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7 bedrooms, sleeps 14

A wonderfully cheery 'Tuscanesque' country house

Set deep within its own 150 acre estate of beautiful woodlands and looking out over glorious hills and dales, this wonderful country house has double helpings of character and charm ...

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Bedrooms

Six (five doubles, two of which can be unzipped as twins; one twin bedded).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

11 m x 8 m, 1.0 m - 2.10 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

£3,300 per week.

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Villa Description

Amidst a splendid setting ...

With delightful views of the Parque Natural, this is a congenial, Woosterish country-house in the forested mountains of western Andalusia.

Set amid its own 150 acre estate of beautiful woodlands and looking out over the gorgeously green hills of the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Aracena, this is a wonderful villa, almost Tuscanesque in style.

Idyllic country retreats don't come much better than this, elegant and eclectic, casual and congenial, a real lived-in house. All in an enviable location, deep in the heart of one of Spain's most beautiful nature reserves.

Rolling hillsides are thickly wooded with sweet chestnut and cork oak, small groves of olives and walnuts, orchards of apples, plums, peaches, figs and pears. There are some classically pretty villages too.

In the summer (usually for the months of July and August) the entire property is made available for rental. It comfortably sleeps twelve and the rental includes two permanent staff.

Soft hues

The soft hues of green and golden nature stretch out to heather-covered escarpments on the horizon. In Spring, the valley below the house is filled with white heather, primroses and the song of nightingales.

From its stunning hillside position, overlooking mile upon mile of this verdant countryside, here you will enjoy the very best that the Sierra de Aracena has to offer.

With 150 acres of woodland estate, it goes without saying that there are plenty of delightful outdoor spaces. To mention just a few, there is a lovely, vine-shaded terrace which runs along the front of the house, a cool and tranquil spot to enjoy your lunch or a late dinner under the stars.

To the side, where there is another entrance to the house, the large courtyard, resplendent with flowering shrubs and palms, is another. Here you will enjoy the soft hues of green and golden nature all around, stretching out to the heather-covered escarpments on the horizon. In Spring, the valley below the house is filled with white heather, primroses and the song of nightingales.

Character and elegance

"A very special place which is full of warmth and charm, the antithesis of faceless 'boutique' luxury - a marvellous base for exploration or relaxation".

And then there is the swimming pool … approximately 100 metres away from the main house, it is reached by a stroll along a leafy lane. With its turquoise blue waters cascading into the view beyond, the evening swallows sometimes swooping down to take a drink, the sun setting over distant hills, it really is the 'ultimate' infinity pool.

Big (11 m x 8 m), and gorgeous, it is flanked by a large pool house / pavilion with its own bar and comfortable indoor sitting area. There's a barbecue and basic kitchen facilities too, so there's no need to go back to the main house for refreshments.

If it all gets too much, taking the occasional dip and lounging in the sunshine, don't worry, there's a double bedroom (with en-suite bathroom) right here in the pavilion …

The rosy-pink washed walls of the main house emerge out of the oak and chestnut woods at the end of the country track which winds gently down through the estate. A much-loved family home, built by the owners themselves using materials salvaged from old buildings throughout Spain, it looks, and feels, like it has been here for centuries.

Features such as the panelled dining room, the arched doorways and the sweeping wooden central staircase are older than the house and suit its style perfectly.

Crammed with cheery oil paintings, cushions, pottery, books and family memorabilia, it's a cosy, cluttered, happy mix, everything set off by deep Mediterranean colours.

Wonderfully homely.

Happily eclectic

"An English country house, eclectically decorated and dropped into the beautiful Sierra de Aracena national park. The picture-postcard pool is stunning and has one of the best vistas in all Spain".

Downstairs, the principal rooms include a large, comfortable drawing room with its cosy, rosy sofas distributed around the fireplace, a pine-panelled, candlelit dining room, a really well equipped farmhouse kitchen (the owner is a wonderful and renown cook), the conservatory (with a grand piano and panoramic views) and the TV / Media room (with WiFi connection).

A cloakroom, the entrance hall and the two outdoor terraces complete this floor, along with the laundry room - but you will be unlikely to use this as the maid will do all your washing for you.

In keeping with the rest of the house, all the bedrooms are charming and attractively decorated, each with its own character and distinction, whether due to hand-painted walls, oriental hangings, a bath tub with a view, or a fireplace.

Cosy bedrooms

All have goosedown pillows and olive oil soaps, chairs to lounge in and pleasing colours, cushions, pictures and heaps of books.

All have comfortable beds and good quality linen. Windows open to the oaks and chestnuts of the forest … and to the glorious sound of silence.

Three bedrooms, the master suite (a double with en-suite bathroom and private roof terrace), another double, this one with an adjoining sitting room, and a Double/Twin again with its own terrace, are on the first floor.

Three more bedrooms are one flight further up: a twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a double (which can be unzipped to twins if preferred) with a bathroom just across the corridor, and a suite with a double bed, en-suite bathroom and an adjoining sitting room.

And, just in case that's not enough bedrooms for you, don't forget that there's a double bedroom (the beds can also be unzipped into twins), with en-suite bathroom, in the poolside pavilion.

Scotland with sunshine

With uninterrupted views over undulating hills covered in dense oak and chestnut woods it's reminiscent of Scotland ... with sunshine and sherry ...

Even though it's set deep within breathtakingly beautiful countryside, the property offers most 21st Century mod-cons, including satellite TV (free-to-view TV as well as BBC radio stations and Spanish terrestrial channels), a video and DVD player. There is WiFi internet connection (via satellite), telephone and fax. Domestic help is included in the price and an excellent cook can be provided by arrangement.

There’s lots to keep one occupied in this wonderful part of Andalucía. The lovely town of Aracena, with its Moorish castle and stunning underground caves, its weekly market, theatre and music concerts, is only a few minutes' drive away. There are a host of pretty, whitewashed villages to explore in the hills and dales all around and opportunities to walk, ride or bird watch galore.

There are excellent restaurants in the vicinity and, throughout May to September, there are fiestas or romerias almost every weekend in the nearby villages. The women don their flamenco dresses, the caballeros sit astride their horses and there is, of course, always a huge party!

Then there's Portugal, somehow a different world away, yet just 60 kilometres from here. And if you crave urban adventure, the marvellous city of Sevilla is just an hour and a quarter away.

However, be warned, Alastair Sawday, publisher of the Special Places to Stay guides, chose this as one of his twenty favourite hideaways with charm. You may become so relaxed here that you won't want to venture out at all!

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Entrance hall
  • Guest cloakroom
  • Drawing room
  • Dining room
  • TV Room
  • Conservatory
  • Farmhouse kitchen
  • Laundry room
  • Shaded dining terrace (furnished)
  • Walled courtyard (furnished)
  • Estate grounds

First floor

  • 3 bedrooms :
    • No 1 Master suite (double bedroom with en suite bathroom and private roof terrace 28 sq m)
    • No 2 Double/Twin bedroom with private shower room and toilet across landing, and private roof terrace 28 sq m)
    • No 3 Double bedroom with an adjoining Sitting room and en suite bathroom (Sitting room sofa can be made up as bed if required for extra accommodation)

Second floor

  • 3 bedrooms :
    • Nº 4 Double bedroom with an adjoining sitting room and en-suite bathroom
    • Nº 5 Twin bedded with en-suite bathroom
    • Nº 6 Double (which can be unzipped into twins) with a bathroom across the passage way

Pool house

  • Bedroom Nº 7, a double with en-suite bathroom (beds can be unzipped into twins) Not suitable for teens or children

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Local Spanish TV or bring your own device for connection via HDMI and VPN for your own channel selection.
  • DVD player and a selection of DVD's
  • CD / Radio
  • Telephone & Fax
  • Grand piano
  • Selection of books
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)
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Amenities

  • Open fireplace in the drawing room
  • Central Heating
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  • Ceiling or Portable Fans in all bedrooms
  • Washing Machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (but not pool towels)
  • Hairdryer
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied
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Kitchen

  • Smeg cooker with two electric ovens, grill and 7 gas rings
  • Separate gas hob (5 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Apple Juicer, Orange juicer, Magimix rocessor, Electric whisk, Toaster, Kettle, Nespresso machine
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery
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Outdoors

  • Filtered swimming pool (11 m x 8 m, 1.0 m - 2.10 m deep)
  • Pool shower
  • Pool terrace
  • Dining terrace (shaded)
  • Sun beds, sun shades
  • Outdoor dining and terrace furniture
  • 2 barbecues
  • Gardens and estate grounds
  • Parking

Notes

The property is available for rental in the summer for 6 weeks only: from 8th July until 19th August.

The swimming pool will be open throughout the rental period.

Start and finish days are Friday.

Prices are inclusive of a maid 10.00- 14.00. She will make beds if rooms are available to do so and will clean. She will do laundry and ironing by arrangement with clients.

Additional services can be arranged with the maid (such as preparation of light luches, to be paid for locally)

Outdoor staff will look after the watering of the garden, maintenance of the pool, feeding of hens and pigs etc.

Finca Buenvino is a working small farm and you may put in orders for organic vegetables with the gardener.

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Prices and Seasons

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Notes

All prices are inclusive of a maid who makes the beds, cleans the house and does laundry (Mondays to Fridays) & staff who look after the pool, gardens and grounds

The property is available for rental in the summer only (see dates above)

Security Deposit

A 500 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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