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4 bedrooms, sleeps 8

Immaculate farmhouse in 35 acres of leafy paradise

The setting is magnificent, the farmhouse enchanting, the pool irresistible … as perfect a countryside holiday as you will ever find ...

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Bedrooms

Four (one double, two twin bedded, one with adult-sized bunk beds).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

10 m x 5 m, 1.1 m - 2.0 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 9 km from Aracena in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).

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Price

From £1,450 to £2,050 per week.

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Villa Description

A Wonderful Time

"We had the most wonderful time. All five members of the family loved the farmhouse, its lovely grounds and the area too".

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.

Beautiful countryside

All is peace and tranquillity here, glorious wooded hillsides rolling gently across the horizon as far as the eye can see.

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.

Oh, what a spot!

Set away from the house on the hillside, a short climb of a hundred metres or so through cork and oak trees, the azure-blue pool (10m x 5m) is irresistible.

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 …

Stunning

"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".

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 …

Full of wonderful things

Inside, the farmhouse is just as pleasing. Antique furnishings, original paintings, a grand piano ... books to read and music to play.

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.

Dazzling beauty

Here you will enjoy everything that is wonderful about rural Andalucía - beautiful countryside, golden sunshine and blissful calm.

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".

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Living room
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Bathroom (shower over bath tub)
  • Laundry room
  • Various terrace spaces (some shaded) with outdoor furniture
  • Estate grounds

First floor

  • 4 bedrooms :
    • (1) Master bedroom : double with en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub), walk-in wardrobe / dressing room and its own private, walled garden / terrace
    • (2) Twin bedroom with wash basin
    • (3) Twin bedroom with wash basin
    • (4) Bedroom with adult-sized bunk beds and wash basin
  • Bathroom (shower over bathtub)

Facilities

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • HiFi Audio
  • Selection of books and music

Amenities

  • Open fireplace in the living room
  • Central Heating (see notes)
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  • Ceiling fans in all bedrooms excluding bedroom with bunk beds (also additional table / floor fans in all bedrooms)
  • Washing Machine, Tumble dryer, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Hairdryer
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric oven
  • Gas hob (5 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Fenced and gated filtered swimming pool (10 m x 5 m, 1.1 m - 2.0 m deep), solar heated
  • Pool terrace with shaded area
  • 2 large, open terraces each with shaded eating area
  • Private, enclosed terraces outside the main bedroom and the sitting room
  • Sun beds
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (brick)
  • Night lighting
  • Estate grounds
  • Parking

Notes

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

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Notes

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)

Security Deposit

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.

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Villa Location

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In open countryside, 1 km from Castañuelo (very basic facilities) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva)

Location

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.

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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Aracena

The main town in the Sierra (pop : 7,500), it's unpretentious but relaxed and pretty. At the top, its Moorish castle and minaret …
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