The setting is magnificent, the farmhouse enchanting, the pool irresistible … as perfect a countryside holiday as you will ever find ...
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Four (one double, two twin bedded, one with adult-sized bunk beds).
Private swimming pool
10 m x 5 m, 1.1 m - 2.0 m deep.
In open countryside, 9 km from Aracena in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).
From £1,450 to £2,050 per week.
The setting is magnificent, the house enchanting, the swimming pool irresistible … in a nutshell, this is as lovely a farmhouse as you will ever find.
Just nine kilometres from the pretty market town of Aracena, all is peace and tranquillity here, glorious wooded hillsides rolling gently across the horizon as far as the eye can see.
A little road heads out from town, winding through beautiful countryside, passing by the hamlet of Castañuelo on its way to equally tiny Corterrangel. Along the way, between the two villages, you will see the impressive entrance gates of this glorious Estate.
Surrounded by its own 14 hectares (35 acres) of leafy paradise, the immaculate old farmhouse is situated on the side of a hill, high enough to enjoy the magnificent vistas all around.
And it's a really lovely, old farmhouse, too. Delightfully restored and renovated, with a wealth of modern comforts, it nevertheless retains all its rustic, rural enchantment.
Both inside and out, from its cobbled entrance patio to its seasoned old roof tiles, it's a joy.
The front of the house gleams white, partly hidden behind the vine-covered porch which extends along its entire length. The wide courtyard entrance is really attractive, surrounded by a low wall and full of trees, shrubs and flowers. There's colour and there's shade too.
At the end of the patio a long pagoda is enveloped in clambering greenery, a heavenly place, whether just to relax with a book and a good Rioja, or to enjoy a full-scale, outdoor fiesta. There is, of course, a proper, brick-built barbecue alongside.
There are a multitude of different outdoor spaces here. Quite apart from acres of countryside solitude, on the other side of the house there's another sitting area under the olive trees, there's a 'lover's nest' far away over the hill, well worth the stroll … and the master bedroom leads out to its very own private rose garden!
And then there is the magnificent swimming pool, set away from the house, a short climb of a hundred metres or so across the hillside, through the cork and oak trees.
Oh, what a spot! Oh, what a pool!
Fenced and gated, ten metres long, five metres wide, it's big enough for a serious swim. Solar panels provide extra warmth although, in mid summer the famous Andalusian sun does a perfect job of keeping it nice and toasty.
If you prefer to just to laze in the sun, there is plenty of space to lounge on the wide terrace surround. The view isn't bad either …
Inside, the farmhouse is just as pleasing. On the ground floor the principal rooms are a fully equipped kitchen which opens to the dining room and to a country-style living room.
Under its sloping, beamed ceiling it's full of wonderful things: antiques, original paintings, there's even a grand piano.
There are books to read and music to play on an excellent audio system. It's big and very comfortable. Doors open to a pretty terrace, itself guarded by a pair of giant antique ceramic pots.
Upstairs are the four bedrooms, each delightful, each with its own distinctive character. Attractive paintings and colourful fabrics lend warmth, set off against white walls.
The double, master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe / dressing room, en-suite bathroom and windows which look out to its own private walled garden. Here there are sun loungers and the sweet scent of roses …
There are also two twin bedrooms and one with full-sized bunk beds which share a bathroom between them. There is another bathroom downstairs.
There is a shop for essentials in Castanuelo, a walkable one kilometre from the finca, and Aracena’s excellent restaurants are a 20 minute drive away.
Ana, the lovely, cheerful woman from the village who keeps the house spick and span will cook for you, if you wish.
Here you will enjoy everything that is wonderful about rural Andalucía - beautiful countryside, golden sunshine and blissful calm. Once ensconced in the peace and privacy here, you will relax, completely.
But, no doubt you will venture out from time to time - and the dazzling beauty of the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park will be sure to seduce you. Charming little villages dotted here and there in a green and glorious land, it's a hidden and unspoiled corner of Spain, second to none.
And if that is not enough, Sevilla is just an hour away. Cities don't come any more vibrant, or more beautiful, than this Andalusian gem.
Head in the opposite direction and you will quickly cross the border into Portugal. A different country … a different world.
To the south are the white, sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz and one of the world's great nature reserves.
Wherever you venture, whenever you return, it will be to a charming house in beautiful countryside … tailor-made for a perfect holiday.
As confirmed by client comments such as "we had the most wonderful time. All five members of the family loved the farmhouse, its lovely grounds, and the area too". And "there is no doubt this is the most stunning villa, a perfect base for our family wedding near Aracena. We had a truly wonderful week".
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from April until the end of October, inclusive
Please note that the swimming pool is approx. 100 metres away from the farmhouse, so young children at the pool cannot be supervised from the house. It is, however, fenced and gated
Prices are inclusive of central heating (from the second week in October to the end of April). Please note that the central heating is designed to provide background heating. It consists of 4 night storage radiators, 3 downstairs and 1 in the passage upstairs. Electric bar or convector heaters are provided throughout.
Prices are inclusive of 2 hours maid service each day, (Mondays to Fridays)
A cook can be provided by arrangement
Rentals for this property normally run from Friday to Friday
Prices are inclusive of 2 hours maid service each day, (Mondays to Fridays).
They are also inclusive of central heating (from the second week in October to the end of April)
A 300 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.
1 km from Castañuelo (very basic facilities) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).
9 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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