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ZH 19(2)

3 bedrooms: sleeping 6

Tucked away in the heart of Sierra de Aracena

On the edge of the lovely village of Alajar, which is well away from the busy tourist routes and has kept all its welcoming Andalucian charm ...

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Review Icon"El propietario es un anfitrión muy amable y servicial. La casa es preciosa y no le falta ningún detalle. Cómoda y la calefacción muy buena. Sin duda es un sitio para volver, tanto por la casa como por el lugar y los diferentes pueblos y restaurantes que puedes visitar. La recomiendo 100%. Hasta ahora la mejor casa rural en la que he estado."

Gloria (Dec 2017)

Review Icon"La casa es maravillosa, enorme y con todo tipo de lujo. Habitaciones espléndidas cada uno con su cuarto de baño, todo nuevo, calefacción, bonitas vistas y con buena salida si quieres viajar a otros pueblos cercanos. Anthony y su mujer super atentos y siempre a disposición de cualquier cosa que hayamos tenido. Desde luego repetiremos y muy recommendable"

Juan (Feb 2017)

Review Icon"Las casas son preciosas, acogedoras, calentitas, cómodas.. tienen de todo. Nuestra estancia allí fue maravillosa, todo estupendo y Tony y su esposa maravillosos y agradables. Totalmente recomendables. Son unas casa increíbles. La mejor de todas las que hemos estado."

Susana (Dec 2016)

Review Icon"La casa estupenda, muy comoda, 3 habitaciones cada una con su cuarto de baño. muy confortable, esta muy bien acondicionada para el frio, tiene calefaccion por toda la casa. la cocina muy bien equipada. Se ve que esta reformada no hace mucho."

Laura (Nov 2016)

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Bedrooms

3 (two double bedded, one with two beds).

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Pool

No Swimming Pool

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Location

In the village of Alájar in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).

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Price

From 1,140 € to 1,420 € per week.

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Villa Description

Wonderful

A truly attractive little home, neatly appointed, inside and out!

The jewel of La Sierra de Aracena.

If you search in the Spanish dictionary for the word Alhaja (silent h), it tells you it is a precious object, a jewel, a treasure, a gem.... And here we have the village of Alájar which is all of these things, it really is a treasure.

Away from the busy tourist routes, in the heart of the Sierra de Aracena, Alajar has kept all its welcoming Andalucian charm.

And in this wonderful setting our English hosts found the place they chose to call home. On the very edge of the village, enjoying the best of the country but still just a stroll away from all this village has to offer

Light and bright

The lovely old roof beams of the original house remain but all else is light, bright and brand new

They started with one fabulous rambling old house and once that one was perfect, they continue to buy and rebuild the next two houses in the street. ..making up a cluster of houses, that can be rented independently or as a whole for larger groups.

This was once a humble little village house, the smaller of the three it does not have a pool, but it has space and terraces enough to be very comfortable for a family of 6.

Entering from the street you immediately appreciate the effort and care that has been taken to make this into a genuinely inviting holiday home!

Some of the best walking country in Spain

This is a great base from which to explore Andalucia's dramatic beauty.

The house is on 3 levels and has been fully refurbished into a very comfortable, bright, contemporary home:

From the street the door opens into the large entrance hall with double - height ceiling and a spectacular, combined wood and metal, staircase that does take centre stage. Here there are chairs to rest, book shelves to browse, a large mirror and a desk for any last minute notes to be made..

Directly in front a door leads through to the first double bedroom with en-suite shower room and a private covered terrace. Everything is neat and well designed.

Panoramic views

The upstairs bedroom and its lovely sun terrace enjoy splendid views of the valley and over the terracotta roof tops of the little town.

Steep stairs down to a lower ground floor with an open plan kitchen, living and dining room - Again here you can appreciate how well planned this house is, although a relative narrow building, the sense of space and light is impressive. The kitchen is a fully equipped working kitchen with all high quality appliances.

The dining table has seating for six and there are two comfy leather sofas in the living room. From where glass doors lead out onto a spacious ground floor patio, complete with table, chairs, benches, shade and a BBQ. On this ground floor there is a 3rd bedroom with a small en-suite shower room – although this room is an interior room and does not have direct light there is a light tunnel that is incredibly effective!

Taking the stairs up from the entrance hall leads to the top floor and master bedroom, again with en suite shower room and its own private terrace and spectacular views of the valley, Ribera de Alájar and over the roof tops to the church steeple and clock tower.

Walking out from the front door you can go left into town, and just a short walk to a, very nice, 25 meter municipal pool. Or left, and left again,  out of town into some of the best walking country in Spain. People travel from far and wide to hike in this land. 

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Entrance Lounge (Sala de Entrada)
  • Bedroom with queen-sized double bed, en-suite walk-in shower room, shaded, furnished private terrace

First floor

  • Bedroom with queen-sized double bed, en-suite walk-in shower room, shaded, furnished private terrace

Lower floor

  • Kitchen / Dining Room
  • Dining Terrace/Patio
  • Twin bedroom en-suite shower room
  • W.C.

Facilities

Entertainment

  • TV (Spanish programmes only)
  • DVD
  • CD Player
  • Docking station for MP3's with speakers
  • Collection of books, games and DVD's
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own laptop)

Amenities

  • Aerothermic heating and cooling system with intelligent radiators which can heat in winter and cool in summer
  • Washing Machine, Tumble dryer, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided
  • Hair dryer
  • Childrens cot & high chair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric oven
  • Ceramic hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Coffee machine
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Patio
  • sun shades,
  • Outdoor dining and Patio furniture
  • Barbecue

Notes

Please, no smoking indoors

Rental start and finish days for this property are flexible

Baby sitting is available on request, payable locally

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZH 19(2)

2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
8th January to 25th March 1,140 € 2,280 €
26th March to 30th June 1,340 € 2,680 €
1st July to 30th September 1,420 € 2,840 €
1st October to 7th January 2019 1,340 € 2,680 €

ZH 19(2)

2019 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---

Notes

Prices are inclusive of central heating costs in winter months.

For parties up to 20 plus 2 children, it is possible to rent this property in conjunction with ZH19(1) and ZH19(3). Please enquire for prices.

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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ZH 19(2)

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Villa Location

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In the village of Alajár (basic shopping, bars & restaurants) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva)

Location

In the village of Alajár (basic shopping, bars & restaurants) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).

10 km from Aracena (all facilities; supermarkets, restaurants; banks etc).

Portuguese border 45 mins; Sevilla 1½ hrs; Huelva 1½ hrs; Atlantic coast 1½ hrs.

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

Nearest Airports

Sevilla 1½ 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

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Alájar

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