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2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Where wild flowers carpet the meadows

In the midst of wonderful, verdant countryside, once upon a time this holiday cottage used to be home to the estate owners´donkey ...

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Bedrooms

Two (one double, one twin bedded).

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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

Relax and enjoy

"If you want a place to take the family ( regardless of age) where you really can get some peace and quite then this place is perfect. I would defy anybody not to come away feeling relaxed".

Set deep in a richly forested, 150 acre woodland estate, a magical location in the midst of the wonderfully verdant countryside of the Sierra de Aracena, this cottage used to be home to the estate owners´donkey! When a neighbour bought him to keep his other donkeys company, they converted his stable and loft into a holiday home, and quite appropriately, named it after him.

The cottage is situated in a wide orchard meadow. There are lots of old apple and fig trees and, from time to time, the estate sheep will be there too.

You will hear the tinkle of their bells as they graze - not such a bad accompaniment to an al-fresco meal or a glass of wine taken on the shaded terrace which runs full length along the front of the house.

Wonderful!

"I began my abiding love affair with with Spain right here and we try to return to this magical place as often as possible".

A grassy garden separates it from the small swimming pool (5 m x 3 m), an idyllic spot for cooling off on those hot, lazy summer days. There is a high stone wall behind the pool and garden area. This is for added privacy as an old mule trail runs behind the house and just occasionally someone may walk past.

From the terrace, one enters to a neat and cosy sitting room. Easy chairs, a sofa and a coffee table are gathered around an old, glass-fronted wood-fired stove (logs are provided). There are books, a Scrabble board and other games and a CD / Radio with iPod connectivity. As elsewhere in the house, walls are enlivened by attractive, original paintings.

The large kitchen / diner is alongside. It is well equipped with a marble work-top, an electric fan oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine and fridge/freezer. The (extendible) kitchen table can seat up to eight, just in case you feel like asking some friends in to join you.

Hillsides of sweet chestnut

"The views and surrounding area are just stunning. A spot of walking/hiking is a must to appreciate the beauty of the area".

The two bedrooms (one double and one twin, both with en-suite bathrooms) are upstairs. The double room has a king-size bed, and a bathroom with tub/shower, hand basin, and WC. The twin room has a walk-in shower, hand basin, and WC. All the bedroom furniture is handmade and hand-painted in Sevilla.

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 just six kilometres from 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.

You might, for example, enjoy a walk to Los Marines or to Fuenteheridos, two charmingly typical white-washed pueblos, each about a 20-minute walk away. Los Marines is quieter while Fuenteheridos (which has three or four restaurants to choose from) bustles with life. Or perhaps you will prefer to stay put, right here, spending your time bird watching or enjoying the multitude of wildflowers which carpet the meadows each Spring.

For a bit more - actually a lot more - action, magical Sevilla is a "must see" day out, an easy 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

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Living room
  • Kitchen / dining room
  • Terrace (furnished)
  • Garden and estate grounds

First floor

  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 double (king-sized bed) with with en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub)
    • 1 twin-bedded with en-suite bathroom with en-suite bathroom (walk-in shower)

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
  • Fans are available (on request)
  • Washing Machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (but not pool towels)
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric Fan 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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Prices and Seasons

ZH 15

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 16th March 520 € 1,040 €
17th March to 6th April 620 € 1,240 €
7th April to 18th May 700 € 1,400 €
19th May to 22nd June 860 € 1,720 €
23rd June to 24th August 1,020 € 2,040 €
25th August to 7th September 730 € 1,460 €
8th September to 14th December 520 € 1,040 €
15th December to 31st December 620 € 1,240 €

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

Notes

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

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, 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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