; Costa de la Luz 2½ hrs.
Jerez 1¼ hrs; Sevilla 1¾ hrs; Málaga 2 hrs; Gibraltar 2¼ hrs
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