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ZM 30

4 bedrooms, sleeps 4 or 8

Old curios and memories of days gone by

Furnished with antiques and old curios passed down through the generations, this really traditional, old farmhouse is set in gently rolling hills ...

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Bedrooms

Four (two doubles, two twin bedded).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

9 m x 5 m, 1.9 - 1.1 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 2 km from Ventorros de San José in El Poniente Granadino region (Province of Granada).

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Price

Sleeping 4 from 650 € to 1,220 € per week.

Sleeping 5/8 from 850 € to 1,220 € per week.

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Villa Description

Great character

A genuine, traditional farmhouse, it abounds with antique furniture and old curios that belonged to the family and their relatives.

This lovely old country farmhouse is set in rolling hills to the west of Granada. It's as rustic as they come, renovated and refurnished with attention to the smallest details, carefully recreating the authentic atmosphere of days gone by.

A genuine, traditional farmhouse, it abounds with antique furniture and curios that belonged to the family and their relatives.

A house of great character, it's as authentically Spanish as can be. A classic, its timber beamed ceilings and gorgeous old floor tiles offset by white walls. Floor patterns vary from room to room, adding to the uniqueness of the place.

Past the welcoming outside terrace and its vine-covered porch is a spacious entrance hall with bedrooms to either side.

Further on is a sitting / dining room with an open fireplace, a well-appointed kitchen and bathroom.

A feast of figs

You don't have to go far to find fresh thyme for your steak, or parsley for the salad, as the owners have an organic vegetable patch full of good things.

Upstairs are the remaining bedrooms, and another huge lounge with an open fireplace. There is also a cheerful play corner for small children. This opens to another attractive terrace space, with views far and wide.

To the rear, accessed from the downstairs sitting room is a barbecue terrace. You don't have to go far to find fresh thyme for your steak, or parsley for the salad, as the owners have an organic vegetable patch full of good and healthy vegetables and herbs.

And for dessert, how about sun-ripened grapes or a feast of figs? Assuming it's the right time of year, all you need do is reach up and pick them.

The icing on the cake is the good sized swimming pool, private and enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding hills.

Fenced and gated, for rural tranquillity and peacefulness this is hard to beat; rolling pasture lands and olive dotted hillsides undulate gently into the far horizon.

Rural tranquillity

The icing on the cake is the good sized swimming pool, private and enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding hills.

For the curious, next to the house a small cave has been turned into a little museum full of all sorts of old farm implements and utensils.

Apart from one other farmhouse in the mid distance (which faces in the opposite direction anyway) it's just classical Andalusian countryside as far as the eye can see. This is the very heart of "El Poniente Granadino", the western frontier of "Al-Andalus", the old Moorish Kingdom of Granada.

It's a couple of kilometres from the little pueblo of Ventorros de San José (population approx. 2,000; three bar/ restaurants serving authentic local fare at very reasonable prices, two banks, a petrol station, a chemist and a medical centre; internet connection available in the Town Hall).

The closest town of any size is Loja, 20 kilometres to the south.

Loja (population 20,000) was an important Moorish stronghold in days gone by because of its strategic position. Once the gateway to the Kingdom of Granada, it's now a little market town of genuine Andaluz character.

A few kilometres outside Loja on the Río Genil are a series of waterfalls that have been designated a protected area, always a pleasant shady spot for a riverside picnic. The Sierra de Loja provides a dramatic backdrop to the town, its highest point, the Cerro de Santa Lucía at 1,671m.

With over 50 caves close to town, caving is popular activity, along with hang-gliding, fishing, hiking and cycling.

A central location

In "the middle of nowhere" perhaps but you are also in the middle of everywhere, with motorways connecting Granada, Málaga, Sevilla and Córdoba.

Here, in El Poniente, although in "the middle of nowhere" with nothing but rural peace and harmony to enjoy, it's nevertheless a very central location in Andalucía.

The motorway network will quickly and easily take you to Granada (one hour from the farmhouse), to Málaga (1¼ hrs) or to Sevilla (2½ hrs).

Or cut across country via Algarinejo, Iznájar and Rute to pick up the A-45 motorway to Córdoba (2 hrs). The high peaks of Sierra Nevada and the beaches of the Costa Tropical and the Costa del Sol are also within easy striking distance.

All around the farmhouse is a region of pastoral splendour, great natural charm, warm, welcoming people and ancestral traditions. The pace of life is slow and steady, the authentic Andaluz way. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the area on horseback, by bicycle or hiking in the surrounding hills.

Authentic Andaluz

El Poniente is a region of pastoral splendour, great natural charm, warm, welcoming people and ancestral traditions. The pace of life is slow and steady.

You are just a few kilometres from the huge embalse (reservoir) of Iznajár. Also known as the Lake of Andalucía, it hosts water sports and fishing and has its own beach at Valdearenas where you can swim, rent pedalos and canoes or learn to sail.

Its beautiful, clear blue waters are safe for children to swim or play in and there's sand to lie on. It tends to be busier on Sundays but is usually very quiet during the week, even in the height of the season.

Iznajár (well worth a visit) sits on top of a huge rocky outcrop towering up from the waters. Views from the village are spectacular.

For something completely different, head north to Priego de Córdoba (45 minutes away), a lovely town which is 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. All around, the spectacular countryside of the Subbética Natural Park.

Doing nothing much at all

If you want to experience genuine Andalusian country living, the way it has always been over many hundreds of years, this old farmhouse certainly offers it.

In less than an hour you can get to Antequera, another of Spain's lovely, sun-soaked 'pueblos'. Hugely rich in history, culture and heritage, it retains an almost medieval air although, these days, it boasts a first class golf course too.

Other places of interest and beauty well worth a visit include Ronda, the Sierra Nevada, El Torcal Natural Park (near Antequera), the Alpujarras and Gibraltar, as well as the resort towns on the Mediterranean coast.

Obviously this is not a property for anyone who wants 21st Century design and panache but if you are seeking to experience genuine Andalusian country-style living, the way it has always been over many hundreds of years, this old farmhouse certainly offers it. The pool is of more recent vintage, of course!

The perfect place for doing nothing much at all, just absorbing the soft sounds and warm sunshine of the lovely countryside all around.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Ground Floor

  • Entrance hall
  • Living / dining room
  • Kitchen
  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 double
    • 1 twin bedded
  • Bathroom (shower over bath tub / WC)
  • Front terrace
  • Rear barbecue terrace (accessed from the living room)

First Floor

  • 2 bedrooms :
    • 1 double
    • 1 twin bedded (curtained off, no door)
  • Small children's playroom
  • Small shower room/WC
  • Upper rear terrace (accessed from the children's playroom)

Facilities

Entertainment

  • 30" Flat screen TV (Spanish programmes only)
  • DVD
  • Radio / CD Player

Amenities

  • Open fireplaces in the lounge and in the living / dining room
  • Electric Radiators
  • Washing Machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Hairdryer
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Electric Oven
  • Gas hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Juicer, Kettle, Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Gated, filtered swimming pool (9 m x 5 m, 1.9 - 1.1 m deep)
  • Pool shower
  • Sun beds
  • Dining terrace
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garden and grounds
  • Parking

Notes

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

Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season

 

A welcome pack can be provided on request (payable locally)

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Prices and Seasons

ZM 30

2017 Season Dates Sleeping 4
per week
Sleeping 5/8
per week
7th January to 17th March 650 € 850 €
18th March to 30th June 910 € 1,170 €
1st July to 1st September 1,220 € 1,220 €
2nd September to 15th September 910 € 1,170 €
16th September to 15th December 650 € 850 €
16th December to 5th January 2018 910 € 1,170 €

ZM 30

2018 Season Dates Sleeping 4
per week
Sleeping 5/8
per week
Prices Pending --- ---

Notes

In low and mid season prices are dependent on the number of guests occupying the property.

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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In open countryside, 2 km from Ventorros de San José (basic facilities) in El Poniente Granadino region (Province of Granada)

Location

In open countryside, 2 km from Ventorros de San José (basic facilities, bars, restaurants, bank etc), 20 km from Loja (all facilities) in El Poniente Granadino region (Province of Granada).

Algarinejo 20 mins; Iznájar 30 mins; Montefrio 30 mins; Priego de Córdoba 45 mins.

Granada 1 hr; Antequera 1 hr.

Torremolinos (Mediterranean beaches) 1½ hrs; Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 1½ hrs.

Malaga 1¼ hrs; Córdoba 2 hrs; Ronda 2¼ hrs; Sevilla 2½ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Granada 1 hr; Málaga 1¼ hrs; Sevilla 2½ 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

  • Ventorros de San José (population 2,000) is a little rural pueblo. It has three bar/ restaurants serving authentic local fare at very reasonable prices, two banks, a petrol station, a chemist and a medical centre; internet connection is available in the Town Hall.
  • 15 minutes away, Loja (population 20,000) is the nearest place of any size, a little market town of genuine Andaluz character.
  • The picturesque white village of Iznájar is half an hour from here, the southern gateway to the beautiful rolling hills and olive groves of the Subbetica Natural Park. Sitting on top of a huge rocky outcrop which towers up from the breathtakingly blue waters of the Embalse de Iznájar, the largest lake in Andalucía, it's a magnificent setting.
  • Views from the top of the town are sensational, over the surrounding countryside - rolling hillsides clad with olive groves as far as the eye can see - and over the vast, beautiful lake (32 kilometres long and 6 kilometres wide) which fills the wide valley floor of the Genil river on both sides of the village.
  • Also known as the Lake of Andalucía, it hosts water sports and fishing and has its own beach (in summer) at Valdearenas where you can swim, rent pedalos and canoes or learn to sail.
  • Its beautiful, clear blue waters are safe for children to swim or play in and there's sand to lie on. It tends to be busier on Sundays but is usually very quiet during the week, even in the height of the season.
  • Head north to Priego de Córdoba (45 minutes drive), a lovely town which is 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. All around, the spectacular countryside of the Subbética Natural Park.
  • To the east, the white village of Montefrio, with its high-towered church, suddenly appears through a gap in the mountains, resembling a ship sailing across rolling waves of hills. All around there is mile upon mile of wonderful, peaceful countryside. Time slows down here, for everybody.
  • An hour away, Granada is, of course, a must-see city. Soaring high above is the spectacular back drop of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains. And what a city lies below, a city of classical beauty, the jewel in the Spanish Crown.
  • The mesmerising Alhambra Palace and its exquisite gardens, one of the world's greatest wonders; the narrow, cobbled streets and beautiful walled gardens of the ancient Arab quarter, El Albaicín; the magnificent Cathedral, just one of many superb examples of Renaissance architecture; the caves of Sacramonte, nostalgic legacy of the gypsies.
  • A city which inspired García Lorca, Andalucía's finest poet, it is, above all, a people's city, full of life and colour, energy and fun.
  • Córdoba too, is a must-see city, once the largest city in the world, the thriving capital of Al-Andalus, the name used to describe Moorish Spain which extended throughout almost all of the Iberian Peninsular.
  • In its heyday it was considered the Mecca of the west. The Mesquita of Córdoba is, along with Granada's Alhambra Palace, the finest example of Islamic Art in the western world, the grandest and most beautiful mosque constructed by the Moors in Spain. It's one of only a handful of man-made places in the world which literally takes your breath away.
  • Quite apart from the Mesquita, there's much more to discover in Córdoba. It's very picturesque, a town to stroll around. You will come across little squares, peaceful courtyards and balconies overflowing with bougainvilleas. The aroma of lemon blossom, the exuberant colours of the flowers, the cool trickle of a fountain. It's a beautiful town, Córdoba.
  • To the south west, Antequera is another very pretty town with an almost medieval air and a history to match. So much more than just another sleepy, sun-soaked 'pueblo' of Southern Spain.
  • Mediterranean beaches on the Costa del Sol are 90 minutes drive south.

Activities

  • Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the hillsides and little villages of El Poniente on foot, horseback, or bicycle.
  • The beautiful lake (32 kilometres long and 6 kilometres wide) which fills the wide valley floor of the Genil river on both sides of the Iznajár hosts water sports and fishing and has its own beach at Valdearenas where you can swim, rent pedalos and canoes or learn to sail.
  • There is a chiringuito (summer bar) on the beach and a couple of bar / restaurants just above.
  • Caving is popular activity, along with hang-gliding, fishing, hiking and cycling around Loja.
  • On the northern slopes of Sierra Nevada, top class skiing is 1½ hours drive away.

The Area

El Poniente

The western frontier of "Al-Andalus", the old Moorish Kingdom of Granada, it's a region of great natural charm and welcoming people …
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Loja

With the limestone massif of La Sierra de Loja behind, this small town opens to the olive groves and cereal fields of the fertile vega (plain) of Granada …

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