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3 bedrooms, sleeps 4 & 2 children

Where bullfrogs croak and cuckoo's coo in spring

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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Bedrooms

Three (one double, one twin, one children's room with bunk beds).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

5 m x 3 m, 1.0 m - 1.5 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 2 km from the village of Los Marines in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).

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Price

From £520 to £1,020 per week.

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Villa Description

Verdant nature

Egyptian mongoose, badgers, red deer and wild boar are all around and about here, deep in the woods. You might catch a glimpse of a mongoose coming down to drink, or perhaps the blue flash of a kingfisher's wing.

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.

Sunshine and shade

Surrounded by tall trees, the cottage enjoys shady tranquillity but to the side of the house there's a sunny clearing where you can enjoy the glorious rays.

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.

Beautiful surroundings

If you enjoy walking, bird watching, horse riding - or just chilling-out in glorious surroundings - La Sierra de Aracena is the perfect place to be.

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.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

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Distribution

Ground floor

  • Living / dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Children's bedroom (with bunk beds) with en suite bathroom (with walk-in shower)
  • Terrace (furnished)
  • Small walled patio
  • Garden and estate grounds

First floor

  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 double with en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub)
    • 1 twin-bedded with en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub)

Facilities

Entertainment

  • CD / Radio Player with iPod dock
  • Books and games
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Amenities

  • Wood burning stove in the living room
  • Electric Radiator heating
  • Washing Machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (but not pool towels)
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied
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Kitchen

  • Gas Oven
  • Gas hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Kettle, Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery
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Outdoors

  • Filtered swimming pool (5 m x 3 m, 1.0 m - 1.5 m deep)
  • Pool terrace
  • Dining terrace (shaded)
  • Sun beds
  • Basic outdoor dining and terrace furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garden and estate grounds
  • Parking

Notes

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

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Notes

Prices are inclusive of a welcome pack and firewood (in winter)

Security Deposit

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.

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In open countryside, 2 km from Los Marines (basic facilities) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva)

Location

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.

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

Nearest Airports

Sevilla 1¼ 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

Travelling through the little country lanes of the Sierra, it is almost reminiscent of a perfect day in the English countryside …
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Los Marines

In one of the most beautiful corners of the Sierra, the village of Los Marines (population 350) has been declared of special cultural interest …

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