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4 or 5 bedrooms, sleeps 8 or 10

Stylish, homely, beautiful … sheer magical bliss

The setting is magnificent, the house stylish and extremely comfortable, the pool irresistible. This villa has everything - and more - for a superb family holiday ...

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Review Icon"we had an absolutely lovely stay at ZH22. A very beautiful home which we felt privileged to have shared with the owners. Gorgeous architecture, wonderful quite location with stunning views . The Aracena national park area is very beautiful and unspoilt. "

Previous Guest (Aug 2015)

Review Icon"We have just returned from a lovely week at ZH22, the villa was everything that was promised and more. Thanks again, we had a wonderful stay and we loved the villa and Aracena. "

Previous Guest (Aug 2014)

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Bedrooms

The villa has four (one double and three which can be made up either as doubles or twins); a separate, self-contained apartment has a king size bedroom.

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Pool

Private swimming pool

14 m x 8 m, 1.2 m - 2.5 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 1.5 km from Aracena in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).

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Price

From 2,970 € to 4,690 € per week.

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Villa Description

Everything and more

"Everything and more than I'd hoped for. What a beautiful house, a real home and hugely comfortable".

This is a beautiful property, very stylish but also homely and extremely comfortable.

The setting is magnificent too, surrounded by its own 25 acres of broad-leafed chestnut trees, olives and cork oaks, with superb views from its hillside vantage point. Yet it's just a kilometre from lovely Aracena, so an easy, fifteen minute walk into town.

It's a magical spot, all is peace and tranquillity here, green and glorious hillsides rolling gently across the horizon as far as the eye can see. There are glimpses through the trees to the azure blue waters of the Embalse de Aracena in the valley below, with the far-off peaks of Badajoz providing an impressive backdrop.

Heavenly, a landscape that feeds the soul as well as the body.

Heart-stopping

"It's peaceful, restorative, a magical place to be. A priceless experience, the views are heart-stopping".

A wide and well maintained farm track heads out from town, winding through beautiful countryside to the entrance gates of the villa.

From here the estate driveway follows the contours of a centuries-old dry stone wall which encloses the olive grove and through a corridor of chestnut trees before swinging round to reveal the true wonderment of the farmhouse and its magnificent situation.

Totally private and joyously calm, cork oak and chestnut trees spill down the hillsides offering countless hidden-away places that are ideal for exploring or for a quiet moment of contemplation. You will hear only birdsong or perhaps the occasional bray of a donkey echoing up from the valley far below.

Situated on the side of the hill, high enough to enjoy the magnificent vistas all around, the farmhouse is equally impressive. Cleverly designed and built to look like it could have been here for centuries, it has a classic L shaped layout beyond its huge entrance courtyard.

A magic all of its own

"I just love this house - it's got a magic all of its own. I'm relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world again".

With a beautiful magnolia tree at its centre, the courtyard is a massive, cheerful space festooned with colourful plants and flowering shrubs. There's plenty of sunshine - and plenty of shade too - both under the roofed gallery that runs full length along the front of the house (with different seating areas to choose from; a ping-pong table and barbecue too) or in the lovely mirador, the perfect spot for your early evening aperitifs.

The mirador, in the far corner of the courtyard, looks over the pool on the terrace below and beyond to mile upon mile of magnificent countryside. It's an inspirational view.

The property is every bit as impressive inside as it is outdoors. Huge and very spacious, its towering, wooden-beamed ceilings keep the house cool even on the hottest summer's day. For winter comfort there is underfloor heating throughout the house to augment the log fire in the living room.

And for those who need to stay connected to the world at large there is broadband internet connection throughout the house and an excellent mobile signal.

A terrace for every occasion

"We had a terrace for every occasion: one for breakfast and lunch, one for evening drinks, yet another for dinner and all with beautiful views".

One wing is given over to a vast living space with a fabulous, country-style kitchen / dining room at one end leading seamlessly through to a beautiful and very comfortable lounge.

This is a real home (the owners spend as much of their time here as they possibly can) and it shows. The kitchen / dining room is really welcoming, a joy to be in and superbly appointed with top-quality appliances.

It has its own terrace with stairs leading down to the gardens below. The polished granite-topped dining table in the centre of the room comfortably seats ten. A pantry leads off and there is even a shoot to pass washing down to the laundry room below!

Pilar, the lovely, cheerful woman who keeps the house spick and span will cook for you, if you wish. She's good!

The living room is gorgeous, furnished with exquisite good taste. Space, natural light and tastefully balanced, bright and cheerful colours create a really impressive and genuinely relaxing room (the TV and other entertainment is downstairs in the purpose-built playroom).

Light floods in from three French windows which open to a large al fresco summer dining terrace. Vines clamber overhead providing shade; views are far and wide, over the lawned gardens below and down the valley to the lake in the far distance.

This is a great place at any time of day or night, and just perfect for a leisurely breakfast as it faces east.

Spectacular

"The situation was marvellous and the peace and tranquillity second to none, all our family loved every minute of staying in this spectacular home".

Four very smart, spacious bedrooms are ranged along the other wing of the house, where the dappled shade of chestnut trees keep them deliciously cool throughout the day.

The king-sized double master bedroom has windows along two sides of the room and its own little corner terrace with seating and superb views. It leads through to an attractive, mosaic-tiled en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub). Furnishings are classy and comfortable, colourful and very pretty.

The beds in the other three bedrooms can be made up as either doubles or twins as preferred.

They share two bathrooms (one with a walk-in shower, the other with a shower over the bath tub) although, if you prefer, one of the bedrooms can be made en-suite to one of the bathrooms, leaving the other two bedrooms to share the other bathroom. You choose!

All of the bedrooms are spacious with generous, built-in wardrobes, two metre-long beds and floor standing fans. They all lead off from an almost cathedral-like corridor with doors opening to the front courtyard on its other side.

A wonderful week

"We have just had the most wonderful week at what is, quite simply, the most beautiful place we have ever stayed!"

Downstairs, there is a large playroom with a pool table, DVD player and television screen. There is a piano too and a good selection of DVD's, books and board games to choose from. There are four sofa beds to lounge around on (two doubles and two singles), and a shower room leads off.

The playroom opens to the huge lawned area at the back of the house, a very special feature here in Spain, and a perfect place for children to stretch their legs over a game of football or boules, or to join the adults, perhaps, for a game of croquet.

This leads round to more gardens immediately below the kitchen terrace. Stairs lead down from this terrace and also from the mirador further along at the end of the front courtyard.

Between these two stairways, almost hidden under the honeysuckle and ivy- clad stone wall, you will find both the laundry room and a self-contained apartment with a double bed, small kitchenette, seating area and a shower room leading off.

A few of my favourite things

"Fabulous! Amazing! Relaxing! Fun! Just a few words to describe a fantastic week. The perfect family holiday".

And then there is the magnificent swimming pool, set on the next terrace down, accessed by a wide stairway which meanders gently down through gorgeous lavender and herb gardens. Divine aromas fill the air.

Sparkling and very blue, it's a wonderful pool. A massive 14 m x 8 m, with Roman steps in, it has a salt filtration system, so there's no nasty chlorine here. There's night-lighting, making it irresistible whatever the time may be.

If you prefer to just to laze in the sun, there is plenty of space to lounge on the wide terrace surround. A shaded area at one end offers respite from the mid-day sun. All around are the cheerful colours of bougainvillea and the heady scents of jasmine, rosemary and thyme.

The view isn't bad either …

It's all fenced and gated so properly child friendly. Children of any age are very welcome here and young ones are well catered for - the house is equipped with a cot, high chair, buggy, a silvercross pram and many shaded areas.

Simply loved being here

"A home brimming with joyful exuberance. Intimate but colourfully stylish. Everybody and everything reflects its special life-affirming quality".

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 you will find the white, sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz and one of the world's premier nature reserves.

Closer to hand, Aracena is a bustling and delightful little market town, relaxed and friendly like so many here, set on top of the Gruta de las Maravillas (Cave Of Wonders), one of Spain's most impressive caves, and dominated by its splendid Moorish castle on the hilltop above the town. Although it has a population of just 8,000 it nevertheless manages to keep its 60 bars and four night clubs going!

The little villages of the Sierra de Aracena are linked by small cobbled tracks which makes it fabulous terrain for both serious walkers and laid-back ramblers. There are maps and books in the house which will guide you in the right direction.

If your preference are the local fiestas, these are seemingly never-ending! The most famous in Aracena are Semana Santa, the feria in May, romerias in June and September, and the three day, non-stop fiesta at the end of August.

There is so much to enjoy in this beautiful part of Spain. And right here, this wonderful property offers class, character and comfort in abundance. It is unique and very, very special.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground floor

  • Living room with summer dining terrace leading off
  • Kitchen / Dining Room with terrace leading off
  • 4 bedrooms :
    • (1) Master bedroom suite with king-sized double bed, private terrace and en-suite bathroom (shower over bath tub)
    • (2) Twin, or double bedded (as preferred). This bedroom can be made en-suite to one of the bathrooms
    • (3) Twin, or double bedded (as preferred)
    • (4) Twin, or double bedded (as preferred)
  • 2 bathrooms (one with a walk-in shower room, one with a shower over the bathtub). The walk-in shower room can be made en-suite to bedroom 2 if preferred
  • Front courtyard (partly shaded) and shaded Mirador with outdoor furniture
  • Estate gardens and grounds

Lower ground floor

  • Playroom (with pool table, piano, TV, DVD and day beds)
  • Shower Room / W.C.
  • Lawn, gardens and grounds

Self-contained Apartment

  • Studio room (with king size bed, small kitchen, dining and sitting areas)
  • Shower Room / W.C.

Laundry Room

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Digital TV (UK Channel Information)
    This property has Digital TV but due to changes to the UK satellite services currently does not receive UK terrestrial programmes, BBC, ITV etc. We will provide updates if this situation changes.
  • DVD
  • Selection of DVD's and board games
  • iPod dock and amplifier
  • Pool Table
  • Table tennis
  • Piano
  • Broadband WiFi internet (bring your own laptop)

Amenities

  • Open fireplaces in the living room and in the downstairs playroom
  • Under floor central heating throughout
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  • Fans in all bedrooms
  • Washing Machine, Tumble dryer, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Hairdryers
  • Cot & Highchair, buggy and silvercross pram available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Large Electric Oven
  • Gas hob (5 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Food processor, Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery
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  • There is also a small kitchen in the self-contained apartment with a 2 ring electric hob, fridge, microwave, kettle, coffee pot etc.

Outdoors

  • Fenced and gated, filtered swimming pool (14 m x 8 m, 1.2 m - 2.5 m deep) with Roman steps and chlorine free, salt filtration system
  • Pool terrace with shaded area
  • Pool shower
  • Furnished Mirador
  • Croquet / Boules Lawn
  • Sun beds
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (brick)
  • Night lighting
  • Estate grounds
  • Parking

Notes

Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from May until mid October, inclusive

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday

 

 

Prices are inclusive of central heating costs in winter months

A cook can be provided by arrangement, payable locally

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Prices and Seasons

ZH 22

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
5th January to 24th March 2,970 € 5,470 €
25th March to 2nd June 3,440 € 6,560 €
3rd June to 1st September 4,690 € 8,590 €
2nd September to 13th October 3,440 € 6,560 €
14th October to 15th December 2,970 € 5,470 €
*19th December to 26th December (Christmas) 4,690 € N/A
*27th December to 3rd January 2018 (New Year) 3,590 € N/A

ZH 22

2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---

Notes

***For Easter Bookings 2017 the owner is offering a special welcome with the inclusion of a hamper ready for your arrival***

Prices are inclusive of central heating costs in winter months

*Prices above are for 7 nights at Christmas or New Year. 4 night prices are available on request. Please enquire.

Security Deposit

A 300 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 open countryside, 1.5 km from Aracena (all facilities) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva)

Location

1.5 km from Aracena (all facilities; supermarkets, restaurants; banks etc) in La Sierra de Aracena region (Province of Huelva).

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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