If you love nature, this is the place to be, a 300 year-old cottage set deep in a richly forested estate, like something out of a fairytale ...
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Three (one double, one twin, one children's room with bunk beds).
Private swimming pool
5 m x 3 m, 1.0 m - 1.5 m deep.
In open countryside, 2 km from the village of Los Marines in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).
From £520 to £1,020 per week.
This 300 year-old, very rustic cottage is like something out of a fairy-tale, set deep in a richly forested 150 acre estate, a magical location in the midst of wonderful, verdant countryside.
And, true of all fairy-tale cottages, it is accessed by a narrow wooden footbridge which crosses the little stream which runs past the front of the house, where bullfrogs croak and cuckoo's coo in Spring.
If you love nature, this is the place to be. In mid-April and May the nightingales settle into the lush poplar groves and start to sing. The myriad of wildflowers, peonies, viper's bugloss, cistus, blue pimpernel and scarlet poppy are at their best in May and June.
Egyptian mongoose, badgers, red deer and wild boar are all around and about here, deep in the woods. Not all easy to see, but sometimes as you sit quietly sipping a sundowner on your terrace you might catch a glimpse of a mongoose coming down to drink, or perhaps the blue flash of a kingfisher's wing.
In summer, too, it's difficult to think of a more delightful place to be. Low in the valley and surrounded by tall trees, the cottage enjoys shady tranquillity, hidden away from the fierce afternoon sun. It enjoys the best of both worlds, because there is a sunny clearing to the side of the house where you can enjoy those glorious rays, cooling off now and again in the little swimming pool.
And you could be lucky enough to witness the peeling of the cork forest here on the Estate which takes place in July / August. Autumnal visitors may catch the chestnut harvest.
The other outdoor delight here is the cobbled terrace which extends right along the front of the house, shaded by grape vines and roses which clamber over the rustic wooden support poles. There's a barbecue here and outdoor furniture for those all important al fresco meals.
Inside, one enters to a roomy sitting / dining room with a sofa and armchairs arranged around an antique wood burning stove. It's a basic country cottage, all very casual and rustic in mood, an ambience which is enhanced by attractive paintings and colourful rugs. Logs are provided in winter.
A door leads through to a fully equipped kitchen and from there a back door will take you through to a small walled patio at the far end of the house. On the other side of the living room there is a small children's bedroom with bunk beds and an adjoining bathroom with walk-in shower.
Stairs lead up to the two first floor bedrooms, one twin and one double, both with en-suite bathrooms (each has a shower over a tub).
Guests are welcome at the main estate house (where the owners, Sam and Jeannie live) for a meal if they do not feel like cooking. Jeannie is a real expert, regularly offering cookery courses as well as presenting TV cooking programmes here in Spain. They have their own extensive organic fruit and vegetable gardens here on the estate.
Located a few kilometres outside the pretty market town of Aracena, not so far from the Portuguese border in the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park, it's a unique and outstandingly beautiful area.
Hills, thickly wooded with sweet chestnut and cork oak, give way to small groves of olives or walnuts and orchards of apples, plums, peaches and figs. Stone-walled mule tracks meander from village to village and are perfect for walking or riding. Very pretty whitewashed villages hang on the side of hills or nestle in the valleys.
It really is a beautiful corner of a wonderful country and right here you will be in its very heart.
And, for something completely different, if you fancy a little urban adventure during your stay, 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 Sevilla.
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from April to mid October (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from late April to the end of September)
Rentals for this property normally run from Friday to Friday in high season
Prices are inclusive of a welcome pack
Prices are inclusive of firewood in winter
Prices are inclusive of a welcome pack and firewood (in winter)
A 200 pound 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.
Reached by a 1 km unpaved track (easily negotiable in an ordinary car), 2 km from Los Marines (basic facilities) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).
6 km from Aracena (all facilities; supermarkets, restaurants; banks etc).
Portuguese border 50 mins; Sevilla 1¼ hrs; Huelva 1½ hrs; Atlantic coast 1½ hrs.
Sevilla 1¼ hrs; Faro (on the Algarve Coast in Portugal) 2½ hrs; Jerez 2½ hrs; Málaga 3¾ hrs.
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