Comfort and excellent facilities compliment the peaceful, unhurried lifestyle at this quality holiday villa with great views to the distant, snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada ...
"Had a wonderful time at your property. Made very welcome by the owners. Felt we were staying in a home rather than in a holiday villa. Loved the area and never tired of the view. High light was “The Mosque” at Córdoba. Had a real “wow” factor. "
"Lasting memories, amazing views, ever so relaxing. Thank you for making our first family visit to Spain so successful, we loved everything. "
"What a gorgeous week we have spent here in such a beautiful area. We have felt so much at home here and have had much needed rest."
"May you be blessed with many years of peaceful retirement sitting under your figs, olives and almonds. "
Two (one double, one twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
7 m x 4 m, 1.50 - 1.75 m deep.
In open countryside, just above the village of Ermita Nueva in El Poniente Granadino region (Province of Jaén).
Sleeping 2 : 1,110 € per week.
Sleeping 4 : 1,220 € per week.
This quality holiday home enjoys an authentic, rural Andalusian setting, a great place just to "be".
On the hillside above the little and very traditional pueblo of Ermita Nueva in the province of Jaén, the south facing views extend far and wide across patchwork fields and rolling hills of olive trees to the highest peaks of Sierra Nevada beyond.
So, so peaceful, it's a view which is impossible to ever tire of.
The property makes best use of this wonderful vista, which can be enjoyed from the lounge, from both bedrooms, from the front terrace and from the swimming pool which is situated just behind (and above) the house.
It is the most delightful of settings, a place very much at peace with itself.
The rural tranquillity is enhanced by the leafy shade and seclusion offered by the magnificent, 400 year old oak tree which overhangs much of the front terrace, a completely private space to enjoy outdoor meals, a leisurely barbecue and, no doubt, a sundowner or two.
There are some steep drops here, so care should be taken with young children or anyone with wobbly legs.
Inside, all is spacious, comfy and cool. It's an attractive home which, although recently built, offers charm as well as excellent facilities. The owner is constantly adding extra little touches and improvements, both inside and outside.
The attractively decorated and furnished living / dining room / open-plan kitchen extends along the entire length of the house: at one end, the fully equipped kitchen, at the other, the comfortable living space.
Upstairs (please note that the stairway is not railed) are the two attractive bedrooms, one double bedded, one with twin beds pushed together. Both are spacious, both have beamed ceilings, both enjoy the wonderful view.
Not a bad place to wake up to the early morning birdsong! There are TV's in both bedrooms, as well as the living room downstairs. The second bathroom, which has a tub as well as a shower, completes the distribution.
Throughout, furnishings are of good quality. It is equipped down to the very last detail with satellite TV, mosquito nets on all windows, an independent freezer (as well as a fridge, of course), dishwasher, WiFi etc and air conditioning in the two bedrooms.
At an altitude of 1,000 metres, summers are warm and sunny here but pleasantly comfortable.
Thick walls and double glazed windows keep the house cool in summer, warm and cosy in winter. And just to make absolutely sure, there's central heating as well as the cheering, open fireplace around which the sofa and armchairs are arranged.
Steps lead up the bank to the swimming pool which is located just above and behind the house. A lovely, south-facing sun trap, the terrace surround is equipped with sunloungers and a sunshade. Almost all of it is completely private, not overlooked by any other property.
Ermita Nueva is a 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.
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. More or less tourist-free, here you will be doing your shopping in Real Spain!
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.
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: The 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 really lovely area of pretty villages set amongst rolling hills and mountains.
Priego de Córdoba (30 minutes away), is delightful and dignified, a convivial provincial town with a beautiful historic centre. A perfect example of Andalucía at its most refined and authentic.
So there's a wealth of wonders to explore in this lovely part of Andalucía, far away from the ex-pats and sun seekers on the Costa ... which is what staying here is all about ...
Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open from April to October each year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from May to September, inclusive)
Care should be taken with young children and anyone with wobbly legs as there are some steep drops in places and because the stairs have no balustrade
The main road is two kilometres from the house. Very occasionally, but only when the wind blows from the south east (which is unusual), from outside the villa one can be slightly aware of the rumble of traffic in the distance
Rentals for this property normally run from Saturday to Saturday in high season
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). Additional maid service is available on request, for a supplement
Prices are inclusive of central heating costs and firewood in winter.
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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