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ZH 19(3)

4 bedrooms: sleeping 8

In one of the prettiest villages in Spain

Surrounded by vast areas of glorious, protected nature...

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Review Icon"La casa preciosa. Muy acogedora y no le faltaba ni un detalle. Muy tranquila,con vistas preciosas y relajantes. Sus dueños muy simpáticos y amables. Hemos pasado unos días estupendos."

Inés (Feb 2017)

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Bedrooms

4 (three double bedded, one with twin beds).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

5.0 m x 3.0 m, 1.4 m deep.

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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 1,500 € to 1,930 € per week.

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Villa Description

Last, but not the least, of these three gems.

Obra Maestra!

In the jewel of La Sierra de Aracena.

...And then came the “obra maestra”!

This is the last, but not the least, of these three gems. From the outside this appears to be just like any other village house along the street, but as soon as you open the door you appreciate the difference.

Wow! It really is quite a spectacular welcoming! Full of light and open space – One enters directly into an incredibly spacious and elegant, open plan kitchen, living and dinning room.

All around, there is superb walking country

Miles and miles of rolling hills, wooded valleys and dramatic rocky outcrops to explore

The entire far wall of this room is glass, with sliding doors leading out onto a covered terrace, with wonderful views, framed by arches, onto open countryside and the valley beyond.

To the left of the entrance door is the kitchen area with a large kitchen isle that incorporates the sink, ample work space and a breakfast bar with stools.

The kitchen is fully equipped in keeping with the standard and style of the house.

And while in the kitchen, you are also part of any activity or gathering going on in the sitting room, dinning area or even out onto the terrace.

A perfect base for a wonderful walking holiday

Perfect for large or small groups

Here it is all at the heart of the house – Preparing a meal, enjoying a drink, sitting at the elegant dinning table for eight, relaxing on the sofa or just sitting on the terrace taking the sun (or shade) – you will all be part of the goings-on.

This space is decorated with curiosities and beautiful finds gathered by the owners on their travels around the world.

The sitting area has two comfy leather sofas in front of a wood burning fireplace, a perfect place to enjoy the cooler winter nights.

There is a WC to the right of the entrance door.

But there is also plenty of space to get away from it all and enjoy the peace of your own company...

With so many beautiful mountain trails

...and attractive villages you can easily forget the rest of the world

This house is built on three levels, from the main room stairs lead down to a good sized TV/games room – and from here glass doors out to a partially covered terrace and a sunny pool patio.

The pool is not large but it is big enough for a refreshing dip (if you want a more energetic swim the 25 meter municipal pool is just 5 minutes away).

Under the covered terrace there is a shower with a base that doubles as a paddling pool, big enough for the grandchildren to spend hours playing in the water while protected from the sun.

 

This is not just a pretty home

An ideal place to rest and relax at anytime of day or night!

This terrace is furnished, has a BBQ and stairs up to a meditation deck, an ideal spot to practice meditation, yoga or to simple enjoy the peace and countryside around you.

On this ground level, to the back of the house, there are two spacious, interior bedrooms.

One is a double and the other a twin, that share a full bathroom, and although these rooms do not get direct sun light, each has a very efficient light tunnel.

On this level there is also a WC and utility room with washing machine and sink.

Incredibly beautiful and varied…It is ideal for walkers

... and it is just outside your door!

Back upstairs to the living area and on up to the two main double bedrooms. One to the back of the house. A beautiful large room with en suite shower room and a furnished terrace with views out to the orchards, fields, the valley and open skies beyond.

The second double bedroom, also en-suite, is to the front of the house and again is a spacious, bright room - with sloping ceilings and windows down at floor level. It has a very cosy, appealing atmosphere – the floral fabric, white curtains, large mirrors, light coloured wood, cheerful rugs and armchairs, make this an ideal room to rest and relax at anytime of day or night!

This is not just a pretty home, it's also an ideal base from which to explore the Aracena National Park, a vast areas of glorious, protected nature. Incredibly beautiful and varied…It is ideal for walkers

The Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche natural park covers 184,000 hectares of woodland, mostly Mediterranean oak, but with a fantastic variety of flora and fauna. With an extensive network of footpaths and centuries-old drovers' tracks, many now signposted tracks, meandering from village to hamlet, it's easy to explore the Sierra on foot....and it is just outside your door!

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Living / Dining Room/ Kitchen
  • Furnished Terrace
  • W.C.

First floor

  • two double bedrooms
  • Bathroom (shower over bath tub) / Laundry Room

Lower floor

  • TV room
  • One double bedroom
  • Terrace
  • Pool & Patio area
  • Pool bathroom / W.C.

Facilities

Entertainment

  • TV (Spanish programmes only)
  • DVD
  • CD Player
  • Bluetooth linked music player to stream your own music
  • 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 (including pool towels)
  • Hair dryer
  • Travel Cot 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

  • Gated, filtered swimming pool (5.0 m x 3.0 m, 1.4 m deep)
  • Pool shower
  • Pool cover
  • Pool terrace
  • Dining terrace
  • Sun beds, sun shades, hammock
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Night lighting

Notes

Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from May to September

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(3)

2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
8th January to 25th March 1,500 € 3,000 €
26th March to 30th June 1,810 € 3,620 €
1st July to 30th September 1,930 € 3,860 €
1st October to 7th January 2019 1,810 € 3,620 €

ZH 19(3)

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(2). 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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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

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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Alájar

A delightful little village with white-washed houses and winding, cobbled streets. Many consider it the prettiest of all the lovely villages in La Sierra …

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