This classy villa, in the most delightful of settings, achieves an old-time Spanish "hacienda" feel, exuding elegance and grace ...
"A note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at this villa last week. The location and its quality are superb and the owner is a delight. I have stayed in many cottages / villas over the years in the UK, France, Italy, and Spain and this ranks up there with the best. "
Two (one double, one twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
8 m x 5 m, 1.6 m deep.
In open countryside, just above the village of Ermita Nueva in El Poniente Granadino region (Province of Jaén).
Sleeping 2 from 680 € to 1,350 € per week.
Sleeping 4 from 810 € to 1,620 € per week.
Superbly situated on the hillside above the little hamlet of Ermita Nueva, this is a delightful holiday villa.
The view from here is inspirational, 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.
It is the most delightful of settings, a place very much at peace with itself.
This situation was the deciding factor for the English owner (who has created some very beautiful houses in Spain during her 45 year love affair with the country) when she chose to build her home here.
Spacious and very comfy, it's a lovely home which, although newly built, achieves an old-time Spanish "hacienda" feel, exuding elegance, grace and class.
There are original works of art everywhere, and some fabulous antiques too. But it's not a design museum: it's a completely equipped and functioning house, warm and friendly, the owner's favourite place in all Andalucía.
There is private parking at the end of the driveway which leads off from the little country road.
All on one level, one enters through an attractive, plant-filled central patio. The beautifully decorated and furnished main room extends along the entire length of the house: at one end, the fully equipped kitchen; at the other, the comfortable living space, with the dining area in between.
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 sofa and armchairs are arranged.
Doors open to to a lovely, covered veranda with seating and dining alfresco, a great place to relax, listen to the birdsong and gaze across the swimming pool below, over the olive groves and cornfields in the mid-distance to the magnificent sweep of mountains beyond. There are worse places to be in the world!
From the main room, there is access to the master, double bedroom, with en-suite bathroom.
The second, twin bedroom (which also has an en-suite bathroom) is accessed from the central patio, thus creating its own independence.
Steps lead down the bank to the azure-blue waters of the swimming pool just below the house. The terrace surround is equipped with sunloungers and a table and chairs. This is a gorgeous, south-facing sun trap and, as elsewhere on the property, is completely private. There are no near neighbours.
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 main 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 which is ideal for city breaks.
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.
This is a beautiful home in a lovely Andalusian setting, a great place just to "be". At the same time, it's also a great place to come home to after a day out exploring the great historic cities and countryside joys which are so close at hand.
As one of our clients said, "Many thanks. We had a great time in Spain. The villa is the best we have stayed in".
Another wrote, "I am writing to let you know my family and I had a wonderful holiday. The villa is a real gem. We loved the rural location and the way it's nestled on the side of the mountain with views of olive groves, amazing blue skies and the Sierra Nevada. Stunning!
It was perfect, very peaceful and there was plenty of space for all of us. We loved the rooms, elegantly furnished and the beds were extremely comfortable, hallelujah! I think this villa is probably one of the best kept secrets in Andalucia".
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)
The house is full of antique furnishings and so not suitable for young children (under 12) in our opinion
The owners' pet cat will undoubtedly by around and about so this is not a property suitable for those with an allergy to cats.
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season, but are flexible during winter rentals
Prices are inclusive of central heating costs and firewood
Prices are inclusive of a starter pack of essential groceries etc.
Maid service is provided weekly (inclusive in the price)
Prices are inclusive of central heating costs and firewood in winter.
Until the end of March 2017, there is a further 10% discount for bookings of 1 month or more.
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.
½ 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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