Built on the remains of a 15th century shrine, this villa is a perfect balance between ancient and modern.
"We all absolutely adored the house. The house itself is beautiful, the setting is amazing. The air conditioning was perfect (and very necessary!) and the pool was glorious. We loved the location as it allowed us to see Cordoba and Seville and Montilla along with other amazing areas. It’s hard to imagine how it could be much better. The hammocks, the shady places for people tired of the sun, the vegetable garden: these were all wonderful. We found everything else in your very helpful notes. Thanks again for a wonderful vacation -"
"Absolutely beautiful location . Exceptional contemporary clean and peaceful setting . The pictures not only illustrate the wonderful setting and facilities but they are enhanced in reality . Isolated and yet close to cycling and walking countryside and Carcabuey and Prego easy driving distances for authentic meals out . Any minor problems encountered were quickly resolved . Virtually Equidistant location for Córdoba, Granada & Seville . We loved it"
"We had a really fantastic week at ZS10 and so good to be in the Andalusian Countryside rather than at a beach. Really loved the area and the local food and villages, a different pace to life in the mountains. I will start looking at booking this Villa again for next year as it was a really fantastic location, it was very quiet and always felt safe and a lovely pool to jump in when it got too hot!!"
"We had a very enjoyable stay in Carcabuey and thought the villa was very comfortable and relaxing. The owners were particularly helpful and we loved the fresh vegetables from the garden. The pool was amazing as was the view!"
"We had a fabulous stay at ZS10. What a beautiful setting and a lovely home. If possible, it was even more lovely than the photos promised. The setting also offered more shade than I expected which was welcome with the hot sun. The house was so comfortable and set up to make it very easy to relax. The house has everything you need without been stuffed with things you don’t need or furnishings that make you worry with younger ones around. My husband, 17 year old son and brother in law also did a lot of cycling in the area which they loved. Every detail was well accounted for and we wanted for nothing. I have already and will continue to share the beautiful place with friends I know and hope that we might be able to return sometime in the future. Thank you, thank you for everything."
"The villa was brilliant. Yes, the weather was hot but being from Australia we loved it. The time went to quickly. The village of Carcabuey was a great host, people friendly and facilities more than adequate. My brother-in-law who joined us is an architect and he commented very favourably on some of the functionality that had been incorporated into the villa. The screens, the sails, the large windows, the various settings in the gardens to sit and read as well as the veggie garden. We are now back in Australia, but remember our time in your villa fondly. Hope to return soon. "
4, (1 master with Italian style twins/double, 1 double bedded and 2 twin bedded).
Private swimming pool
15 m x 4 m, 1 - 1.8 m deep.
2 kms from the town of Carcabuey in La Subbética region (Province of Córdoba).
From 2,950 € to 3,960 € per week.
Set among endless olive groves, with stunning panoramic views, this villa is an absolute delight.
Originally a Roman shrine and then a Christian chapel, various parts of the old building have been preserved and incorporated into the modern villa.
Using the original layout of the chapel, this space has been transformed into a surprisingly spacious four-bedroomed house.
A short drive, through olive trees, brings you to a covered parking area. Just a few paces and you arrive at the front entrance of the property, then walk through the original 15th century arch into the house itself.
A small hallway leads directly into the open-plan living area and a wall of light.
The entire far side of the house is glass, from wall to wall, from floor to ceiling, and the views beyond are breathtaking.
The glass wall acts as a luxurious, ever-changing natural tapestry. No matter what time of year, the olive trees shimmer with their silver-green leaves, contrasting with the red ochre of the soil. In spring there's the beauty of quince blossom, turning to golden fruit in the summer. In autumn the bright orange of the kaki fruit gives way to black olives as winter sets in.
From the airy living space, an open stair case leads up to three of the four bedrooms and a mezzanine reading area, with a desk and comfy lounger.
The three upstairs bedrooms are white, white, white with light everywhere! Only the structural stone wall is a reminder of centuries gone by. The windows double as art pieces each with their own spectacular view.
The master bedroom has an en suite shower room, the other two bedrooms share a shower room. The bathrooms have walk-in shower cubicles and the fittings are all of a contemporary, high standard. The fourth bedroom and second shower room are on the ground floor, to one side of the entrance hall.
An elegant, well equipped kitchen makes it a delight to produce meals. The street market in Carcabuey is on a Wednesday, selling vegetables, meat and fish. For a real Spanish experience, why not visit the local market and cook with all the fresh produce available. In keeping with the rest of the house, the kitchen is light, bright and modern, with big glass doors leading onto the covered porch.
The porch (shown here) is perfect for eating al fresco. Easily reached from the kitchen and living room, you'll want to eat outside at every opportunity ....
... and all the time looking out onto the amazing 15 metre infinity pool that seems to blend into the surrounding orchards.
Whatever time of day and in any season, this environment is a place to be savoured at a gentle pace. The heat of summer is conducive to early breakfasts on the porch, light lunches (perhaps a salad picked from the little vegetable huerta), easy siestas, afternoon strolls and long evenings dining under the stars.
There are natural spots all around the house to enjoy and relax. There is a hammock in the giant laurel tree, lie in it for reading, dozing or just listening to the sound of water chuckling along the irrigation channel nearby.
The ancient town of Carcabuey with its church and medieval castle can be seen in the distance. The whole landscape is surrounded by the dramatic limestone peaks and Mediterranean forest of La Subbética Natural Park.
On returning to his ancestral village, it's not surprising the owner chose this magical spot on which to build his dream holiday retreat.
Just a short drive away is the traditional whitewashed town of Carcabuey where you'll find cafes and tapas bars to sit and soak up the colourful Spanish atmosphere.
The town has an impressive medieval castle and a hermitage dedicated to the Virgin Maria Santisima who has been credited with local miracles. The town has a full calendar of festivals ranging from the sedate flower carpet at Corpus Christi, to more hot-blooded events such as bull running which attracts a big crowd from all over Andalucía.
Local fare is typically Andalusian in that pork features extensively on the menu: all types of chorizo, cured jamon and carne en salsa are tasty bites. At the end of September and beginning of October, the town celebrates a local fruit: the quince. In Spanish, known as the membrillo, this fruit has its own fiesta with quince recipes and competitions all revolving around this traditional and somewhat unusual crop. The quince appears in all sorts of local dishes, both sweet and savoury, as well as a fiery liqueur.
It almost goes without saying that the surrounding countryside is a haven for hiking and natural activities. The Sierras de Subbéticas Natural Park, has numerous trails of varying lengths and levels of difficulty to suit all ages. The GR7, the footpath that extends across Europe, has a section through the park.
There are other delightful villages to explore close by. Priego de Cordoba is well worth a day trip. With its famous Baroque fountain, castle and evocative old quarter full of flowers, it's a real treat.
This part of the world is easy to get to. Málaga with its international airport is only one and a half hour's drive away. Córdoba and Granada, full of the heritage of el-Andalus, are not to be missed, they're not much more than an hour away.
This region is unspoilt and somewhat off the beaten track for tourists, but it has so much to offer for beauty and the authentic Spanish experience.
Firewood is included in the price for winter rentals.
There is no extra charge for underfloor heating.
Please, no smoking indoors.
There is no extra charge for air conditioning.
The gardener visits every Tuesday
Rental start and finish days for this property are normally Saturday, but are flexible during low season.
A weekly change of linen and towels is included for rentals of more than one week.
Baby sitting, trips, bikes (five available for use by guests), walking, catering and extra cleaning can be arranged if requested in advance.
Prices are inclusive of air conditioning, heating and firewood
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.
Torremolinos (Mediterranean beaches) 1½ hrs; Sierra Nevada Ski Resort 2 hrs.
Málaga 1½ hrs; Granada 1½ hrs; Sevilla 2¼ hrs.
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