Superbly situated, on a hilltop with stunning 360º views, this converted 19th Century farmhouse is now a beautiful villa which exudes quality, comfort and style ...
"It was absolutely wonderful - we just love it so much and need to book for next year. Must check school dates. We are all day dreaming about our stay and had a lovely hot Monday-Friday. The boys are now skiing addicts and did masses of swimming too. The house is just so well equipped and caters for everyone. What else to report?! Nothing except we just LOVE it and need to book ASAP. I want to go back tomorrow!! "
"Fabulous, beautifully equipped villa - the spirit of family and generous host exudes from every corner of the house. We loved our stay and hope one day to be back again - thank you. "
"Thank you for sharing your beautiful villa - We had a wonderful stay. "
"15 days of dreams in a wonderful setting. Happy holidays in the Andalucian countryside."
"Return visits often disappoint but certainly not to this house. Weather even better this year, garden flourishing, particularly the butterfly and bees and swimming pool perfect for learners, Evie now diving and and Wilf swimming. We take back more happy memories to the olive groves of Odiham!"
"Wonderful holiday. Truly inspiring."
"After a surprising and thrilling arrival, up the hill. Arrival was wonderful, a beautifully appointed and well decorated house and stunning garden in flower. Such a treat! Visited Granada, Málaga, Córdoba, Herradura beach, Nerja Caves. As well as spending time around the pool (often with cava, rioja and local wines, mmm!) Thank you, we will be back!"
"Our expectations were high. But over then, nothing could have prepared us for this breathtaking place. Comfort, Style, Homely, Relaxing. Your home away felt right and we were taken back by its beauty from the get go. The kids enjoyed every (and I mean every!) space that could explore! We visited, we relaxed, we shopped, we...just lived. And it was great! Thanks for all of it! Oh...! And we even celebrated a wedding! Ceremony up on the grassy hill and superb photos our the back door. Your villa now provides us with memories we will absolutely never forget. With respect and love, cheers!"
"Three generations of my family have loved spending a week in this remarkable and highly personalised property. We may have missed RHS (Royal Horticultural Show) Chelsea but who cares when we can enjoy the planting in this property."
"A week in this beautiful and charming house, an amazing and rare family time in this dramatic environment. Everything was just perfect and we have loads of memories...Thank you so much and goodbye Restábal!"
"Wonderful holiday in this beautiful villa. Many thanks."
"Wonderful family holiday, could not be more comfortable and everything beautifully furnished."
"Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful villa. This is not just a holiday home, this is a special very comfortable and loved by the owners and their family. A place we will always cherish. Thank you."
"An incredible week, our first time here and we will definitely be returning! Fantastic mountain bike, thank you!"
"Beautiful views, fantastic villa - what a wonderful place to stay. The children loved swimming in the lovely pool. The house manager looked after us very well thank you!"
Five (all double bedded).
Private heated swimming pool (12 m x 6 m, 1.6 m deep).
In open countryside 5 minutes drive from Restábal in El Valle de Lecrín region (Province of Granada).
From 1,400 € to 3,900 € per week.
This beautiful home on a hilltop has a gorgeous countryside location, deep in the heart of what the Moors rightly called "the Valley of Happiness".
Just a couple of kilometres above the unspoiled village of Restábal, it's midway between Granada to the north and the Mediterranean coast to the south. Both are an easy 30 minute drive away.
There is nothing - and nobody - else around as far as the eye can see, just splendid mountain scenery in every direction. The nearest neighbour is a kilometre away.
The lakes at Beznar (actually it's a reservoir but who would ever know the difference) are clearly visible from the front of the house, enclosed by the southern mountains which rise up spectacularly before crashing into the Mediterranean Sea beyond.
To the side, and from the pool, the views are equally fabulous, over patchwork fields and orange and lemon groves to the snow capped peaks of Sierra Nevada which rises up dramatically across the horizon.
Just a few minutes drive through the dales and then up into the hills from the centre of the village, access couldn't be easier. A private (concreted) lane takes you right to the front gates of the villa. There's plenty of parking space on the gravelled courtyard in front.
One enters through the villa's gates to an attractively planted central courtyard, the bright colours of the pretty flowerbeds competing for attention with the azure blue pool gleaming up from the terrace just below.
A palm tree sways gently in the breeze, its base festooned with red geraniums, the hillsides down and below the house (it's a two acre estate) are richly planted with orange, lemon, almond and olive trees. It's heavenly …
Originally a 19th Century farmhouse - and, from all accounts, a stop-over for banderos travelling with their contraband between the coast and Granada - it is now completely refurbished with excellent good taste.
Fresh and modern in style, it remains suitably traditional with its terracotta floors, wrought iron window grilles, wooden interior shutters and its lovely old, weather-beaten roof tiles.
The huge, timber-beamed living / dining room is fabulous with big windows and double French doors opening to the outside on three sides.
Like the rest of the house, it's very comfortable with two plump white sofas and matching armchairs gathered around the wooden coffee table in front of the fireplace. On the other side of the room a lovely old oak table can seat ten for dinner. Attractive original paintings and other classy furnishings complete a lovely room.
The TV receives free-to-view programmes as well as Spanish stations and there's DVD and a good quality Hi Fi stereo system. There are lots of magazines and books to choose from, plus WiFi internet connection. The house has under-floor heating throughout.
On its fourth side, the living room opens through to a superbly equipped and very attractive kitchen. Everything is of the highest quality and there's not a chef in the land who wouldn't be happy here.
There's lots of marble-topped work space, a large electric oven, five ring gas hob, an eye-level grill / microwave combination, Magimix, a huge fridge / freezer, double sinks, dishwasher and even a warming oven too - to complement all the usual kitchen bits and pieces.
It's a kitchen which is a real pleasure to be in. Just around the corner, beyond and to the side of the living room, a beautiful, antique sideboard is home to hotplates and there is also a little, self-contained drinks area with a separate fridge, wine rack and lots of quality glasses. You will wine and dine in style here!
Also on the ground floor, one wing of the villa has been converted into a bedroom suite, perfect, perhaps, for the children. There are two attractive bedrooms, both with small (4'6") double beds, separated by the walk-in shower room which they share. Both bedrooms have double doors which open to the courtyard and gardens outside.
Both have direct access from the gardens, but note that from indoors, the furthest one can only be reached by passing through the first one.
Stairs, guarded by two splendid, stone-carved ridgebacks on either side, lead up to the three main bedrooms on the first floor.
To the right (the stairs divide) is the lovely master bedroom suite with its 5' wide double bed and dressing table, pretty prints and paintings under its beamed, sloping ceiling. Its en-suite walk-in shower room is equally spacious and welcoming.
To the left, a mezzanine landing leads to the other two bedrooms (one with a 6' king-sized double bed with Tempur mattress, the other with a 5' wide double bed).
Both are big and attractively furnished rooms; both have excellent en-suite facilities (one has a walk-in shower room, the other has a bath tub with the shower over).
Top quality beds, bedding and furnishings are common to all of the bedrooms as are crafted, built-in wooden wardrobes and cupboards, and pretty rugs or carpets on the floors. The three upstairs bedrooms have heated towel rails in their en-suite bathrooms.
All have ceiling fans and fly netting on the windows so they can be left open, keeping everything fresh and cool even on the warmest of nights. The insulation provided by the thick, original farmhouse walls helps too.
The gardens and terraces around the house have been attractively planted with orange, lemon, pomegranate, fig, quince, cypress and olive trees, lavender, rosemary. oleander and many other Mediterranean delights. They are immaculately maintained.
At the front, a wide, shaded terrace runs along the length of the villa, with ample space for both al-fresco dining around the granite-topped table (seating ten) and more casual relaxation in one of several cane armchairs. There is a free standing barbecue.
These areas look out, across the front gardens (which include lots of herbs so there are some divine aromas to enjoy too), over the lakes below and to the southern mountains beyond. There are worse places to be!
A pathway leads around the house to the courtyard on the other side, an equally pleasant place to be. This also has outdoor dining facilities (another granite-topped table which seats 10) and views to match. There is a bench placed between the olive trees where your gaze will take in the peaks of Sierra Nevada on the horizon.
A laundry room is accessed from this courtyard, with a washing machine, dryer and drying rack.
A few steps lead down to the bathing terrace just below, which offers plenty of sunbathing space around the gorgeous 12 m x 6 m heated swimming pool. There are six wooden sunbeds and two sun chairs. If you prefer a little shade, that's provided too by the cane-roofed pergola.
The pool is not accessible to small children as it is surrounded by wrought iron railings and gates with a bolt.
Restábal is a small and still very authentic rural village located at an altitude of 550 metres near Lake Beznar in the Lecrín Valley.
It's only a small village of around 500 people but it has a restaurant, a bank, a coffee bar, a pharmacy and two minimarkets. Hiking up into the hillsides is a joy with trails to other villages and, from higher up, views which extend to the distant Mediterranean.
The surrounding countryside is a vast semi-tropical valley, filled with orange and lemon trees as well as olive, fig and almond trees. It's real, rural Andalucía yet so close to sophisticated Granada and the buzzing Mediterranean coast. There are several other villages in the valley which offer shopping, restaurants, bars and lots of history.
Granada is, of course, a beautiful Moorish city with the superb palaces and gardens of the Alhambra and the Generalife, the old Islamic/Jewish Quarter of the Albaicín, a wide variety of restaurants, theatres and cinemas, good shopping and many cultural pursuits. It's a wonderful place just to stroll around.
The Mediterranean Coast is just as easy to get to, offering beaches and seaside pleasures at the coastal villages and towns. The closest is Salobreña with Almuñecar and the pretty horseshoe bay of La Herradura beyond. Keep going along the Costa Tropical for the wide, sandy beaches of Nerja and the Costa del Sol.
You can drive to the picturesque Alpujarras or visit the magnificent Sierra Nevada with its world-class skiing less than an hour’s drive away. The ski station, located at an elevation of 2,100 metres, hosted the World Championships in 1997 and 2000 and has 19 lifts and 61 kilometres of pistes.
All this, and a villa of the highest quality in a splendid countryside location to return to, one of the most relaxing and beautiful in all Spain … it all adds up to a great holiday!
The swimming pool will be open throughout the summer and will close for the winter from the end of October until the end of March.
*Pool Heating: The pool heater is used to extend the swimming season into spring (May) and autumn (September & October). The pool will be closed during winter months.
Please, no smoking in the house.
For smaller parties (up to six people), there is a reduced price, based on the use of 3 bedrooms. The other bedrooms will not be made up and will not be available during your stay.
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in peak months. During the rest of the year rental starting and finishing days are flexible.
The property is cleaned and linens changed weekly.
A cook and child minder are available at this property - on request.
Prices are inclusive of firewood.
*Sleeping 6: The above price for sleeping six people is based on the use of 3 bedrooms. The other bedrooms will not be made up and will not be available during your stay.
Pool heating, if required is charged at 100 Euros per week. If you would like pool heating please contact us in advance of your booking as the owner needs a few days notice prior to your arrival to heat the pool. (See notes above regarding pool heating).
A 500 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.
In open countryside, 3 minutes from Saleres (only basic facilities), 5 minutes from Restábal (only basic facilities); 10 km from Dúrcal (all facilities) in El Valle de Lecrín region (Province of Granada).
Granada 30 mins.
Salobreña (and beaches) 30 mins; Almuñecar 40 mins; La Herradura 50 mins; Nerja 1 hr.
Granada 40 mins; Málaga 1¾ hrs; Sevilla 3 hrs.
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South from Granada lies a vast and fertile valley encompassed within a bowl of mountains. The Moors named it the Valley of Happiness …
Set amongst orange and lemon groves with the beautiful lake of Beznar just below, Restábal is a little country village (pop: 500), as peaceful as can be …