Grace, light and elegance are just some of the words which spring to mind when describing this lovely, comfortable home in the hills of rural Andalucía ...
"We had a fantastic week in this property. The accommodation was at such a high standard and had a really homely feel about it. The views cannot be beaten. The pictures do not do it justice ! The terrace was particularly special when the weather got very hot - the breeze blew through, offering a lovely space to relax in. It is totally peaceful - if you want comfort and amazing views- this is the place. "
"From the moment we met Wendy the owner we were welcomed and made to feel at home in this beautiful villa. The villa was spotlessly clean, and decorated to a very high standard. The villa is located on a hillside outside a small village with a shop and two bars within a short drive. It overlooks countryside with olive trees, and is ideal for people seeking a really peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Truly rural. Absolute bliss. "
"Your website is fantastic!! So user friendly and so informative “congratulations” the photos you do are so clean and clear’ but still don’t do justice to this fantastic property we booked through you! The views are amazing’ so peaceful, boy did I chill out!! The little village and shop’ never seen such friendly and happy people. So close to all amenities but so far! Fantastic restaurants (great value) and free Tapas Without a doubt we will recommend and use you again "
"As we come to the end of a fantastic week in ZM27 we wanted to thank you again for enabling us to come to Andalucia and stay in such a lovely place. The welcome in the house and from the owner was great and everything we could want is in her home. We have had amazing weather and feel very relaxed. Thank you"
Two double bedded.
Private swimming pool
6.5 m x 3 m, 1.4 - 1.7 m deep.
In open countryside, 1 km above the village of Ermita Nueva in El Poniente Granadino region (Province of Jaén).
Sleeping 2 from 750 € to 1,190 € per week.
Sleeping 4 from 940 € to 1,310 € per week.
This is a beautiful villa in a lovely Andalusian setting, a real home created with care and passion by its English owners.
Superbly situated on the hillside in its own two acres of grounds, a kilometre above the little hamlet of Ermita Nueva, all is peace and tranquillity here. There are no near neighbours at all, just joyous countryside as far as the eye can see.
Views are far and wide, across the patchwork of fields in the valley below to the mountain ranges of Jaén and Granada beyond, culminating in the dramatic, snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada. So, so peaceful, it's a view which is impossible to ever tire of.
There's something very soothing about looking over mile upon mile of olive groves under an azure blue sky. This is rural Spain at its very best, a part of the country where life is still lived at an appropriately slow and relaxing pace.
The villa is every bit as beautiful as the view. It's immaculately furnished, full of warmth and charm.
Fully equipped with everything you would expect in such a desirable home, it's also spacious, warm, friendly and very comfortable. The owner lives here when it's not rented out and everything is of the highest quality.
One enters to a magnificent and very spacious kitchen / dining room with marble work surfaces - and a marble-topped dining table too. It's classy, clean and uncluttered, a superbly crafted kitchen. Very well equipped, a kitchen where you will be happily creative.
Tableware is displayed in a lovely glass fronted cabinet and a colourful collection of ceramic plates runs right around the room above attractively tiled walls.
Doors open on to a long, covered veranda with very comfortable wicker terrace furniture and a glass topped table for dining alfresco.
It's impossible not to feel completely relaxed here, gazing over the olive groves and cornfields in the mid-distance to the magnificent sweep of mountains beyond. Some consider it an even better vista in winter (and spring) when the far distant Sierra Nevada mountains are covered in a thick blanket of gleaming snow, a radiant blue sky overhead.
This terrace is also accessed from the living room which is just sublime, a graceful and utterly charming room.
Sunny and colourful, very relaxing, it is classically furnished with great elegance and comfort.
Thick walls and double glazing keep it beautifully cool in summer, warm and cosy in winter. And just to make absolutely sure, there's central heating throughout, as well as the cheering open fireplace around which the sofas are arranged.
Both bedrooms lead off the living room. Hand carved doors open to two beautiful double bedrooms.
Both have TV and gorgeous en-suite bathrooms, one with a shower over the bath tub, the other with shower only. Both have fitted wardrobes.
To the side of the house a big pool terrace, equipped with sunloungers, is a wonderful, south-facing sun trap and, as elsewhere on the property, is completely private. The azure-blue waters of the swimming pool beckon you in for a refreshing dip.
On the other side is a huge garage and courtyard reached by a short driveway which leads up from the little country road that meanders gently through the hillsides above the village.
Ermita Nueva is a charming rural hamlet famous for its delicious, plump cherries as well as its olives. Still an agricultural area, the people here are friendly and the lifestyle remains unhurried.
As yet, few tourists have found their way to this part of Andalucía and welcomes are warm and genuine. The village boasts a little (but very well stocked) supermarket, a bakery and a bar.
Just below the village lies the old Granada to Córdoba road, so from here it's very easy to visit either of these great cities. Granada is just 40 kilometres to the south (little more than half an hour away by car), with Córdoba some 120 kilometres to the northwest.
Granada is, of course, a must-see city. A city of classical beauty and incredible herritage, the jewel in the Spanish Crown.
The mesmerising Alhambra Palace and its exquisite gardens; the narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful walled gardens of the ancient Arab quarter, El Albaicín; the magnificent Renaissance Cathedral; the caves of Sacramonte, nostalgic legacy of the gypsies.
Córdoba too, is another wonderful place to visit. Once the largest city in the world, the thriving capital of Al-Andalus, the Moorish kingdom in Spain, it's very picturesque and the Mezquita is one of only a handful of man-made places in the world which literally takes your breath away.
There are some fantastic places to visit around and about, too: Montefrío and the surrounding rural beauty of the Poniente Granadino lies to the southwest of the house, a region which leads naturally on to the Subbética de Córdoba, another lovely area of pretty villages set amongst rolling hills and small mountains.
Priego de Córdoba (30 minutes away), is delightful, a perfect example of Andalucía at its most refined and authentic. A dignified, convivial provincial town with a beautiful historic centre and more than its fair share of marvellous baroque churches.
Just five kilometres from here is Alcalá La Real, a Moorish fortress town dominated by its magnificent 15th Century hilltop castle. These days it's a more work-a-day, unpretentious and authentically Spanish market town, with a handful of quite decent (and very reasonable) restaurants.
A lovely and very peaceful home in a very pretty part of Andalucía, this is a great place to come home to after a day out exploring the great historic cities and countryside joys all around.
Clients had this to say, "We really enjoyed our stay. The view from the front verandah is stunning with the Sierra Nevada in the distance, olive groves in the foreground. Many a pleasant evening was spent here. The house itself was very comfortable and beautifully furnished".
"All in all the week could not have been better. We would certainly recommend it".
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open throughout the year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from May to September, inclusive).
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season.
Prices are inclusive of firewood. Central heating on request.
Prices are inclusive of a basic welcome pack on your arrival.
Prices are inclusive of firewood in winter.
Central heating available on request, charged in advance:
200 Euros cover that you could put on at your discretion
100 Euros with a timer to come 2 hours in the morning (7-9am) and 2 hours in the evening (5-7pm)
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.
1 km above the small village of Ermita Nueva (basic facilities); 5 km from Alcalá La Real (all facilities) in El Poniente Granadino region (Province of Jaén).
Montefrio 30 mins; Priego de Córdoba 40 mins.
Granada 45 mins; Jaén 1 hr.
Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1¼ hrs; Salobreña (and Mediterranean beaches 1½ hrs).
Granada 45 mins; Málaga 2 hrs; Sevilla 3 hrs.
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The western frontier of "Al-Andalus", the old Moorish Kingdom of Granada, it's a region of great natural charm and welcoming people …
An authentic, Spanish market town (pop: 21,000) dominated by its very impressive 8th C fortress, the scene of frequent battles between Moors and Christians …