Beautifully situated, this lovingly restored farmhouse has real style and creative flair. Traditional and contemporary are combined to radiant effect ...
"We had a fantastic stay at ZC91. Just sitting for breakfast at the porch every morning looking at the green hills was worth the time there. We had no idea the place was so close to the coast and at the same time so lush and green. It is the perfect place to breathe peace and tranquility and disconnect from your daily life. Both the garden and home are incredibly comfortable, with enough privacy for each sleeping area to make it perfect to come as a group. The pool and the garden were also perfect for our children. We went back home feeling refreshed and well rested. We will for sure come back at some point in the future."
"We stayed at ZC91 during a long weekend with friends late February. Although I had seen the pictures beforehand my first impression was surprising, I had not accounted for the immense beauty of the surroundings; lush green countryside speckled with an array of tropical plants, not what one would expect from the commonly dry Andalusian region. As soon as I stood in front of the gates I understood this place was something special. The house arranges itself around a central courtyard paved with Arabic style brickwork which gives it a aura reminiscent of an other era. The inside however is very spacious and decorated with an exquisite modern taste; steel cables anchoring the structure, vintage furniture, first class utilities and gadgetry. The exterior and the views are spectacular; enormous swimMing pool overlooking the valley with the mountains as a backdrop. This place is a real gift for anyone who appreciates design, a first class experience in an unbeatable setting."
"Magnifique villa dans un cadre idyllique. Nous sommes très satisfaits de notre séjour et nous recommandons fortement cette résidence. Nous avons passé 4 jours dans la villa avec des amis et un bébé. Nous avons été surpris d’y trouver tout le confort nécessaire et jusque dans les moindres détails. Les photos vues avant de réserver correspondent à ce que nous avons découvert en arrivant : la décoration et le mobilier d’intérieur sont superbes. De plus la maison dispose de plusieurs « appartements » où chacun peut vivre de manière indépendante. La vue est superbe et le cadre très reposant offre des couchers de soleil sur la montagne à tomber par terre. Des visiteurs inopinés (deux adorables petits chats) viennent parfois se balader atour de la maison. Les enfants adorent aussi regarder les cochons qui sont élevés à l’air libre sur une propriété alentour, et les gens du village sont très accueillants ; nous avons eu la chance de partager une promenade avec eux. Pendant notre séjour nous avons pu traverser les différents « Pueblos blancos » d’Andalousie (il faut une voiture), nous sommes allés visiter la magnifique ville de Ronda (qui se situe à une heure en voiture) et nous avons passé une journée à la plage."
Main: Four (two doubles, one twin & one single).
Guest apartment: Two (one double bedroom & childrens room with two bunk beds).
Private swimming pool
10 m x 10 m, 1.0 - 2.5 m deep.
In open countryside, 5 km from Jimena de la Frontera in the Western Costa del Sol region (Province of Cádiz).
From 2,450 € to 4,490 € per week.
This restored farmhouse has real style. The owner is an accomplished designer with exemplary good taste and creative flair; here he has combined traditional with contemporary.
The result is fabulous.
The longer you stay here, the better it gets. The attention to detail, imaginative colour schemes, subtle lighting, beautiful views … it all adds up to a house of nice quality which is both comfortable and compellingly romantic.
It is delightfully situated too, just off a little country lane, a few kilometres from the lovely hilltop town of Jimena de la Frontera. Views extend over rolling hillsides of gentle farmland to a backdrop of distant mountains.
It's a classic and peaceful pastoral scene. Well, peaceful most of the time anyway, as animal farming still takes place in and around the area.
Deep in the countryside, yet it's very easy to get around and about. The house is only 25 minutes by car to Sotogrande and the beaches of the Costa del Sol.
Tarifa on the Costa de la Luz is less than an hour away. Inland, pretty Gaucín is a 20 minute drive with historic Ronda another 40 minutes beyond.
You come up through the estate's short driveway, which climbs up a hillside lined with olive trees and colourful flower beds to the villa's entrance gates. Here there's shaded parking (for two cars) alongside a giant mulberry tree.
Lawns run down the gentle slopes to meadow lands below, rustically fenced off from the gardens.
One enters to a splendid Andaluz patio, with the villa, gleaming white under its lovely, weathered old terracotta roof tiles, extending around it on three sides.
Planted with fragrant lemon and palm trees, this is a lovely space with intricate tiling, a dining table and chairs, night lighting and a quietly trickling, mosaic glass fountain at its centre.
Ornately carved antique wooden doors welcome you into the villa.
A cool, serene entrance hall under its traditional, beamed ceiling leads through to a practical and modern kitchen, boasting a complete set of appliances. These include a coffee machine, steam oven, regular oven, huge electric hob, dishwasher and fridge/freezer/icemaker.
Even a celebrity chef will be happy creating something special here!
Beyond the kitchen is the living / dining room … a huge and wonderful room full of interest under its splendid, high beamed ceiling. This room is big enough to be home to a full sized pool table!
Here you will find sofas are gathered around a huge log fireplace and other armchairs are casually placed here and there, offering both colour and contrast. This combined with the soft and subtle lighting, makes for a great spot to relax.
At the far end of the living room a short corridor leads to two of the bedrooms. The first is a pretty double (the bed is queen-sized), with a lovely en-suite walk-in shower room which features handmade mosaic flooring and Moroccan-style polished plaster walls, all in delightful shades of turquoise.
Next comes the master bedroom and this one is even bigger and just as delightful!
White is the theme colour here, offset by occasional splashes of bright colour, augmented by romantic lighting. There's a fireplace in the corner and doors out to the garden but what will probably take your eye first is the hand carved, freestanding marble bath which sits in a corner by the fireplace. It's gorgeous!
This bedroom also features a king-sized double bed and an en-suite mosaic bathroom with walk-in shower. The polished plaster walls in this one are painted a beautiful blue. There are fitted wardrobes and, in the corridor just outside, plenty of extra storage space.
Returning to the entrance hall, on its other side there is another, equally attractive shower room / W.C. (this one with polished plaster walls of bottle green). As elsewhere in the property, power showers are standard and the water pressure is excellent. The pleasant bathrooms are complemented by underfloor heating for your comfort.
Alongside is a small but very sweet single bedroom.
A short flight of steps lead up to the only part of the house which is not at ground floor level, the original bell tower which has two single beds, a wardrobe and desk, and has lovely elevated views over the pool from its balcony windows.
The other side of the villa is all about out-door-living, carefully designed to enjoy the very best that rural Andalucía has to offer.
A wide and comfortably covered terrace runs along the length of the property. This opens to the large area of lawn which winds all the way around the property, a perfect place for children to play.
Views, of course, extend from here over the hills on the other side of the valley to the mountains. It's very pretty.
Beyond the wide lawn, All there along the patio wall surrounding the house, there are chives, lemons, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme. Guests can help themselves.
Bird watchers will enjoy seeing all sorts of migratory birds - hoopoes, swallows, eagles, vultures - and in spring the meadows are full of wild flowers.
And then there's the swimming pool … oh, what a beauty! It's massive, 10 m x 10 m, with steps in at the shallow end, 2.5 m deep at the other. It has a salt filtration system, there is a pool shower to the side and its cobalt blue waters are utterly irresistible! A wide sun terrace alongside is protected from any breeze by a high wall and is furnished with loungers.
Lying under the Spanish sun is, as we all know, hard and thirsty work but just a few short steps will take you to the chiringuito (the pool bar and barbecue) which has the hard work covered with a dishwasher, and a fridge for those all important cool refreshments! There is night lighting and a music system (with iPod connection) for the terrace and barbecue area. The pool lights up at night too.
The pool is fenced and gated on this, lower side. Behind, more lawns and lots of mature trees - olive, fig, almond, pomegranate, eucalyptus and citrus among them - climb up the estate grounds.
Access to the pool from this side isn't gated and whilst it would be quite a trip for a youngster to get around to here, it is worth being aware that access is possible.
The right wing of the building has been converted into a lovely, large self contained "Guest Wing" - Accessed directly from the courtyard into a large room that acts as a playroom, dayroom, livingroom with a big fire place for cooler winter nights - The high, wooden sloped celings, white walls and terracotta floors are all in style and keeping with the standard of the rest of the house. This room has cozy sofas, colourful rugs, toys and lots of light...It also has 2 sets of bunk beds - All the children in the family can be gathered together in this spacious room, spending many happy hours playing, there is even a tent for their enjoyment.
This "wing" comes complete with a fully equipped kitchen and a full bathroom.
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open throughout the year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from late April to October, inclusive).
Please note that there are cats in and around the grounds, although they are not allowed into the house. If you have severe cat allergies, you should be aware of this.
A weekly change of linen and towels is included for rentals of more than one week.
Rental start and finish days for this property are usually flexible outside of high season.
The guest wing is not rented separately.
Garden and pool maintenance is included.
A welcome hamper (including some basics such as bread, butter, jam, marmalade, cheese etc) will be available for your arrival.
*WIFI is available but it is not the fastest due to being in a rural area. Not suitable for streaming movies or large downloads, but fine for email and general internet access.
Prices for main house only are based on a maximum of 4 or 7 guests.
*Prices for main house and apartment are based on a maximum of 9 adults and 4 children. Please note that the apartment is not available when booking the main house for 4 people only.
During winter months, there is an additional charge of 200€ per week for central heating, paid locally on arrival.
A 500 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.
Gaucín (most facilities) 20 mins; Sotogrande 25 mins; Gibraltar 50 mins; Estepona 55 mins.
Gibraltar 50 mins; Jerez 1½ hrs; Málaga 1¾ hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.
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