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2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Rustic cottage deep in divine countryside

This traditional, stone-built cottage is as rustic as can be, a wonderful little hideaway in a green and joyous paradise ...

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Bedrooms

Two (one double, one twin bedded).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

4 m x 2.5 m, 1.2 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 1 km from the village of Galaroza in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).

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Price

From 500 € to 570 € per week.

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Villa Description

Woods, water and sunshine

Far from the "madding crowd", with just birdsong and the soft clanking of distant sheep's bells to keep you company, all around it's a verdant paradise.

Deep in the heart of some of Andalucía's most divine countryside, this is a traditional, stone-built cottage, as rustic as can be, a wonderful little hideaway in a green and joyous paradise.

Far from the "madding crowd", with just birdsong and the soft clanking of distant sheep's bells to keep you company, the house is nevertheless easy to get to. Between the villages of Fuenteheridos and Galaroza, a country track leads up from the N-433 highway to the gates of the owners' own farmhouse.

The rental cottage is a couple of hundred metres away, down by the river, completely secluded with nothing but glorious nature all around.

The path terminates here, at the property's old, rickety wooden fence. There's a suitably rural patch of lawn in the garden, plants and shrubs lending colour. A couple of steps lead down to the front door, under a tiled porch where you can sit in the shade on a hot summer's day.

A welcoming little home

Wooden beamed ceilings, weathered terracotta floor tiles and simple, traditional furnishings are complimented by the roughly hewn walls.

Inside, it's a welcoming little home, neat and tidy, furnished and decorated in keeping with its country-cottage style.

The cosy kitchen / living / dining room and the bathroom are downstairs; upstairs are the two bedrooms (one double and one twin). Wooden beamed ceilings, weathered terracotta floor tiles and simple, traditional furnishings are complimented by the roughly hewn walls, painted in soft pastel hues. It's all very pretty.

Here you are in the heart of the owners delightful, fifteen hectare ecological wonderland of woods, water and sunshine. They have twenty sheep and also cultivate organic fruit and vegetables, which you are more than welcome to help yourselves to.

The property has its own little private pool too, approximately 4 m x 2.5 m, set a discrete 50 metres or so away from the cottage.

Very beautiful

La Sierra de Aracena is a land of glorious woodlands and far-reaching views, without doubt one of Spain's most beautiful and unspoilt mountain regions.

There's so much to do in this beautiful part of Spain. As well as being great walking and riding country, with lots of pretty villages to explore along the way, it's also lovely countryside to drive through. Roads in Spain are so much less congested than those in, say, England, and here you can rediscover the real joy of driving.

Restaurants and bars are well above average. The Sierra is justly famous for its pata negra, the black footed pigs which feast on the acorns which fall from the forests of oak trees. The pork and ham products from here are one of Spain's great delicacies.

And, just in case you are vegetarian, the sierra is equally renown for the variety and abundance of its wild mushrooms. Two of the best restaurants to be found anywhere in Southern Spain are within easy driving distance.

We wholeheartedly recommend Restaurante Arrieros in the village of Linares and others speak just as highly of Mariscastaña (open at weekends only) in Castaño del Robledo, another little hamlet just a few kilometres away.

Aracena is only a twenty minute drive along scenic roads. A pretty market town, it is relaxed and friendly like so many here, set on top of the Gruta de las Maravillas (Cave Of Wonders), one of Spain's most impressive caves, and dominated by its splendid Moorish castle on the hilltop above the town.

If you want to travel further afield, head west for 50 kilometres or so and you will cross the border into Portugal. It's enchanting, beguiling and so, so different from Spain. Well worth a day out, as is a trip or two to Sevilla, Andalucía's greatest city, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and vibrant in all the world.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Open-plan living / dining room / kitchen
  • Bathroom (shower over bath tub)
  • Covered porch (with table & chairs)
  • Garden

First Floor

  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 double
    • 1 twin-bedded (which is open-plan to the landing alcove)

Facilities

Entertainment

  • TV (Spanish programmes only)
  • DVD
  • CD / Tape player
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Amenities

  • Wood burning stove in the living room
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  • Washing Machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (but not pool towels)
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  • Cot and High Chair (available on request)

Kitchen

  • Gas oven
  • Gas hob (3 rings)
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery
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Outdoors

  • Small filtered swimming pool (4 m x 2.5 m, 1.2 m deep)
  • 2 Sun beds, sun shade
  • Basic terrace furniture
  • Garden and estate grounds
  • Parking

Notes

Weather permitting, the pool will be open from June until the end of September each year

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season

Prices are inclusive of a welcome basket of produce from the fruit and vegetable gardens (in season)

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Prices and Seasons

ZH 10

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 7th April 500 € 1,000 €
8th April to 21st April 570 € 1,140 €
22nd April to 30th June 500 € 1,000 €
1st July to 1st September 570 € 1,140 €
2nd September to 31st December 500 € 1,000 €

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2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---

Security Deposit

A 250 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.

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In open countryside, 1 km from Galaroza (some facilities) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva)

Location

Reached by a 500 metre country track (negotiable in an ordinary car with care), 1 km from Galaroza (some facilities); 3½ km from Fuenteheridos (bars, restaurants etc) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).

13 km from Aracena (all facilities; supermarkets, restaurants; banks etc).

Portuguese border 45 mins; Sevilla 1½ hrs; Huelva 1½ hrs; Atlantic coast 1½ hrs.

Jerez 2½ hrs; Córdoba 3 hrs; Málaga 3¾ hrs; Granada 4 hrs.

Nearest Airports

Sevilla 1½ hrs; Faro (on the Algarve Coast in Portugal) 2½ hrs; Jerez 2½ hrs; Málaga 3¾ hrs.

See our Links Page for web sites of airlines traveling to Andalucia from the UK.

Around and About

This is an excellent base from which to explore this delightful and very beautiful part of Andalucía.

Excursions

  • Here, in the heart of La Sierra de Aracena, you are in a land of glorious woodlands and far-reaching views; of soft, rolling hillsides and crystal-clear streams. The hills are thickly wooded with sweet chestnut and cork oak, giving the area a marvellously green and verdant feel.
  • Travelling through the little country lanes of the Sierra, it is almost reminiscent of a perfect day in the English countryside.
  • Not surprisingly, given the wealth of local produce here (the area is home to the prized Iberian black-footed pig, the pata negra, perhaps the most famed ham in all the world, and is equally renown for its wild mushrooms and asparagus), restaurants and bars are above average. There's usually more than one hostelry in just about every village, specialising in dishes made from local pork and other specialities of the region.
  • The Sierra de Aracena is just about perfect walking and riding country. There are miles and miles of delightful paths and tracks which criss-cross the rolling hills, passing through wonderful countryside, linking the villages together. Everywhere, there are splendid views.
  • There's lots to discover here - touring around by car is also very pleasurable. Equally, it's a great place just to relax, read, and swim, listening to the crickets and the birds singing in the trees.
  • Aracena is the main town in the Natural Park with a population of approximately 7,500. Meandering up the hillside which is topped by an impressive Moorish castle, it is both pretty and welcoming. There are several excellent restaurants here, not to mention tapas bars and some good shops. The town also has a popular Saturday market.
  • The town boasts a fine thirteenth century church, but its most famous landmark is the Gruta de las Maravillas, the "cave of wonders", the most visited site in the province of Huelva. For centuries the townsfolk of Aracena were unaware of this marvel that lay, unsuspected, beneath the very ground they trod. Discovered by accident (by a stray pig apparently!) the Gruta de la Maravillas is the largest cave in Spain, a mile and a half long, and is truly a marvel of subterranean lakes, striking colours and all manner of exquisitely adorned stalagmites and stalactites.
  • Set in a deep valley, Alájar is famous for its imposing 17th century shrine of Arias Montano which stands on a rocky promontory high above the pretty village. An annual pilgrimage here attracts thousands of people, many on horseback or in horse drawn carts.
  • Almonaster de la Real is another very beautiful village dominated by its 10th century Moorish Mosque.
  • There are many more, equally handsome little whitewashed villages, all well worth spending a little time in. Fuenteheridos is one of the most visited, others include Linares de la Sierra, Galaroza and Valdelarco. Close to the Portuguese border, Aroche with its medieval walls looking over the woods and meadows below, boasts a bull ring rather curiously built inside its Moorish castle.
  • Further south, admittedly outside the designated Natural Park are the giant opencast mines of Rio Tinto, as surreal a landscape as one will find this side of the Moon! Reputed to be the oldest mines in the world, the continual search for iron ore, copper, silver, sulphur and a host of other minerals has opened up amphitheatres of gargantuan proportions, vast man-made craters that measure several kilometres across. The minerals have created unworldly colours - strange blues, greens, yellows, reds and browns which permeate both the rocks and the rivers of the region. All very eerie!
  • And the British have played their part too. Owners of the mines for many years, they brought their sports with them and it was here that the very first football match was played in Spain.
  • If you crave urban adventure, the marvellous city of Sevilla is just an hour and a bit away from here. Cities don't come any more vibrant - or any more beautiful than this! The quintessentially Andalusian city, Sevilla offers everything from bullfighting to flamenco, a history which encompasses some of the greatest cultures ever, a multitude of stunning buildings, the much famed Sevillana nightlife, fabulous shops, restaurants et al. Don't miss it, but in summer, beware, it's also famous for being the hottest city in all Europe.
  • Then there's Portugal, a different world away, yet less than an hour's drive from here. It's enchanting, beguiling and so, so different from Spain.
  • To the south, The Parque Nacional de Doñana is 1½ hours away. Here, on one of the world's most important and protected biospheres, amid its sand dunes, marshes, pinewoods and freshwater lagoons live flamingos, rare buzzards, lynx, mongoose and a startling variety of migratory birds.
  • The fine, white sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz arealso less than a couple of hours away.

Activities

  • For nature lovers this is a dream location and just about perfect walking and riding country, with lots of pretty villages to explore along the way. It's ideal terrain both for serious hill walkers and more casual strollers.
  • Spanish language, cookery and guitar lessons are available locally. There is a tennis court just outside Aracena; it's free but you need to book your slot. For fun golf, there's a 9 hole course at Rio Tinto (the oldest course in Spain). For the more serious stuff, there's a plethora of championship courses around Huelva and Sevilla.

The Area

La Sierra de Aracena

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