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ZH 21

7 bedrooms, sleeps 10/12

Old fashioned country house grandeur

Set within its own 500 acres - A haven of peace and tranquility

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Review Icon"A home from home. The perfect setting for a secluded, private and equally tranquil holiday. With the wonderful weather, the fantastic local village and views which are second to none, I always look forward to visiting this special place. A must visit for everyone be it friends going away or family holidays……"

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Review Icon"Fuimos a ZH21 a descansar y desde luego que lo conseguimos , el entorno tranquilo y relajado de la naturaleza , con las comodidades de la cuidad , allí el silencio puede respirarse , relajarte en la piscina , desayunar viendo el paisaje que te brinda tan magnifica situación , o poder relajarte por la noche en el porche con una cena al aire libre. Entorno idílico para quien busca desconectar y pasar unos días de tranquilidad. Totalmente recomendable. Desde luego volveremos a Azuaga"

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Review Icon"Amazing feeling of tranquility and peace while staying at ZH21 surrounded By acres of beautiful Landscape ! Definitely soulful ..."

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Bedrooms

Seven (three double bedded, one twin, three single).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

12 m x 6 m, 1 - 2 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 7 km from the town of Azuaga in the southern Extremadura region (Province of Badajoz).

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Price

Sleeping 7 : 4,380 € per week.

Sleeping 12 : 5,000 € per week.

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Villa Description

This is a wonderful, historic 'Extremaduran' estate

Overflowing with generations of history and tradition, this is the land of 'Los conquistadors'

The setting of this villa is spectacular, like no other…miles and miles of oak land as far as the eye can see, just the gentle sound of sheep bells and bird song – nothing in the world to disturb the peace….. It really is an amazing spot, so we just could not resist taking on this fairy tale country finca.

This is the only property Rustic Blue has outside of Andalucia – on the border between Andalucia and Extremadura, the closest town is Azuaga.

Awash with history, this town, which in times past was actually within the boarders of Andalucia, has a population of around 8000. It has a castle where one of "Trajano" relatives is buried, as well as a number of churches dating from the fifteenth to seventeenth century - all worth a visit.

Cobbled paths through rosemary and lavender

Sit at the bottom of the garden daydreaming whilst breathing in the surroundings.

The house, and its 500 acres of surrounding land, have been in the family for generations and they have now decided to renovate and open their doors for rental.

Before entering the house you already feel like you have gone back in time, the family has been part of this land and its local heritage for so long. The living room is decorated with the owner's original art work, she has a museum in Azuaga where you can view more of her paintings.

Leave the country road and take a well maintained two kilometre track, through the private gates and into a completely private oasis. There is a spacious car parking area, where you leave your car. Walk past the villa's own little chapel, through wrought iron gates, taking the cobbled path around the side of the house and up to the front entrance.

Natural, unpretentious charm and style

Light years away from the 'costas' ... Simply La Buena Vida!

The exterior of the house is painted a beautiful earthy pink which contrasts with the bright green climbing plants.

Away from the front entrance, is the most lovely rose garden hedged with lavender and rosemary. Walk ways are shaded by acacia trees and there are benches on which to sit and absorb the views, smell the flowers, listen to the sounds of nature and daydream.

The mesmerizing landscape , what views ... so many shades of green, undulating meadows and oak woods far into the horizon, with the vast blue sky ..also a perfect spot to watch the sun go down and the night skies light up with their amazing display of stars… grandiose!

The pool is enormous, gorgeous and irresistible

This villa has everything for a superb family holiday.

Driving through the foothills of Sierra Morena - where Holm oaks grow in clarified forests and scattered clearings, known as dehesas, are traditional pasture zones for cattle and pigs - simple, peaceful, natural luxury - this is the perfect place for a truly relaxing holiday .

But we must get to the house … take a few stairs through a little white picket gate to a very inviting covered terrace. The terrace is surrounded by plants: vines, jasmine, bright geraniums - it's all so pretty and there are several areas to sit and enjoy the afternoon.

And then through the front door, into a very traditional entrance hall. Red and blue tiled floors, bright tiled dado and high white ceilings are characteristic of a Spanish grand country home. A sitting area with sofa, chairs, coffee table and a piano, completes the scene

To the left, through double doors, is the formal dining room: elegantly decorated and in the centre is a long, walnut dining table seating 12. Two picture windows look out onto the entrance terrace. The opposite wall is decorated by a stunning antique tapestry, which takes up almost the whole length of the room.

The old guards cottage - "La Trinidad"

Four comfortable bedrooms can be found across the lemon patio in the guards cottage.

To the right of the hall, through double doors, is the formal sitting room dominated by the fire place. The magnificent fire place in the living room was designed by the same architect (using very similar tiles) that designed the world famous Plaza de España in Sevilla.

There are sofas, armchairs and a chaise longue, a card table for four and a drinks cabinet - everything you could need for an after-dinner family gathering.

From the entrance hall, a door leads through to a study room. This cosy den is ideal if you need to work at the desk or just want to lounge on the comfy sofa, watching the flat screen TV.

Palm trees, lemon trees, oak and olive trees

All add to the luxurious experience of this delightfully well equipped pool setting.

Next to the study is the kitchen. This is a functional, well equipped, no fuss, farm house kitchen featuring the old wood burning cooker - now just for decoration - A round table and chairs for breakfast, or to sit and chat over a coffee, while a meal is being prepared. With all the fresh produce available in Azuaga, anything you make here is bound to be delicious.

From the hall, opposite the study a short passageway leads to the master suite. The style is classic with its king-sized bed, comfy velvet sofa and a wood buringing stove for cooler nights.

The ensuite bathroom is spacious, with the original tiles, white painted wall and copper fittings. All very in keeping with the general ambience of this grand "Hacienda".

Totally private and joyously calm

Surrounded as far as the eye can see by pastureland and oak trees.

A corridor leads out to a large courtyard, with lemon trees and a central fountain, benches, tables and chairs.

Across the courtyard from the main house is an annex know as 'La Trinidad' which has more of a cottage style ambience, with its lower ceilings, red terracotta tiles and bright floor rugs. You enter into a cosy sitting room, with sofas, arm chairs and a TV. There is also a handy fridge for storing cold drinks and snacks. A door leads to a single bedroom, and a few steps down to two larger, single rooms. At the other end of the sitting room is a double bedroom which can also be accessed directly from the lemon courtyard. All the bedrooms come with en suite bathrooms and all have charm and character.

A jewel set in truly stunning surroundings

Here the outside world fades away, all sense of hurry is gone.

From the lemon tree courtyard, through a gate, we reach the most irresistible, enormous, infinity pool. The pool is built on an elevated terrace area looking out over landscape views as far as the eye can see. There is a covered bar area with fridge and sink. Swings, hammocks, benches, sun loungers, table and chairs, palm trees, potted flowers - everything has been thought of for family days by the pool. You may be tempted to just while away all your holiday by the pool. And why not?

From the pool area, steps lead down to what may have been, in times gone by, the stables and outbuildings. These have now been converted into three apartments. Each apartment has the same lay out: enter into a spacious sitting room, with a sofa bed (that could be used for a child) and then through into a twin bedded room with en suite bathroom. The first apartment can also be accessed by interior steps from the dining room of the main house.

Next along this line of buildings is a two bedroom apartment reserved for live-in staff.

The last two rooms are an old-style farm kitchen and work room. They look like a set for one of Miguel Delibes' novels - you can imagine the farm hands sitting around the giant fireplace at the end of the day, watching supper being prepared. The only thing that may have changed is that the kitchen is equipped with a large freezer and a microwave. There is still facility to cook in a more primitive fashion though - you'll find a built-in barbecue and a wood oven with plenty of wood.

Although much less visited by tourists, Extremadura is an area believed by many to be Spain at its most authentic. Driving south from Azuaga and into the Sierra Norte de Sevilla you can explore interesting towns such as Cazalla de la Sierra and Constantina. Driving north into Extremadura, the birthplace of many conquistadores, are Caceres, Merida, Trujillo. All of these towns have such a variety of fascinating architecture that tells the tale of the past. Walking around the old quarters of Caceres or Trujillo is like walking through a history of the middle ages, later embellished with the riches of the new world.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Main House

  • Hall / Sitting area
  • Living room with open fireplace
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • 1 Bedroom :
    • Master bedroom : king size double with en-suite bathroom (double sink, walk in shower and full bath)
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Study

Annex (aka 'La Trinidad')

  • Lounge / living room with wood burner
    • 4 Bedrooms :
      • (1) Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
      • (2) Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom
      • (3) Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom
      • (4) Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom

Additional Suites (2)

  • Suite 1:
  • Living room
  • 1 Twin bedroom : twin bedded (+ one extra bed) with en-suite bathroom
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  • Suite 2:
  • Living room
  • 1 Double bedroom : double bedded with en-suite bathroom

Facilities

Entertainment

  • TV (Spanish programmes only)
  • DVD player
  • Music Stereo
  • Library of books and music
  • WiFi Internet (bring your own devices)

Amenities

  • Central heating throughout
  • Open fireplace (main lounge)
  • Wood burning stove (in annex lounge)
  • Washing machine
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Clothes dryer
  • Hair dryer
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request)

Kitchen

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

  • Filtered swimming pool (12 m x 6 m, 1 - 2 m deep)
  • Pool can be gated on request
  • Pool terrace surround
  • Shaded furnished terrace
  • Sun beds
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (portable)
  • Outdoor Grill
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  • Bicycles
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  • Gardens and grounds
  • Covered parking

Notes

Weather permitting, the pool will be open from June until the end of September each year.

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday but can be flexible in low season.

A weekly change of linen and towels is included for rentals of more than one week.

Prices are inclusive of daily breakfast which is laid out each morning by the housekeeper.

Catering can be arranged on request.

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZH 21

2018 Season Dates Sleeping 7
per week
Sleeping 12
per week
Prices are the same throughout the year 4,380 € 5,000 €

ZH 21

2019 Season Dates Sleeping 7
per week
Sleeping 12
per week
Prices Pending --- ---

Notes

Firewood and Central Heating is included in winter rentals.

Prices are inclusive of daily breakfast which is laid out each morning by the housekeeper.

Security Deposit

A 600 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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Availability 2018

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Villa Location

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In open countryside, 7 km from Azuaga (all facilities) in the southern Extremadura region (Province of Badajoz) bordering Andalucia

Location

Reached by a 2km country track (easily negotiable in an ordinary car), 7 km from Azuaga (all facilities); 23km from Berlanga.

Constantina 1¼ hrs; Badajoz 2 hrs; Sevilla 2 hrs; Huelva 2¾ hrs; Jerez 3 hrs; Málaga 3¼ hrs; Granada 3½ hrs.

Portuguese border 2 hrs; Atlantic coast 3 hrs.

Nearest Airports

Sevilla 2 hrs; Jerez 3 hrs; Málaga 3¼ hrs; Faro 3¾ hrs; Gibraltar 4 hrs.

See our Links Page for web sites of airlines traveling to Andalucia from the UK.

Around and About

Explore this beautiful border region of Extremadura and Andalucia enjoying truly traditional Spanish life and culture.

Excursions

  • To get things started, you will probably want to spend some time exploring the town of Azuaga. This town has a history pre-dating the bronze age and boasts menhir standing stones and dolmens. Many of the finds excavated from burials of this time are now on display in the Archaeological Museum in Badajoz. Some golden torque necklaces from this period are now in the National Archaeological Museum.
  • Other local sites include the Miramontes (meaning Mountain View) castle, the Nuestra Señora del Rosario and Nuestra Señora de la Aurora (Our Lady Rosario and Aurora) chapels. With the fifteenth / sixteenth century "Nuestra de la Consolación" church being the largest religious building of the area after Badajoz cathedral.
  • The town and the village of Cardenchosa have a wealth of other "details" to discover and you will be able to find tours to surrounding nature parks, to local springs and drinking fountains as well as the chapels.
  • For those that are seeking nature, this is an area rich in both flora and fauna. Seeing the majestic Imperial Eagles or the Griffon Vultures in flight over the Sierra de Azuaga is quite a site, but added to this there are cranes, great bustards and egrets flying across this countryside.
  • If you are lucky and your trip coincides with one of the local cultural traditions or fiestas you might find yourself part of the Pilgrimage to the Miramontes Castle, Las Cruces or the local trade fair, along with some late night fiestas if you so wish.
  • This is truly a place of gastronomic delight as well. Extremadura is renowned for its 'Iberico jamon' (cured ham) from acorn fed, free roaming pigs that are farmed in this area. There are also puddings to to satisfy the sweet toothed - such as 'técula mécula', the contents of which are a well guarded secret, as well as 'perrunillas' (cookies), 'sapillos' or 'repápalos en leche' (fritters) and 'hornazos' (pies).
  • Further afield, Badajoz, built over a Visigoth settlement and fed by the Guadiana river, is another city overflowing with history and culture. This is just a snippet of what this area has to offer and hopefully whets the appetite to find out more ... The only thing that you will be short of here is "time"!

Activities

  • There are many activities in this area, with the only constraint that you will find being time.
  • With more kilometres of fresh water shoreline than any other province of mainland Spain, the scope for water sports are multiple. This combined with superb countryside, opens up the possibility of walking or trekking through the natural parks as well.
  • There are many 'bodegas' in this area offering the opportunity of sampling some of the best local offerings.
  • This area is steeped in history offering museums, ancient ruins and splendid buildings - all ready to be explored.
  • And with a strong emphasis on nature, birds and wildlife can be found in many of the natural parks - ideal for nature watchers and photographers alike.

The Area

La Sierra de Azuaga

This area is a haven for birds and bird watchers alike. Boasting Imperial Eagles, Griffon Vultures and flocks of Cranes, Egrets and Great Bustards …

Azuaga

A cultural centre dating back to the 15th and 16th century, there is plenty of history to discover here - Dolmens, churches and art museums …

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